Was taken to The Haywain by my wife for my birthday. On arrival we were greeted by the chef patron and shown to our table. Once we got over the facts that a) we were the only customers that night (between Christmas & New Year - the restaurant only opens if it has a reservation) and b) it felt like we were about to eat in someone else's front room that we didn't know we settled down very quickly in no small part due to our host who as fabulous all night long. After an apéritif we both started with scallops which were delicately cooked accompanied by bacon and mushrooms with a balsamic drizzle - very nice indeed. To follow I had the venison on courgette which was a revelation. Rare meat, so tender and well seasoned - I was hooked from the first mouthful. Mrs D had cod which was also perfectly cooked with greens and sun dried tomatoes. For pudding I had an orange (I think) zabaione with biscuits which was light, orangey and not-too-sweet while Mrs D had a panna cotta with fudge which she enjoyed (even though she's not really a set custard kinda girl). Wine choice was good and not over priced. While we don't eat out as a couple much anymore this was proof to me that fine dining is alive and well in East Anglia if you know where to look. An absolute gem of a place that we are already planning our next visit to. Nice one!