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The Forge Hammer

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Forge Row | Lower Lydbrook, Lydbrook GL17 9NP, England
+44 1594 860310
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Took partners parents for his Mom's birthday, Wonderful service, amazing food, Partners Mom said it was the "best she has had" and beats her local in Yate. Food was great nice and hot, Spicy menu pointed out what was hot or medium which partners mom was happy about as not a lover of really spicy food, his Dad however likes... More 

Thank Kevin M
Evesham, United Kingdom
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218 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tepid food delivered to our group of 6 despite there only being 2 tables occupied. The food described as hot was neither spicy or hot in terms of temperature. The menu offered great sounding dishes however there was no depth of spice flavour and all curries appeared to be the same colour. The meat tasted pre cooked and added to... More 

Thank Lwatson1970
Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a very mixed bag with our take-away from River Spice; nice onion bhaji, flavoursome balti but a naan that was burned black in the middle and biriyani totally lacking in spice and flavour. Wouldn't bother to eat there again on this showing.

Thank Riotstar
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hidden away in Lower Lydbrook, this lovely pub is friendly and welcoming. There is a restaurant tucked away through the back, where you can enjoy a very good curry. For those with Coeliac disease, food allergies or intolerances, it is helpful that the menu states those dishes that DO contain gluten or nuts, rather than those that don't. One of... More 

Thank Stella H
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213 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Stopped off at The Forge Hammer when we were canoeing down the River Wye. It was a short walk from our landing point. We had a dog with us and there was a dod drinking bowl outside the pub so she could join us having a drink. I went in to th ebar which sold Sharp's beer. I asked to... More 

Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

Lovely Indian restaurant, separate room to the main bar so not trying to enjoy your meal surrounded by locals/drinkers etc. Reasonable prices on food and drinks. Table service. Waitress (Tracy) really friendly and helpful when we were deciding what to order. Highly recommend the banquet menu which is a bit like all you can eat, but cooked to order and... More 

1 Thank Ontheroadagain1987
London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016

We've only recently moved to the Forest from London and chose to visit this, our local Indian restaurant, for the first time today. So first, I feel I need to give this some perspective. Having been spoilt for choice in London we have high expectations and are not easy to please when it comes to curry; so what a delightful... More 

1 Thank Darren K
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2016 via mobile

The host was very welcoming. Lighting very grey and ash tones hurt my eyes. The Buffet menu is different to the one on facebook. Says order three each and comes in little dishs, so started to put my order in and was told they curry's came in larger dish and to only order 1. I went to the forge hammer... More 

Thank Simonfowler1984
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2016

one of the best indian restaurant,quality food very tasty and nice flavour, very friendly service staff there are very welcoming and polite, if you want to have great indian curry with friends and family this place is recommended.

1 Thank Wahid I
Upper Lydbrook
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2016

First visit to The River Spice, we have recommended many guests there and have always heard very good feedback so it was great to visit for ourselves at last.The food was lovely, good portions and the owner and staff are very friendly. We will keep on recommending and hopefully pop down again soon.

1 Thank ferndalehouse

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $26
Indian, Asian, Pub
Restaurant features
Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations, Delivery
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Forge Row | Lower Lydbrook, Lydbrook GL17 9NP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Gloucestershire  >  Forest of Dean  >  Lydbrook
  • Phone Number: +44 1594 860310
Popular local village Pub 100m from the River Wye. Serving excellent real ale, cider and lager. With an authentic Indian restaurant producing the best quality food in the area. Pub open Monday to Friday 16.00 To 23.00 (Noon to 23.00 In Summer, Food available at Lunchtimes.), Saturday Noon to 23.00. Sunday Noon to 22.30. Restaurant open Tuesday to Sunday 17.30 To 22.30.

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