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Forest Tavern (Antic)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Anarchy - SmokebombExcellent1
East London - NightwatchmanExcellent1
Redemption - Fellowship PorterExcellent1
Revolutions - Into Your ArmsExcellent1
London Fields - Hackney HopsterExcellent1
Red Squirrel - Mister SquirrelGood1
Roosters - BuckeyeGood1
King (W.J. King) - Green BulletGood1
Stewart - ZymicGood1
360° - Sussex #42Acceptable1
Adnams - Topaz GoldNot Tried0
Adnams - LighthouseNot Tried0
Dark Star - PartridgeNot Tried0
Blackjack - The PokiesNot Tried0
Caledonian - Deuchars IPANot Tried0
Cottage - Norman's Conquest 5%Not Tried0
Redwillow - FecklessNot Tried0
Adnams - Old AleNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurNot Tried0
Derventio - Et Tu BrutusNot Tried0
Hardknott - CoolfusionNot Tried0
London Fields - Shoreditch Triangle IPANot Tried0
Five Points - Hook Island Red Ale Not Tried0
Ilkley - American SmoothNot Tried0
Picture 1. Forest Tavern, Forest Gate, Greater London

Visits Details

29 Mar 2014 (Stephen Harris)
A small number of customers in at Saturday lunchtime. Most of them are sitting outside, on a pleasant spring day.
BeerABVScoreNotes
King (W.J. King) - Green Bullet4.30GoodAmber in colour. Well-hopped with New Zealand Green Bullet hops.
360° - Sussex #424.20AcceptableA straightforward, malty, brown bitter.
London Fields - Shoreditch Triangle IPA6.00Not Tried
Five Points - Hook Island Red Ale 6.00Not Tried
Ilkley - American Smooth4.30Not Tried
25 Feb 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening visit and the number of customers is not into double figures – very pleasant though.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Redemption - Fellowship Porter5.10ExcellentFlavoursome Porter.
Revolutions - Into Your Arms6.90ExcellentVery nice indeed. Aromatic, strong, Red IPA using Australian hops.
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90Not Tried
Derventio - Et Tu Brutus4.50Not Tried
Hardknott - Coolfusion4.40Not TriedBeing sold off at £2 a pint as it had not proved popular with customers.
04 Feb 2014 (Stephen Harris)
This pub is very quiet in the early evening tonight. Beer in notably good condition.
BeerABVScoreNotes
London Fields - Hackney Hopster4.20ExcellentA golden, well-balanced, pale ale. Perhaps not as hop-driven as in the past.
Anarchy - Smokebomb3.90ExcellentA lovely, very smoky, dark porter.
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80Not Tried
Cottage - Norman's Conquest 5%5.00Not Tried
Redwillow - Feckless4.10Not Tried
Adnams - Old Ale4.10Not Tried
20 Dec 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Busy in the early evening. The back room is now open as a dining area and there are several large groups in paper crowns and Christmas jumpers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Roosters - Buckeye3.50GoodGolden. Initially very dry after the previous pint. But actually quite balanced and I grew in to it.
Stewart - Zymic3.80GoodGolden. Pungent hop oil tastes. In fact, it tastes to me like a green hop beer.
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Not Tried
Dark Star - Partridge4.00Not Tried
Blackjack - The Pokies3.60Not Tried
05 Sep 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Opening night has been put back by a week and then delayed by a few hours. Builders still present around the bar and the pub name still being added to the fascia as I arrived. Very soon got really quite busy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
East London - Nightwatchman4.50ExcellentLovely beer in absolutely superb condition. Dark and fruity and chocolaty and a bit roasty. The best I’ve ever tasted of this beer.
Red Squirrel - Mister Squirrel4.30GoodA straightforward, brown, traditional, premium bitter. Sweetish.
Adnams - Topaz Gold4.00Not Tried

About the Forest Tavern

The pub sign. Forest Tavern, Forest Gate, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

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Excellent5
Good4
Acceptable1
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Website.

The pub is found in Forest Gate, Greater London, E7 9BB.

This pub was established in around 1870 as one of a line of three pubs right outside Forest Gate railway station. Its name – the Railway Tavern. It was a Cannon Brewery pub, later part of the merged Allied Breweries block. The pub was rebuilt in its present form in 1925 and is actually quite level – not at the jaunty angle that it appears to be in my photograph. Like many pubs, this one experienced difficult trading days around the turn of the century, closing down in 2005. Punch Taverns re-opened the pub in 2007, but it was not a roaring success. Antic have now taken on the pub, re-opening the doors in September 2013 and re-naming the pub the Forest Tavern. There is a large front bar, with a rear room that has now been brought back in to use and is primarily for dining. In typical Antic fashion, the pub features naked floorboards, bare brick walls, dim lighting and lovely staff. Pavement tables.

We have visited this pub 5 times, seen 24 different beers and tried 10 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E7 9BB