“Expect big flavours and technical cooking, but not at the expense of flavour.” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's View
Forest Side is a little piece of Lake District heaven set, as the name suggests, in a tree-lined setting. Inside, you’ll discover an expansive dining room staffed with smart, knowledgeable personnel and which looks out onto the Lakeland setting. The restaurant celebrates views of the garden and surrounding forest, with tables set as you go. It’s very much a regional affair with rustic linen napkins and pottery wares that offer intrigue and quality, made locally from naturally occurring glazes and stone. Paul Leonard’s exciting modern approach includes menus that currently feature an 8- or 4-course evening that evolves with the seasons. The wine list is superb and you’ll love the excellent sommelier team. Expect big flavours and technical cooking, but not at the expense of flavour.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 40
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Days Closed: Monday and Tuesday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2
- Dinner served from: 7
- Dinner served until: 9.30
- Wines under £30: 6
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 32
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About The area
Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.
Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.
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