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user reviews of Foresters, Hampton Wick

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I had high hopes for this pub, given it's the only one in this area in the current Good Beer Guide. The interior is certainly different, with a dark and fairly bohemian theme. Food was popular. But, despite advertising that they serve food until 11pm, they weren't willing to accommodate us at 8:45pm. Caledonian Deuchars IPA & Fuller's London Pride are the regular ales. The guest last night was Wimbledon Pitbull, which I had. We also ordered a half of Leffe. The response was that they only serve it in 2/3 pints, as its so strong. I'm not sure the logic of buying more than you want to drink because the beer is too strong. But, at £4.45 for a 2/3, I think I get the real reason why this policy is in place. All in all, a bit of a disappointment.
blue_scrumpy - 13 Mar 2019 20:20
Bit harsh. It''s nice, cosy local with good stuff going on. The only downside is no decent garden. Good selection of beer. You can stay there and there''s a good restaurant bit

Suckmybeerhole - 31 Aug 2017 21:38
Nice Pub apart from the poor excuse of a landlord and man TOM who had his head burried in his own behind, I witnessed him talking to his staff most of them in the most discusting way possible, I am very supprised he has any staff working for him at all, He shouts at them trying to boost his big ego and his confused manhood. Poor show tom shame because the rest of the pub is very good.
wookie2008 - 3 Feb 2014 01:09
I realy like Aspall Cider so love to go to this pub, unfortunately the landlord needs to go back to manners school. Never have I met a Gentleman so in need of taking to one side.
He is over familiar and as shallow as his olive bowls.
Please, please, can we have the old Forresters back..

Thank you.
RJ
ronjeremy - 6 Jan 2013 18:58
We had the most amazing evening at the Foresters last night! Live music, food, service and atmosphere were all second to none.  I had the steak and my friend had the Belly of Pork and I have to say that it was the best meal I have had in a pub/restaurant for about six years, and I eat out  A LOT! I live in Kingston and have a few so called "Gastro pubs" near to me, who should take a few leaves out of the Foresters book in my opinion. Most of them are very overpriced and do not deliver in terms of quality and value for money. I am so pleased that I have found this place and will recommend it to everyone that I know. 
We will be back very soon. Thank you for a great night :-)
fizhog - 18 Nov 2012 21:56
This place has finally won me over after I ate here. It isn't cheap but the food was very good and so was the wine. I still find the beer range disappointingly ordinary - a very boring Youngs, Fullers, Sharps combination is not unusual - though it tries. The Leffe at 3.30 for a half is nice but very expensive. But, overall, there is a very good atmosphere and I'd recommend it for a meal. Given the lack of competition, this may now be one of the best pubs in Hampton Wick.
MeurglysIII - 11 Aug 2012 09:24
Goodness me, no reviews since 2009?!?! Loved the atmosphere of the place - I had been coming here fairly regular a few years ago - with some great Northern Soul. Shame that the only beer was London Pride (must say, very nice it was!), but the bar staff still on thought the Youngs Golden was still on as it was on the blackboard. She didn't see, and nor did I, that the pump it was pulled from was devoid of said pump clip. Will still give it another go...
Davton - 15 Jul 2012 20:07
Would agree with other posters, definitely a food led bistro. I went for Sunday lunch ealier in the year, the food was good but did take a long time to arrive.
thehonesttruth - 18 Nov 2009 11:42
I don't think that the Black Sheep is nice - which is a shame after they met my demand for a wider selection of real ale. Have concluded that food is teh thing there - and perhaps an expensive half of Leffe.
MeurglysIII - 19 Sep 2009 13:39
Agree with JDchaser..not a traditional pub by any stretch. Bit of a mismatch really. Far too modern with velvet and sofas. Still the Black sheep was nice and the barman was perfectly pleasant.
nickthefish - 26 May 2009 16:02
Not really a traditional pub anymore, more of a food-lead bistro with added bar appealing to the well-healed and polite. Occasionally live music - expect jazzy vibes rather than head-banging metal or techno - food, wine etc. Darts, table football, loud singing or a meat raffle are notable by their absence!
JDchaser - 15 May 2009 15:59
Working locally this is a regular venue for lunch and after work drinks. Its certainly the best pub in the area. No problems with the beer although it is expensive, considerably more so than other pubs in the area. The food is very good but again is expensive and does tend to be very slow perhaps quality takes time!

Theres usually a good buzz in the place without it being totally packed out. If you want to sit down its not usually a problem. The staff are always attentive and have a smile on their faces.

The local competition isnt up to much but even against stronger competition this pub would still rate well.

anonymous - 23 Dec 2008 14:27
Now Hampton Wick's venue of choice for anything from a swift after-worker to the full meal and a bottle. Exciting menu, great selection of wines and friendly, attentive staff to look after you. Well-kept beer (Black Sheep and Pride), though I'd like to see the Lowenbrau back for those lager days.

Seems that there can only be one great pub in The Wick at any one time. Years ago, The Foresters and the White Hart used to battle it out. The Swan had its day as, until recently, did The Lion. Now look no further than The Foresters!
mofu - 24 Nov 2008 17:03

Been out of town for a while and just back. Bit of a surprise ( actually very surprised) to see some extremely negative (and personal) comments about this place.
Can only assume the authors had a very rare bad visit there. Took several new clients there only last week for a drink and a bite and no one had anything bad to say (and these are quite discerning people, with one being very direct in her comments).
As to the author who felt arrogant To**er was appropriate, seems simple..Go elsewhere, if I'm not happy with somewhere I do. Don't forget to take the chip on your shoulder with you though.

chooseydrinker - 12 Nov 2008 10:18
This place is brilliant...such a good atmosphere and amazing food. I dont really understand the comments below about the landlord offending some locals, I too am a 'local' and have only good things to say about this place and its owner. The foresters has hosted many fundraising events eg it has played no small part in creating the biggest turnouts for Remembrance Day at the local cenotaph...how can this be a bad thing for a community?!

I would recommend the Foresters to anyone and so would all my friends who I have taken there. Definately worth going there!
sarahcharris - 11 Nov 2008 22:40
Moved to the area a few months ago and have started using The Foresters on a regular basis. Must say that the standard of this High Street gem is second to none. The staff always seem very happy and always seem to recommend a new yet great drink when i come home from a hard days work. Very relaxing place, especially the sofa area tucked away at the side. Have had numerous chats with the Landord, what a great guy, always has great enthusiasm and great new plans for this pub and i hope to be around to see these go ahead.

Took a group of friends in there for Live Music a few weekends ago, truly an amazing evening, to think you can find this standard of entertainment in your local pub is awesome! defo worth a check out!

Have not had a chance to eat in here yet but always find myself looking at the menu, havent heard a bad thing about it and cant understand previous comments, Apparently the Sunday Roast is a must. Have recommended to Friends and they too have loved it. You dont find places like this very often and there certainly isnt anything like this nearby. Truly Love this place, a must, check it out!
wgmorris - 11 Nov 2008 22:25
Never rated a pub before, but was told about this site and have to say this pub is excellent an every level. I have read the previous comments and do not understand!! The staff and landlord where extremely friendly and the ales 'Both of them' really good!! They must have caught the pub on an off night....go back !! 10/10
thomasjfurber - 4 Nov 2008 15:02
This pub could be excellent if not for one thing.

The landlord-what an arrogant tosser. Doesn't want "normal" people in there.He only wants so called percieved high flyers. As previous posts have said.anyone can overdress or indeed scruff down.
I spend all day in a suit i much prefer jeans and tshirts.
If he doesn't like the look of you-your out.
Staff baring on rude.
This could a fantastic local business-get rid of him and it surely will.
onehunglow - 12 Sep 2008 08:23
The atmosphere is certainly very pretentious! Everyone knows that people who are really at the top of their profession and get smartly dressed to go to work do not want to have to dress up to go to their local pub. Personally , I like to relax at a pub and it takes more than a gastro-pub to get me to dress up. The Chef is certainly excellent, but there are no interesting ales.

The owner has offended many of the neighborhood people and also has a huge turn over of staff because he is so mean to them. There is almost always a help needed sign. Personally , I am always worried about eating somewhere where the staff are angry.

A local and very well loved neighborhood person was insulted and turned away a few months ago because he looked too scruffy. Locals are turned away because of private parties

I once ordered a White Russian and the barman was not given the authority to mix drinks. I ordered a kaluha and milk, and the barman said he could not do it because he didn't know what to charge me for the milk! I ordered a kaluha on the rock and then went to the off-license across the street to buy a small container of milk, it was SO silly.

The owner seems to be doing a good business though so I guess there are enough yuppies with no taste in ales who are willing to wait forever to get served.
beth1970 - 23 Jul 2008 16:02
I wish that they would put some more exciting real ale on here. It is doing a lot right - but Pride as the only real ale choice is a disappointment.
MeurglysIII - 15 May 2008 23:34
Quite impressed with the Foresters, definitely your best bet in Hampton Wick. Barstaff very friendly, the general atmosphere is excellent. Food looked good, may return there for a bite to eat at some point.
parkhillian - 28 Apr 2008 17:22
Fantastic, vibrant pub run by a landlord who is very enthusiastic - especially about the food, which is excellent. He also appears to know the provenance and preparation of all the ingredients!!

If you want fast food go somewhere else as this is cuisine food, beautifully cooked and presented as a work of art. Yes it takes time, but well worth it. . . .

Only one real ale, but lots of lagers and cider.

We thought it was fab and will be back for more live music and food soon :-)


slugbreff - 3 Feb 2008 22:27
Had a weekday lunch here recently. The food was not cheap but was ok, there was a decent selection of drink but the biggest problem was it was sooooooo slow. For a main course and a pudding for 5 we were in the pub for 2.5 hours. It wasn't even busy, not by any stretch.

It's a decent pub but if they are going to do food they need to speed it up.
anonymous - 24 Nov 2007 22:45
More a place to go for a meal or to share a bottle of wine than to go for a pint. Service is frustrating slow.
ew100 - 19 Nov 2007 22:49
nice style took a while to get served cause staff were to busy chatting on a quiet afternoon. food was nice but drinks were over priced.
king08 - 2 Oct 2007 11:00
NB
You have to follow a dress code to go for an afternoon pint in the Foresters!! So bear in mind - no scruffy clothes, plz. If you`re a builder, you have to go home after work and change, wash and shave, and only then you can come to the Foresters. Otherwise, you might spoil the precious diners` appetite! And the pubs good reputation. WE DO CARE ABOUT OUR LOOKS AND THE LOOKS OF OUR CUSTOMERS!
regular_customer - 10 Jul 2007 22:27
Once upon a time this local boozer was a run down, ale drinking, pipe smokers paradise. Now, I believe the current owners are making a concerted effort to create a proper local pub. The high standards of service, food and drink are eveident and the new owners should be credited.....

Please continue the good work!!
Fantasic staff!!
10/10
anonymous - 3 May 2007 20:55
Visited last night - Saturday...
Fantastic food, great service & fab music !!!
Will definitely go again...
Tedders - 15 Apr 2007 10:54
I tend to visit once weekly.
New better simpler lines of food, good portions, wine list v.good, not cheap but v.good. Changes
Not pleasing some of the ex-punters, who must have preferred surly service and below average beers under the old landlord before moving on and drinking elsewhere, so no loss there then.. All in all this pub is getting there.
RAW - 9 Feb 2007 18:33
Live bands, when they are booked, tend to play from the 'other' end i.e the slightly raised area furthest away from the doors. This is where the pool table used to be.

Drink: expensive and not your usual stuff either as they sell Belgian beer Leffe on draught. They won't sell you a pint of it either! Bear this in mind when ordering as it's 2.50 or something for a half! It seems now to have its own clientele who are mostly into eating so it's not a stand-up boozer like it used to be. Another Hampton Wick pub bites the dust!
anonymous - 11 Dec 2006 22:22
As below.

pleasant interior , check
expensive booze, check
young, middle class, check
poncy food, check

Wants to try a little less hard to be something it's not.

Having said that, it's usually busy, so if there are people willing to pay for it, you can't blame the owners for continuing!!

Not seen any live music yet, have no idea where they'd go as it's not huge.

I'm just bitter because I still can't get used to London prices after 18months. (6 for 175ml of wine?)
joeysnail - 28 Nov 2006 23:55
Pleasant interior, expensive continental beers, lots of young (well-healed) young people, posh food and...what else? Well, not much really. It's popular, does a roaring trade in food etc but the place has little soul. It doesn't feel like a pub like it did under Shelley and Paul a few years back but maybe Hampton Wick doesn't want pubs anymore: it just wants yuppie foodie hangouts with some bloke on the decks or some jazz playing? 3.50 for a pint? Why not? A soul and a feeling of being something to believe in? Priceless...
anonymous - 1 Oct 2006 21:01
i love it... took me a while to start hanging out in there... dont know what it was like before, but the new owner is doing a good job!!!
well done tom x
anonymous - 25 Sep 2006 21:31
Went in this pub last Sunday afternoon found the food excellent and the service very good.
anonymous - 11 Jul 2006 13:38
Just a quick note, I noticed in the music listings that there are some very famous singers at the foresters this month in the form of JC Bentley, Carlton Oneil and mellisa Bell. For anyone who knows there music, this is a big, big deal. Well done to the Management for sorting this one out!
alizard - 10 Jul 2006 12:21
Highly recommended, Firstly for the food, then for the live music. The menu is awesome, something for everyone, and at a reasonable price, including my favourite, the BEST Burger I have ever eaten. The new landlord Tom, seems both knowledgeable and very eager to please, particularly concerning the food, and will sit down on your table and talk you through the latest additions to the menu. I've taken the fussiest of eaters there, and they've left more than happy. The live music on the weekend gets the place packed, and rocking. The place is going through a 're'furb' at the moment, the finished area so far looks great. Nice beers, inc Leffe on tap, and a great selection of Vodka's, Gins, and whiskeys. Surprisingly friendly staff/service. Outdoor seating too.......
danboulby - 5 Jul 2006 17:01
Actually i have found the new food to be very good. I appreciate that sometimes it is hard to please everyone, especially those local residents who apparantly have "superior taste" but for the rest of us who were not born with a silver spoon in our mouths, overall its extremley good. From the positive experiences I have had when visiting the foresters, the negative nature of various other users on this site suggests that there might even be a couple of local jelous landlords out there posting their Honest opinions"
alizard - 5 Jul 2006 15:19
It doesn't feel like a traditional pub anymore. It once had true character but that's been wiped away in the rush towards the yuppie pound. The more you scrub away the rough edges of a traditional boozer and go over to being food-dominated, you lose what made you special and distinctive. Fine place if all you want is a polite night out with posh food and expensive drink but it's not for me anymore.
anonymous - 3 Jul 2006 23:12
Quite upset at some of the comments on this site & as much as I respect everyone has their own opinion whenever my friends & I have visited the Foresters it has been nothing short of a pleasant experience from the food & wine (new chef amazing by the way) to the live gigs on a Sat night...which you should defo check out! Highly recommend it as one of the best pubs in area, v.friendly landlord,locals & staff... love it!!x
Miss_P - 30 Jun 2006 13:56
Thought we would try the Forsters Arms as it being renovated and haven't been there for a while. Looked the same inside except for a red corner. As a local in Hampton Wick you can tell that they have tried to copy the look of another pub in the village but unfortunately without the same effect and in red. It's a shame cos the this pub had its own character. Just hope they don't try to replicate the other pub. It's nice that all the pubs in the village have their own style, makes them more interesting and individual.

Bar staff though were very very friendly and helpful. Will come back in an evening and try the menu. Looks a bit Gastro Pub style food, but i might be pleasantly surprised i hope.
jackandjill33 - 30 Jun 2006 12:37
ONE OF THE BEST PUB'S IN THE AREA, WELL WORTH A VISIT AND THE FOOD IS AMAZING, GREAT AMOS, FREINDLY STAFF AND THE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT IS THE MAKING OF A GREAT EVENING TOO!! HELEN.
1HELENG - 30 Jun 2006 11:49
Erm Mr Anon, for your info, NO I'm not a disgruntled customer. I actually live in Hampton Wick and also go to the Foresters regularly - probably more than you. Like I said, a pub for a great night out but and yes the bar staff are second to none but personally I think the food is letting the place down you can get much better food for those sort of prices and therefore I would not recommend it if you want to really get value for money and enjoy a good meal. Its all down to personally taste - perhaps my taste in food is a little more sophisticated.
Bradbus - 29 Jun 2006 21:13
The Foresters is as good as they come! Loved the decor and atmosphere...you can tell that the owner's really put his heart and soul into making this a place where people feel welcome and can enjoy a brilliant night out with great food, happy staff and impressive live acts! Well done! And I expect it will be even better once the refurbishment's finished. All in all, a place to remember and revisit...again and again!
gesteve - 29 Jun 2006 15:45
The Forresters is by far the best pub I've ever been to. The live music every weekend is always great and the food is brill - they change the menu every week and there's always something on there I want! The bar staff are friendly and I always feel very welcome.
clynch - 29 Jun 2006 13:49
WOW!

Have just read the last review and can only think of one thing 'a disgruntled customer'.
I personally frequent The Foresters and can say hand on heart that it is one of the best pubs in the area. Granted I think the prices are a little high, but you get what you pay for and the standard is pretty high. The hard work of the landlord really does show with the continued efforts to refurbish the pub.

If I was to say one thing........'try it!!'
anonymous - 29 Jun 2006 11:46
Used to really like this place. In those first few weeks that Thomas took over, the food was the best I've ever tasted. However I've been back a few times since and although I really like the atmosphere, the food has gone down hill quite severely. I've been served cold burger, ordered steak which when it arrived was just a burger (minus the bap) and been given mediocre scallops AND this was from their new menu and apparently new chef.

I'd recommend this pub for a good booze up and a great night out but steer clear of the expensive bad food!

Bradbus - 28 Jun 2006 20:04
Very Pretentious! or at least trying to be. Read a terrible mission statement about this place and nearly puked. The place has nothing to offer the local people anymore - went quite downhill and gone even further and I had to wipe my feet when I walked out. Why do I get the feeling I've entered the Slaughtered Lamb whenever I walk in.
anonymous - 27 Jun 2006 23:30
Well I cant give this pub a high enough review. Just fantastic. Superb atmosphere, wonderful and friendly staff, quite easily the friendliest pub in town. I especially enjoy nights with live music. The food is fantastic and the roasts on a sunday are especially good. The pub is as charismatic as those who work there. BRILLIANT!
bigman1983 - 2 Jun 2006 13:19
I don't know where a lot of the reviewers of this pub normally eat but the food I had here was truly awful. The soup I had was obviously microwaved with terrible soggy croutons. One of my dining partners couldn't eat their starter - a salad - because it was so bad and another couldn't eat her main for the same reason. I also noticed that the bar staff seem to spend a lot of time doing shots and drinking cocktails, certainly not spending the attention they may do on serving people! Also many of the young punters seem not to be able to go more than half an hour without disappearing to the cubicle in the gents, then come out grinning and sniffing. This said however it's almost a really nice place for a drink, they just need to sort out the food and pay more attention to what's happening on the other side of the bar.
anonymous - 1 Jun 2006 09:24
If you are eating in this pub you are definitely paying and getting a high quality meal by an excellent chef. However, I think that The Foresters needs to decide if it wants to attract customers who want to drink and listen to v loud music (one speaker faces the eating area at the back) or people who want to enjoy a lively atmosphere while enjoying relaxing backround music and a beautiful meal (obviously my preference!). Too much chopping and changing between one and the other on different days/nights of the week and weekend is just confusing and threatens to put off both types of custom. Bar staff are also a bit slow.Rating 10 for food but reduced as a result of music being far too loud!
anonymous - 31 May 2006 17:21
This pub has to have one of the best chefs who ever worked in a pub...the menu and food are spectacular (with prices to match); however, the pub is always full of smoke, the eating area has no atmosphere and the decor is rough. The high food prices therefore come across as disproportionately high. In my view the pub has an identity crisis and needs to decide it if is:
a.) a Gastropub (yes please)
b.) a local's smokey boozer
c.) a Saturday Night Fever music event pub.
Had an exceptionally good Sunday lunch there recently and we were the only people eating a full lunch in a nigh on deserted eating area... What a waste of potential profits! Sort yourselves out and the area will thank you for finally providing us with a long awaited decent Gastropub.
CeeBee - 18 May 2006 20:51
In earnest all I have to say is that this pub, if the owner is anything to go by, will become one of the best pubs in Kingston, Hampton Wick and the local area. His vision for the future and what he has planned seeem perfect.......! lets just hope he achieves!

At the moment, 8 out of 10 but I have absolute faith in reviewing this venue again and it gaining the big 10.....!!
anonymous - 18 May 2006 16:38
A great pub and a great allrounder. The staff are friendly, the food is great and the atmosphere just cant be beaten. Saturday nights are really good too with loads of great live acts and DJs playing over the last few months. Personally I love leffe which is on tap too. The new management, in particular Tom the landlord bring a much needed attitude and vision to pubs in the local area.
allizard - 15 May 2006 14:02
quite frankly im bothered what the beer tastes like, im not bothered about eating the food in a pub where people are allowed to smoke, im not to fussed about the music, and i dont care if there is always football on the go, there are a certain type of people i enjoy hanging around, talking to,drinking with, and other stuff...... ;-) , if the beer tastes like shit and the food is served cold... the conversation is still great and iv met some awsome people around the wick who do a better job than most pubs!!!!! the swan,the forresters,the railway..... they're jst the building and the beer on tap, the people are who make the atmosphere!!! nuff said.

anonymous - 9 May 2006 07:05
I love this place. Been in for lunch a few times and really enjoyed it, especially the chocolate pud! Popped in for a quick one on a few Saturday's ago with a mate and ended up there all night and found myself dancing to the DJ by the end of the night!!
anonymous - 21 Apr 2006 12:13
Fairly upmarket for the area, a long food menu and sausages a speciality. The only RA is London Pride.
beeronaut - 8 Apr 2006 15:47
I have only been in once since the refurb, and can not disagree with the comments about the decor and atmosphere, the one thing that hasn't changed (unfortunately) is the fact that the ladies loo's still stink....
skinnyb - 1 Mar 2006 09:45

The new boss Tom, really is workinhg hard to get this place to be the pub of choice in the area.
Turning this from an 'old boozer' into a place for all tastes. Great music, live and background C.D., with an atmosphere to match.
Is experimenting with menu's it seems and more bistro and less gastro i think is the way to go.
Fab choice of wines. What a turnaround in such a short time. Popped in for a 'sharpener'with friends, stayed 3 hours.


chooseydrinker - 24 Feb 2006 22:30
The transformation of The Foresters is nothing short of miraculus. After speaking with the new owner, his plans for the future are set to make this pub the best venue in Surrey.

I thank him & wish him all the best and look forward to the transformation...10/10
anonymous - 20 Feb 2006 20:09
Recently undergone another change of decor, atmosphere, direction etc.

Quite a trendy place now. Draught Leffe blonde available in halves only! More of a sitting-about-chatting crowd than before rather than a knees-up boozer of old but seems to be on the right track again. Occasional live music or DJ. Attracting the compfrtably-off and those from outside the village mostly now.
anonymous - 10 Feb 2006 11:51
Really, very very good...and far superior to any of the bland drinking holes in Kingston town centre
lawrence17 - 14 Jan 2006 19:05
What can i say about the transformation of this pub - since the new guv has taken over, the food, atmosphere, drinks have improved massively. This is a testiment to the hard work of the new landlord, and it really can be seen. Is much more of a 'local' now, but is friendly and welcoming to non Wicker's. The new barmaid Sasha is HOT as well!!!! :0)
fabio101 - 11 Oct 2005 12:13
The atmosphere is great - the food is a taste explosion and resaonably priced, romoured to be a michelin restaurant chef. The nicest pub i have been to in a long time
anonymous - 24 Aug 2005 15:02
It's had a chequered career the last few years, changing hands several times.

It recently re-opened under new management - the former landpersons off to find their place in the sun - and it's sort of reverted to what it was before them; a basic, typically suburban boozer. It seems to be attracting a slightly younger crowd than before but is busy every time I pass it (it had struggled of late) with live music alternating with a DJ. Considering the previous incumbents had a "no disco music" policy, this is quite something!

It used to have a dodgy rep for its draught beer i.e you were never sure of the quality. Word is that it's soon to be renamed too...
anonymous - 14 Aug 2005 12:15
The story is that this place has changed hands and the new management/owners take control at the end of the month. Shame, I know the owners could be a bit grumpy but they transformed what was a bit of a dive into a place with excellent food, very good entertainment and in the end reasonable real ale all with a no smoking area. All the current staff will apparently go.
ozlynch - 13 Jun 2005 17:24
The pub itself is nice. But the owners are complete bores! They were rude and scowled at us all the time we were there. We felt like we couldn't laugh or talk above a whisper in this place. Get the current owners out and lets get someone in who knows how to have a good time!!! I live in Hampton Wick and would never go in this pub again. Try the Swan across the road, much more relaxed, they have a pool table and you can have a good time with out feeling like you being watched by your old school headmistress!
anonymous - 20 Dec 2004 22:52
I believe that the foresters is without a doubt the best pub in the local area, bar none! The owners, staff, beers, food and clientelle all add to the relaxed atmosphere of this pub, as does the varied entertainment. Where else can you see live belly dancing on a Saturday, live piano music and a varied and interesting mix of friendly customers. This pub is a refreshing change from the hundreds of second rate theme pubs selling crap beers and microwaved food, and run by soulless unfriendly staff. Anyone who slates this place needs their heads checking! Morons!
Lilo + Stitch. - furniss_11@hotmail.com - 14 Sep 2004 09:57
Has been quite grotty every time I have been in over the last couple of years.... Beer was usually bad. Good to see a blemish on Hampton Wick's pub crawl being eliminated!
Tom - 9 Jul 2004 17:03
I heard its being sold off to build flats - shame good boozer before it went all gastropub

PJ - 29 Jun 2004 13:44
The owners are moving back to France, no idea who is taking over.
ew - 25 May 2004 16:55
Upside, good if pricey food and pleasant 'modern style' ambience. Good wine choices. Downside is inconsistency, sometimes the real ale is good, next time all 3 are undrinkable. Poor ventilation, it can get very smokey with only 5/6 smokers and it's a big place, but sometimes it's fine. However we'd like to see the place succeed, it just needs the rough service edges smoothed out.
aldo - 2 Apr 2004 14:24
Delightful pub. No TV, decent music (but not too loud), excellent hosts, good beer, wine and menu.
John - 26 Mar 2004 01:45
Probably htemost comfortable pub in the Wick. Food is good though pricey, but a different class to standard pub fayre. Nice fireside seats, decent beer and a welcoming atmosphere.
London Scottish - 24 Mar 2004 13:29
Dear Longford

If by the dykes youre refrring to the previous married couple who were then owners!?! - well at least they knew how to run a pub and didnt scare off 80% of the customers after taking over!

Yet another pub that will bite the dust due to keeping up with times instead of listening to what the locals (im Teddington as opposed to H Wick based)/regulars want!


Paul J B - 10 Feb 2004 14:35
please add to previous comment (accidendally sent before finished):
This is my favourite pub in the area. As soon as you walk in the door a warm welcome awaits you; comfortable surroundings, clean facilities, and friendly & relaxing ambience. Quality food and a really good selection of wines. Good value for money.
Michele Harty - 15 Dec 2003 16:27
A gastro pub offering French/middle-eastern cuisine complemented by excellent wine list. Has the feel of a French auberge. Live music on most Saturday nights.
Michele Harty - 15 Dec 2003 16:25
Maybe that's why it was dark and dingy! The real ale served then was poor too. Today it's light,
bright and the beer's better. The
hosts are charming.

They seem to have a problem retaining staff and late ones are
a bit rare now. The food is an interesting Arabic/Mediterranean
mixture. It can be poorly ventilated sometimes.

Poor mobile reception. Live music
of the jazz type (uck). A totally
different place from when the Dykes ran it.
The Longford Collector - 4 Nov 2003 11:04
Great food at a good price and fantastic ambience. Charming hosts.
Graham - 19 Sep 2003 11:55
Very quite these days - such a good atmosphere in 2000-2.
Diamond Dave - 8 Aug 2003 15:01
Honestly worst place i've ever been too. really bad food...this pub really went very low since the new owners came here...
lilly - 25 Jul 2003 09:10
I was very disappointed. the hosts are rude, food is less than average.
Brian - 2 Jun 2003 14:05
Today's Surrey Comet mentions that the new owners called it dark & dingy in Paul & Shelley's day - didnt worry all the drunks & the after hours!
Ziggy - 23 May 2003 15:41
The food and ambience are terrific, the hosts charming and welcoming.
David Lindsley - 18 Apr 2003 19:03
Please tell me the Foresters still serves sausages, fries, baked beans and mustard for lunch?
nick - 12 Feb 2003 10:08
Sadly now a Lebanese gastropub - lots of staff have left!
anonymous - 11 Feb 2003 16:28

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