All posts tagged: Lake District

Dining at The Forest Side, The Lake District

I’m becoming acutely aware that every time I try a new tasting menu, I say it’s one of the best I’ve had. But the tasting menu at The Forest Side really was spectacular, and I think a big part of this was down to the freshness and seasonality of the dishes. It boasts a superb kitchen garden within the grounds of the hotel, which I wrote about in my previous post about our stay (you can read here). This extended to all of the food and even drinks at The Forest Side. Upon arrival, while most people were sipping coffees and tucking into Afternoon Tea, we got started on the cocktails! I kicked off proceedings with a Flowering Currant Margarita, with blanco tequila, flowering currant, cointreau and lime. It was stunning! I stupidly didn’t write down what Tim ordered and looking at the menu it’s impossible to work out what it might have been – the menu and selection of foraged ingredients is vast! Those cocktails went down very nicely (and rather quickly!) so we …

Staying at The Forest Side in The Lake District

Despite growing up as a child in Yorkshire, I rarely visited The Dales and never made it over the border to the Lake District. I guess perhaps when places are close by you’re less likely to spend your free time there. On our holidays my Dad wanted to spend as little time in a car as possible (he did a lot of driving for his job) and as much time on a beach/by a pool as possible. Tim and I are the complete opposite of that at the moment – we spend most of our week at a desk, so ever since we got a car at the end of last year we’ve been loving being able to explore more. So over the May bank holiday weekend, we set off on our ‘staycation’ adventure in the Lake District and the Dales. It was an early start for us but we made it up to the Lakes by lunch time. We were staying at a hotel in Grasmere but not knowing if there would be much …

Tea & View ‘Pairing’ with Dragonfly Tea

What is your favourite view? This was a question posed to me recently by Dragonfly Tea. They’ve been researching the best views in Britain and have put together a clever tea and view ‘pairing’ method, to celebrate these views with the perfect cuppa! Along with the British Guild Of Travel Writers, they have travelled around the UK with their yellow chair, snapping beautiful photos representing the perfect view and tea moments, which have now been made into a beautiful book. Here’s the chair at the Roman Baths in Bath, one of my favourite UK cities: The tea suggestion given for this location is Big Red Robe, imperial in its own right and hailed as a life-saving elixir during the Ming dynasty. After it revived the Emperor’s sick mother, the bushes were cloaked in rich red robes in honour of the tea’s restorative qualities. And another at The Japanese Garden in Tatton Park, Cheshire: Here, Gyokuro Green Tea (also known as the ‘Dew Jewel‘ of Japanese tea gardens) is recommended. The process to create the flavour involves …