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The Old Forge

3.6
3.6
37 Reviews
£26 to £40
Gastro Pub
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With beautiful surroundings, and a stylish interior, The Old Forge in Winchester is a classic meets modern pub, a perfect setting for any occasion. Our chefs take pride in preparing fresh, delicious tasting food using the finest ingredients. Signature dishes include spit-roasted chicken with lemon & garlic confit, slow cooked pork belly with seared scallops, salmon supreme served with thyme-roasted butternut squash, and our home-made British beef burger. For a lighter bite, our spiralised carrot salad and Mediterranean mezze are both delectable, or for some sweet indulgence our melting golden chocolate bomb with caramel ice cream is sure to please!
You’ll also find a range of daily-changing specials and a carefully selected drinks list, including beautiful wines, ales and lagers, cocktails, and bubbles. So, whether it’s for a drink at the bar with family and friends, a special dining experience or a relaxed afternoon with great food – you can sit back and unwind, and we’ll take

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, English

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am
    Sun 12:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    01962 717191

  • Payment options

    Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

Menu

To Nibble & Share

  • Nocellara Olives£2.95

    • Artisan Rustic Breads£4.75

      with olive oil & balsamic vinegar, Nocellara olives and flavoured butter

      • Garlic Pizzette£4.95

        with rocket and Parmesan

        • Sticky Platter£17.50

          Spiced Thai-style chicken skewers, crispy duck wings with plum, hoisin & sweet chilli glaze, tonkatsu inspired pulled pork, preserved lemon aioli and chorizo topped flatbread

          • Fisherman's Platter£12.95

            Sloe gin smoked salmon with salmon caviar, crayfish cocktail in bloody mary ketchup, salt & szechuan pepper squid, smoked mackerel, Devon crab mayonnaise with toasted rustic bread and aioli

            • Box-Baked Camembert£10.95

              topped with omega seed sprinkle, acerola cherry & thyme flavour dip with ciabatta bread

              • Mediterranean Mezze£12.50

                Sweet potato falafel, harissa hummus topped with pomegranate seeds, tzatziki, roasted sweet peppers, pea & mint pesto and seasoned flatbread

                Starters

                • Scallops of the Day£10.50

                  Ask for today's seasonal special

                  • Thyme-Roasted Portobello Mushrooms*£5.95

                    in a Cropwell Bishop sauce on rustic toast

                    • Chicken Liver, Sherry & Balsamic Parfait£7.55

                      with crostini

                      • Crayfish & Crab Pot£7.95

                        in Devon crab mayonnaise with ciabatta bread

                        • Soup of the Day*£4.75

                          with artisan rustic bread and butter

                          • Salt & Szechuan Pepper Squid£5.50

                            with aioli

                            • Crispy Duck Wings£6.75

                              with plum, hoisin & sweet chilli glaze, roasted plum and toasted sesame seeds

                              • Bury Black Pudding Potato Cake*£5.95

                                with poached egg, spinach and whisky hollandaise

                                • Porcini Mushroom Arancini£6.55

                                  with lovage pesto

                                  • Pan-Fried Tiger Prawns£7.95

                                    with garlic & parsley butter or sweet chilli & ginger sauce

                                    • Deep-Fried Somerset Brie*£5.95

                                      in panko breadcrumbs with apricot & cumin chutney

                                      • Black Angus Bresaola£7.95

                                        with candied walnuts, thyme goat's curd, watercress and lemon oil dressing

                                        Sandwiches & Salads

                                        Salads Additions: Chargrilled chicken breast £3 | Roasted salmon supreme £4 | Goat's curd (Vegetarian) £2 | Grilled halloumi (Vegetarian) £2.25. Our sandwiches are served on ciabatta bread and come with a choice of fries, dressed house salad or soup. Choose sweet potato fries instead for £0.75

                                        • Rib-Eye Steak Sandwich£9.95

                                          with horseradish crème fraîche

                                          • Beer-Battered Cod Fish Finger Sandwich*£7.95

                                            with tartare sauce

                                            • Avocado & Roasted Red Pepper Sandwich*£7.95

                                              with beetroot rosti and red pepper & cumin purée

                                              • Smoked Brisket Brioche Roll£8.75

                                                with chilli jam and pickled chillies

                                                • Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Salad£12.75

                                                  with baby kale, spinach and tenderstem broccoli with an English cider & honey mustard dressing

                                                  • Sticky Crispy Duck Salad

                                                    with cucumber, spiralized mooli & carrot, toasted sesame seeds with a plum, hoisin & sweet chilli sauce

                                                    • Small£7.95
                                                    • Large£11.95
                                                  • Whole Food Salad£8.95

                                                    with rice, quinoa, edamame beans, pumpkin seeds, baby kale and grapes with a pineapple & ginger dressing

                                                    • Spiralized Carrot Salad*£8.95

                                                      with whipped ricotta, roasted beetroot, brown rice and quinoa in a lemon & herb vinaigrette

                                                      Main Courses

                                                      • Spit-Roasted Chicken£12.75

                                                        with lemon & garlic confit, fries, jus and aioli

                                                        • Slow-Cooked Pork Belly & Seared Scallops£18.25

                                                          with pancetta & thyme mashed potato, green beans tossed in apple butter and an English cider & mustard sauce

                                                          • Without Scallops£13.95
                                                        • Wagyu Burger£14.95

                                                          with smoked Irish Cheddar, crispy onions, tomato relish and sweet potato fries and aioli

                                                          • Home-Made British Beef Burger£10.95

                                                            with smoked Irish Cheddar, mustard mayonnaise, relish and fries

                                                            • Pan-Roasted Lamb Rump£17.75

                                                              with gnocchi, roasted beetroot, asparagus and salsa verde

                                                              • Roasted Winter Vegetable Tart*£10.75

                                                                stuffed with butternut squash, beetroot and Cropwell Bishop custard with a Stilton & walnut crumb

                                                                • Beer-Battered Line-Caught Cod£10.95

                                                                  with twice-cooked chunky chips, minted pea purée and tartare sauce

                                                                  • King Prawn, Crab & Chorizo Linguine

                                                                    with white wine, tomatoes, garlic & chilli

                                                                    • Small£8.95
                                                                    • Large£12.95
                                                                  • Battered Halloumi£10.95

                                                                    with twice-cooked chunky chips, minted pea purée and tartare sauce

                                                                    • Buttermilk Southern Fried Chicken£14.95

                                                                      stuffed with 'nduja sausage, with sweet potato fries, apple salad and preserved lemon aioli

                                                                      • Steak, Ale & Portobello Mushroom Pie£12.95

                                                                        with mashed potato, heritage carrots and seasonal greens

                                                                        • Honey-Roasted Gammon & Fried Eggs*£9.95

                                                                          with twice-cooked chunky chips and roasted pineapple

                                                                          • Pan-Fried Sea Bass Fillets£16.95

                                                                            with sautéed potatoes, baby fennel, beluga lentils and lovage pesto

                                                                            • Home-Made Smoked Haddock & Horseradish Fishcakes*£9.75

                                                                              with poached egg, spinach & hollandaise

                                                                              • Roasted Salmon Supreme£13.50

                                                                                with thyme-roasted butternut squash, seaweed, scorched lemon and hot fennel relish

                                                                                • 9oz 28-Day-Aged Rib-Eye Steak£20.95

                                                                                  with twice-cooked chunky chips, crispy onions and baby kale

                                                                                  • 7oz Fillet Steak£23.25

                                                                                    with an ale-glazed shallot tart topped with Cropwell Bishop custard, Stilton & walnut crumb and twice-cooked chunky chips

                                                                                    Pizzas

                                                                                    If you prefer a lighter pizza, we can replace the centre with a baby kale & tomato salad. Add: Jalapeños (Vegetarian) / Red onion (Vegetarian) / Pineapple (Vegetarian) / Flat mushroom (Vegetarian) / Red peppers (Vegetarian) / Goat's curd (Vegetarian) / Bacon £1.50; Hand-pulled chicken / Honey-roasted ham / 'Nduja sausage £2

                                                                                    • Margherita Pizza*£9.95

                                                                                      Mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and basil

                                                                                      • Hand-Pulled Chicken & Lovage Pesto Pizza£10.95

                                                                                        with mozzarella and roasted Mediterranean vegetables

                                                                                        • Carne Pizza£11.75

                                                                                          Chorizo, pepperoni, hand-pulled chicken, 'nduja sausage, mozzarella and chilli

                                                                                          • Caramelised Fig & Whipped Goat's Curd Pizza£10.95

                                                                                            with mozzarella and hazelnuts

                                                                                            Sides

                                                                                            • Sweet Potato Fries£3.75

                                                                                              with Parmesan & rosemary

                                                                                              • Fries & Aioli£3.00

                                                                                                • Twice-Cooked Chunky Chips£3.50

                                                                                                  • Dauphinoise Potatoes£4.00

                                                                                                    • Mashed Potato£3.00

                                                                                                      • Asparagus Tips with Parmesan£4.00

                                                                                                        • Seasonal Green£3.00

                                                                                                          • Dressed House Salad£3.00

                                                                                                            • Hand-Made Garlic Dough Balls£3.00

                                                                                                              Desserts

                                                                                                              • The House Sharer£10.95

                                                                                                                Chocolate brownie, baked New York style cheesecake, lemon tart, strawberries and a Bourbon vanilla ice cream cookie sandwich

                                                                                                                • Baked New York Style Cheesecake£5.95

                                                                                                                  with British blackcurrant curd

                                                                                                                  • Warm Belgian Chocolate Brownie*£5.95

                                                                                                                    with Bourbon vanilla ice cream

                                                                                                                    • Glazed Lemon Tart£5.75

                                                                                                                      with whipped cream

                                                                                                                      • Melting Golden Chocolate Bomb£7.95

                                                                                                                        with caramel ice cream, chocolate popping candy and hot Devon cream toffee sauce

                                                                                                                        • Sour Cherry & Nut Florentine*£5.95

                                                                                                                          with British blackcurrant curd and Bourbon vanilla ice cream

                                                                                                                          • Strawberries & Frozen Natural Yoghurt£4.95

                                                                                                                            with honey ripple and rhubarb & rose flavour curd (200 calories or less)

                                                                                                                            • Bramley Apple & Blackberry Shortbread Crumble*£5.95

                                                                                                                              with custard

                                                                                                                              • Ice Cream & Home-Baked Triple Chocolate Cookie*£4.95

                                                                                                                                Choose three scoops from Bourbon vanilla, caramel, double chocolate and strawberry

                                                                                                                                • Sticky Toffee Pudding£5.75

                                                                                                                                  with Bourbon vanilla ice cream

                                                                                                                                  • Mini Dessert & a Hot Drink£4.95

                                                                                                                                    Choose from chocolate brownie, baked New York style cheesecake, lemon tart or apple & blackberry crumble

                                                                                                                                    • British Cheese Board£7.95

                                                                                                                                      Shepherd's Purse Yorkshire Blue, Lubborn Somerset Camembert, Belton Farm Red Leicester, Isle of Man vintage Cheddar with a selection of Fudge's nut & mixed seed biscuits, grapes, celery and baby figs in a spiced rum syrup

                                                                                                                                      Last updated: February 1, 2017

                                                                                                                                      What 37 people are saying

                                                                                                                                      Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                                                                                                      3.6
                                                                                                                                      3.6 based on all time ratings
                                                                                                                                      • 3.7Food
                                                                                                                                      • 3.9Service
                                                                                                                                      • 3.9Ambience
                                                                                                                                      • 3.5Value

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                                                                                                                                      1. WF

                                                                                                                                        WinFM

                                                                                                                                        London

                                                                                                                                        33 reviews

                                                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                                                        33 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on January 16, 2020

                                                                                                                                        overall4food5service3ambience5

                                                                                                                                        I visit the Old Forge fairly regularly and, in my opinion, it always represents good value food in a pleasant environment. On this latest visit they excelled themselves and every dish I chose was delicious. There's a good choice of wines by the glass which isn't always the case. I also like the newly refurbished décor which strikes a delicate balance between the olde worlde building and a more modern stylish use of fabrics. I would definitely recommend the Old Forge for an evening out with friends or family.

                                                                                                                                      2. H

                                                                                                                                        Hantshawk

                                                                                                                                        Hampshire

                                                                                                                                        7 reviews

                                                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                                                        7 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on January 14, 2020

                                                                                                                                        overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                                                                                                        It has been refurbished to a good standard, the service was an improvement on the last visit. Food was nice ,arrived quickly .overall satisfactory

                                                                                                                                      3. l

                                                                                                                                        lakes

                                                                                                                                        Hampshire

                                                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on December 7, 2019

                                                                                                                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                        The food was excellent although two meals were off the menu on a Saturday night at 7.30 which might indicate poor ordering. Pleasant and not noisy ambience and good service.

                                                                                                                                      4. JB

                                                                                                                                        JoBash

                                                                                                                                        Hampshire

                                                                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on November 9, 2019

                                                                                                                                        overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                        Went to the Old Forge for lunch on a cold, wet Saturday. We had a good meal that was pretty good value for money. We shared the deep fried Brie - it was quite good, just a little cold. I had the rack of lamb which was tasty but just a tad too bloody for me - I like mine pink but not bloody. Mum had the sea bass which she enjoyed. We then shared the Lemon meringue Alaska which was very good - plenary big enough to share. Overall we had a good time and would recommend.

                                                                                                                                      5. LB

                                                                                                                                        LouB

                                                                                                                                        Hampshire

                                                                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on November 3, 2019

                                                                                                                                        overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                                                                        Sunday lunch-pork a little tough more varied vegetables wolves be nice all round a nice lunch

                                                                                                                                      6. CA

                                                                                                                                        ChristineA

                                                                                                                                        Hampshire

                                                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on September 15, 2019

                                                                                                                                        overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                        Sunday lunch, I had the trio of roast meats it was divine, the vegetables were perfect, this is the second time eating at this restaurant and I have never been disappointed . The desserts are so good.

                                                                                                                                      7. H

                                                                                                                                        Hantshawk

                                                                                                                                        Hampshire

                                                                                                                                        8 reviews

                                                                                                                                        2.0

                                                                                                                                        8 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on September 9, 2019

                                                                                                                                        overall2food3service2ambience4

                                                                                                                                        visited twice recently, food is ok bit overpriced service level once again poor,on both occasions. they most certainly cannot cook twice or was it three times cooked chips.

                                                                                                                                      8. OT

                                                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                        London

                                                                                                                                        81 reviews

                                                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                                                        81 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on August 7, 2019

                                                                                                                                        overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                        Excellent choice tables nicely spaced & good varied menu.

                                                                                                                                      9. m

                                                                                                                                        markh

                                                                                                                                        Dorset

                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on August 4, 2019

                                                                                                                                        overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                                                                                                        Generally good. Clean and good ambience. Good service from our waitress. Some items missing from the Sunday roast menu that influenced our decision. Food promised greatness but was probably a little disappointing and pricey in reality.

                                                                                                                                      10. C

                                                                                                                                        Crevette24

                                                                                                                                        London

                                                                                                                                        103 reviews

                                                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                                                        1.0

                                                                                                                                        103 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on June 23, 2019

                                                                                                                                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                                                                        Unbelievably disappointing on all levels, including my booking not even being acknowledged through OpenTable booking system. We thought we'd give this local venue a try as they have been working hard to market the new menus and themes on social media and email newsletters. The staff were unsmiling, curt and obviously stressed, though had no reason to not be courteous or helpful to our table. Two of the chosen main courses ended up not being available 30 minutes after being ordered. I asked for salad and received some soggy minted pea mash with disgustingly soggy "fish cakes" which tasted of artificial potato and only one tiny slither of fish inside. Three times I pointed out our table was dirty and could someone kindly attend to it before our dishes arrived. One guy said he would be out and forgot. The Open Table reward cheque was refused with no reason and the manager did not even come out to explain why. Sloppy bar service with people having to queue, even with small children. This establishment really needs to pull up its socks.

                                                                                                                                      11. LF

                                                                                                                                        LindaF

                                                                                                                                        Hampshire

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        Dined on June 23, 2019

                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                        Excellent everything ....Food , Service and a lovely atmosphere

                                                                                                                                      12. JG

                                                                                                                                        JeanG

                                                                                                                                        Hampshire

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 31, 2019

                                                                                                                                        overall3food2service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                        I am a regular customer at the Old Forge but on this occasion the meal wasn't very hot which spoilt the meal as I felt I had to eat it quickly!

                                                                                                                                      13. NC

                                                                                                                                        NickC

                                                                                                                                        Hampshire

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        1.0

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        Dined on March 29, 2019

                                                                                                                                        overall1food1service1ambience3

                                                                                                                                        Arrived and noticed immediately something wrong,was told staff shortage,ordered a drink and booked another restaurant left without eating such a shame

                                                                                                                                      14. LF

                                                                                                                                        LindaF

                                                                                                                                        Hampshire

                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on March 24, 2019

                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                        First visit but won’t be the last the service and the food was excellent

                                                                                                                                      15. OT

                                                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                        Hampshire

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        Dined on March 12, 2019

                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                        I brought my father here for his 71st birthday and it was excellent

                                                                                                                                      16. OT

                                                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                        Berkshire

                                                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on March 3, 2019

                                                                                                                                        overall4food5service2ambience4

                                                                                                                                        I booked a table for 2pm hoping for the Sunday lunchtime rush to be over, but no such luck. A busy restaurant is a good sign but sadly it sometimes affects the speed of the service and this was sadly the case yesterday. The food was great, couldn’t fault it, but the service was slow for both taking orders and plate clearing. Overall a nice experience but thankful we weren’t in a rush.

                                                                                                                                      17. J

                                                                                                                                        Jemma

                                                                                                                                        Hampshire

                                                                                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on December 17, 2018

                                                                                                                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                        Always an interesting and varied menu and this time didn’t disappoint. Had the superfoods salad which was substantial and very tasty. My friend had the salmon which was also a substantial dish and very enjoyable. It’s been reliable here for a few years which is good to know for a local.

                                                                                                                                      18. B

                                                                                                                                        Beverley22

                                                                                                                                        Hampshire

                                                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on October 18, 2018

                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                        Really enjoyed the fixed price lunch the fried Brie starter and whole food salad were fabulous. Nina our hostess was very attentive but didn’t rush our ordering or courses as we were chatting so much! It is the first time I have eaten in the restaurant as we usually eat in the bar. The ambience and setting were just right. Highly recommended!

                                                                                                                                      19. LH

                                                                                                                                        LesH

                                                                                                                                        Hampshire

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        1.0

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        Dined on September 23, 2018

                                                                                                                                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                                                                        Booking was accepted but I was turned away as they had over booked. Will not be returning

                                                                                                                                      20. D

                                                                                                                                        Decontracte

                                                                                                                                        London

                                                                                                                                        10 reviews

                                                                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                                                                        10 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on August 31, 2018

                                                                                                                                        overall3food2service3ambience2

                                                                                                                                        A little disappointing....table in the middle of a busy section, first choice of wine unavailable, mains were so-so. We shall nevertheless give The Old Forge another go since Friday night was very busy.

                                                                                                                                      21. OT

                                                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                        Hampshire

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        Dined on July 8, 2018

                                                                                                                                        overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                                                                        We opted to eat outside as it was a sunny day. The food was delicious and good size portions

                                                                                                                                      22. OT

                                                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                        Hampshire

                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on May 27, 2018

                                                                                                                                        overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                                                                        Always generally good, always enjoy coming

                                                                                                                                      23. EC

                                                                                                                                        EllenC

                                                                                                                                        Hampshire

                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                        2.0

                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on March 17, 2018

                                                                                                                                        overall2food2service3ambience4

                                                                                                                                        What a complete disappointment. The food was mediocre at best, over cooked and tepid at worst. The starter portions were not generous in the least. And the mains were lacklustre. Our server was very apologetic and embarrassed by the offerings but seemed at a loss to offer solutions. This is not a culinary experience I or my company would care to repeat.

                                                                                                                                      24. D

                                                                                                                                        D8vid

                                                                                                                                        San Francisco

                                                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on December 16, 2017

                                                                                                                                        overall3food3service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                        We have dined at the Forge many times as we are locals. Tonight we choose the festive menu and while the starters and deserts were good both main course choices were not. The quality of the main courses was poor - Rib eye steak tough, short ribs very over cooked. Overall the cost is higher than many much better quality restaurants in Winchester but the food is not.

                                                                                                                                      25. TP

                                                                                                                                        TraceyP

                                                                                                                                        Newcastle

                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                        2.0

                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on October 20, 2017

                                                                                                                                        overall2food2service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                        The atmosphere was good and the service prompt and friendly. The food tastes pre made and reheated on site, if I want that kind of dining I go to a cheaper pub or buy a ready meal. The Forge now seems to be aiming for quantity and not quality.

                                                                                                                                      26. C

                                                                                                                                        Claire

                                                                                                                                        Hampshire

                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on September 27, 2017

                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                        Went for our 20th anniversary.we chose this place as this is where we had our wedding reception. We had a starter,main and dessert. The food was absolute out of this world. It had flavour and was just so tasty. I would highly recommmend the old forge to EVERYONE. The staff were polite and the service was good. The lighting was a little dark but made it romantic for us with all the candles. A perfect way to spend our anniversary. Thankyou very much the old forge. I'm sure we will sure you very soon.

                                                                                                                                      27. b

                                                                                                                                        badgb21

                                                                                                                                        Hampshire

                                                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                                                        1.0

                                                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on September 26, 2017

                                                                                                                                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                                                                        Waited at bar for over 10 mins to get a drink. No one else waiting! One person behind bar struggling to make cocktails. No acknowledgement from server, so enquired as to how long the wait would be, no definitive answer, so left and went to the Bugle Inn at Twyford for another exception meal and outstanding service! Only went to Old Forge to give it another go, but it failed Again! Oh dear. I see today there is a sign up to recruit staff, hummm.

                                                                                                                                      28. OT

                                                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                        Hampshire

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        1.0

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        Dined on September 20, 2017

                                                                                                                                        overall1food1service4ambience3

                                                                                                                                        Soup and chips only tepid. Had to be returned. Waitress excuse was they so busy and Understaffed. This is not our problem. Given a discount but we didn't go out to dine to get a discount. Also so noisy, couldn't hear what my son was saying. Not good ALSO BOOKED FOR SPECIAL BIRTHDAY

                                                                                                                                      29. OT

                                                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                        Hertfordshire

                                                                                                                                        7 reviews

                                                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                                                        7 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on September 9, 2017

                                                                                                                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                        Friendly, warm and inviting, exeptionally cosy seating area for indulging in a quiet drink, and a good menu to suit most people. Would definitely recommend for a cosy evening drink or meal

                                                                                                                                      30. OT

                                                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                        Hampshire

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        Dined on August 4, 2017

                                                                                                                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                        No Problem with Old Forge but they did not have my online Open Table booking luckily there was a spare table for us..

                                                                                                                                      31. H

                                                                                                                                        Hantshawk

                                                                                                                                        Hampshire

                                                                                                                                        8 reviews

                                                                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                                                                        8 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on June 1, 2017

                                                                                                                                        overall3food4service3ambience4

                                                                                                                                        The waitresses saved the day,on arrival totally blanked by the chap at the bar,he was just finishing off serving someone next to me,then he walked away ,no greeting or any acknowledgment. I felt like walking out .Luckily the waitress came to his rescue they were very good .The food is nice menu varied, food served quickly. Its close to where we live so i expect i will return although it maybe a while before i do so.

                                                                                                                                      32. OT

                                                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                        London

                                                                                                                                        9 reviews

                                                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                                                        9 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on April 15, 2017

                                                                                                                                        overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                        A great night with fabulous service and a menu for everyone!

                                                                                                                                      33. C

                                                                                                                                        Clive

                                                                                                                                        Hampshire

                                                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on March 25, 2017

                                                                                                                                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                        The restaurant was very good and the staff were friendly and helpful. The food was of high quality. The atmosphere was pleasant but it was a very busy period so quite noisy. The online booking with Open Table didn't work, so we were very lucky they found us a table anyway on a busy Saturday!

                                                                                                                                      34. VL

                                                                                                                                        VisitorfromLondon

                                                                                                                                        New England

                                                                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on March 18, 2017

                                                                                                                                        overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                        Nice quiet table - good food and good service

                                                                                                                                      35. OT

                                                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                        Hampshire

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        Dined on March 12, 2017

                                                                                                                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                        Sunday Roast very good, generous portions..service with a smile .

                                                                                                                                      36. OT

                                                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                        Hampshire

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                                        Dined on February 19, 2017

                                                                                                                                        overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                        Lovely food and gorgeous fireplace places. Would recommend.

                                                                                                                                      37. M

                                                                                                                                        Mark

                                                                                                                                        London

                                                                                                                                        6 reviews

                                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                                        6 reviews

                                                                                                                                        Dined on February 11, 2017

                                                                                                                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                        The restaurant were very accommodating seeing as we had a booking and this very website didn't inform them! We were lucky to have a table and then we sat doe for dinner which was good. Nothing imaginative in our parts - steak! (Slightly overcooked hence 4*). However, it didn't impede conversation and the time ran away from us as we enjoyed a great atmosphere, good drinks and each other's company. I suddenly realised I needed to leave immediately for a train to catch a ferry and was stuck as no taxi would be able to get there in time. Thankfully the bar staff very kindly volunteered to drive me to Eastleigh so I could catch my train! Brilliant service and a dramatic need to a great first date that I am happy to say led to a second!

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                                                                                                                                      The Old Forge is rated 3.6 stars by 37 OpenTable diners

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                                                                                                                                      Google Map for The Old Forge

                                                                                                                                      Main Road Winchester, Hampshire SO21 2EE

                                                                                                                                      • Neighborhood

                                                                                                                                        Winchester

                                                                                                                                      • Hours of operation

                                                                                                                                        Mon–Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am
                                                                                                                                        Sun 12:00 pm–10:30 pm

                                                                                                                                      • Cuisines

                                                                                                                                        Gastro Pub, English

                                                                                                                                      • Dining style

                                                                                                                                        Casual Dining

                                                                                                                                      • Dress code

                                                                                                                                        Business Casual

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