Forest Side – Michelin dining in Grasmere.

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

Website https://www.theforestside.com

Straight into the snacks.


Onion , cured pork fat and Killeen

Egg filled with caramelised Whey custard and roasted Celeriac served with these amazing little breadsticks.
Forest side Bread with Roasted Pumpkin seed Butter….Stunning

Lobster

Beef Tartare – Raw Dexter and Caviar.


Roasted Turbot , Mussels and Whey

Venison , Pear and Salsify.

Rhubarb , Nasturtium oil jam , shortbread crumble and sour cream.


Celery , Apple , Walnut and sweet cheese – Waldorf reinvented.

Chocolate , Sea Buckthorn and creme fraiche.

The photos below are from a second visit for Sunday Lunch.

Pre lunch nibbles in the lounge.

Salmon / Caviar

Little skewers of BBQ glazed Herdwick Lamb Belly – Glazed with fermented Garlic.
For lovers of Cheese, another little pre lunch bite

Warm Custard of Baron Bigod , roasted Chicken sauce , Squash and truffle.

Beef Tartare – Raw Dexter and Artichoke.


Lobster , Kohlrabi , Pine , and a wonderful sauce made from the roasted Lobster heads.
Mushroom Tortellini – Veal Sweetbreads and Truffle.

Salad course with crispy Pigs Head

Salad course from Forest side gardens

Cod

Roast Beef Sunday lunch – Forest side style.
Beef Plated

Red Grape , Pecan and Goats milk frozen dessert.

Chocolate Aero , Yeast parfait , toasted rice sorbet and Malt custard

Keswick en route to Grasmere.

One Comment Add yours

  1. michael troup says:

    My partner and I have had some amazing meals there, including one, shortly after they had opened, when we were the only people in the restaurant, and the setting is excellent – but the last meal we had was tarnished by excessive salt in many courses. We let them know, and they kindly offered us a free meal, but then Covid came along …..

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