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 GuideRate this Restaurant
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