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Foresters Arms, Tonbridge

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Oh dear, why did I ever go in, I loathe sheps beer and they only had whitstable bay available anyway - and the decor is just grim unless you like cold/spartan/characterless...........UGH
nelly0164 - 21 Aug 2012 13:38
This used to be a friend's local, and I've shared a good few pints with him here in years gone by. I recently dropped in once again, and found the place almost unrecognisable. What was once a comfortable, old-fashioned, rather down-at-heel local boozer has been 'modernised' into something cold and rather soulless, dominated by a pool table at one end and a TV set at the other.It was almost deserted when I was in, but I guess it gets quite a lot of student trade at other times.
Only cask beer on was Kent's Best; I'm not a great Sheps fan, but this was very drinkable - though not sufficient to lure me back without some other good reason to be there.
earlydrinker - 8 Nov 2011 18:07
I've visited this pub a few times recently and have been pleasantly surprised. The beer is excellent. The manager and other staff are very friendly. The pub is newly decorated in a style reminiscent, perhaps, of some smart Italian restaurants, but very comfortable.
intemperanceleague - 3 Oct 2011 12:32
In this very local pub for the first time last week. I am middle aged and I like the place. people from all walks of life and age. I was made to feel very welcome by the very polite manager, sort of place you can go into on your own and get chatting to the locals.
I didnt try the food but it did look good served by a friendly looking young lady.
The ale was well kept and served correctly.
On the whole a good friendly local pub. I will be trying the weekends,I'm sure it willbe fun.
easygoing - 14 Feb 2011 21:17
no car park, and during the day alot of students. popped here for a pint with my daughter in the evening, she thoroughly enjoyed herself, music not to my tasting, but i did enjoy my night.
allhailtotheale - 30 Jan 2011 23:48
Lively atmosphere, great music, a total mixture. Drinkers were friendly however drunk. Bar staff was very friendly and on top form. What with the staff and the people in there, the atmosphere, i would say this is what i would call a proper boozer. When Iím in the area next, i will be coming back here!
beerisgood43 - 17 Jan 2011 23:09
loud bar staff who seem to want to see to their mobile phone befor the waiting customer. A few long faces at the bar and plenty of very drunk people. obviously there isn't a dont serve drunks rule in this pub.
I dont think they ask youngsters for I d and I'm sure the toilets are used for more than just peeing.
Good Ales, good lively pub not for the faint hearted. Would not take a chiled or my wife in there, but great for a mates night out. If you want a no rule get out your head pub this is the one in Tonbridge.
memeoryloss - 11 Dec 2010 19:28
Chav city.
If you are not one you'd be advised to steer clear. The reviewers below are clearly not the target market (eg they can write).
Like WilliamBonny I am a local, and I have been in the Foresters exactly twice in 30 years. Not an experience I am likely to repeat until I buy myself an England footie shirt, have my head shaved and lose my brain.
LDW - 29 Oct 2009 08:59
A grim hole with grim people.

Can fully imagine the incident below happening.
mrse1 - 24 Jul 2009 12:54
This is my local and I live 30 seconds walk from it. Went in there with my girlfriend 2 nights ago for a drink and to watch the football that they were showing. Once we'd sat down we overheard a couple of the regulars complaining to the bar staff that they wanted to watch the rugby. They were told that they couldn't because we were already watching the football (which was already on the big screen when we came in). These 3/4 regulars (all aged mid 40's) then spent the next 45 minutes abusing, baiting and intimidating myself and my girlfriend. Needless to say we didn't rise to the bait and left at half time.

It's sad that I have rated my local so poorly, but the place is only going to be as good as the people that frequent it, so unless the management does something about these low lifes then quite frankly it will struggle.
WilliamHBonny - 17 Dec 2008 18:41
oops disregard below - thought it was the one in Tunbridge Wells.
hornstreet - 11 Sep 2008 10:39
Closed and re-opened as Jaks. Then closed again and is now called Murphys. Only open in the evening.
hornstreet - 11 Sep 2008 10:37
Not exactly Shep's finest establishment, but my experience of the place is not as bad as some of the comments suggest.
rpadam - 10 Nov 2006 20:52
This is my favourite pub, Bee is great and once you get used to the regulars their cool too (even if they do take the piss out of me being a goth)
anonymous - 29 Oct 2006 10:43
Scary place. Full of blokes you don't want to f**k with. Staff and booze pretty good - not bad if you want to go out for a six hour bender and get totally smashed.
MILF_Wizard - 29 Jul 2006 21:21
im one of them geezers and we dont move cause u dont ask :P nice pub charlotte behind the bar is very fine and bee is such a nice lady ! full of goths on a week day tho :|
callmedave - 3 May 2006 21:28
Full of geezers who won't move out of the way for you to get to the bar or even pass in and out of the pub. An absolute nightmare.
anonymous - 27 Jun 2005 09:50

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