Forest Side

‘It’s difficult to pinpoint what makes this hotel so special. More

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Forest Side
Keswick Road
LA22 9RN
015394 35250

Hotel information


20. 1 suitable for disabled.


all year, restaurant closed Mon and Tues.


lounges, bar, restaurant, function/private dining rooms, civil wedding licence, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), terrace, 43-acre grounds include 1-acre kitchen garden.

Background music

in public areas.


all ages welcomed but only eight years and older in the restaurant.


allowed in some bedrooms (max. 2 per room, £20 per dog, includes welcome pack).

Credit cards

American Express, MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B £229–£459, D,B&B £329–£559. 11-course tasting menu £105. Dogs £25 per room

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘It’s difficult to pinpoint what makes this hotel so special.’ Atop a winding driveway, this Gothic confection is ‘light, airy, full of boutiquey charm – and, naturally, has delightful views across Grasmere’. ‘Everything is elegantly understated and themed around the Cumbrian landscape’, whether the decor or the award-winning restaurant. ‘Beautifully turned-out’ bedrooms, a touch on the small side, have a ‘super-comfy’ bed and ‘fantastic bathroom’. Guide readers in 2018 repeat praise for the ‘seamless’ service (‘particularly the easy accommodation of a disabled member of our party’) and ‘superb’ dining. ‘Dinner is a masterpiece.’ The kitchen opens on to the bustling restaurant floor, where diners can watch Michelin-starred chef Kevin Tickle bring marsh herbs, surf clams, even squirrel pâté to the table, alongside more traditional mains (perhaps a ‘good slab’ of shorthorn rib) and an array of vegetarian options. At breakfast, duck eggs, locally smoked salmon and home-made granola start the day. A stroll round the restored gardens completes the afternoon. ‘Well run from start to finish.’ (Ralph Wilson, MW)

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Forest Side
Keswick Road
LA22 9RN

Guest comments

'Comfortable. Efficient and friendly staff. Knowledgeable staff at our table particularly the sommelier. Amazing meal. Breakfast delightful watching red squirrels. ' - Lynn Annette Middleton - April, 2018
'A lovely hotel with a top-flight chef. Emma on Reception was especially helpful. Perfect service from the friendly bar staff. Our dinner was a masterpiece, as were the wines, superbly chosen by their gifted sommelier. Waiting staff truly professional. Our rooms were excellent, with comfortable bed and fantastic bathroom. ' - Ralph G Wilson - December, 2017
'A classy Lake District retreat in a beautiful setting, light, airy and full of boutiquey charm. Everything is elegantly understated in a kind of rustic chic. Almost very aspect impresses, from the welcome at reception, the attentiveness of the staff to the luxurious finish of the bedrooms. A nice balance between informality and smartness – it’s dog-friendly, too. But the highlight was the restaurant, with ambitious menus and an imaginative wine list. One gripe: on chilly, damp evenings, it would have been nice if the log fires had been lit. ' - Michael Williams - March, 2017
'We felt really well looked after. We walked each day, and got soaked on one day, boots were whisked off to the drying room, and had fully dried out by the next morning. Bedroom was very comfortable. Only drawback - lack of drawer space. The highlight is the food - dinners some of the best we have ever had. Breakfasts also good, particularly the smoked haddock and poached egg. They are happy for guests to visit the walled kitchen garden; we had a good chat with the head gardener. ' - Donald Reid - February, 2017
'We stayed one night on a winter deal. The room was small but beautifully turned out. Dinner was fantastica Afternoon tea too. The menu is very eco–friendly. ' - Stephanie Thompson and Keith Suton - February, 2017
'Lovely hotel with wonderful views across Grasmere. Excellent dinner. Very few people staying when we went - so why did they put us in Ash, the room that overlooks the kitchen extract equipment ! We asked to be changed; they kindly upgraded us to the best room in the house, which was superb. ' - Bill Wood - February, 2017

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