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The Foresters Arms, Kingston Upon Thames

45 High Street
Hampton Wick
Postal town: Kingston Upon Thames
KT1 4DG
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Quinno _ left this review about The Foresters

A lovely (unique to my eyes) blue glazed faience tiled exterior leads to a very nice upmarket/off-beat interior but nicely done. L-shaped interior which is carpeted. The left spur has an alcove room with a fireplace, red velvet banquettes, exposed brick walls, books, ruched red ceiling billow and brewery mirrors. At the main bar there’s a strange button-back bar front, black velveteen flower ceiling wallpaper, newspapers, board games and TV cricket. Also not the collection of old transistor radios above the bar and the 1970’s era stylized music posters on the walls. To the right of the bar, behind a curtain, is a formal dining area. Five pumps with four on; Pride, Doom Bar, Twickenham Spring (very good) and Wimbledon Quartermaine IPA (decent). The atmosphere was enhanced by Nina Simone’s back catalogue being piped through. It’s an unusual place but we all rather enjoyed this one and I’d say it’s worth seeking out for the novelty value (plus decent beer as well). Others may violently take against it, though. 7.5

On 4th July 2016 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about Foresters

The interior of this pub seems to be largely as Maldenman found it over four years ago, but the ale choice seems to have improved somewhat. There were five ales on when I visited on Wednesday afternoon - Doom Bar, London Pride, Twickenham Grandstand, Wimbledon Brewery Tower, and Park Brewery Spring Ale (£2 a half). I had the Spring Ale, which is a light ale from a micro-brewery a stone's throw from the pub. A sign above the clips said "try any three ales for the price of one beer". The sign didn't say so, but I assume you would get three thirds of a pint. I didn't see a menu, but saw plenty of food being delivered to tables.

The exterior of the pub is very attractive, retaining its original light and dark blue (could be turquoise - I'm not good with colours) faience tiling. You enter the pub into the main bar area where there are a few tall stools at a ledge in the bay window facing the handpumps. On the left is a bit more bar area with a couple of normal tables and chairs, a few small stools and a single tall table with tall stools. This leads into a small alcove room with a couple of sofas, and with a silk/satin sheet draped from the ceiling, giving it a sort of desert bedouin look. A large room on the right had all the tables laid for diners, including a very large ten or so seater, and with another of those sheets on the ceiling.

The bar area had nothing more exotic on its ceiling than old posters for various shows and the like. The exposed brickwork is still here; there are gilt mirrors on the walls; an old tiled fireplace is on the left; and there was a rack by the door containing newspapers. A sign (in the gents of all places - maybe there was one in the ladies as well) advertised rooms at £50 a night.

The ale selection is good even if it does contain a couple of the usual suspects. I would prefer it if the dining area lost a little bit of space in favour of drinkers, but presumably it does have a demand for a large restaurant area. Nonetheless, I quite liked this pub even though the comfortable seating in the bar area was quite limited.

On 22nd April 2016 - rating: 6
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'Suzi Dee left this review about Foresters

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 :-)

On 18th November 2012 - rating: 10
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Hampton Wick, 0.07 miles, 1 min walk (show)
Kingston, 0.68 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Teddington, 1.4 miles, 27 min walk (show)
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13th Apr 2019, 18:43
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13th Apr 2019, 18:43
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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 04 July 2016 by Quinno _
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  • Live Music : Yes last updated 04 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 04 July 2016 by Quinno _
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 04 July 2016 by Quinno _
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