I haven’t been to The Forest Hotel in Dorridge since I was a teenager so I’m intrigued to see what it will be like today as we visit their restaurant for lunch with Douglas.
The menu is pleasingly divided into nibbles, small plates and large plates. This works well for people like us with appetites that range from that of a horse (me) to that of a mouse (Rock).
Rock starts with the beetroot falafel served with rosemary & lemon crème friâche. Douglas has the fabulous tuna carpaccio with pickles and crispy noodles. I have the twice baked red leicester soufflé which works very well with the red grapes and rather unusual smoked date puree.
I move on to the tandoori cod loin with lentil dhal, roasted cauliflower and a coconut curry sauce – it is well spiced and very tasty. Rock has the sea trout, yet again, but this time with roasted fennel, orange & parsley quinoa and a fennel salad. Douglas has the salmon & prawn cake with a perfectly poached egg and hollandaise.
For dessert I have the lemon & green tea roulade with almonds, lemon curd and green tea ice cream – beautifully presented and it tastes as good as it looks. Douglas enjoys going a touch exotic with the coconut infused rice pudding with pineapple. Rock has no room for dessert.
The Forest Hotel has certainly changed since I was a teenager – it is smarter, far more civilised and the food and drink are on another level. We have had a fabulous time with Douglas and I’m sure he, and we, will be back before too long.