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Bold Forester, Mansfield

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
Botany Avenue
NG18 5NG
Phone: 01623623970
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Hungry Horse (Greene King)

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Blue Scrumpy left this review about Bold Forester

The Bold Forester is yet another roadside chain pub on the busy A38 into Mansfield. It is also yet another Hungry Horse establishment. They seem to love these around here. It was the third one I'd visited on my two trips to this area of Nottinghamshire.

Surprisingly, this one is listed in the current 2022 Good Beer Guide, with the promise of up to 12 real ales. In the event, there were only half of that number. But it was still a vast improvement on the other Hungry Horse establishments I'd visited, in terms of ales.

The regulars are Greene King IPA & Abbot & Morland Old Speckled Hen. Guests were Kelham Island Pale Rider, Titanic Plum Porter & Bradfield Farmer's Steel Cow.

The bar is quite large. After scouring the length to check out the various handpulls, I waited and waited and waited to be served. People who had arrived just after me were served. Others arriving at that end of the bar were also served. I was getting particularly frustrated and had to ask one of the passing barmaids if anybody was likely to be serving at my end of the bar anytime soon. In fairness to her, she served me immediately and I even received a CAMRA discount on my order.

The interior feels like a typical chain eatery, with nearly all tables taken with diners. Although there were a fair number of people just there for a drink, from what I could see. An outdoor area contains some heated huts, presumably installed during the various pandemic restrictions when it wasn't safe to eat or drink indoors.

This was not really a place I could feel comfortable in and with the inefficient service, I wouldn't be too tempted to return just for a drink. Although the prospect of a cheap meal with a decent ale to wash it down with would be a good enough reason to pay a visit. So, maybe I will return to sample the mass produced food the next time I'm in Mansfield.

On 24th March 2022 - rating: 6
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Danny O'Revey left this review about The Bold Forester

Thank goodness for Greene King! Never thought I would say that (though actually its twice following Williams Ale House in London), but after the very poor experience of the chain pubs in the town centre this Hungary Horse is much more like it. Modern building from the exterior inside there are split levels, separated areas, differing from dark to light areas, high/low seating.

All very well presented and laid out considering its a chain pub.

Good choice of beer, including local & a rushed member of staff apologising for the slight wait whilst serving someone else.

Beer kept very well.

On 27th April 2017 - rating: 8
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Bold Forester

The Bold Forester is a large modern pub that is set well back from the main road in its own grounds.
Once inside there a very large single L shaped room that is divided into different areas,there is a pool table and TV to the rear right,this is more like a bar area,the middle area had some bench seating and comfy chairs,the family dining area is to the far left on a raised area,the room is carpeted throughout and is quite smart.
There were three banks of handpumps,the ones on the front bar area were from the Greene King Stable,IPA, Abbot,Old Speckled Hen,the pumps at eaech side of the bar had guest beers on,i had a drink of Nottingham EPA which the landlord said was fresh on it tasted very nice,the other beers i noted were Navigation Pale,Cottage Pit Stop,i saw beers from Mauldons and Double Top,too many to write down.
There were lots of diners but has a drinker i was made very welcome,i carn'nt comment on any smells of food,because i lost me sense of smell a few years ago.
I was happy enough drinking in this pub,it seems large enough to cater for both drinkers and diners alike.

Pub visited 28/6/2014

On 28th June 2014 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Will Larter
Mansfield, 0.68 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Mansfield Woodhouse, 2.37 miles, 45 min walk (show)
Sutton Parkway, 2.59 miles, 49 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Bold Forester, Mansfield
24th Mar 2022, 12:40
Review submitted by Blue Scrumpy
26th Jul 2017, 23:30
Picture submitted by peter ashworth approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 24 May 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - St Georges Day weekend - last updated 24 May 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 24 May 2019 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 24 May 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 24 May 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes - Until 9:30 p.m. - last updated 24 May 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 24 May 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 24 May 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 24 May 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 24 May 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 24 May 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 24 May 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 24 March 2022 by Blue Scrumpy
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 24 May 2019 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 24 May 2019 by ROB Camra
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