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user reviews of All Inn One, Forest Hill

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Still my top pub in the area. Great chef, beer well kept, a local pub for local people who welcome everyone else. Basil and Sybil are doing a great job here!!
tigerfeet - 20 Jul 2016 16:22
An ordinary pub to look at but the beer is always on top form,Tiny Rebel and Gypsy Hill breweries seem to be a priority plus Deuchars. The spotlessness is striking.
slerpy - 9 Feb 2016 20:54
All Inn One is a pub/bar on the eastern side of the train tracks in Forest Hill. This is a much quieter area than the other side of the station and this was reflected in the fact that I walked in to find only one other customer. Live football was being shown on the TV. 3 real ales were on - Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Burning Sky Plateau & Brains SA, with Gipsy Hill Bounder "coming soon", following the annoying Wetherspoons trait of displaying beers that aren't actually on yet! But I was quite happy to see Rich's Legbender cider on a 5th handpull. There is a larger room for dining at the back. But the bar area in 2 sections is reasonably large too.
blue_scrumpy - 8 Nov 2015 17:27
A revisit for me as the last pub on a small Saturday night crawl.

My first visit since January 2013 and only my 2nd ever visit.

It’s busy with food proving popular.

After visiting a couple of local pubs this was a welcome as it’s calm, has a nice class of punter and well-kept beer.

3 ales on the hand pumps on my visit, I went for pints of Cottage Brewery Iron Duke @ 4.3% & Head in a Hat Tommy @ 4.2%. Both kept very well and served with a smile.

A quick mention about the toilets, they are very clean.

I’m unsure why I don’t use this pub more often but I think I will change that from now on, it’s definitely worth a visit.
lezford - 5 Jul 2015 08:18
Super professional, friendly staff. Food is wonderful- definitely the best in forest hill- unpretentious, hot, generous portions, really good quality meat etc.
toilets are consistently the cleanest pub toilets I have ever seen. Chefs whites are really white and clean too- he will often lend a hand at bar after slaving at stove. Almost worried its gonna get swamped with yummy mummies it so nice.
Celiaelizabeth - 19 Apr 2015 17:51
Two years since last reviewing this pub I thought I'd update my opinions. If anything the pub has improved. It still has great staff including a great new manager. Saturday night is themed, at present it's Rock'n'Roll bingo which ends with a trip to the dance floor, great fun. It has BT Sport Premiership games, no Sky tv, which is great as it doesn't have all the luggage that goes with dedicated sports bars. In my opinion the welcoming atmosphere puts it way ahead of the pretentious Sylvan Post and Dartmouth, and the aircraft-hangar-dimensioned Witherspoon's Capital doesn't really warrant a mention. Highly recommended for anyone passing.
sonoftherock - 22 Feb 2015 16:02
The weaker guest ales are £3.80 a pint which is dearer than the other pubs in the area.They had Sky T.V. on last Saturday.There are four GBG entries for Forest Hill and each pub has certain merits,the All in One is rather plain internally after the delights of the Sylvan Post and the Capitol but in ale quality terms it is probably leading the pack tho' not by much. 7/10.
slerpy - 24 Oct 2014 20:35
Have been drinking in this pub for a few years now and it's getting better and better. Very friendly guvnor and guvnoress, nice range of real ales, good food, and a great regular clientele, but very welcoming to newcomers. It's got a nice big garden with kids climbing thingie so you can dump the sprogs. Richard and Julia are always making improvements to the place. Recently added to the Good Beer Guide. One and only downisde is the gents hand-dryer which provides only a gentle periodic draught - bring your own hand-towel.
sonoftherock - 7 Feb 2013 08:52
Large modernised pub with a friendly and welcoming smile from the 2 bar maids.

Wooden floors run throughout and there are a large amount of tables, stools, chairs and a few leather sofas dotted about. Food served which is reasonably priced.

Fairly dark decoration but there are many lights and coupled with windows throughout it makes the interior feel lighter than it is.

Very interesting entrance through a vestibule style door.

3 ales on tap, I had a Brains SA which was good. Priced at £3.10 so there's no complaint on the price.

Background music played with the level nice and sensible.
lezford - 22 Jan 2013 13:37
First visited on a Monday eve. I must confess I thought this place would be a dodgy rip off of All Bar One, but it topped it big time. This is a great place! Loved the live folk music. Toilets are spotless. 4 ales and 5 ciders = happy days!! Will defo be back.
Viki247 - 17 Oct 2011 20:52
Attended this pub for the first time twice over the past week and found it to be a friendly pub with a more diverse clientele than many. Ales were very well kept, including Brains SA and Rev James, Hoppit and Duechars. Food was very nice. Much to recommend about this place.
JonW999 - 24 Jul 2010 19:44
This pub seems to have something of an identity crisis. In big bold lettering high up on the front wall it is proclaimed to be the All Inn One, while above the front window is the name Foresters. My guess is that Foresters is probably the original real name, while the All Inn One is a sort of re-branding name. Anyway, this is clearly another pub that has been made over to such an extent that all its original pub character has been removed. The exterior is a chocolaty brown colour, and the pub sign is a parody of what it must once have looked like. Most of the interior walls have been painted a dirty grey colour. As you enter, the front bar is bar boarded and mainly furnished with red leather (or possibly fake leather) sofas with small, low tables. At the back on the right is a carpeted room with wooden tables, and chairs with no padding. The two rooms achieve a contrast. There is a cupboard of some sort by the window in the front of the pub, bearing a variety of magazines for visitors to read, but regrettably London Drinker did not feature among them.

On the plus side, they did have three real ales on Deuchars IPA; Adnams Yuletide; and Highgate Brewery Stocking Filler. I had a pint of the Stocking Filler, which was absolutely superb. This is not really the sort of pub I like, but they did have three ales on, and the one I had was excellent and at the wallet friendly price of 2.50 a pint. Thats a big plus.
RexRattus - 6 Dec 2009 18:59
Really good, friendly pub. Would recommend Sunday night Quiz Night followed by Play Your Cards Right. The guv, Richard, has recently increased his ales to two guest beers,and two regular ales, Brains SA and Deuchars IPA. I am absolutely bemused by references to thugs - I'm pretty sure the witness was hallucinating or was lost.
sonoftherock - 30 Oct 2009 10:16
Really good, friendly pub. Would recommend Sunday night Quiz Night followed by Play Your Cards Right. The guv, Richard, has recently increased his ales to two guest beers,and two regular ales, Brains SA and Deuchars IPA. I am absolutely bemused by references to thugs - I'm pretty sure the witness was hallucinating or was lost.
sonoftherock - 30 Oct 2009 10:16
Just been to the All In One and found it absolutely excellent, the staff were friendly and polite, the food was good(had sunday lunch) served piping hot and cooked really well followed by a delicious dessert. There is ample seating and the outside areas are presentable and well kept, there is also live entertainment on the weekends which keeps this pub out of the category of last of a dying breed. Would definitely return without hesitation.
Tokalosh - 1 Jun 2008 15:23
I live in the area, and am spoilt for choice, but this is definitely a fine pub in its own right.
Its got a distinctive feel from the Hob or Dartmouth Arms.

The clientele are decent folk who are well behaved and very nice to be around. It doesn't put on airs and everyone including the very friendly and polite bar staff treat you with respect.

The selection of beers won't blow you away, but there are more then the standard faire on tap. Prices aren't too bad on the food or the bear. I think the food portions are of a good size and are definitely fair for the price.

I have never been to a live gig, but any live music is good in my books. For a little less pomp than the Dartmouth Arms, but without scrapping the bottom of the barrel like The Capitol, All Inn One should tick all your boxes!
Piercec - 28 Mar 2008 17:14
Excellent!. Excellent! Went to see OT Earl Green on Valentine's night. Always enjoy their 'guest' singers/musicians. What a treat when the great Eddie Floyd joined in and sang 4/5 numbers, including 'knock on wood'. Best night we've had for a long time. The band rose to the occasion. Great evening. Never been in pub before, good decor, friendly staff. Shame it's not nearer where we live.... More please....
squashplayer - 16 Feb 2008 10:30
Lovely sunday lunch and the place looks much better now they've had a refurb.
jolabola - 28 Jan 2008 14:01
this pub is the business
hardboiledegg - 11 Dec 2007 17:00
I just moved into the area and tried the Foresters out on Saturday.
It is a lovely pub. Theere is a good selection of beers and wines, friendly helpful staff (I left a rucksack there and when I phoned to enquire about it the barmaid had already tucked it away safely for me) and great decor.
It has good-ish music too, and it isn't played at that rediculous ear-splitting level that makes conversation difficult.
I am pleased to have it as my local. The only thing that slightly bugs me, since I gave up the fags, is that it is REALLY smoky in there. I don;t agree with the ban politically, but I will enjoy the Foresters much more once it comes in this summer.

Oh, I was welcomed in with my dog too - with the proviso that he stay at home on sunday lunchtimes when they are serving food. can't say fairer.
The_Slider - 26 Feb 2007 17:26
Best pub in the local area by a mile. Much better than the Telegrath.
anonymous - 4 Aug 2006 17:17
I have been drinking in this pub on and off for about a year now, and its a cracking pub. Friendly landlord and landlady, bar staff are excellent and the regulars are a good bunch.
Where some of the comments below came from I dont know, its certainly not an apt description of thsi cracking little pub.
hardboiledegg - 12 May 2006 16:48
If people think this place is yobbish they should try some other pubs in the wider area, to give some perspective.

Friendly and pleasant enough. Did have a delightful barmaid but not seen her recently. No decent lagers, just Stella or cooking lager.
Beertastingmonkey - 24 Mar 2006 11:45
I've been in this pub a couple of times over the past few weeks and can't understand the negative comments on here (I can only assume they're out of date).

OK, The Forester's isn't "The Best Pub In The World Ever", but it is a nice, spacious, welcoming local boozer with a broad clientele base, just perfect for a relaxed and unpretentious weekend drink.
StuPC - 15 Mar 2006 09:28
nice pub now its been cleaned up, very nice staff and a wonderful atmosphere great to have light ale in.
smokie_tearz - 29 Jan 2006 17:38
Surprised by the negative comments. Went in one Saturday evening a few weeks back with my girlfriend - the staff were friendly and accommodating, the hoegaarden was lovely and the crowd was lively. No trouble or thugs whatsoever. A lot better than I expected!
csmall09 - 7 Nov 2005 16:07
The management needs to take control & get the thugs out. Could be the Pub Foest Hill needs with a bit more effort but very intimidating at times. Might be back.
anonymous - 14 Feb 2005 22:40
What do you mean by not comfortable at all? I go in the foresters all the time and especially on Sundays for my lunch and I think that the staff are lovely and the landlord has definitely made a huge change to the pub from what it use to be.
Oly - 27 Jan 2005 21:52
i heard good things about this pub so decided to check it out for myself one sunday afternoon when i popped in for their "best sunday lunch in forest hill" and my god i wish i'd never bothered. The lunch was okay but i would not say it was anything special. I still prefer the questions food which i would say is the best in forest hill. The pub itself is okay but the staff are very rude and it seems to me that the customers have more control over the pub than the landlord himself. I did not feel at all comfortable for all of about the hour i was in there and after finishing my lunch couldn't wait to rush out the door. I must say that i don't think i'll ever go back there in a hurry.
bugsy21 - 13 Jan 2005 16:23
Fantastic pub, great atmosphere and very friendly staff. I walked in on Sunday evening and there was this Russian band playing and dancers it was amazing, the place was packet with people. I will definitely go back.
Pete - 21 Oct 2004 12:41
Very well decorated but sadly not the friendliest place to drink in forest hill.New management are obviously trying but are sadly failing to improve this pub.
David Dean - 31 Aug 2004 19:39
Great Jazz Venue,nice atmosphere,good wine and real ales and the best sunday lunch in town
Jane - 21 Apr 2004 18:09
The Pub is opposite the train station. Has Live Jazz Bands on every Saturday and Salsa Classes on Sundays and the best Sunday Roast in Forest Hill.
Julia Channon - 22 Jan 2004 09:52
Has been under new Management for the last 18 months.It is a completely new place,nice atmosphere, nice food, good wine list and live jazz bands every saturday.
Oly - 2 Jan 2004 12:37

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