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Forester

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Greater London West - West Ealing

Three star - A pub interior of outstanding national historic importance

Listed Status: II

2 Leighton Road
West Ealing
W13 9EP

Tel: (020) 8567 1654

Email: Forester.Ealing@fullers.co.uk

Website https://www.foresterealing.co.uk/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheForesterPub

Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: West Ealing

Station Distance: 900m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (West Ealing) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

A fine example of Edwardian suburban pub-building, The Forester still retains four of its original rooms, plus the only known example in London of bell pushes that hitherto were for ordering table service.

Built  in 1909 to designs by T. H. Nowell Parr for the Royal Brewery of Brentford. Parr provided a most distinctive piece of architecture, notable for its columned porticoes, green-glazed brickwork and prominent gables. The Forester shows a shift away from late-Victorian glitz and glitter towards a more restrained style. In all there are four rooms. There were originally five plus the (disused) off-sales on Seaford Road, the reduction being caused by the amalgamation of the two rooms on Seaford Road to form the public bar. There are two rooms facing Leighton Road and the one on the left has the remarkable distinction of possessing the only historic bell-pushes for waiter service known in a London pub.

There are some fine furnishings at the Forester. The servery still has its original counter and bar-backs which display a number of Tudor arches, a favourite motif of Parr’s. There are a couple of Edwardian fireplaces complete with the green tilework and in the public bar there are long-defunct remnants of gas lighting. There are also some delightful floral Art Nouveau-style stained glass panels in the windows. In the heart of the servery is an office for the publican, and there are doors in the counters for gaining access to service the beer engines in former times.

A fine example of Edwardian suburban pub-building, erected in 1909 to designs by T. H. Nowell Parr for the Royal Brewery of Brentford. Parr provided a most distinctive piece of architecture, notable for its columned porticoes, green-glazed brickwork and prominent gables. Like Parr’s Three Horseshoes, Southall, UB1, (now sadly permanently closed and converted to residential use) the Forester shows a shift away from late-Victorian glitz and glitter towards a more restrained style. In all there are four rooms. There were originally five plus the (disused) off-sales (with 1960s bar fittings) on Seaford Road, the reduction being caused by the amalgamation of the two rooms to form the public bar. There are two rooms facing Leighton Road and one of these (the Saloon on the left) has the remarkable distinction of possessing the only historic bell-pushes that used to be for summoning waiter service known in a London pub. For the avoidance of doubt they even have the word ‘BELL’ above them! Apart from their rarity, they are curious in that there is a perfectly decent bar counter in this room where able-bodied drinkers might reasonably have been expected to order their drinks!

There are some fine furnishings at the Forester. The servery still has its original counter and bar-backs which display a number of Tudor arches, a favourite motif of Parr’s. There are a couple of Edwardian fireplaces complete with the green tilework and in the public bar there are long-defunct remnants of gas lighting. There are also some delightful floral Art Nouveau-style stained glass panels in the windows. In the heart of the servery is an office for the publican.

There are doors in the counters for gaining access to service the beer engines in former times. The rear lounge is given over to well-regarded Thai food. 

The pub reopened in March 2024 after a short period of closure. It has benefitted from sensitive redecoration and a deep clean and polish.

History across the road: The allotments on the eastern side of Northfield Avenue have been there since 1832. The allotments were established next to market gardens and orchards which proliferated in this area.

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