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Forest Side wins “Best-Kept Secret” at Tatler Restaurant Awards 2016

Forest Side Restaurant

New gastronomic hotel in the Lake District 

Forest Side Hotel in Grasmere was last night named ‘Best-Kept Secret’ at the 2016 Tatler Restaurant Awards, which took place in The Savoy Hotel, London. The gastronomic hotel which is part of the Wildsmith Hotels opened in February after an 18 month long, four-million-pound renovation. The award was accepted by Andrew Wildsmith, founder of Wildsmith Hotels and Operations Director, Tom Lewis.

Andrew Wildsmith, owner of the Forest Side, said: ‘’We have undertaken an interesting journey over the last 18 months, creating what we hope is fast becoming another shining beacon of culinary excellence in the North of England. As a team we are incredibly ambitious and we are constantly striving to achieve. Awards like this demonstrate that we are moving in the right direction, but there is still plenty of work to do. The Lake District, Cumbria is amongst the UK’s favourite holiday destinations and we have hopefully provided yet another reason for people to come and explore this wonderful place. Congratulations to the team at the Forest Side.’’

Forest Side has been attracting stellar reviews since opening, having already made it into Tatler’s 2016 Restaurant Guide and receiving a score of 9/10 from hotel critic Fiona Duncan in The Sunday Telegraph, who said; “I fell in love. Cumbria can be thanked for Forest Side's secret weapon and raison d'être Kevin Tickle. The whole place revolves around this hugely talented young chef who has never worked outside of the county. Cumbria should be leaping for joy at the arrival of this stellar hotel, and so should you.” Earlier this year Forest Side was also awarded the ‘Hotel Restaurant of the Year’ and ‘Best Newcomer’ in Cumbria Life’s Food & Drink Awards.

Head Chef Kevin Tickle
Andrew Wildsmith, owner of Wildsmith Hotels, in the kitchen garden with Forest Side in the background

Kevin Tickle, Forest Side’s Head Chef, said: 'The food we create at the Forest Side is all about its surroundings and its sense of place. Our plates are a reflection of our passion for this place we are lucky to call home. Awards like this aren’t just a reflection on us, they are in reality a celebration of everyone who works with us - this is a huge pat on the back for Cumbria.'

Forest Side has 20 bedrooms and a 50 cover restaurant with a bar and lounge, and is set in a former 19th-century Victorian hunting lodge minutes from Grasmere in the Lake District. Heading up the kitchen is Kevin Tickle, who was former sous chef and head forager at L’Enclume for eight years. Kevin’s menu changes daily according to what produce is available within the 46 acres of forageable grounds and the restored Victorian-walled kitchen garden, with over 140 raised beds.

Visitors can expect dishes such as Venison pastrami, smoked juniper yoghurt, swede, Old Winchester and pickled allium flowers; followed by West coast scallop, parsnip, duck prosciutto, and mead. Additional dishes include Cumbrian plaice, conifer, mussels, salsify and alliums; and desserts such as Scorched pear, malt and homemade ginger beer.

The drinks menu features a predominantly biodynamic and organic wine list, and various cocktail and mocktails will include plenty of home-grown ingredients, such the Forest Side spruce spritz.

Dinner, bed and breakfast is priced from £299 and bed and breakfast from £209, based on two people sharing.

Other winners from last night’s Tatler Awards include ‘Sabrina Gidda at Bernardi's’ who won ‘Rising Star’, ‘Colony Grill’ for ‘Best Front of House’, and ‘Orrery’ who claimed Tatler’s coveted ‘Test of Time’ award. ‘Hoppers London’ took home 'Restaurant of the Year'. Access this link for the full list of nominations and winners: Tatler Awards

Notes to editors:

20 bedroom, 50 cover restaurant, set in a 19th-century Victorian hotel minutes from Grasmere
Dinner, bed and breakfast from £299 based on two people sharing
Bed & breakfast from £209 based on two people sharing
Tasting menu (10 courses plus snacks) £70 per person, A la Carte £55, Lunch £35
Nearest train station Windermere
Telephone number - 01539 435250
Address: Keswick Road, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9RN
Interior design - Mackies Interior Design and Decoration - Lancaster
Founder - Andrew Wildsmith.
Operations Director of Wildsmith Hotels - Tom Lewis (Formerly Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons & Gilpin Lodge)
Open every day for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner

About Wildsmith Hotels
Forest Side is the recent addition to Wildsmith Hotels, a collection of three charming properties situated in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, with excellent food at the heart of them all. Offering affordable luxury with a friendly and professional service, the other two hotels are: The Ryebeck in Bowness-on-Windermere and Hipping Hall in Kirkby Lonsdale. Founder of Wildsmith hotels, Andrew Wildsmith is dedicated to offering his guests a relaxing and gastronomic experience to compliment the stunning landscapes that surround each of his hotels. Andrew had not intended to follow a career in hospitality, but after achieving a Phd in Chemistry from Cambridge University, he realised it was the hotel and restaurant industry that he felt most passionately about. Andrew subsequently turned his back on a lucrative career in pharmaceuticals and 11 years on he hasn’t looked back.

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