Less than a week to go…




This time next week the fires will be lit and we’ll be ready to welcome our first guests to Forge.

If you’re excited to try our new restaurant to the estate, but you’d like to know a little be more, well read on for a little taste of what to expect...

The restaurant will use produce foraged from the estate, using an different ingredient element to create an inventive and unique menu. Expect the menu to change daily, dependent on the produce available from our farmers and the estate’s land that very day.

If you’re a little early you can cosy up in the lounge before heading to your table, where you can choose one of our divine garden cocktails, filled with fresh botanical flavours with ingredients foraged straight from the estate. We would definitely be tempted to try the wine flight too, chosen by our sommelier, each glass fives a complex depth and reinvented taste to each dish on the menu.

Now for that intimate setting, surrounded by rustic stone walls (sourced from the estate) and finely grained wood beams, Forge will be mainly lit by candle light and of course a gentle glow from the roaring fire. Each dish will be served on handcrafted dishes by local artisans, adding another element to Gareth’s innovative dishes, where each course is set to tell a tale of the estate.

Ready to reserve your table?

To make a reservation please call us on 01325 377977 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The restaurant is open Wednesday to Sunday for evenings only.



An update from the Estate

It has been a tough week for everyone, and it is with sad hearts that we are announcing the temporary closure of our hotel & restaurant. We are not waiting for an order that falls too late, so we have taken the difficult decision to close the hotel in its entirety. Our upmost priority is to protect our loyal guests, the Middleton Lodge team, and our families at home. Unfortunately we are cancelling all bookings until 1st June 2020.

To be clear: we have had no suspected cases of COVID-19, either from our guests or our team. This is a heartbreaking decision, but it is one that we have made by choice, to keep you safe during this unprecedented time. Our last working day will be Saturday 21st March and we are in contact with all event organisers helping them to transfer dates. Our thoughts are with the NHS at this time of national crisis.

What about my booking?

If you have a booking of any kind (hotel, spa or restaurant) due to take place before 1st June 2020 we will be in touch with you personally via telephone or email. If you would consider rescheduling rather than completely cancelling your booking, that would mean so much to us as an independent hotel. We promise to do everything we can to deal with this situation as swiftly as we can.We are deeply sorry for the disappointment this causes; it has been a tough decision to make, but ultimately the right one. We respectfully request that you do not need to contact us about your booking at this time, unless directly requested to do so. Our lovely team are dealing with this as quickly as possible, and we don't want to overwhelm them, or slow the process for you. This is a huge ordeal for all of us, but with a level-head, we all will get through it. And we can't wait to welcome you back when we do.

Gift Vouchers

The redemption period will be extended to allow for this unplanned closure. If you would like to purchase a voucher please email the team via our contact page.

What Next?

Behind the scenes, our dedicated team will keep working diligently to ensure that we re-open in a way that is better than ever. You will be given the first opportunity to reschedule your stay and, when the time comes, we'll offer a safe, restful escape from this global ordeal.Please take care and stay safe. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your support during this difficult time. We can't wait to welcome you back.

The Allison Family and Middleton Lodge Team x