Foresters Bar & Restaurant

3.8
223 reviews
£26 to £40
English
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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 223 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.8based on recent ratings
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3.6
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3.5
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Jenk
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The starter was lovely but the main was very average

RB
RobynB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The staff were lovely but the food was very salty!

PA
PaulA
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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.

TD
TracyD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

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

JM
JeanM
Northampton
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 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.

CW
ColinW
1 review
Dined on 7 October 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.

SC
SandraC
1 review
Dined on 7 October 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
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 6 October 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 4 October 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
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 3 October 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 2 October 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 30 September 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.

PC
PaulC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A pleasant night made even more so by the pleasant and attentive staff.

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abcd
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Staff were friendly and very helpful. They went above and beyond even though it was clear they were short staffed. Sadly the food was average at best. Dry chicken burger and far too much chilli in the crab linguine.

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Teapot
Nottingham
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had booked a table as we were stopping at Darwin Forest. Due to staff shortages they were limiting the amount of tables available! This didn’t have an impact of the food and service as both were excellent!

SM
SMorris
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at this restaurant 4 times on our stay. The food was excellent and plenty of menu choices. Given the covid situation the service was excellent. Please pre- book as there are limits in force, understandably.

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RobS
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Nice welcome and seated straight away. Signs up saying how they were only taking booking and heard staff mention they were under staffed. The food was very average. Went for the burger to keep things simple. My wife had the special. Sausage and mash with onion gravy. Both the burger and the sausages didn’t taste great. Maybe they were warmed up in a dirty pan or something. Slightly bitter. It was hard to put our finger on it. We left some of our food. I don’t think we’d eat there again. The beer was good though.

AM
AnthonyM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All 4 meals were excellent, lovely staff, no complaints at all.

CP
ClaireP
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Had Sunday lunch which was not very good, the yorkshire pudding was frozen not freshly cooked & luke warm. The roast potatoes had never been roasted they were part boiled potatoes and they were hard and not very warm.

HN
HeatherN
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Over priced for the standard of food and service.

Had to send one meal back as it wasn’t edible.

SS
SusanS
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Waited a long time for food and it was not hot when it came out, shame it’s the only option on siti

DC
DavidC
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and friendly staff. Selected the main salads (1 x blue cheese & 2 x feta cheese) plus skinny fries for 3 of us and we were not disappointed - huge amount of salad, plus the fries were lovely and hot 😃
Not too busy and great background music!

LG
LynG
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Just right for a family meal...we ate early at 4.30pm. so it was quiet.
We enjoyed fish and chips, pie of the day and burger and child's chicken and chips plus ice cream...and a very nice Sauvignon Blanc....great value.

SG
ShionG
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredibly helpful and accomodating team, even with a dog and child, moving from outside to inside (wasps) and changes to meals.

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Lorraine
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great burger and chips, range of dishes was good.

DC
DavidC
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great onsite restaurant at Darwin Forest. Friendly welcome and good food. Have booked to go again!

LJ
LynneJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Good quality food with friendly effecient service. Menu a bit limited and lack of vegetables/non fried sides.

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RossC
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Had the Sunday Roast. Very good plate of food and really enjoyed it

SS
SusanS
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Yorkshire pudding was bigger than the overall dinner, burger undercooked, drinks ordered during meal were received eventually, food not over hot, servers appeared overworked as they were not customer friendly and wait for food was long

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Shazza
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent meal to start our holidays. Food very good and great service - thank you

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Lara
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Been visiting Foresters for over 20 years but sadly more recently the quality and value of their food has significantly deteriorated.

EJ
EJCB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and good service. Happy days. Thank you!

GW
GemmaW
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The wait for food was 40 minutes after ordering, drinks arrived quickly.

LM
LindseyM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Very slow service , had to go up to bar on end to get drink . food was ok mains weren’t great but pudding was lovely .

DH
DavidH
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Food order was wrong - with a sauce that could have led to a reaction.

The steak and ale pie was essentially vegetarian - no meat whatsoever

The Fish finger sandwich was entirely tasteless.

When asked if our food was OK - we answered honestly and politely - and got no feedback, acceptance, denial, nothing.

Second visit - and last.

If you want decent food - there are plenty of excellent pubs in the area offering similarly priced food of a much better standard.

JS
JSJS
Surrey
6 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and great food! Highly recommend pizza and fish and chips!!

DT
DafyddT
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Strawberry shortbread sundae was very good. Sauce over the prawns was lovely.
Fish finger sandwich was okay, nicer if it was a bit more fish and a bit less batter.

DH
DavidH
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Apparently booked out - but main seating area wasn’t open.
Even so - best part of an hour to get our food, which was ‘OK’ but nothing special

LR
LeeR
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

No chicken or steak on menu. Pie and fish were frozen, curry of the day was like a tin of tomatoes with added chickpeas.
Only highlight of food was the desserts.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was either burned, dry or oily depending on what dish you had. Service was slow.

FAQs

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

Foresters Bar & Restaurant is rated 3.8 stars by 223 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 bookings at the moment.