Winning Time & Leisure’s best pub three years running caught our attention. We visited independly owned The Foresters in Hampton Wick during a busy Sunday lunch to see what the fuss is about.
Entrance is via the bar area. It's a one of a kind space – a padded bar draped with a Union flag, mis-matched distressed furniture in a non-shabby chic way and a penchant for using empty wine bottles as candlesticks plus, most joyously, the upbeat sounds of 1930s jazz. The Foresters is boho hipster in pub form.
A cosy sofa corner with a roaring fire would far too easily become a spot you never leave. We resisted the temptation and carried on to the restaurant area.
More quirky decor in the dining area, with a tented ceiling and chandelier. Exposed brick is always nice. None of that lovely music though, probably a good thing considering how many people there were.
Staff were cheerful, which was impressive given all the running around they were doing.
The Sunday lunch menu had, well, roasts though there were a nice amount of sides and a vegetarian choice.
Mr went for the Roast rib eye of beef with Yorkshire pudding, sweet braised red cabbage, chantenay carrot, sautéed green beans and horseradish cream – £14.30 It was very enjoyable though the Yorkshire pudding was a little crispy.
He opted for one of the sides, the Cauliflower Cheese £4.00. It was nice enough but he would have preferred sharper cheese.
I had the vegetarian option, Roast butternut with rocket and pumpkin seed salad, ‘Foresters’ spicy cous cous, sumac and rosewater yoghurt £13.50. The butternut squash was insanely good. I could happily eat it every day, lots of nice flavours and perfectly cooked.
I’m not sure how the cous cous goes with the squash. Without some Lamb Tagine to give it purpose there was never much chance I was going to eat it. The rosewater yoghurt did have a nice flavour though.
The single biggest thing you always miss out on when ordering the vegetarian option at a Sunday roast is the Yorkshire Pudding. Not a problem at The Foresters, they do them on the side. Yorkshire pudding £ 0.70
It’s not difficult to see why The Forester has won best pub three years straight. The food and staff are lovely and the surrounds are unique and comfortable. The people of Hampton Wick are lucky to have such a fine independent pub on their doorsteps.
45 High Street, Hampton Wick, Surrey, KT1 4DG
Dogs welcome in the bar area