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Forman's

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Stour Road | Fish Island, London E3 2NT, England
+44 20 8525 2365
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10:00 - 17:00
19:00 - 23:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
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Braughing, Ware United Kingdom
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764 reviews
309 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 271 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you love smoked fish and wondered about the process, look no further. Forman are the foremost smokers of salmon in the world and continue to be run as a family concern. The tour is fun and informative followed by an excellent salmon lunch. The restaurant us superb and well worth the visit.

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Thank ChefCliveM
Epping, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our third visit to Formans, the first being in June 2010 when I last reviewed here(I think the first ever TA review for them). We had not previously seen the enlarged dinining area which is sumptuous in its decoration and ambience. Putting aside the challenge of getting there from Hackney Downs station in the dark...the evening was perfect.... More 

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Thank Felltiger
Downham Market
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Foreman's as part of a large group. The whole experience was fantastic - a tour had been arranged which was informative and entertaining. This was followed by a great 2 course lunch - which, of course, included their delicious artisan salmon. We plan to return for a meal with family.

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Thank 60sck
London
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Food is good, maybe the best on fish island but the atmosphere is quite cold and the wine list a bit poor. Good view over the Olympic stadium

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LanceF105, Owner at Forman's, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments. Our wine list is small as we made a decision when we opened the restaurant 8 years ago, only to serve English wine. This is to match our seasonal British food. When we started promoting English wines in our business some 10-15 years ago, many thought it was a joke, but now people are coming to... More 

Walton-on-the-Naze, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

"We're not a chain or branded restaurant and can do things our way". Actual quote from the manager who looked after us on a Friday night. After spending a quiet few moments upstairs in the art gallery and meeting the guest artist, we went downstairs only to find that we were the only guests at 20:15. Fortunately, this soon changed... More 

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Thank AlastairUK
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

We have been to Forman's several times. The food is consistently superb and never fails to impress. They serve some of the best salmon that I have had the pleasure of eating. I would also recommend the grilled turbot and smoked eel. Although the menu has an excellent selection of seafood there are also a meat and steak option available.... More 

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Thank Shayon S
Macclesfield, England, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

In London for a weekend read the reviews and booked. It's a very off the beaten track place but very worth the adventure. Amazing food, friendly service ..behind the scenes tour including the gallery. Felt like we had some sort of private dining experience...not expensive and so glad the service charge is a cover charge and more than acceptable..lovely British... More 

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Essex
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45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

You have to start with the smoked salmon - it just melts in your mouth, absolutely delicious. Not an extensive menu but what they do is superb. I had the lamb that was just so tender and great flavour, the other two diners had the salmon which was beautifully presented and by all accounts delicious. Puddings - you have to... More 

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Sittingbourne, England, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

This is the second time we have had lunch here before West Ham game. There is a small menu but everything is delicious. We had the fish and chips and it was great also the restraunt has a selection of English wine all of which are good. The staff are very good the quality of the food very high. Also... More 

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Suffolk
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Second visit and just as good as first. Friendly, helpful staff and wonderful food from limited menu. Good value, decent portions and well presented. Love their home delivery service and will get back when I can, but ,limited opening makes it difficult form where I live in Suffolk Only small problem is I come by train and walk and signage... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 12 - USD 62
Cuisine
Seafood, British, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 17:00
Thursday
17:00 - 23:00
Friday
17:00 - 23:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
19:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Stour Road | Fish Island, London E3 2NT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 8525 2365
Description
Formans' restaurant is based in the smokehouse of H.Forman & Son, the world's oldest salmon smokers. As well as having a viewing gallery into the smokehouse - a la Willy Wonka - the views out of the restaurant window to the Olympic Park are unrivalled. The food is the finest quality British gastronomy served in an informal setting. The wine list is exclusively English and all-British spirits are served from the bar. Forman's Restaurant has a delightful terrace and outdoor riverside lounge as well as a spectacular 1000sq ft art gallery which can be hired for private events.

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