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Forest Gate Inn, Epping

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Amazing nobody has posted a review since 2012 !
The pub's hardly changed, thank heavens, still a proper pub. Beers are good, food simple but good and staff friendly and efficient.
What more could anyone want of a pub !
Jimdee - 8 Mar 2018 16:36
This is what milady and I call a pub-shaped pub. It's what you think a good pub should be. It's pleasant, welcoming (when we walked in, milady's specs misted up and the barmaid instantly produced some tissues) and sells good beer. (Nethergate IPA and Adnams Southwold, which were both fine) what more could you want?
Well, decent sausage sarnies would be nice, and amazingly, you can get those too. We liked it

Royed - 4 May 2012 20:18
Great pub with good beer, (though the beer can be a bit warm in the summer months) No game machines and best of all no mobile phones in bar!
Tightfart - 28 Jul 2010 14:50
Have to say Gasperoos experience is the opposite to mine also.
Was back in the area at lunchtime and took the opportunity to drop in for a pint and a sarnie.
As I remember it being, well worth a visit on a sunny day with the bench seating outside the two entrances and then a sizeable green garden space further out to the front of the pub. And my pint of Nethergate IPA was spot on.
So in conclusion the Forest Gate Inn is a traditional old style country pub with a bit of character and if you’re in the Epping Forest area and after a stop for a relaxing decent pint of Ale, then this place would tick all the boxes in my experience.
Gann - 3 Jun 2010 14:56
Without doubt the best pub in and around Epping Forest - ignore review from gasperoo 28/12/08- the beer is always in good condition especially Adnams Broadside and the staff are invariably helpful and friendly - unlike the Mole Trap.
tophops - 11 Mar 2010 11:43
Mmmm - Nethergate was very tasty as was the Aspalls Dry, easily one of the best ciders on tap. The dog who was hiding under the table was also very accomodating and moved to another hiding place. Quiet (no teens) and jovial (few older locals) in equal measure plus a nice toasty fire to warm our cold legs after a 17 mile hike from Hoddesdon. It's always good to reach your destination but even better when that destination serves up decent beer with a smile.
paulio1966 - 30 Mar 2009 17:08
Visited this pub on Boxing Day 2008 with my family. Ordered a pint of Nethergate IPA, which tasted cidery and was swirling with sediment. On politely asking for a replacement, I was told that it was "supposed to look that way". I told the barman (stout, glasses, moustache, possibly the licensee) that I was a CAMRA member, and knew that no real ale should contain that much sediment. He replied "you lot look at the beer instead of tasting it, go somewhere else". I have not been so badly treated in a pub for years, will never return, and will campaign for its removal from the Good Beer Guide. Absolutely deplorable customer service. If you want a proper pub experience, go to the nearby Mole Trap.
Gasperoo - 28 Dec 2008 11:56
A real gem in an area where most of the pubs are depressingly poor. Here the place is simply furnished, unfrilly and pubby. Mercifully there is no intrusion from machines or tv sets. Conversation rules and long may that continue. The ale is very well kept too.
Beerwulf - 28 Sep 2008 00:25
Recommended for ales and prettiness - and great in the summer outside on the front
crass - 7 Jun 2007 00:38
The best pub in the area,like stepping back in time.No music,wide screens or fruit machines, just good beer, good food and good old fashioned chatter.Love the fact that dogs are welcome and you can wear your wellies without being stared at! Nice big fire tops it off as an all round relaxing warm atmosphere.Just look out for the geese!
cluck - 12 May 2007 16:56
Had an excellent pint of Nethergate IPA, here in the summer, it tasted just like my very first memories of beer! Ah bliss.
Ginger_Beard - 14 Oct 2006 16:19
Recently visited after a half-day Forest walk from Chingford - and a short wait for opening (5.00 PM Saturday afternoon, I think); excellent Adnams bitter; relaxed, unhurried, and welcoming; clean toilets; all improvements since I last visited 15 + years ago (certainly before the M25 arrived!) are just that - nothing unnecessary or excessive. Oh, and a good paperback and hardback library to browse through.
zorrodp - 22 Aug 2005 13:53
Bacon and egg sarnies for £2! Can't go wrong. Went there on Sunday. Staff seem really friendly and apparently the owner is a tree surgeon who we can buy logs off for our stove (yet to verify this - a local told us...) But anyway, top place.
TheG - 18 Jul 2005 14:26
Quite possibly my favourite pub of all time. Great atmosphere and fantastic Ridleys ales. I have to say has lost a little of it's appeal since the passing of the old man but still great - you won't get much better than this.
adrianstevenson - 14 Mar 2005 12:58
Great beer,Ridley's,Adnam's,Woodfordes
and Tally Ho at Xmas.
Small snack menu, but of good quality
Keeps "traditional" hours
Bar staff of character
gary trafford - 21 Sep 2004 11:09

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