The Forest Side, Lake District

The Forest Side is a magical restaurant with rooms in the heart of the Lake District. Surrounded by the stunning countryside of Wordsworth’s beloved Grasmere, The Forest Side was a former private home within a Gothic mansion that charmed visitors for over a century before falling into disrepair. In 2015 it was reawakened to form a destination dining experience with rooms, which today holds one Michelin star and a place in The Good Food Guide’s Top 50 Restaurants in the UK. The Forest Side is designed to be a reflection of the landscape in which it sits. Fresh seasonal produce is the underpinning of all that Head Chef Kevin Tickle and his team create, with a focus on sourcing from local suppliers wherever possible, including the likes of Town End Farm and Cartmel Valley Game. Chef Tickle’s upbringing in the western Lake District has inspired cooking that is firmly rooted in the Cumbrian countryside, reflected not only in the provenance of the ingredients but also the menu’s creativity. There are 20 delightful contemporary guest bedrooms, with three categories: Cosy, Superb, or Master. All rooms have been designed by James Mackie and feature Farrow and Ball colour shades, super comfortable beds made by Harrison Spinks to an exclusive design for the hotel, luxurious textiles and wallpapers by Zoffany, deep pile Herdwick carpets by Wools of Cumbria, limestone tiled bathrooms and natural bath and body products handmade by Bramley.