It’s been an incredible start to 2023 for Lake District gem The Forest Side which has just taken the number 9 spot in Square Meal’s annual list of the UK’s Top 100 Restaurants.

Head Chef Paul Leonard was praised for “translating the Cumbrian landscape into a series of intriguing tasting menus.”

A unique combination of Square Meal’s own in-house critic-led opinions and diner votes, these coveted accolades represent not only the professional opinion of the UK’s leading independent restaurant guide but thousands of real-life experiences.

The honour comes hot on the heels of The Forest Side climbing into the Top 30 of the Harden’s Top 100 Best UK Restaurants diners’ poll earlier this month, a rise of nine places year on year. “One of the highlights of Lakeland and indeed UK gastronomy” was just one of the many plaudits the restaurant with rooms received.

Commented General Manager Alasdair Elwick, “What a fantastic 2023 The Forest Side is having – and it’s less than three weeks in! These honours are a testament to Paul, his amazing team and the incredible local suppliers who play such a key role in our menu creation. We are all absolutely delighted.”

Nestled amongst the rolling hills, sheltered woodland and sprawling lakes of the Lake District, The Forest Side is already the proud recipient of a Michelin star and four AA Rosettes.
The Forest Side Hotel, Keswick Road, Grasmere, Cumbria LA22 9RN

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