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Forest Side – Grasmere, Cumbria

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Forest Side – Grasmere, Cumbria

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A thrilling new Cumbrian address. As with its sibling, Hipping Hall, its owner, Andrew Wildsmith, has ensured not just a haven of luxury but a memorable gastronomic experience in this handsome Victorian mansion that surveys the landmark rock formation, the Lion and the Lamb. It’s had a great deal of both money and, crucially, attention to detail lavished on it, from herbal infusions for your bath to the amazing new gardens – perfumed, ornamental and edible – that have been created around the hotel with the talented chef and his passion for foraging in mind. Kevin Tickle’s dishes, brimming with ingredients such as scurvy grass, curds and whey, pickled allium flowers and birch sap, are clean, modern and precise, served on beautiful, rough-hewn local pottery. They taste earthy, yet are wonderfully light, and the impressive cellar of organic and biodynamic wines make a fitting accompaniment. Cumbria should be leaping for joy at the arrival of Forest Side, and so should you. Doubles from £299.


Do: Journey off the beaten track to Easedale, taking in the tumbling waterfall of Sour Milk Gill en route to this most tranquil of tarns.

Eat: Try the Grand ‘Un tasting menu inspired by and sourced from the Cumbrain countryside, with ingredients from the hotel’s kitchen garden, £75.

Buy: Go sailing or windsurfing with Ark Sailing in Windermere. 

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