Forest Tavern

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Forest Tavern

Once known as the Railway Tavern, the community of Forest Gate now know the place as Forest Tavern, where you can get six real ales on tap, amongst other delights and food.


Venue name: Forest Tavern
Address: 173
Forest Lane
E7 9BB
Transport: Forest Gate rail
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4.4 / 5

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Situated just outside Forest Gate train station, the Forest Tavern is a great location for a drinks between colleagues and friends after work or a Sunday stop after a stroll in Newham. There is a very big space at the front where the bar is, with large tables and comfy areas for a pint. There is also a large restaurant area, leading onto the beer garden (only open in Spring/Summer). 

The food is very good quality, from nibbles to full roast on Sundays. There is an average selection of beers on tap. The staff is always welcoming and happy to recommend drinks and food. 

Friendly staff. Cosy atmosphere. Great food, gins, wines and beers. Excellent local pub.


Being recommended this pub by a patron at a different pub where the food wait was 2 hours, we were greatly surprised. With 4 different roasts to choose from (including a vegetarian option), sitting in the sun, drinking cold ciders (2 different ones on tap), it was the perfect afternoon. Although it's on the high street with a lot of traffic, sitting in the beer garden, you wouldn't know it. Friendly staff and reasonable prices, it's a great pub lunch after walking through Wanstead park. 

An excellent pub with a great choice of real ales and a great selection of very good food. With good music and events on most weeks this pub is the place to drink in Forest Gate. The staff are friendly and polite and always make you feel welcome.