As a married couple with kids we are not so fortunate to have a date night every week. Therefore we try and schedule one at least once a month. However last night was not scheduled and was just a spontaneous last minute decision. The girls were sleeping over at their grandparents and this was a perfect opportunity for a date night. Brent and I decided to do something very casual and ended up up going to Foresters Arms Pub and Restaurant. Please note this is not a paid or guest review of Foresters.
Scheduling a date night when you are married is very important but it doesn’t have to be fancy and doesn’t always have to be romantic. So last night we decided to do something very casual and ended up at the pub.
As it was the Currie Cup fixture between Western Province and the Golden Lions at Newlands, the pub was very busy. As this was a spur of the moment date, we didn’t book a table and was really lucky that one was available.
Better known as Forries, it is one of the oldest pubs in South Africa. Situated in Newlands, it has a huge inside and outside seated area. This is not just a pub but a family restaurant as well as it is kid-friendly and has a play area outside. From the second you enter you are instantly attracted to the warm and cozy atmosphere. The staff is friendly, professional and very attentive. And I absolutely love it when a manager checks into the tables, making sure that the patrons are happy.
Forries has a wide variety on the menu as well as kiddies meals. They also cater for the Banting fanatics. Dishes are marked low carb, high fat on the menu. It has a list of craft beers, draughts on tap as well as cocktails and spirits.
I ordered the Bacon and Fig Sirloin topped with crispy bacon, preserved fig and a creamy blue cheese sauce. Brent had the Forries Steak roll. It is a chargrilled sirloin steak topped with mushrooms, mature cheddar cheese and a fried egg. Both meals were served with fries and was absolutely delicious.
As it was a chilly evening, the indoor fire was quite welcoming.
With the rugby that was on, the place was really buzzing. That did not bother us as we enjoyed the rugby match and ended up chatting to a couple of patrons.
Not wanting to consume too much alcoholic beverage as we still had to drive, we ended up ordering dessert.
This was decadence on a plate. I ordered the Chocolate Nemesis which is a Belgium dark chocolate and espresso fondant, a selection of chocolate truffles served with vanilla ice cream.
Brent had the blue berry baked cheese cake served with vanilla ice cream.
We ended up trading as he ate almost all of my Chocolate Nemesis.
To me it came down to the food and ambience of the place. Most importantly we enjoyed each others company and laughed so much. This was a fun and casual night out.
I hope that if you try out Forester Arms that you will have as a great experience as we did.