Forge & Co

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Forge & Co is a Shoreditch spot that combines a British brasserie, a lounge bar and a social working space. The venue holds events, too.  


Venue name: Forge & Co
Address: 154 Shoreditch High St
E1 6HU
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-11pm; Sat 10am-11pm; Sun 10am-8pm
Transport: Shoreditch High St overground
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3.8 / 5

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In an area filled with great brunch options Forge & Co are below par. The gluten free option (eggs/avocado and 'toast') was a poor version of the main menu (tiny serving with no additions). Staff were friendly, but service was slow. The decor is nice and atmosphere comfortable, a good venue for a relaxed drink and a conversation with friends. 


My husband and I stopped by for brunch recently. We thought the food was ok but pricey and nothing special. The staff were lovely and very professional so thought the service was great. We enjoy breakfast out in Shoreditch most weekends and think there's such a great choice that though the food was alright, we wouldn't hurry back. Plus, I wasn't overjoyed with the excessive use of coriander that seems to be sweeping the city and is rife at Forge & Co.


Forge and co is a great social workspace. The food is nice and the service was with a smile. The ladies toilets - Particular the printed basins is a wonderful piece of art. 


We ended up going for a friend's birthday brunch - despite passing it on several occasions for some reason I never really noticed Forge & Co.

Some of us ordered the bottomless brunch, which included unlimited prosecco for 2 hours (if you pay £15) and you have to order at least two courses.

Regarding the food - it's limited for vegetarians (which made it hard for me) and I was really looking forward to the Sunday roast, which was disappointing unfortunately. But overall the rest was nice and those who ordered a meaty meal seemed to be really happy.

The staff was nice and we had a lovely couple of hours - maybe next time I come back for drinks and a snack, as the venue itself is a nice place to meet friends.


I decided to try Forge & Co as they accepted my Tastecard for 50% off food, which applied to starters, sharers, mains, desserts and sides – basically everything but the Chateaubriand which is understandable!

Based on Shoreditch High Street it is close to a whole host of bars to go to after dinner. There is also a separate bar area within the restaurant, where I saw people having cocktails.

To start with we had warm flatbread with homous, ratatouille and yoghurt dips and beef croquettes. These were a little on the small side but the mains made up for that. The veal escalope and burger and fries were huge and therefore we had no room for a sweet treat. The  menu also had various steak and fish options.

Wouldn’t choose this restaurant at full price for dinner but I am keen to try their Saturday brunch where you can pay £15 for prosecco and have unlimited free refills. 


Great decor and overall vibe with a dj offering a range of cafe style music. I was a little disappointed with the breakfast foods being rather plain and less flavoursome than imagined when reading the menu. The fresh juices were the highlight! Go here for the drinks and a nice place to sit with friends!


I came here with my family for dinner .. The staff were really lovely and I liked how relaxed we all felt in there however, the food did not deliver . I had the lobster for my main and honestly cooking lobsters goes two ways. Sadly it went badly. Ha that rhymes!! It was overcooked and very hard ... I had hoped the butter sauce would elevate the experience but it was stodgy and thick :/ . when we asked the chef to crack the claws they returned our lobster to us with 80% of it missing.such a shame . the starters didn't hit the spot either so yeah I wouldn't rush back nor recommend it to a friend but you never know they may have hired a new chef now.

Nice venue but worst vegetarian roast I've ever had.

On Sundays there menu only consists of roasts and brunch, yet the roasts are really disappointing. Their veggie roast consist of overcooked dry potatoes (which flew of my plate when I tried to cut through it), roasted butternut squash and some veg and a Yorkshire pudding with no gravy. My food was so dry. You definitely will need a drink to wash this down.

Staff were no help when asked if they had any sauce. Their response was 'we don't do veggie gravy'.

The menu is thin for vegetarians and what's there isn't worth bothering with.


I’m pretty sure that weekends revolve around brunches these days. And that’s fine by me. Because quite frankly I can’t handle a Monday having been deprived of smashing eggs and mimosa’s on either a Saturday or Sunday. With so many places to choose from, it’s almost like a game now. Working your way through each of them to complete London’s Brunch-Off.

Forge & Co seemed like a strong contender from the outside. I guess the one thing that we can all clap our hands about is these guys let you book – the thought of being able to do such a thing seems to be more of an old wives tale in restaurants these days. We were a fairly large group of 12 people, so were asked to give our orders in advance. As in almost a week before. This seemed a bit bizarre to me. I barely know what I’m going to wear on any day of the week 34 seconds before I fly out of the door. So give me a decision to make about what I want to eat on a Saturday, five days before I’m going to be consuming it, is like asking Britney why her and Justin did the whole his n her denim thing. They just don’t know. And upon reflection made a bad decision.

Their menu is solid – a lot to choose from, but difficult to gage portion size. Especially when they ask you to pick either a two-course meal or a main in order to take advantage of the bottomless brunch. Again, even more difficult to decide when they ask you to pick in advance.

By the time it came to eating it, I had to be reminded what I had picked. And when greeted with our dishes, I was disappointed. I went for the Egg Royale and the Spiced Crab Cake – the two-course option. Not sure whether one of my poached eggs lost its way from the kitchen or the waitress got a bit peckish on route, but the portions were rather small. I mean, one poached egg? ONE? Come on. With the crab cake still to come, I reassured myself that this would make up for my poached problems – but no. The crab cake again was small – and what it lacked in size, it didn’t make up for in taste.

Being so disappointed in my savoury palette, I decided that a sweet finisher could do the trick – especially after seeing my favourite Sticky Toffee Pudding on the list. However, it saddens me to say that I’d had better from a supermarket.

By this time I was knees deep in bubbles, so it didn’t ruin my experience too much. The staff are very friendly and attentive – appreciated when your watchful eye is keeping a look at the two-hour-unlimited-prosecco clock.

When it comes to value for money, Forge and Co definitely doesn’t score highly. We’ve all come to terms that brunch is an expensive hobby – so if you’re going to play along, it’s got to be worth your bucks. And sadly, this wasn’t. It’s time they upped their game – because right now, they’re teetering relegation. 

Great food and relaxed atmosphere. The bottomless brunch is incredible, with prosecco flowing for 2 hours while we ate! Went in a large group and got a table short notice, as the space is large. All the usual brunch fare is present, alongside friendly, attentive service. Eggs Benedict etc. are presented as starters, so you can mix and match smaller dishes, brunch tapas style, which was a welcome addition. 


Good classic brunch fare. Modern skandi- 60sy decor. Friendly staff and tasty coffees and juices. A perfect shoreditch based hangover spot for relaxing with a group, or equally suited for hanging out with a book or your laptop for some solo time.


Forge & Co is a kind of cafe-come-bar-come-workspace-come-coffee shop, yet it somehows makes itself work as all of those, on the far side we could see a row of people working away at their MacBooks, it was quite early evening but there were a few people beginning to eat in between and then over where we were was lots of comfy (very designer looking) sofas where we received waiter-service drinks. They had a selection of loose leaf teas, 'proper' coffees, superfood smoothies and various other soft drinks alongside free cucumber water! My smoothie was incredible and full of goodness, the price was good considering the type of place, the waiter service and its fancy ingredients! I also need to give the sinks in the ladies toilets a special mention!


Cool Shoreditch place with plenty of space for a relaxed brunch with friends. We were lucky enough to get a spot on the couches by the window on a lovely sunny day and it was truly perfect. Nice bloody mary, great ox tail burger. Our waitress was a bit abrupt and even though I had a confirmation e-mail they said they didn't have my reservation, but overall it was a lovely experience. Music was great and the atmosphere is fantastic!

Came in for a great meal. Loved the ox heart burger and my friend had a perfectly cooked rib eye. Chocolate fondant was perfect. Fantastic atmosphere. Very light and a terrific place to catch up with friends,

Came for an exhibition in the gallery at midday and then went upstairs to the Restaurant and had one of the specials for lunch. Poached salmon salad with walnuts. A real summer treat. Cocktails looked tempting too, but it was too early in the day. Definitely will be back. 

Went for a coffee, but stayed working with my laptop all day having smoothies and food. In the evening I indulged into a great burger and wicked chips. Service was great and enjoyed the musical vibes.