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Scallop in the Shell  - The Forge, Chester, Cheshire

The Forge

4.2
4.2
57 Reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
The Forge Restaurant in Chester is becoming one of Chester's best restaurants with delicious food and unrivalled service.

Situated in the heart of this historic Roman town (or Deva as it was 2000 years ago), The Forge is latest in a group of extraordinary restaurant and dining experiences by restaurateur and chef Mike Robinson.

Continuing Mike’s passion for wild, sustainable British ingredients, and his love of simple cooking over fire and charcoal, The Forge has its kitchen front and centre in the middle of the lovely, elegant space. Incredible dry aged beef and wild venison will be found in the maturation cabinets, awaiting their turn on the amazing forge grill, there to be lovingly grilled and roasted over oak and beech logs.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British, British, Northwest British

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 6:00 pm–9:30 pm Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:45 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    01244 735765

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    The Private Dining Room at The Forge is really special. Seating up to 10 guests in sumptuous comfort, you can enjoy the amazing feasting style menus that our incredibly talented chefs will prepare. A dedicated team will be on hand to look after you and cater for all your needs and ensure your gathering is as perfect as possible.

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Experiences

  • Steak Night at The Forge Chester

    £49.50 per person

    Aug 19, 2022 - Mar 31, 2023
    STEAK NIGHT IN CHESTER Join us on a Monday or Tuesday each week and feast on our fantastic Steak Night in Chester. For £99 per couple, you can enjoy a delicious steak, including three sumptuous sides and a bottle of wine. Any Sirloin Steak (up to 800g) Any choice of 3 sides Radishes & beans in a shallot butter Creamed Spinach Hispi, parsley & crispy onion Triple cooked chips Dirty mash A choice of one of the following bottles of wine The Wolftrap Red Trastullo Bianco Tremendus Rosé All this for just £99 per couple
  • Christmas Day 2022

    £135.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 25, 2022 only
    Join us this Christmas Day for a delicious five course feast! Starting with a glass of Champagne on arrival, you'll be treated to a delicious selection of festive food and drink, all prepared and cooked in a uniquely Forge fashion.
  • Festive Feasting Set Menu

    £45.00 per person

    Dec 1 - Dec 24, 2022
    Our specially crafted Festive Feasting Menu is the perfect way to indulge with friends, family or work colleagues. Available throughout December for £45 per person, enjoy Christmas classics and The Forge specials, cooked and served encompassing our core philosophies of simple cooking over fire and charcoal, all using the best wild sustainable British ingredients.

What 57 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cheshire

    Innovative

  • Cheshire

    Romantic

  • Cheshire

    Good for special occasions

  • Cheshire

    Lively

  • Cheshire

    Most Booked

  • Chester

    Best Overall

  • Chester

    Best Food

  • Chester

    Best Service

  • Chester

    Best Ambiance

  • Chester

    Innovative

  • Chester

    Romantic

  • Chester

    Good for special occasions

  • Chester

    Most Booked

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  1. DH

    DavidH

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb service and exceptional food. Loved the theatre of the place, attentive, knowledgeable staff. Love to go back again
  2. BL

    BenL

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Service a bit chaotic (multiple servers, plates not being cleared away etc.) but food quality was excellent. Wine choice was ok but expensive (£50 a bottle).
  3. MP

    MarkP

    Cumbria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    This is a busy restaurant which means it is loud when full. The seating is well organised, so you don’t feel squashed in. The service was excellent, and the staff did their best despite the limited availability of wine and certain dishes, as there had been a supply issue. There is an emphasis placed on their cooked to order steaks, but be mindful that the weigh of steak you purchase will be quite different to that you actually eat as these have a fair proportion of bone or fat attached. The desserts are ok, but nothing that impressive, and one of ours wasn’t set properly so was returned. It is quite a limited menu overall, so best to check ahead of your visit.
  4. AS

    ASH1

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A really special evening. Food and drinks were of high quality as was the service. It's a must if you visit Chester!
  5. LF

    LaraF

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience2
    Service was very very slow although looked like there was plenty of staff around. Menu is bit heavy on the starters.
  6. RJ

    RobinJ

    Cheshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The four of us enjoyed a great evening to celebrate an anniversary. We were upgraded to the chefs table and enjoyed a fantastic meal. Service was excellent, good wines and a superb Ribeye to share. Venison tartare to start with was the weakest dish we enjoyed. Amazing triple cooked fries and a wonderful dirty mash. would recommend the cabbage side dish. Great front of house team.
  7. GS

    GarethS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We went for the steak. We wanted t-bone or sirloin but they had none cut to our size in the dry age fridge. All were too large. The only suitable size was ribeye, which was still delicious. Staff were polite and knowledgable.
  8. BW

    BrianW

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food quality was fantastic. Steaks done to perfection
  9. WC

    WilliamC

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent new eatery in Chester food was superb and service excellent Had lunch menu and had good choices and good value
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Staffordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service all great, recommend for special occasion dining
  11. RM

    RebeccaM

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    A lovely meal with great staff who doted on our daughters. Would go again for sure.
  12. AL

    AdamL

    Cheshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Overpriced, a victim of its own success. SO SLOW. Very disappointing. We arrived half an hour early expecting to have a drink at the bar, but had to stand for a full 20 minutes before being served. The barmaid was on her own, completely overwhelmed with the orders coming in from the restaurant. She was doing her best but they needed at least two more people behind the bar. We were eventually shown to our table somewhat late, and waited another 10 minutes before someone took our drinks order. This were promptly forgotten - half an hour later I asked a waitress where our drinks were and her reply was "the bar is really busy". We had finished our starters before the drinks arrived. The mains also took a while to arrive. My main course was good, delicious and well cooked. Hence the two stars However, my partners meal was really poor: She ordered roasted cod and the piece of fish would have literally fitted into the palm of a child's hand. It was lukewarm and flavourless. The other item on her plate was an onion. The sauce had little flavour, and this cost £28! Her comment was that the lunchtime parsnip soup that we had at a cafe costing £4.50 had twice the flavour and was four times the size. By the time we had finished our mains, we were both so irritated by the slow service and poor quality of my partner's meal that we decided to leave. Trying to pay took another 20 minutes and eventually I had to to walk over to the till and hassle the waiter to take the payment. Equally irritating was the fact that a service charge is included in the bill - the service was glacially slow, the worst I have encountered in recent memory. Overall this restaurant needs to up it's game. They can cook well - my main meal was good, but my partner's was very poor. They did not have enough staff on, the waiting and bar staff were rushed and hassled. Overpriced, unrelaxing, and soooo sloooow. We will not be returning.
  13. A

    Anon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Lovely venue. Serving staff were attentive and knowledgable. The sharing steak was expensive and sadly, not cooked very well. The size of the cut required a much longer cooking time meaning the the fat had not rendered and the meat was variably chewy and/or raw. Other meals (specials and fish) were better value and cooked much more successfully. We aren’t planning a return visit.
  14. JT

    JoyT

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food with a difference but value for money and an evening to savour.
  15. JW

    JonathonW

    Cheshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Maybe better for dinner than lunch. Set menu was a bit limited
  16. F

    Foodlover

    Cumbria

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Restaurant was modern and pleasant decor. However, we have two issues. One there was no a la carte menu only a Sunday lunch menu, despite this not being highlighted. Secondly, the choice of roast beef was a disaster. The beef was tough and unbeatable and had to be returned. A table nearby had the same issue. Upon discussing this we were told that the meat supplier was to blame. At no point did the chef come to discuss this and we do feel it is the chefs responsibility to ensure that the beef was of the appropriate quality.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Probably not the best restaurant to choose if you don’t want to eat steak. If you do they are well worth the ££ Starters, very limited selection and seemed very small in my opinion not really worth the money. Taste didn’t outweigh the small portion. Still enjoyed it and would recommend. Restaurant is smart, cosy and the smell is incredible from the open kitchen.
  18. RC

    RolandC

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Top quality food and very good service. Modern British cuisine in very pleasant environment. Highly recommended.
  19. DJ

    DavidJ

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The menu we were presented with bore very little resemblance to the menu on the website,dissapointing,meaning very little choice.Our party of 3 chose the sharing steak which was average,the total cost of the steak £190.00,scandalous.The service charge,which isn’t optional was over £42.00 again ridiculous.Lovely staff although service was sluggish. The musical duo who were performing were excellent. Overall an average dining experience which was grossly overpriced and the service charge,which yes,I read about prior to our visit (although it was not pointed out to us) really need addressing.Will not be returning.
  20. S

    Steve

    Manchester

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fourth visit and another really enjoyable lunch. Stunning food and good value given the quality. Dinner can be quite an expensive affair, but worth it. Love the place!
  21. E

    Edster

    Cheshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went for anniversary meal food was fantastic waiter and waitress were very informative.wine very good and chefs went above and beyond with the champagne chocolates as an extra with the dish they came on wishing us a happy anniversary . thanking you.
  22. NB

    NickB

    Inverness

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic food and top service. But had big issues with the bill when we checked it. There were two of us and went at lunch. My wife had set three course at £29.50. I Chose starter and then opted for a steak off menu which the waitresses offered, then a dessert. But we were charged for Three Set Lunch Menu plus my Steak!! Plus charge for our 'complimentary' garlic bread they gave us. So we missed our train to go back and comain. Staff apologetic, refunded one set lunch, but nothing for 'complimentary' bread. Worse was only deducting £4.00 for the set menu price but charging for steak. So that's £25.00 for one starter (menu price £6.50)....meaning my Toffee Sponge cost me £18.50!!!...ridiculous!! Staff should be explaining clearly that if you are having a set lunch if you want anything other than what is shown (even though they say steaks etc are available) you still have to pay for full set menu Plus steak price ( which at £78 for smallest steak was hefty price!). My wife was in tears when we first looked at receipt as she felt robbed and it really spoilt what was really lovely food and drink.
  23. L

    Llomo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had the best time. The staff certainly make it a great night out. Food was nice but the menu didn’t blow me away, I’d certainly go again though I am being very fussy here. I’d recommend it. We felt spoilt, full, happy and the drinks list is excellent. Thank you to all the staff there.
  24. TK

    ThomasK

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Splashed out here for a special birthday, was not disappointed, excellent service from both bar and waitress, costly but memorably great steak... recommended!
  25. G

    George

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall we were satisfied but we had a 25 minute wait for the main course plates to be cleared.
  26. MB

    MatthewB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    As returning customers we were looking forward to dinner, we had to ask for someone to take our drinks order, drinks came out 25 mins after we were seated, girl serving us had to be asked to clear empty glasses, food quality was poor. Again server didn’t know any information on the frozen steaks,… not greatv
  27. WA

    WendyA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Overall the food was lovely but the service was woeful. It got so bad we were looking for the hidden cameras, only asked once in 2 hours would we like a drink, brought meals destined for other tables in 2 occasions and witnessed our order offered to at least two other tables. It was comical but not sure everyone would see it that way.Then had to go and find our own coats as the system had gone off the rails !! We had one waitress, Helen I think, and she was the only one who seemed to know what she was doing and was apologetic but was covering too many tables. Overall it was a shame as the food was really lovely and could eat the dirty mash everyday.
  28. TT

    ThomasT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience at the forge, food was exceptional and service was excellent. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone.
  29. CW

    ChrissieW

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. The menu was interesting with good selection of dishes made with quality ingredients. The kitchen, within the seating area, was clean, efficient and calm.
  30. S

    Shannon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food - delicious, atmosphere- busy but pleasant, service - attentive but not imposing. Worth the price of the food and even that is very reasonable for the quality. They also gave us a signed congrats card as we were celebrating our engagement. Lovely little touch.
  31. CR

    CliveR

    West Sussex

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent service and food. The menu is limited but the food fantastic.
  32. C

    Cartier15

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary here and omg, what an amazing place this is. Food is so amazing! Our waiter Luigi was amazing and so funny. The food guys, please order the T bone steak to share! You wont regret
  33. JM

    JuliaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and excellent service. Really outstanding
  34. AW

    AnnetteW

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I’m vegetarian, had read the menu, what was offered was lovely quality though main course was cold in patches. Non vegetarian companion enjoyed his meal. Spillage by staff on table not noticed or dealt with. Nice the way the dining area is partitioned, small tables are quiet and allows for intimate feel. Staff pleasant.
  35. l

    lesleyd

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Lovely restaurant great music under staffed for a Friday night had to wait ages to order dessert and get more drinks! So moved into the bar to get served! Although HELEN our waitress was very attentive Food was delicious and atmosphere relaxed Great champagne too

    The ForgeResponded on September 27, 2022Thank you for a your honest review and feedback. Helen is a joy and all guests seem to love her as do we! I'm sorry to hear you had a wait on food and drink, if you would like to discuss further please do not hesitate to contact me on jack.elrick@theforgechester.co.uk.

  36. DB

    DavidB

    London

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    It's a nice setting, looking quite cosy and welcoming, although the air conditioning is excessive - it was definitely a little chilly. The food was good, but not spectacular, as were the cocktails. The service was the most disappointing aspect though - some staff members were extremely friendly and courteous, but others (such as our waiter) were inattentive - it was a constant challenge trying to get someone’s attention to order more drinks and they generally took far too long to arrive once ordered - and somewhat arrogant.

    The ForgeResponded on September 27, 2022I'm very sorry to your experience didn't hit your expectations, usually our team are very attentive towards guests without feeling the need to invade privacy. if you would like to discuss further then please do contact myself on jack.elrick@theforgechester.co.uk

  37. IS

    IanS

    Cheshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had excellent service from the moment we walked in. Staff were superb with us throughout our visit,attentive without being over powering. We went for the sharing steak which we thoroughly enjoyed,cooked exactly how we asked. All in all a very good dining experience

    The ForgeResponded on September 27, 2022Thank you for the fabulous 5* review! it's great to hear that our team here at The Forge were very accommodating towards you without adding any needless pressure! The steaks are always a massive hit and it seems they were a big game changer for yourselves here also. Hopefully we'll see you back in future!

  38. E

    Eric

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service throughout, outstanding food and wine. Highly recommend

    The ForgeResponded on September 27, 2022thank you for the fabulous 5* review! It's great to hear we are exceeding the guests expectations! Hopefully we will meet again!

  39. k

    kellym

    Cheshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Can’t fault food or service, was lovely. however , tables are too close to each other. Especially the 2 seater tables. We might aswell been sitting with the people next to us as we were that close, and could hear their whole conversation. Also the 2 seater tables are too small. Struggled to fit all the drinks/food on. We were more scared of knocking something off the table. So we felt a bit uncomfortable with where we were sat. If we went again we would request a booth as these were more spacious.

    The ForgeResponded on September 27, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave us some great feedback, its great to hear the food and service were both faultless! We will take your feedback about table tightness and size into consideration and see what we can do about it in future.

  40. SR

    SamanthaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really impressed... the staff were wonderful and the food delicious. Loved it

    The ForgeResponded on September 27, 2022Thank you for the fantastic review on both food and service. We really do hope we see you again very soon!

FAQs

The Forge is rated 4.2 stars by 57 OpenTable diners.

The Forge does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Forge

The Forge, Grosvenor Park Road, Chester, Cheshire CH1 1QQ

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Chester

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 6:00 pm–9:30 pm Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:45 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British, British, Northwest British

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01244 735765

  • Private party facilities

    The Private Dining Room at The Forge is really special. Seating up to 10 guests in sumptuous comfort, you can enjoy the amazing feasting style menus that our incredibly talented chefs will prepare. A dedicated team will be on hand to look after you and cater for all your needs and ensure your gathering is as perfect as possible.

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