What is it ? – One of the finest country house hotels in the North of England. Luxurious 20 room accommodation with food of the highest standards in the UK.
What`s Cooking ? – Well sourced ingredients from throughout the UK with strength from the Cumbria region.
Who`s Cooking ? – Chef Paul Leonard previously of The Devonshire arms , Marcus Wareing and Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles leads the Forest side team….Amazing Chef and a really lovely guy. Try and catch him for a chat.
What should I expect ? – You`ll enjoy a unique experience in this wonderful Lake district escape. Great food with the finest of local (where possible) ingredients cooked by a very talented team. Warm and welcoming staff and stunning lakeland scenery right outside the front door. Best get those walking boots packed.
Must Order dish – The glazed Lamb belly is superb
What will it cost me ? – You can simply go for lunch and if you check on the forest side website they normally have a £10 off lunch offer on for £35 (normally £45). The larger Menus are more expensive. An overnight stay with a superb Breakfast will cost from approximately £299 per night but once again , check for offers.
My thoughts – If you love gardening then you must make time for a Garden tour. Forest side has a team that rotates between foraging locally for the restaurant menu and maintaining the kitchen and hotel gardens.
What`s the Atmosphere like ? – It`s relaxing with no rush to do anything in a hurry. Chill out in the lounges with a unique Forest side Cocktail before enjoying the restaurant experience.
What`s good ? – The Bread and various flavoured Butters are always knockout. On my last visit I enjoyed Roasted Pumpkin seed Butter which was the best i`ve tasted anywhere …Ever.
Any Negatives ? If i`m totally honest I really can`t think of anything negative so say about Forest side. It`s expensive but it`s a huge treat. If you cant afford to pay those prices then simply go and do lunch and it certainly won`t break the bank.
Would I return ? – Absolutely , I`ve been going to Forest side since the day it opened.
Restaurant Address – The Forest side Hotel , Grasmere , Cumbria. Phone – 015395 68237
Straight into the snacks.
Beef Tartare – Raw Dexter and Caviar.
Rhubarb , Nasturtium oil jam , shortbread crumble and sour cream.
The photos below are from a second visit for Sunday Lunch.
Pre lunch nibbles in the lounge.
Salmon / Caviar
Beef Tartare – Raw Dexter and Artichoke.
Salad course with crispy Pigs Head
Salad course from Forest side gardens
Chocolate Aero , Yeast parfait , toasted rice sorbet and Malt custard