Traditional Pub and Authentic Indian Restaurant


Please leave testimonials, comments or feedback on The Forge Hammer below:


  1. 1st September 2014    

    We ate tonight at the River Spice at the Forge Hammer. Wow. We’ve eaten a fair few Indian meals in our time but this was so beautifully sensual and deep in flavour with freshness and real spice preserved throughout. Absolutely fabulous. 9.95 out of 10. We will be back!!!

  2. Janet and Bryan Marrott Janet and Bryan Marrott
    13th August 2011    

    Wish we could afford to eat out every week.
    Anyone who has not been to you for a meal does not know what they are missing

  3. Sylvia and Nigel Sylvia and Nigel
    10th July 2011    

    WOW! – What a find. We had hired a holiday cottage in the village so had looked at reviews of the River Spice and decided to give it a try as we are dedicated foodies. It was amazing food, lovely clean restaurant, the staff were more than pleasant and the locals in the public bar made us feel as though we really belonged. If you live within a 50 mile radius you should make an effort to try it, it will be well worth the journey. It’s such a shame we live as far away as Paignton in Devon or it would be a regular reservation for us.

  4. 31st May 2011    

    This is by far one of the best Indian restaurants anywhere. I dine here whenever I get the chance. It is one of the few places I actually reccomend to people.

  5. 4th May 2011    

    We visited last night for the first time – but definitely not the last. You think you know what to expect from Indian food in the UK because other restaurants all offer the same things but the food here was truly amazing. Having B&B and Self-catering accommodation in the area it will really benefit our business to be able to recommend such a high quality restaurant and friendly pub to our guests.

  6. 8th November 2010    

    Being half Asian I have been brought up on curries and have eaten Indian food from all over the country. This superb Indian restaurant and bar are in my opinion one the best in the UK. Try it you will not be disappointed.

  7. 16th September 2010    

    Your chef may not be quite as good as Atul Kochhar, but I’m guessing he’s not far off. This menu is such a refreshing change from the usual balti, dhansak, bhoona, etc,etc. The food was beautifully spiced, the nan were light and I only wish this restaurant was in Plymouth. This is the best Indian food I have eaten outside of India. You Foresters are so lucky to have this jewel of a restaurant tucked away at the bottom of Lydbrook. Go and enjoy, you’ll see what I mean

  8. JJ JJ
    21st May 2010    

    Best Indian food I have ever had. What fantastic chefs and the service isn’t too bad either.

  9. Greenaway Greenaway
    16th March 2010    

    We moved to the area recently and have just had our first River Spice take away ~ we’ll be back for more.

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The Forge Hammer,
Forge Row,
Lower Lydbrook, GL17 9NP

Tel: 01594 860310 Bar
Tel: 01594 860682 Restaurant