Situated in the heart of Sherwood Forest, The Forest Lodge is a 17th-century coaching inn that…
“Coaching inn at the edge of Robin Hood territory”
This 18th-century coaching inn stands on the edge of Sherwood Forest opposite the church where Robin Hood is supposed to have married Maid Marian. Sympathetically restored by the Thompson family over the past decade or so, it includes stylish accommodation and a comfortable restaurant and bar. Charles Wells’ Bombardier Bitter is always on, along with a selection of four other award-winning cask ales in two beamed bars warmed by open fires, . An impressive baronial-style dining hall is an ideal setting for wholesome fare that changes to reflect the seasons. All-time favourites are on offer too, of course, and include beef and ale pie; home-made beef chilli; and battered fish fillet and hand-cut chips. There’s also a selection of omelettes, jackets and sandwiches, plus homemade stone baked pizzas,
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About the area
Most people associate Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands with the legend of Robin Hood, though the former royal hunting ground of Sherwood Forest has been somewhat tamed since Robin’s outlaw days. Traditionally, the county’s primary industry, alongside agriculture, was coal mining but it is also an oil producing area, and during World War II produced the only oil out of reach of the German U-Boats.
The county is divided between the old coalfields north of the city of Nottingham, the commuter belt of the Wolds to the south, Sherwood Forest and the great country estates known as the ‘Dukeries’. Towns of note are the river port and market town of Newark, which hosts major antiques fairs six times a year, and Southwell, known for the medieval minster with exquisite carvings of Sherwood Forest.
D H Lawrence was a Nottinghamshire man, born in Eastwood, the son of a miner and former schoolteacher. He grew up in poverty, and his book Sons and Lovers reflects the experiences of his early years. Other Nottinghamshire notables include Thomas Cranmer, the first Protestant Archbishop; Jesse Boot, founder of the Boots pharmaceutical company; Henry Ireton, the man who singed Charles I’s death warrant; and Olympic skaters Torvill and Dean.
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