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Forest Side, Cumbria wins a Michelin star eight months after it launched

Le Champignon Sauvage, Cotswolds retains two Michelin stars for the 17th year running


The Whitebrook, Wales retains its Michelin star for the third successive year

Forest Side in Grasmere, Cumbria has been awarded their first Michelin star in the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2017. The announcements were made at the inaugural Michelin launch event on Monday 3rd October where, for the first time, all new Michelin stars were revealed to an intimate guest list, which included the likes of two-starred David Everitt Matthias of Le Champignon Sauvage.

Kevin Tickle - Forest Side Head chef

Gastronomic hotel Forest Side launched just eight months ago and has already won Best Kept Secret in the Tatler Awards 2016, been named Best Newcomer and one of the UK Top 50 Restaurants in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2017 and awarded 3 AA Rosettes at the AA Hospitality Awards 2017. Michelin has recognised Forest Side head chef, Kevin Tickle’s culinary expertise, which he perfected during eight years spent working at L’Enclume and a further year at Rogan & Co. Making the very most of Forest Side’s extensive restored Victorian-walled kitchen garden and the abundant 46 acres of forageable grounds, Kevin’s menu changes daily according to what is on offer.

Wildsmith Hotels owner Andrew Wildsmith, commented 'The team at Forest Side have been on an amazing journey since we opened. We hope that people agree that what we have created is fast becoming another shining beacon of culinary excellence in the North of England.'

Forest Side’s head chef Kevin Tickle, added: ‘Being awarded a Michelin star is totally unexpected, I really didn’t think I would be in the running this year. I can’t describe how over the moon I am… it’s been an amazing journey so far… I couldn’t be prouder; this is a real team effort. The food we create is a reflection our collective passion for the amazing larder we are lucky to call home.’

David Everitt-Matthias and wife Helen, celebrating 30 years of service next year

This year marks an impressive 17 years since Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham was awarded two Michelin stars in 2000. Head chef David Everitt-Matthias and his wife Helen, who runs front of house, have astonishingly never missed a service since they opened their restaurant, which next year will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. Le Champignon Sauvage has achieved consistent high praise from press and chefs alike, including 2014 Good Food Guide Chef of the Year and 2013 Observer Food Monthly ‘Outstanding Achievement’ Award. The Observer critic Jay Rayner quoted Le Champignon Sauvage as one of the best meals of my life’, Guardian Critic Marina O’Loughlin rated the the food a rare 10/10. A recent Telegraph review scored the restaurant 9/10, quoting, ‘This is a remarkable restaurant. The food is not just flawlessly executed but also richly imagined and rigorously thought through.’

Chef Chris Harrod
Michelin Starred Chef Chris Harrod
The Whitebrook Restaurant with Rooms in the Wye Valley in Wales also continues to succeed having this month won both an AA Wine Award and 4 AA Rosettes at The AA Hospitality Awards as well as being included in Waitrose Good Food Guide’s UK Top 50 for the first time. Chef Chris Harrod retains the Michelin star for the third successive year. Every dish served at The Whitebrook, from breakfast through to dinner, boasts locally sourced, often home grown and foraged ingredients.
Forest Side Salad Plate

Notes to editors

One star denotes very good cooking in its category, and Michelin recommends that you should try the food there if the restaurant is on your path. Two stars denote excellent cooking worth a detour, and three stars represent exceptional cuisine "worth a journey."

Michelin Guides are a series of guide books published by the French company Michelin for more than a century

For further details on all new stars gained this year refer to this link:

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