Alongside Simon Rogan’s two star establishment, l’Enclume in Cartmel and The Samling in Ambleside, The Forest Side in Grasmere and the Gilpin Hotel & Lake House near Windermere both gained a star. Grasmere hasn’t had a Michelin starred restaurant since the closure of Michael’s Nook in 2002, but The Forest Side has ended the 14 year dry spell.
Head chef at Forest Side, Kevin Tickle, said: ‘’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. “We built a strong foundation from the very beginning and over the last nine months we’ve notched it up and up, going through the gears, taking what we do to new levels.”
Mr Tickle had previously worked at l'Enclume before going on to establish The Forest Side as a prominent destination for food lovers.
He added: “It’s always been about the food we create at Forest Side. Everything is about our surroundings and our sense of belonging to this place. “The food we create is a reflection our collective passion for the amazing larder we are lucky to call home.’’
Holbeck Ghyll in Windermere, lost its Michelin star in 2014 and has yet to regain it. Sharrow Bay, on the banks of Ullswater, lost its star two years earlier in 2012. There were hopes that The French by Simon Rogan in Manchester might have earned a Michelin star making it the city’s only restaurant with a star but failed to make it into the guide.
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