Andrew Wildsmith of Wildsmith Hotels launched Forest Side in February 2016 after an extensive 18 month long, four million pound renovation and just eight months later the restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star. Forest Side offers a 20 bedroom, 50 cover restaurant with a bar and lounge set in a 19th-century Victorian hotel minutes from Grasmere in the Lake District, Cumbria. Heading up the kitchen is Kevin Tickle, who was sous chef and head forager at L’Enclume for eight years before heading up the kitchen at Rogan & Co for a further year.
Since it launched Forest Side has won a number of prestigious accolades: Best Kept Secret in the Tatler Restaurant Awards 2016, Best Newcomer and entry in the the UK Top 50 in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2017, 3 AA Rosettes in the AA Restaurant Guide 2017 and most recently the Michelin star. These achievements along with the consistently high praise from the media suggest Forest Side is one of the most exciting additions to the UK food scene of 2016.
“The ultimate food break…” Stylist,
“And so I relaxed; I explored; and I fell in love. Forest Side is fabulous” Telegraph
” Forest Side is that rare thing: a boutique hotel with both a sense of place and a sense of humility.” Independent.