5 Stars for The Foresters Arms, Hampton Wick

Just a quick note of celebration to let you know that we have just received our food hygiene rating from the Food Standards Agency and we’re very pleased to share that we have received 5 stars!

The Foresters Arms has received a 5 star hygiene rating - August 2017

Now, you know we love a five-star review but this one is extra special because it means that we’re not only creating delicious dishes but we’re doing all we can to make sure that your dining experience is one to remember – for all the right reasons!

 

An Open Letter to the Hampton Wick Community

You may have heard that we were not able to take part in this year’s Summer Fair in Hampton Wick as planned. Here’s an open letter from the landlord, Tom, explaining why:

Dear Friends and Fellow Members of the Community, 

We are sad to share a very disappointing announcement with you.

Despite our many years of involvement with the annual Hampton Wick Summer fair, we have been forced to pull out of this year’s celebrations at the very last minute.

This is due to the Council informing us that we will not be able to occupy the street space required outside the pub to host the usual food stalls, musicians and children’s entertainment that we have previously used, year after year, without any issues whatsoever.

And so we have no choice but to cancel all the previously advertised activities arranged. Instead, we will be reverting back to normal Sunday Lunch service in the restaurant and the bar.

We are so frustrated and upset by this decision and we are truly sorry that it has come to this. Throughout our 12 years in Hampton Wick, we have strived to be a community pub, bringing people together through events and taking every opportunity to celebrate the wonderful place we live in with the incredible people we share it with.

If you are as upset by this decision as we are, we would be so grateful if you could pass on your views to Rayma Khatun at Richmond Council. You can get in touch with her by emailing this address: rayma.khatun@richmond.gov.uk or by calling this number: 0208 891 7338.

Although it will be difficult to watch this year’s festivities going on around us, we are determined to not let this decision dishearten us – we will be back next Summer, bigger and better than ever. We will also be looking to apply for space for an outdoor Christmas Fair at the end of this year.

We’d like to finish this letter by thanking you for your support and by offering our sincere apologies that we will no longer be sharing in this day with you, which has always been one of the highlights of our year and (we hope) for the whole of the Hampton Wick community. 

With warmest regards, 

Mr Thomas J Furber (FBII) 
Landlord of The Foresters Arms

Are you ready for this year’s Summer Street Party?

Yes, it’s that time of the year again!

The annual Summer Street Party is headed to Hampton Wick on Sunday 30th July from 12 pm.

This year, we’re pulling out all the stops with loads of entertainment along with a great selection of tasty food and drink for all the family.

What’s more, all proceeds from this event will go to support Help For Heroes, a charity very close to our heart.

Our big street fair will feature live music from Jim Sole (plus guests!) plenty of delicious eats and treats – hog roast, salad and jacket potato bar, a craft beer and real ale stand, candy floss stand, ice slushies and a cake stall, just to name a few – and we’ll also have a face-painting stall and a bouncy castle to keep the little ones occupied.

As well as watching all the bikes go by in the Prudential Ride London, make sure you get a good spot outside The Foresters Arms to watch the annual Summer parade take place down Hampton Wick High Street.

So get that date down in your diary and come along for a really fun family day out in support of a great cause…

See you at the Fair!

Hampton Wick Summer Street Party Sunday 30th July 2017 for Prudential Ride London and Parade

Our Exterior Renovations are Complete!

The Foresters Arms Completed Exterior Refurbishment

We did it! Our exterior renovation is now complete!

Not only have we invested in some swanky new signage, there’s loads more outdoor seating options than ever before and we’ve even gone to the trouble of laying down some lovely lush green lawn… 😉 So next time the sun’s out, get those guns out 💪 and head for The Foresters Arms – we’ll be ready and waiting!

And now for the hotel…

We don’t muck about at The Foresters Arms!

Work has already begun on our new boutique hotel rooms. We’ve been building up to this for quite some time so it’s been great to finally get started – even if it is looking a bit, err, “rustic” at the moment… 😳

Enjoy Our New Menu Outside

Our new Summer menu has landed! And as our exterior renovations are complete, you can now reserve tables outside for that al fresco experience.

With a wide range of wonderfully satisfying and delicious dishes that make the most of the amazing local and fresh produce available at this time of year.

For those working lunches when you haven’t got much time, you can pre-order from us and receive 10% off when you collect as a takeaway or have it delivered direct to your office (on orders over £50).

So for a chance to sample seasonal updates of our favourites or to give our brand new dishes a go, call 020 8943 5379, email info@the-foresters.com or use OpenTable to book online.

What’s Going On At The Foresters (Arms)?

Yes, as you may have guessed from the title above, we’re going back to our roots with an exterior refurbishment that will see the return of our name “The Foresters Arms” above the doorway once more.

When the pub first opened in the 1880s, it had been built to serve the workers in Bushy Park – which is why it was given the name ‘The Foresters Arms’. It feels right to return to this name as we’re very proud of the building’s long-standing history and place within the local community.

That’s not all that’s changing, though. We’re also giving the exterior a general facelift with improvements to our outdoor area (including new furniture and heaters for those chilly evenings) and new window boxes to help us defend – or perhaps even better – the Silver title bestowed upon us in last year’s Richmond in Bloom awards.

This is the first in a three-phase investment into the pub, with the second phase coming at the end of May, which will include the refurbishment of the rooms into a boutique hotel. Finally, interior refurbishments will take place in the third phase, scheduled for September – all to make sure that we’re providing our customers with the best looking, comfiest and most welcoming pub in the area.

We’re not hanging about either – you may have noticed scaffolding is already up.  But don’t let that stop you from popping in, we’re open as usual and doing our best to keep disruption to a minimum.

Scaffolding up outside The Foresters for Exterior Refurbishment April 2017

The Foresters Opening times April 2017

Live Music Dates for 2017

If you love music as much as we do, take a look at some of the great live music events that are coming up at The Foresters throughout 2017 and get those dates in your diary!

Verna Francis Live Music Dates at The Foresters 2017 - March 4th, May 6th, July 8th, October 7th, December 2nd

An Audience With Verna Francis

Saturday 4th March was the first in our 2017 calendar of live music events, starting with the always awesome Verna Francis. Book asap for the next date on Saturday 6th May or risk missing out on some of the smoothest soul this side of London. Check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 6th May
Saturday 8th July
Saturday 7th October
Saturday 2nd December

Live Music with the Jim Sole Experience - Saturday 8th April, June 3rd, September 2nd, November 4th NYE - starts at 9pm

Live Music with the Jim Sole Experience

Starting from April, join us for some more terrific live music with the Jim Sole Experience. If you’ve never been to one of these nights, you’re in for an absolute treat!

From 9pm on all listed dates below:

Saturday 8th April
Saturday 3rd June
Saturday 2nd September
Saturday 4th November
and New Year’s Eve

Open Mic Night

We’re also on the look-out for someone to host a Monday Open-Mic Night at our pub so if you or someone you know has experience hosting this kind of live music event, please get in touch either by telephone on 020 8943 5379, by email: info@the-foresters.com, come to the pub for a chat or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter .

What’s On at The Foresters?

We’ve got a whole load of things going on at The Foresters just lately, so here’s an update of all our current deals and events to help keep you in the know!

The Big Quiz

Get your thinking caps on and head down to The Foresters for The Big Quiz every Tuesday from 8pm. Test your team’s knowledge for a chance to take home a guaranteed first prize of £50!

The Big Quiz at The Foresters Pub Every Tuesday from 8pm. 1st Prize £50

The Foresters Funk Soul Party

Step to the groove every other Saturday at our legendary Funk Soul Parties at The Foresters. Spinning 100% vinyl funk soul, rare groove and disco records for your enjoyment. From 8pm until late. Free entry.

The Foresters Funk Soul Party, every other Saturday from 8 Till Late. Free Entry.

We Kids

Children of all ages are welcome in our restaurant all day*. And little Friends of The Foresters can enjoy a selection of dishes from our yummy kids menu.

We heart kids - Kids allowed in The Foresters Restaurant all day. Kids Menu. Dog friendly pub.

New Spring Menu

Check out our new Spring Menu here, with a selection of delicious dishes made from fresh, local produce and quality ingredients.  

New Spring Menu at The Foresters Pub Restaurant, Hampton Wick.

Early Bird Discount

We’re still running our popular Early Bird promotion where you can receive an ever-so tempting 25% discount off your bill when you dine in our restaurant from 6-7pm, Monday to Saturday.**

Early Bird discount at The Foresters - 25% off your bill 6-7pm Monday - Saturday

After 9pm Club

Those who prefer to dine a little later can take advantage of our amazing After 9pm Club offer – book a table with us between 9pm and 10pm, Monday – Saturday, and receive a bottle of FREE wine! Choose any bottle from our wine list, including champagne!**

After 9pm Club Deal - Free Bottle of wine if you book and dine 9pm - 10pm at The Foresters

Hire Our Pub

Speak to us about hiring out our pub for your next event. Hire part or all of our pub for birthday parties, anniversaries, retirement send-offs, wedding receptions, work dos, christenings and more.

This Pub is for Hire - To book The Foresters in Hampton Wick for your Party or event, call 0208 943 5379

To enquire about any of the offers/events/updates listed above or to hire our pub, please call us on 020 8943 5379 or email info@the-foresters.com.

*Please note, after 6pm only adults aged over 21 are permitted in the bar area.
**Please be aware that only one discount can be added to your bill.

New Year, New Offers

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE FORESTERS

We all know January can be a bit of a bore, wallets feel lighter and your calendar seems positively empty in comparison to the previous month. But fear not! Your social life needn’t suffer thanks to some fabulous offers from The Foresters, designed to help your New Year get off to a great start.

DINE after NINE for FREE WINE!

Introducing our latest offer: the After 9pm Club
Pre-book a table between 9pm and 10pm dine with us to receive ANY bottle of wine from our menu absolutely FREE! And YES, that includes CHAMPAGNE! All you have to do to qualify is mention this promotion when booking. What’s more, this offer is available every day of the week except Sundays!

The Foresters After 9pm Club Offer - Dine after nine for a free bottle of wine

MORE AMAZING OFFERS:

Earlybird Discount – 25% off your meal from 6-7pm, Monday-Saturday.

Friends of the Foresters Card – Get an incredible 10% on almost everything when you fill out a Friends of the Foresters form and hand it in an the bar. Your card entitles you to 10% off food and drinks (valid Monday-Saturday lunchtimes and Monday-Thursday evenings) and on all function hire and accommodation bookings.

Tastecard – If you’re a Tastecard member you can get 2 for 1 on all dishes Monday-Saturday lunch and Monday-Thursday evenings. Please mention your Tastecard when booking.

Gourmet Society Card – Buy a starter, main course & dessert and your second (and cheapest) of each of these will be free. One dining card = one free meal with a maximum of two cards per party. Offer applies to the à la carte menu only and is not valid on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays. Please check availability and mention your Gourmet Society Card when booking.

Time Out Card – If you have a Time Out Card, you can get 20% off your food bill. This offer is valid Monday-Thursday. Booking is essential. Please let us know you have a Time Out Card when you make a reservation. Happy Dining!

*Please note that for all offers listed, only one discount can be applied to your bill*

Our Christmas Opening Hours

Christmas & New Year Opening Times at The Foresters

Merry Christmas from everyone at The Foresters!

We hope you have a cracker! Here are our Christmas opening hours for the pub/kitchen including information about our Christmas Eve Knees Up and New Year’s Eve House Party – don’t miss ’em!

OUR NEW YEARS EVE PARTY TICKETS ARE 50% SOLD!

Yep, that’s right, over 50% of tickets for our New Year’s Eve House Party are sold already!

And it’s always such a great night that we’re not at all surprised that tickets are selling so quickly. So, if you’re looking for a night of funk, soul and disco-dancing – get those tickets asap and get ready to ring in the New Year right!

Party starts at 9pm. Advance tickets available from the bar priced £10

BUT BEFORE THAT, GET READY FOR OUR…

CHRISTMAS EVE KNEES-UP

Every year our Christmas Eve party gets everyone feeling festive – with brilliant live music from Sam & Craig as well as lots of dancing, singing-along and general merriment!

We can’t emphasise enough what a great atmosphere this night promises – it’s the kind of party that even Father Christmas himself would consider rescheduling his prior engagements for!   

 From 8pm – Midnight. FREE Entry!

Mulled Wine On Sale Now!

Mulled wine and mulled cider are now on sale at The Foresters. And if, by some chance, you don’t know where to find it – always let your nostrils be your guide!!

Mulled Wine by the Fire at The Foresters

Get Your NYE Tickets Now!

Tickets for our ever popular New Year’s Eve House Party are now available to purchase from the bar. Tickets bought in advance are £10 or £15 on the night (if they’re not already sold out by then!)

New Year's Eve House Party at the Foresters: Funk, Soul Disco

Festivities at The Foresters

The Foresters Christmas and New Year 2015 Funky Disco Santa

Tis (almost) the season to spread good cheer.

And at The Foresters, aside from putting on a lovely festive spread for all our Christmas & New Year bookings, – we’re also throwing a couple of parties to really get your jingle bells rocking…

Christmas Eve Knees-Up

The night before Christmas and all through our house, there’ll be music and cocktail stirring and the odd tipsy spouse. 

Join us for our FREE Christmas Eve Knees-Up with live music from the ever-popular Sam & Craig from 9pm. Eat, drink and be merry!

Christmas Eve Party with free entry at The Foresters near Kingston Upon Thames

New Years Eve House party

For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, I’ll take a flute of the Prosecco please dear, for auld lang syne.

The Foresters NYE House Party is BACK! This year, there’ll be more live music from The Jim Sole Experience along with special guest DJs playing Funk, Soul and Disco Vinyl until 2am.

Our New Year’s House Party is always hugely popular and with a limited number of tickets available, make sure you get yours as soon as you can. Tickets will be available to buy at the bar from December 1st and are £10 if you book in advance or £15 on the night.

New Year's Eve House Party at the Foresters: Funk, Soul Disco

Ok, we’re going to stop talking about Christmas (for now) and turn to other news…

We were so proud to see such a great turn-out at the annual Remembrance Sunday procession and service in Hampton Wick; our grateful thanks to all those who joined us and the rest of the community in taking time out to pay our respects to all those who have sacrificed so much.

This Saturday (21st November), for the very first time, The Foresters will be taken over by Abigail’s Party for an evening of music, dancing and general merriment! Tickets for this event are now sold out but if you missed out this time round, keep a look out for future dates.

And lastly, don’t miss your chance to sample our monthly drink recommendations for November:

November's Drinks Recommendations: Wimbledon Brewery Common Pale Ale, Guinness West Indies Porter, Shipyard American Pale Ale (Draught) and Piedra Blanca wine.

As always, any enquiries or reservation requests please feel free to call us on 020 8943 5379 or email info@the-foresters.com.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning…

The Foresters Remembrance Poppy Banner "We Will Remember Them"

Join us for Remembrance Day in Hampton Wick – Sun 8th Nov.

This Remembrance Day (Sunday 8th November), at 10.20am the road will be closed outside The Foresters and we will be joined by Current Servicemen, Ex-Servicemen and our local Sea Cadet Union. The piper-led procession will proceed down the High Street to the Epitaph at Kingston Bridge where a short service will be given by our local Clergy. Wreaths will be laid as the Last Post is played.

Please help this great cause and show your support by giving an hour of your time to honour and remember those who have sacrificed so much.

Poppies will be available on the day and all donations to the Poppy Appeal will be most welcome. Free tea, coffee, sticky buns and soft drinks will also be available in the morning from 9.30am at The Foresters.

Find out more about this and other Remembrance Day services happening in the Richmond Borough here.

Time to turn back the clocks and look ahead

The Foresters Winter Is Coming Banner with Roast Turkey and Wine glasses

Well, it’s that time of the year again – when the clocks go back and conversation for the following week revolves around everyone’s disbelief at how dark it is at 4pm.

And whilst we’re sad to officially say goodbye to Summer, we’re secretly quite looking forward to getting cosy by the fire and enjoying some hearty dishes by candlelight from our Autumn/Winter menu.

 The Foresters Autumn Winter main course of braised boneless Oxtail served with roasted new potatoes on puy lentils and a rich port & shallot jus

Hearty and warming – our braised boneless Oxtail main course served with roasted new potatoes on puy lentils and a rich port & shallot jus.

The Foresters Autumn Winter menu main course - Confit belly of Gloucester Old Spot Pork served with Prosciutto-wrapped green beans, hasselback potatoes and a white onion & thyme sauce

From our Autumn/Winter Menu: Confit belly of Gloucester Old Spot Pork served with Prosciutto-wrapped green beans, hasselback potatoes and a white onion & thyme sauce 

One of three open Fireplaces at The Foresters pub restaurant in Hampton Wick

Get toasty by the open fireplaces at The Foresters

It also happens to be precisely 2 months until Christmas Eve, a thought that might make some people hyperventilate with excitement and others, just hyperventilate.

But don’t get stressed! At The Foresters we make organising Christmas and New Year as easy as (mince) pie. Take a look at our brochure and call 020 8943 5379 or email info@the-foresters.com to book.

Our Christmas Bookings Are Filling Up Fast!

We may only be in October but our Christmas bookings are filling up fast, especially for those prime dates over Noël and through to New Year.

Take a look at our brochure here and call 020 8943 5379 or email info@the-foresters.com as soon as possible to secure your Christmas booking.

Or you can pick up a brochure from outside the pub and pop in for a chat about what we can do for you and your party.

Whether you’re organising your Xmas work do or getting the family together for a festive feast, The Foresters has plenty of options for your celebrations, with a Christmas menu that features all the seasonal favourites – as well as something a bit different for those looking for more than traditional turkey with all the trimmings.

Just take a look below:

The Foresters Christmas Menu 2015. Christmas Bookings - 2 Courses £29 or 3 Courses £35

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Abigail’s Party is Coming to The Foresters

We are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting ‘Abigail’s Party’ at The Foresters for the very first time on Saturday 21st November. ‘Abigail’s Party’ is the creation of Abi Hall, Surrey-based mum, stylist and events organiser.

Every event organised by the lovely people at ‘Abigail’s Party’ proves to be hugely popular and we are have no doubt that this one will carry on that trend. Featuring DJ Martin White, Point Blank FM and DJ James Bell, it’s going to be one heck of a shin-dig, so get your tickets quick.

Tickets are on sale now. For more information and to book your tickets, click here.

Abigail's Party First night at The Foresters  - Saturday 21st November 8pm-1am

 

 

Classics Party and New Menus at The Foresters

Classics Party - Live Music at The Foresters

Music at The Foresters

Are you ready to party like it’s 1999, 1989, 1979, 1969…?  Then get ready for Classics Night at The Foresters, this Saturday 26th September, from 8 till late with FREE ENTRY. Our resident DJ will be playing a wide range of hits from a variety of decades. It’s always a great night… so don’t miss it!

NEW MENUS FOR AUTUMN 

And in other news, it’s all change here at The Foresters again as we’re introducing our new lunch and dinner menus for Autumn, packed full with loads of local and seasonal ingredients that will get those taste buds tingling.

View our NEW LUNCH MENU HERE

View our NEW DINNER MENU HERE

Don’t forget we are also taking reservations for Christmas and New Year!

View our festive brochure HERE

It’s Snow Joke – Our Christmas Brochure is Here!

We know, we know… it’s only September but whether you like it or not, Christmas-is-a-coming and it’ll be here before you can say: ‘my, that’s a chubby goose’.

So our very early gift to you is a chance to be REALLY, REALLY organised.

If you’re in charge of arranging the staff Christmas knees-up or if you’d just like to get friends and family together for some festive food and drinks, our Christmas brochure has plenty of different menu choices for every kind of event – including the traditional festive three course feast as well as our bespoke party options which include canapes, hot bowls, buffets and our all new (and quite exciting) ‘sliders and dogs’ menu.

View our Christmas brochure below or pop into the pub to pick up a hard copy.

The Foresters is a charming British pub with a roaring fireplace, delicious food and spot on-service. It’s a great place to host your Christmas celebrations and we can’t wait to help you pull a cracker!  

NEW AT THE FORESTERS

We now have Heineken Lager and Thatchers Gold Cider on draught.

OUR MONTHLY BAR RECOMMENDATIONS

Craft Draught Beer – 13 Guns

Tropical fruit aroma, intensely hoppy, rich mouth feel balanced with earthy malt flavours  

Craft Bottled Beer – Duvel

Duvel is a natural beer with a subtle bitterness, a refined flavour and a distinctive hop character. Delicate effervescence and a pleasant sweet taste of alcohol.

Beer of the Month – Common Pale Ale, Wimbledon Brewery

Easy drinking session ale with a clean finish and a good mouth feel, Maris Otter Malt and Target, Fuggles and Goldings Hops.

Wine of the Month – Esprit du Lussac St Emillion, Bordeaux, 2012.

A blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. This is a rich, full bodied wine showing great concentration of flavour. With juicy black fruit on the nose and palate backed up by a smoky sandalwood character.

Cocktail of the Month – Negroni

Campari, Martini Rosso & Gin with a slice of orange. Shaken not stirred.

Father and Son Celebrate 30 Years Serving the Locals

The Foresters’ landlord and his Dad have recently celebrated a combined 30 years as publications serving the Hampton Wick and Teddington areas.

Thomas Furber, landlord of Hampton Wick pub-restaurant, The Foresters, recently celebrated 10th Anniversary alongside proud Dad and former landlord of The Lion, Bobby Furber.

Foresters landlord Thomas Furber celebrating at 10th Anniversary party

Together, father and son share a total of 30 years serving punters in both Teddington and Hampton Wick. Furber was proprietor of The Lion in Wick Road from 1979 – 1997 before he called time and moved to Spain to retire.

Son, Thomas learned the tricks of the trade under the supervision of his Dad before flying the nest to work as a Combat Chef in the army. He later worked in various bars and pubs in the West End and Mayfair before he eventually had his name put above the door of The Foresters in 2005.

Pub’s are also in the blood for sister, Jayne Philpot who is Restaurant Manager for The Foresters, which has won the Time & Leisure Food & Drink Award for ‘Best Pub’ three years in a row.

Delighted Dad, Bobby, who travelled from Spain especially, commented on this landmark occasion: “I know from experience the pressure that pub landlords are under; with pubs closing across the UK every single day, The Foresters 10 Year Anniversary is a true achievement and I’m thrilled to be a part of the celebration. Thomas has done us proud”.     

The celebration was marked with a 10th Anniversary party at the pub which played host to burlesque dancers, local musicians and a casino. Festivities also spilled over into The Hampton Wick Festival; a much anticipated annual event in the local calendar which The Foresters has played a large role in over the years.  

Thomas and Bobby Furber  Hampton Wick Pub Landlords

A couple of old crocs! Thomas and Bobby Furber on the other side of the bar

New Specials Menu from The Foresters

Just a quick note to let you know that we’ve got a new specials menu:

New Specials Menu from The Foresters Restaurant

The menu represents a variety of seasonal dishes with locally sourced ingredients and lots of tasty new things to try like this Tandoori Roasted Chicken Salad in a poppadom with curried mayonnaise and chutneys, all served with your choice of basmati rice or pomme frites.

The Foresters Restaurant Roasted Tandoori Chicken Salad from the New Specials Menu

If you fancy giving this or any of our specials a try, we recommend getting your order in quickly as they’ll only be available for a limited time. In other words, when they’re gone, they’re gone!

Our sample specials menu is available as a pdf in the menus section of our website and we’ll keep updating our menus and keeping you informed of any new specials… so stay tuned!

The Foresters is Turning 10!

Join our 10th Birthday Celebrations at the Hampton Wick Festival on Sunday 2nd August from 12pm

The Hampton Wick Festival is always a highlight of the year for us. And this year, it’s especially special as this year, we’ll be celebrating 10 years at The Foresters with – what else? – a Street Party.

As we look back on almost a decade within the community, we feel very grateful for all the support we’ve received over the years and we want our celebrations to echo our gratitude.

It promises to be a really wonderful day packed full of family friendly fun and we’d love to see you there.

The Foresters 10th Anniversary Street Party Sunday 2nd August 2015

The Foresters at The Hampton Wick Festival

If you’re not quite sure what to expect from the Hampton Wick Festival, take a look at the video of last year’s shenanigans to see the fun that was had by all (extra points if you can spot all of The Foresters’ cameos!)

Or view here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EZrsegjTJE