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The Old Forge

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St Andrews Lane | Cranford, Kettering NN14 4JE, England
+44 1536 330014
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
Description: The Old Forge Tea Room serves breakfast , lunch, cream teas and homemade...
The Old Forge Tea Room serves breakfast , lunch, cream teas and homemade cakes.
Indoor seating for 30. Outdoor seating for 30.6 Days a week (plus sundays mid may to mid oct)
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  • 97
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
breakfast stop

Tried this place with a couple of friends for lunch earlier in the week then back with Hubby for breakfast this morning, tiny place but lovely atmosphere, a real fire keeping us warm, good choice of meals lovely piping hot coffee. It does get very busy you may have to book, avoid Friday mornings... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
lorraine t
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You get a good welcome although it is not very comfortable and a bit draughty. The service can be a slow when busy but the food is always good. It is a small cafe and the loud talking and noise from the preparation area can be noisy.

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Thank george19642015
TheOldForge, Owner at The Old Forge, responded to this review

Dear George, I'm glad you enjoy our food. If you would like a table away from our lively lady staff members in the kitchen just give us a call. Hope to see you soon. More 

Kettering, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tried this place with a couple of friends for lunch earlier in the week then back with Hubby for breakfast this morning, tiny place but lovely atmosphere, a real fire keeping us warm, good choice of meals lovely piping hot coffee. It does get very busy you may have to book, avoid Friday mornings as a local womens group have... More 

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Thank lorraine t
TheOldForge, Owner at The Old Forge, responded to this review

Thank you Lorraine for your lovely review. Don't worry about the ladies group, they are our Friday regulars, (usually a few less in number but it was 'chocolate brownies' week) they like to be huddled up, lots to chat about. Acutually last Friday was much busier than usual, we never know whats in store. Today, for the first hour, you... More 

Kettering, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been going to The Old Forge for a few years now and can honestly say that the food, service and atmosphere are excellent. The staff are friendly and work very hard. The food is always to a high standard and there is a huge choice. Rob, the owner, is a genuine guy who works hard, along with his... More 

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Thank Lissa G
TheOldForge, Owner at The Old Forge, responded to this review

Oh blimey its emotional stuff this tripadvisor malarkey. Thank you for such high praise and taking the time to review us. I'm off to have a little cheer! More 

Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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126 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

The Old Forge has fast become our favourite place for lunch. There aren't many places left where you get such a genuinely warm welcome but here that is how all guests are greeted. The inside is small and quaint with several tables that you can reserve ahead of time often a wise choice as The Old Forge is becoming hugely... More 

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Thank WideEyedLover
TheOldForge, Owner at The Old Forge, responded to this review

Wow thanks for a lovely, detailed review, we aim to please! More 

Kettering
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

I went for lunch with a friend who loves it, however I was really disappointed due to lack of choice. If you like jacket potato and beans on toast, then this is for you but sadly not me.

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Thank Leo16august
TheOldForge, Owner at The Old Forge, responded to this review

Flabbergasted by the statement 'lack of chioce'. Thankfully the majority of tripadvisor users will take the time to read our other reviews and check out our website for the menu. Pretty good I think for a small place with a small kitchen and a big heart. Sorry I cannot help but take these comments personally when there are 2 dozen... More 

finedon
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Called in on a saturday morning for a breakfast. 3 formidable breakfasts all very good . 1 scrambled egg on toast and a very very good crispy bacon sandwich on super brown bread. Packed out, so took a little longer than average but worth the wait. Thank you Hannah for your attentive service. Be back soon

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Thank 108catherine
TheOldForge, Owner at The Old Forge, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave a great review. I glad we earned a 5 star review for food and service. More 

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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

Having seen the reviews I wanted to investigate. Lots of variety with a specials board too. We both had a wrap and the chocolate cake afterwards was lovely. Having arrived at 12.15 was disappointed to be told no jacket potatoes left at that time, however lots of other items available. Will be visiting again.

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Thank Kate E
TheOldForge, Manager at The Old Forge, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review for the forge. Oh jacket spuds, they are a nuisance, one day bake 6 sell 1 , another bake 3 sell 3 on first order. Anyway glad you found something you liked. Why not give us a call before you visit us to reserve a jacket that sounds like a plan. See you soon. More 

Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

An amazing range of gluten free cakes that even as a non celiac still rank in my top ten cake experiences, but blissful to be able to go somewhere where the menu for my sister is not curtailed by her illness. All allergies catered for, staff are friendly, knowledgable and efficient. The food is delicious and the portions are generous.... More 

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Thank TeamTrumbley
TheOldForge, Owner at The Old Forge, responded to this review

Team trumbley thanks for your glowing review. You are now one of my favourite teams alongside Kettering town fc and Everton! More 

Kettering, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

an excellent lunch with first class service even though they were very busy and we had not booked this did not deter from the service or food

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Thank norman119
TheOldForge, Owner at The Old Forge, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review of the forge, hope to see you again soon. More 

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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Chose this as we needed to meet with our daughter and partner half way between their home in Derby and ours in Suffolk. We had excellent service, which included careful attention to communication with our daughter - who is profoundly deaf. The food was very good and arrived quickly. Well worth a diversion from the A14 if you're passing. Could... More 

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Thank dim53
TheOldForge, Owner at The Old Forge, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. Unfortunately the cosy forge being a listed building will not accommodate another loo . I hope you return in the not too distant future. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: St Andrews Lane | Cranford, Kettering NN14 4JE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Northamptonshire  >  Kettering
  • Phone Number: +44 1536 330014

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 16
  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

The Old Forge Tea Room serves breakfast , lunch, cream teas and homemade cakes.
Indoor seating for 30. Outdoor seating for 30.6 Days a week (plus sundays mid may to mid oct)
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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