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by Kym Hamer (subscribe)
Kym is an Aussie sheila who came to the UK, set down her swag, and stayed. Check out her everyday moments at www.giddayfromtheuk.blogspot.com
Published October 9th 2011
I was recently taken for dinner at The Forge in London's Covent Garden. Having heard about this on the grapevine, I was looking forward to celebrating a recent work-related success with a colleague and so we decided to meet a little early and start at the bar downstairs.


The Forge - downstairs bar
Plenty to choose from at the bar


But it wasn't long before we were heading upstairs to our table and a menu full of fantastic variety and choice, particular for someone who doesn't eat red meat (that's me).



The Forge - Dining Room
Great ambience in the main dining room


With a little bit of effort (and a disciplined lull in the conversation while we made our decisions) we finally settled on a rather smooth merlot to while away the time. The food arrived before long and my tempura prawns were delicious with just enough kick in the plum sauce to make things interesting. My companion's scallops looked great too (and tasted great as well by all accounts).

For main course, my fellow diner ordered the rump of lamb with glazed parsnips which again, by all accounts, was delicious. My sea bass on creamed leeks with a red pepper coulis was a little disappointing - the sea bass was tasty but a little over cooked and the creamed leeks just lacked a little, well, creaminess actually. However a fantastic (and rather large) portion of apple and rhubarb crumble for dessert helped to assuage my disappointment and with everything else being above par, I would certainly not hold this against them in going again.

The Forge - Signage
An interesting sign beckons you inside


There's a quite a lot of variety to choose from on the menu and being 'the guest', it was a bit awkward for me to ask how much the bill came to for the two of us but to give you a guide, starters ranged from 6 to 10 with mains starting at around 17 and going right up to 52 for the chateaubriand.

The Forge - Dinner Menu
A great range of choices on the menu


There is a pre or post theatre menu deal of 14.50 which includes 2 courses and coffee so there's obviously a great range of options to suit all budgets.

The Forge's location on the corner of Garrick and Floral Streets is perfect if you are out and about in the West End and it's only a short walk from either Leicester Square or Covent Garden tube stations. This area of London abounds with dining choices and for the uninitiated this can feel a bit overwhelming so I am glad that The Forge makes it into my little black book (in an entirely good way).
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Why? Great location and great choice
When: Sun 12:00-11:00pm
Mon-Sat 12:00-3:00pm, 5:00pm-12:00am
Where: 14 Garrick Street (cnr of Floral Street), WC2E 9BJ
Cost: Starters 6-10, Mains 17-25 (ave). Pre/post theatre menu: 14.50
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