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The Forester, West Ealing, W13

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
2 Leighton Road
W13
W13 9EP
Phone: 02085671654
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Forester

Tucked away in the backstreets of Ealing, the Forester is a fabulous example of a multiple room Edwardian pub that was originally built for the Royal Brewery of Brentford. The pub is quite striking on appearance thanks to large gables and a smart green glazed brick tiled exterior. Entering the left-hand side of the pub, you find an attractive room with bare floorboards, a nice original servery with curved counter to the right and mixed seating throughout including regular tables and chairs through the middle of the room, banquettes under the front bay windows and some high tables and stools to the right. Nice wood panelling lines most of the wall space throughout the room and there is an attractive original brick fireplace to the rear. Plenty of stained glass has been used to add some colour to a room otherwise dominated by dark wood, with nice panes in the front windows and above the impressively ornate doorways that lead you through to other rooms. The smaller centre room has long tables in front of the rear servery, with a glazed tile fireplace to one side, a TV screen showing muted cricket and a mightily impressive bar back with plenty of decorative features, which backs onto a central, enclosed manager’s office. A final front room to the far right has minimal seating and more of a public bar feel to it. This pub apparently has the distinction of being the only pub in London with bell pushes for table service still in situ, although the place was so busy, I failed to spot them. The rear part of the pub, accessed from the left-hand room, has been set up as a large restaurant dining space with modern wallpaper, lots of standard tables and chairs throughout and a carvery station to the rear left. This in turn leads out to a sizable patio garden with loads of picnic benches and a couple of small gazebo-style shelters. There are also a few benches out the front too, which allow you to get a close-up view of the polished granite columns and glazed tiles on the façade.
The pub is operated by Fullers, so unsurprisingly their beers are to the fore on the handpulls, with London Pride, ESB, Gales Seafarers and Dark Star Hophead all available along with a guest of Adnams Mosaic. A sixth handpull was left unclipped and I ended up trying a pint of the Hophead, which was in decent enough shape. The pub was very busy on a Sunday afternoon, with many people eating and plenty more enjoying the cricket in the front rooms.
This is a very attractive pub that merits a visit to explore the fine Edwardian interior which has been relatively well preserved over the years. I certainly enjoyed snooping around the place, although I suspect I would’ve enjoyed it even more at a slightly quieter time outside peak food-service hours. One of a number of fine pubs in the backstreets between Ealing and Hanwell which lend themselves to a good crawl.

On 29th November 2019 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Forester

You can see why this is added on Camra's National Inventory of pubs with Historical Interiors. Even the exterior is a sight to behold. This large corner pub is split into three main areas, the public bar situated on the right hand corner and only accessible from the corner entrance. A mid section, which flows into the large left hand space and back room with Carvery, in full operation on our Sunday afternoon visit. This Fullers pub had a choice of six ales on handpump, so I went for the Fullers London Pride. The service was excellent and the staff friendly and welcoming.

On 8th June 2017 - rating: 9
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john gray left this review about The Forester

Well worth visiting for the interior.Very well kept beer with a manager who is keen to for the pub to be known for good beer.Nice sunday roast as well.Already had one beer fest so lets hope for more.

On 15th February 2013 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by elizabeth mcgraw
West Ealing, 0.62 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Drayton Green, 1.08 miles, 20 min walk (show)
Hanwell, 1.21 miles, 23 min walk (show)
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1st Dec 2019, 14:08
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1st Dec 2019, 14:08
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  • Accommodation : Yes - 7 letting rooms - last updated 06 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 26 November 2017 by Komakino .
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - September - last updated 06 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 5% - last updated 06 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 06 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 26 November 2017 by Komakino .
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 26 November 2017 by Komakino .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 26 November 2017 by Komakino .
  • Live Music : Yes - Occasional - last updated 06 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 06 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 26 November 2017 by Komakino .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 26 November 2017 by Komakino .
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Wednesday - last updated 06 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 06 May 2017 by ROB Camra
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