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The Old Forge Seafood Restaurant

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Fakenham Road | Thursford, Thursford, England
01328878345
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Go every year!

The Old Forge has been our evening meal for over 10 years before the Thursford Christmas Spectacular. The staff are incredibly friendly and recognise regular goers (even those who only go once a year!). Colin (the chef) always pops out at some point during the meal to ask how it is which is lovely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Rebecca B
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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Old Forge has been our evening meal for over 10 years before the Thursford Christmas Spectacular. The staff are incredibly friendly and recognise regular goers (even those who only go once a year!). Colin (the chef) always pops out at some point during the meal to ask how it is which is lovely. He once came out to tell... More 

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Biggar, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

They kindly slipped us in as the last table before they closed for Christmas. For lovers of seafood this is a Mecca . I had the pan fried Mediteranian crevettes & scallops sautéed in garlick and parsley butter. Yum. The Armagnac and prune bread and butter pudding finished the meal perfectly. Washed down by a reasonably priced bottle of Muscadet... More 

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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236 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

We had an early meal prior to the Christmas Spectacular. The set meal was good, but the a la carte looked so much better. Everything was freshly cooked and the owner/chef was eager to check people were satisfied with their food. Overall, very pleased.

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Thank sleepybexhill
UK
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

We went to Thursford Christmas Spectacular and took my parents as well. For mums birthday treat we decided to book a meal and after checking the Thursford website we chose this one as the sample menus on their website sounded lovely. The welcome we got when we walked in was lovely. They couldn't have been friendlier if we were locals.... More 

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Leyland, United Kingdom
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236 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

We choose this restaurant for a family celebration and were not disappointed in any way Six of us had a most enjoyable and memorable meal cooked by the proprietor Colin and served by pleasant friendly staff. I had a starter of Prawn Cocktail, plenty of prawns in a delicious sauce followed by Whole Sea bass served with a good selection... More 

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England
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Wow - a wonderful restaurant and such a pleasant place to recover from the dreaded Christmas Spectacular. Service was lovely as if we were friends coming to dinner not customers. Brilliant choice of dishes and a good selection of wines. If you are coming to this part of Norfolk then this is an unmissable attraction. Oh that I lived nearer.

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Thank SheilaEngland
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I visited here as an Anniversary present. We thought the hospitality and food was excellent. We both had a starter and main meal but we were too full for any dessert. Colin was very friendly and made sure we were happy with everything. He cooks all the food himself. Would certainly visit again.

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Thank Wendy F
West Byfleet, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Really is fresh and taste, plane or with sauces, crab, shrimp and any thing else from the sea. A very friendly restaurant with helpful staff with a smile. Closed on Mondays and recommend booking in advance.

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Thank Trevor P
United Kingdom
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113 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

we had read good reviews for this restaurant and decided to give it a go, it's a little strange and Colon the owner is a true character, he claims never to read Tripadvisor and is uninterested as to what comments are made, a little strange. We had wanted a table for 8.00 our normal dinner time but we're told by... More 

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Thank Simon W
Broadway Worcestershire
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

My wife and I stayed B&B. While this restaurant is good for a meal out, the breakfast was well over done, the bacon was like leather. The accommodation is very sub standard and expensive. It's on a busy main road, we were told the traffic would die down, it did'nt, very noisy. The 'Ensuite' was a bath with a rubber... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Fakenham Road | Thursford, Thursford, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Anglia  >  Norfolk  >  Thursford
  • Phone Number: 01328878345

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood, British

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