Formans Restaurant

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A riverside Restaurant and Bar specialising in Forman’s world famous smoked salmon and seasonal British foods. The restaurant boasts the “best view” of the Olympic Stadium (The Times) and also a viewing gallery into the smokery, as well as outside terrace and river side seating. Email us at restaurant@formans.co.uk to be added to our newsletter for special events.
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London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very tasty and fresh food. We had a very good evening at Forman's. Maybe a bit quiet and intimidating at start but the staff is very friendly.

RI
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice place to go. The view of the stadium isn’t as good as it used to be but the restaurant itself still great. Lovely service with great food!

SM
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Amazing food.
It's kind of in the middle of nowhere and not close to the tube, this certainly drives away a lot of potential customers coming from afar.
But if you're in East is a must try place - fish is to die for an reasonably priced.

TS
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice restaurant in out of the way location. Food good but could have been hotter. I know food shouldn’t be served piping hot for tasting reasons however all four of our mains were warm. Still tasty though. Unfortunately there were a couple of items we ordered were not available which was a shame. Staff very nice.

JL
Hong Kong
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great service, generous portions, good value for money!

OT
London
79 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My first time at Forman's - I had the pleasure of dining with my parents for a Sunday Lunch. The Portion sizes were excellent. And the food was so fresh. The Salmon was exceptional and I loved the large selection of English wines and local beers. This is a restaurant worthy of your attention.

MK
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good quality of food, the staff is very polite.

w
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Two of my party were running late but the staff kept the kitchen open until they arrived.
That was great customer service!!

BA
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service.
Would definitely recommend this exceptional restaurant, friendly staff and delicious food.

JR
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved it. Amazing food and lovely wine in a lovely environment. Service was attentive and friendly

PK
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice venue. Difficult to access restaurant for those with any disablement as there are a lot of stairs up to the restaurant.
Food was very good although a little expensive.
Choice on Sunday lunch menu was not that great.
Very hot in the restaurant as windows open defeated the air conditioning.
Outside on lower terrace was a bit shabby as sun blind was broken/missing.
View of Olympic Park has been lost since it was first built as there’s now a nondescript building on opposite side of river spoiling the view.
Great service from the staff and made to feel most welcome.
Very few customers (about 16), but maybe this was due to the very hot day or summer hols. I would imagine if this level of customers was the norm, it may struggle though.

ER
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I strongly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion. The Food, Service and friendly of the staff made for a wonderful Lunch. The quality of food is outstanding. I shall definitely be returning.

CS
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food great service fantastic welcome brilliant staff looking forward to our next visit !!!

E
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Friendly and helpful staff. Food was good except for steamed pudding which wasn't cooked. I should have complained but by then the wine and birthday cheer had taken their toll and I didnt want to end on a winge. I would recommend with some reservations.

GP
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited for Saturday brunch, received a warm and friendly welcome. Food was excellent and salmon delicious. Looking forward to visiting again.

h
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, the main could have been a little warmer, but beautifully cooked. Service was great. Could do with better signage to find it, slightly remote location.

MD
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is an airy, open space, a mix of modern and homely and surprising in the area in which it stands. The service was smooth, efficient yet unobtrusive. The food was exceptional. The London-cure smoked salmon was probably the best I've ever tasted and made a delightful start to the meal. My wife and I both opted for the turbot for the main course. Turbot is rightly known as one of the best fish and it was cooked to perfection. Three beautiful pieces of fish, each served on a portion of creamy mashed potato and accompanied by clams and perfectly cooked scallops. For dessert I had the banana and cream tart with coconut ice cream which was delightful.
What a delight to find a restaurant which only serves English wines. We had a fresh sauvignon blanc type from Kent which was a great accompaniment to the meal.
All in all, a truly memorable evening to celebrate my wife's birthday. She considered it one of the best meals ever. I agreed with her and thought that it was also excellent value for money.

JR
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely lovely experience, the staff were friendly and welcoming and the food was beautifully fresh .
Would love to visit again next time I’m in London .
Thankyou

AG
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it at Formans, the food and service are excellent, as is the restaurant location overlooking the River Lea Navigation. I highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful

JL
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

Service was very attentive and efficient however we were surprised that our elderly uncle could not be served some simple dishes which appeared on the menu (mash potato and fish fingers) this was very inflexible and not customer focussed. The menu was seriously under-described in respect of ingredients used - no allergy advice for example. Overall we enjoyed it but it could have been much better and we were lucky that some of the dishes did not contain cheese or shellfish.

HB
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with nice staff and an interesting menu. I had the black pudding brunch which was excellent.

AW
London
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect - food was cooked to perfection, and quantities very large for this type of restaurant. A good selection of English wines. And staff were very friendly, knowledgeable and efficient (particularly Jessie who served us). Thank you Forman's - we'll be there agin.

JB
London
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit-tried brunch previously -both were most enjoyable-a hidden gem

NB
London
12 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great seafood choice on menu and portions were generous. Really enjoyed the food. Excellent wine menu full of British wines at very reasonable prices. Wonderful service and very pleasant experience. Shame more people haven't discovered this gem of a restaurant!

AG
London
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is perfect in this restaurant....i like the food....service is very high quality...price is normal...atmosphere is great !!!

CL
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great location friendly service some seriously good food with some of the best smoked salmon ever. Portions gargantuan. On the negative side the daily special of salmon trout was over cooked, the dish pretty bland and the feedback elicited very little by way of response. Interesting to have s wine list of only English wine. A bit more advice would have been helpful here. Not cheap so should focus on quality rather than quantity.

KR
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my dad went to formans , because my dad saw an documentary in the German television about it.
The atmosphere and Ambiente was really great. Service was very Kind and polite . We booth had the Scottish salmon , and it was outstanding .

B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Pricing and ambiance is not in keeping with current London standards. Food was not hot when it arrived at the table.

MJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service from all the staff and the food quality and presentation were outstanding. We will definitely be going back.

CR
London
77 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

We went to Formans for my husbands birthday and had a great time. Really unusual and special food - make sure you’re a fish lover although there are loads of alternatives - it’s just that the salmon is SO good! Only downside was it was a bit quiet - we were the only people left at 9pm!

KH
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Starters were old/off. That shouldn't happen with seafood anyway but certainly not at high prices. Contacted the restaurant about this but no reply. Mains were great and have had good meals here before so possibly this was an exception.

LV
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a lovely table by the window. The cocktails were very good & it was unusual to see a wine menu of English wines, the one we chose was very good.
The smoked salmon starters were excellent & tasted totally different from regular shop bought salmon.
We all opted for a nest main course, my beef was delicious.
For dessert my friends all opted for the Express creme brûlée but I had the special of warm chocolate tart with ice cream which was delicious.
Our waitress was very charming & despite the fact that it was not very busy , there was a nice atmosphere.
If you’re unfamiliar with the area, Hackney Wick overground station is only about a 7 minute walk away.

OO
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch with family lovely restaurant excellent staff

JU
London
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Both the food and drink were excellent - would happily recommend.

E
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious salmon sharing platter, very good value with good portions and an excellent variety of salmon.

The main courses are generous, succulent salmon steak perfectly cried. The lamb was also excellent.

The Golden syrup desert was a real treat and a fun take on pudding.

You can comfortably share a starter and a desert and still be filled. Cocktails were reasonably priced. Service was prompt and polite. The space feels open with large windows facing onto the canal.

You can look out over the salmon smoker from a gallery window which is interesting.

SI
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was superb and the restaurant was comfortably busy. Service was good, if the restaurant was located in a more popular area it would be much busier! Great evening enjoyed by my wife and I.

KK
London
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was interesting to go from the commercial Fish Island street into such a stylish restaurant. The food and service were very good and l was impressed by the wide range of English wines on offer. It was my daughter’s birthday and we were given free glasses of sparkling wine, a nice surprise. Lastly it was easy to park on the street directly outside at no cost.

SA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Wasn’t obvious on the website that they only serve a brunch menu on Saturday. Staff were lacklustre. One of the waitresses dropped cutlery accidentally on the table but didn’t say sorry, despite it almost hitting my guest.

a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a sense of achievement when one finds Formans restaurant. The staff couldn't be more helpful. We went un the stairs to enter then down in the lift after eating. The salmon shared starter was the highlight of the meal. Main courses fine and the relatively expensive British wine well one feels patriotic. It all makes a good evening outing. Then back by uber to Stratford.

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