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The Forge Bistro & Cafe

61 Dover Street, Canterbury CT1 3HD, England
01227 788 022
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Ranked #20 of 269 restaurants in Canterbury
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $5 - $50
Cuisines: European, Mediterranean, Contemporary, Wine Bar
Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Canterbury, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

My friends and I have visited here a couple of times for drinks and food. The cocktails are delicious so worth the cost and the ladies that work there are lovely- they made my boyfriend a delicious whiskey sour from a recipe book they had because he requested one! Food is also exceptional, overall a great place but check they... More

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Leeds, UK
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I've been coming here since it opened with friends, and always love the food that I have here. There's always a great selection of different dishes (the cheese croquettes and the Angus fillet are probably my favourites). And the dishes change often, so there's no chance of getting bored of the food. The service is always great, and the desserts... More

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, my friends and I decided to visit the restaurant for a leisurely cocktail evening, as they were half price on Thursdays! Bargain! We all had a few light bites at the bar to start off with, which were all lovely! My friends had the Summer Breeze cocktail whilst I had the Mai Tai. I would... More

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

I had a wonderful experience at this restaurant most recently, the food was divine and the staff where welcoming. I loved being able to relax with my friends accompanied by a cocktail or two! Oh and my favourite dishes was Serrano croquettes b-e-a-u-it-ful :) and the homemade ice cream done my sweet tooth some good! A Place for any age,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

That was the most amazing meal. Excellent service. First class food, a real treat. Home cooked food. You really must try it. It is a bit tucked away in Canterbury, but well worth the visit. We shall definitely go again.

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Canterbury, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We've been going to the Forge Bistro ever since it opened and rarely choose to eat out anywhere else these days! When we were there this evening, I commented to my partner "they never get it wrong in here, why would we go anywhere else?" and that sums up everything you need to know about this wonderful restaurant in my... More

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

We've been to this place a few times and always had amazing food and good service from friendly staff, always willing to help, nothing too much trouble. The food is always flavoursome with new dishes every time we visit. The lamb & feta meatballs are really good, along with the Thai chicken cakes and lamb koftas, and the salads and... More

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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Ate hear with my boyfriend and his family having been here before with friends and not enjoying it at all. With the exception of a change of staff,(who were lovely) the food,all deep fried/battered,was as bland as the atmosphere. Avoid.

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ForgeBistro, Owner at The Forge Bistro & Cafe, responded to this review

Hello Lucy d d I am sorry to hear that your visit to the Forge was not up to our usual standard. We do have a few dishes such as our courgette fritters and our croquettes which are deep fried, but we also have a large choice of dishes on the menu which are not deep fried such as our... More

Deal, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Burger and chips, Pizza, fast food, if that is what you enjoy eating then please don't visit the Forge. If you are looking for a relaxing ambience coupled with good service from friendly staff to accompany beautifully prepared food then take the short walk from the city walls and be prepared to have your taste buds rocked. The Forge is... More

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ForgeBistro, Owner at The Forge Bistro & Cafe, responded to this review

Hello Alan H, Great to hear that you enjoyed your time at the forge, and thank you for your kind review. We look forward to welcoming you back soon at the Forge. More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

Service was amazing staff were lovely and building great. We opted for the grazing menu, may be an off night but everything was either in batter or deep fried. Real shame

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ForgeBistro, Owner at The Forge Bistro & Cafe, responded to this review

Hello Clair E, Thank you for your feedback, first I would like to sorry to hear that your grazing platter was not to your liking, we do pride ourselves on offering tasty well seasoned dishes. Please note that we change the menu weekly and we will take your comments on board for the future. Also its great to hear that... More

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