Review on The Forest

Situated directly opposite Dorridge BR station and within striking distance of Birmingham NEC and the Airport, The Forest started life in 1870 as a railway hotel of the old school. Some of the ornate Victorian architecture remains, but a recent facelift has catapulted it well and truly into the modern world, and it now embraces a trendy bar and a brasserie-style restaurant complete with mirrors, bare tables and laminate floors.

The kitchen works to a lively menu of up-to-the-minute dishes driven by the seasons. You might kick off with crab and dill risotto with spiced crab samosa or potato gnocchi with vine tomato compote and mint pesto, before tackling an assiette of seafood with saffron potatoes and spiced fennel or truffle-poached tarragon chicken with broccoli mousse and tarragon tagliatelle.

Sandwiches and light meals are also on offer (think piri piri chicken with Caesar salad, shepherds pie, Indian spiced lamb), while desserts could range from exotic pistachio cake with Turkish delight ice cream and rose syrup to dark chocolate mousse with Griottine cherries. The hand-picked 60-bin wine list helps things along nicely.

The Forest is also featured in: Good Food Guide, AA Guide

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Cuisine

Modern European

Chef

Dean Grubb

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Mon-Sat (3.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.30 - 10.00pm Mon-Sat

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card

Online Booking Availability for The Forest

Facilities at The Forest

  • Childrens menu
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access
  • Private dining room
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 90 covers
  • Family Friendly

Accomodation

Accomodation is available, (12 rooms)

Internet

WiFi is available

Parking

Private parking is possible at a location nearby

Address

The Forest
25 Station Approach
Dorridge
West Midlands
B93 8JA

Customer Ratings on The Forest

3  / 5

Based on 1 review

Guest reviews are written by our customers.

Food
6   
Service
6   
Ambience
6   
Location
6   
Value for money
6   

Customer reviews

  • avatar
    David
    June 2012

    5 people found this review helpful
    Lovely restaurant

    We try to dine at the Forest most weeks and are never disappointed. The food is exceptional, well cooked and served with care and finesse.
    The weekday menu de jour is excellent value and changes from week to week. The a la carte is ideal for a special occasion. we are never rushed and the staff are happy for us to linger between courses.

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