You would think I would have reviewed Fories before now, seeing as it has been around for about 200 years (apparently). The truth is that I have eaten there several times before and just never got round to writing a review. So here is the review, finally.
Fories is a pub, so a lot of people go there just to have some drinks or to watch sport on the many TVs. It has a great vibe and you’ll find it pretty packed out for major sporting events. The nice thing is that it is quite a big place so it’s not too difficult to find yourself a spot. As you can imagine, in winter the pub environment and pub food is very appealing, but in summer the outside area is lovely. There are plenty of tables outside too and a play area for children. There are plenty of trees which not only provide shade but also give you a feeling that you have escaped from the hustle and bustle of the city for a while.
We decided to have Sunday Lunch at Fories. They have a carvery (R75) for those who enjoy a plate of roasted meats with veggies (who doesn’t?). Two of us had the Pie (R58) which was pepper steak that day. You collect the pie from the carvery and fill up your plate with the veggies and potatoes on offer at the carvery. We both agreed it was a tasty, filling and reasonably priced option. One person had the deep fried calamari and chips (also around R58 I think), the calamari was very tender and it was a generous portion. Although it was fried, it was very lightly battered so it wasn’t too oily. We also had a chicken salad, which wasn’t great. The green thai curry (R58) looked ok, but quite small compared to the other dishes. The other dish we ordered was the stuffed lamb (R98) which was also collected from the carvery and accompanied by veggies etc. The lamb was nice but at R40 less, the pie was much better value for money.
We didn’t look at the wine list but were very excited when the appletisers we ordered turned out to be full size cans and the coke was served in a pint glass! That in itself really scored points because there are few things as annoying as ordering a coke when you are thirsty, and it’s finished after 2 gulps. It should be illegal to serve those little cans of coke, just like crayfish they should only be served if they are fully grown.
The weather was perfect which I’m sure contributed to our great dining experience at Fories. The service can be a little slow, but not terminally. Definitely worth a visit.
52 Newlands Avenue, Newlands
Tel: 021 689 5949