The Forest – nr Kelham, Sheffield (Sunday Lunch)

Family-run pub based just outside of Kelham in Sheffield offers a decent carvery-style Sunday Dinner every Sunday 1:30pm – 4pm. Help yourself to a piled-high plate of a selection of well-cooked meats, roasties, plenty of veg, Yorkshires and of course lots of gravy for just £12/£8 (children’s)!

A potentially lesser known place to foodies around the Kelham area, this under-stated, down-to-earth pub is owned by the same family as the Toolmakers Brewery next door. A no frills, friendly type of venue that are offering a proper, generous Sunday Lunch and the owners are keen to get the word out there and welcome you for food and drinks, as well as live music some evenings too.

We were kindly invited along to Sunday Dinner at The Forest and we really enjoyed meeting the owners, and the food served here. Recently the pub has started to refurbish the outside area to make this a more stand-out and inviting venue with some highly recognisable street art. This paired with a push on social media I hope will entice more local pub-goers to give this place a chance, because the Sunday Dinner was really good.

Expect a no-frills, very humble carvery-style Sunday Dinner here, but don’t let that put you off because some of the best pub grub comes out of venues similar to this. Paper tablecloths and a help yourself carvery-style layout is to be expected here. We first ordered a pint at the bar and were welcomed by the friendly owners. A fun fact; this pub was the last ever pub in Sheffield to serve ales only. Now you can chose from your usual pub offerings of ales, lagers, spirits, wines and soft drinks.

The 2 course Sunday Dinner starts off with a homemade soup and bread roll. Today’s was a mixed root vegetable soup with garlic, ginger, pepper and spices. This was a lovely, tasty and warming soup, which had a little kick to it actually, a bit like a Thai-style broth. We really enjoyed it.

The Sunday Dinner set-up is a carvery-style with today’s meat selection of pork, turkey or beef (you can try as many meats as you wish), and then we helped ourselves to roast potatoes, broccoli & cauliflower, carrots, green beans, cabbage, stuffing, Yorkshire Puddings and sauces. There was also mushy peas on offer but I can’t say I’ve ever had these on a roast so it was a strange one to me, but maybe I am missing a trick?? The meat was cooked perfectly, falling apart and the portions were very generous. I unintentionally went a bit mad piling my plate up but everything was really yummy, even the veg cooked just right, not over-boiled but keeping it’s crunch and freshness. Plate piled high, but I didn’t let any of it go to waste of course.

We really enjoyed our Sunday Lunch here and would recommend you to give The Forest a visit. I can see the potential this pub has but it will require a lot of hard work and commitment, and I wish this lovely pub all the success! Check out their Facebook and Instagram page here.

I hope that my review has inspired you to give this Sunday Dinner a try. If you have anywhere you recommend I should eat at, please leave a comment below. If you are a restaurant/food vendor and would like to collaborate with me in any way, please just email me at jensfoodblog@gmail.com!

Happy munching!

Jen

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