Foresters Bar & Restaurant

3.7
251 Reviews
£26 to £40
English
The Foresters is only open to guests staying at Landal Darwin Forest. Please note that if you fail to cancel your booking a charge will be made to your lodge account via Reception.

Please note that Afternoon Tea cannot be reserved via this online booking system, please call the Foresters on 01629 732428 if you would like to book afternoon tea.

The Foresters bar & restaurant offers a wide selection of food and drink and is open 7 days a week.
Located at Landal Darwin Forest the Foresters is open to both park guests and the general public. We strongly recommend that you book in advance.

The Foresters has a lovely alfresco dining area with a children's playground adjacent.



Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 251 people are saying
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food1service4ambience4

There was no wine list to look at at and i was told by the waitress the on line wine list was out of date. Unfortunately the wine we ordered was very weak and expensive. We both ordered the curry of the day which we were told was chicken and chikpea. It was quite tasteless and my chicken was very tough and inedible.

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SallyH
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked for a romantic meal. On arrival asked to go in Adults only dinning conservatory but was told we couldn’t (1st night out without our son in a year). We were them given a breakdown of everything they didn’t have on the menu!!!
Very poor service. We ended up walking out and going somewhere else. We also had a family booking which we cancelled.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The meal was average,

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CathC
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was pleasant and well presented . The staff were fantastic they made the experience. Perfect staycation meal within walking distance of the Lodge. Would only have been improved by a more varied menu

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CharlotteT
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal, helpful staff would definitely recommend

EJ
EmmaJB
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved our meal. The food was incredible, came in good time and the service was great. All the girls were so lovely and friendly.
We sat in the conservatory like area and it was a beautiful setting.
We played our usual "guess how much it will cost" game and we were both way out thinking it was more expensive. Value for money was amazing.
I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

JF
JulieF
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great home cooked food definitely value for money. Seating in the conservatory is much better and quieter. We dined there on two occasions out of our four night stay returned due to the amazing home cooked steak and potato pie!

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PeterB
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The service was very good, but let down by the food, first night had the curry a bit tasteless, second night had the pizza cooked from frozen again a bit tasteless. Could be so much better with a few tweaks.

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LisaP
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Very very limited menu due to staff shortages but out of the small choice available, we ended up without starters as 3 out of 5 of us only liked the soup, they had run out of soup.
When it came to the few main meals on offer, they had run out of steak pie too.
Mains came with a very poor portion of veg, red cabbage ( 🤢) and 1 piece of carrot, and the vegetarian option had 1 tiny cauliflour floret on it..
At £14.95 for a " roast dinner " it was extremely overpriced for the amount of food you got.

JA
JANEB
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Food lacking in flavour
Presentation very poor
Staff extremely helpful and friendly

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LeeW
London
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Pie was dry and microwaved. Service not great even tho had 5 staff on and place not even a quarter full

MJ
MarieJ
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We were very disappointed. The chips were a funny colour (hint of green) and looked like they'd been re heated several times. They were clearly understaffed and the young ones didn't have a clue how to deal with our concerns. We were served coca cola in glass bottles instead of diet coke, when we brought this up all they said was that the bottle tops had already been removed! I ordered a sparkling water and was given still. I did point out I would like sparkling (the one with the black top) but I was still ignored. The glasses that came with these drinks were filthy. Very concerning given the current pandemic. If the glasses aren't even cleaned properly then I'm sure that's a recipe for disaster. We did have to wait over an hour for our food, we weren't forewarned about this. Overall I feel your staff need a lot of training. And at the very least you need a senior team member on hand at all times. I don't normally do online reviews however there was no opportunity to rectify these issues on the evening as the staff didn't have a clue. I'm afraid I wouldn't be in a rush to return and definitely won't be recommending this place to anyone.

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NicolaS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

The staff lost our order so had an hour wait for food, when the food arrived it wasn’t great. The crab linguini was full of oil and raw onion and had very little taste other than oil. The beef curry was very bland and not a curry as my husband knows it.
We did get 2 complimentary drinks !

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LizM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Booked in for 6.30 but still didn’t get food for 40 mins. Only three starters on offer but the one we wanted wasn’t available but it was only 6.30, I asked for tartare sauce but it wasn’t delivered and had to ask again

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KirstenF
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, attentive staff. Not a huge varied choice on the menu but in todays current climate with staff shortages etc I think it was appropriate. They gave us time to have a drink first before we ordered. We weren’t rushed into choosing from the menu or leaving the restaurant. One element I was particularly pleased about was their attitude and response to allergies. We have a toddler with a range of weird and wonderful allergies and she was catered for extremely well which meant that she didn’t have any kind of allergic reaction which is just wonderful. She loved the meal which was made from scratch. This made what could have been a stressful experience very relaxing.
Many thanks

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Nice surrounds ….Portions were large but food was quite bland. Menu was limited, Expensive drinks, Service was fine.

JA
JANEB
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Fish and chips excellent
Burger and chips good,lack presentation
Staff friendly and helpful

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elaine
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely relaxed venue. Good choice of food. Friendly staff.

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MarkD
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was a special family celebration. The food was really good and wide choice which pleased our family members. Staff were attentive, friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Also felt covid safe.

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DanielleP
London
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really yummy food, attentive service, great value for money and made my 3 year old feel very welcome too!

BJ
vipBaJohn
London
146 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

There was limited choice on the menu, which was the same for Lunch and Dinner.
Having said that, what was available was not bad, but it was each time a long wait, which was difficult with 2 toddlers to look after.
I think they were short staffed, but this should have been sorted out as being in the position where it is, with small number of tables, it is almost certainly fully booked all the time. So they would want whatever staff all the time and not have to worry about how many tables to cover.
What staff we did see were very friendly and pleasant, although not quite as attentive as I would expect. e.g. 2 members of staff talking as we came in and they took some time to stop talking to each other and attend to a partyof 7 waiting at the bar.

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AlexisK
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very nice place. would have loved to have been able to book more but was told they only had one chef and covid guidelines which was understandable. everyone was very nice. would go again for sure.

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DebbieTimandPeggy
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Lovely food, really warm and friendly staff, good service and great prices.

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EmmaG
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great meal and staff were extremely helpful in accommodating our large group.

HH
HilaryH
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It was ok , nothing exceptional with food, service was good and place very clean

JB
JulieB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing service.
Staff are extremely friendly and made our visit an enjoyable experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience4

We were very disappointed this year. Food has always been fantastic, but this year poor quality food expensive for what you had. Shame as the staff are so lovely. Hopefully this will pick up and is only a covid.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was varied in quality
Curry was Luke warm and very much shop bought
Burger wasn’t seasoned and tasted of nothing and bland
Pie was nice but meal was very salty
Choc brownie wasn’t cooked and was just a pile of sloppy cake mix
Not value for money

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Jenk
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The starter was lovely but the main was very average

RB
RobynB
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The staff were lovely but the food was very salty!

PA
PaulA
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great week at Landal Darwin Forest made all the nicer by our daily visit to the Foresters. Good food , good value, friendly staff and service.

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TracyD
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We found menu limited for choice. Food was also cold on arrival to the table.

JM
JeanM
Northampton
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service but the conservatory room could do with more ambiance. It feels cold and sterile. Softer lighting such as candles on tables. Perhaps some large plants would make it better. The thick chips are awful.

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ColinW
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food and service was very good but the menu was quite limited. Take away was advertised in the brochure but we were told that this was not available.

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SandraC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

As we were the only ones eating it felt strange.
Food was nice but unfortunately not worth what we paid for it.

JB
JoyB
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were very friendly and polite.
Food was excellent . Portions were very generous. Would definitely go again

JW
JoeW
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience1

Service very good, but let down by food and not good quality. Good cake out cold.

I feel ripped off, when you consider Darwin Forest is 5 star luxury lodges.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went for Sunday tea - beef was delicious. Nice place, good choice of background music, very pleasant staff.

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Tracey
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

They were obviously short of staff and there was a notice to say that however the first table given was dirty with dirty cutlery and food on the chairs and floor. Offered to move to second table which was just as bad so one of the staff cleaned a table for us to sit down. The food was ok, nothing special I would say just adequate. Fish and chips was probably the best option we had. drinks were served quickly and staff were pleasant. To be honest there were only about 5 tables eating food in there so it was quiet. I do think however short staffed you are if you are taking pride in your restaurant then it can at least be clean. A little longer wait for food is acceptable but being asked to sit on dirty chairs and tread in food is not. Loved Darwin Forest lodges and would return but the restaurant did let it down.

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nothanks
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We reserved a table for 2 but the staff were unprepared - a table was not ready and no one was available to seat us. The staff were noticeably stressed and appeared to be struggling. With only 2 other tables of guests eating, we were surprised to wait 40 mins for the food to arrive. The meals were tasty and hot, though the bright lighting and noise levels in such a reverberant space made it difficult to enjoy.

The staff seemed in a rush and insisted on clearing plates from our table while I was still eating. Overall, a very disappointing experience. I would not recommend eating there.

FAQs

Foresters Bar & Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01629 736225.

Foresters Bar & Restaurant is rated 3.7 stars by 251 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.