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Forest, York, York

Forest

4.8
4.8
36 Reviews
£25 and under
British
A warm, cosy, relaxed, and rustic restaurant, and THE place to come at any time of the day for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even just a quick drink and a snack

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 17 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:30 am–11:00 am Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–4:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Afternoon Tea Mon–Sat 2:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    01904 622478
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual

Experiences

  • Afternoon Tea

    £25.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    With inspiration from our history, we created a “Forest Afternoon Tea” - complete with carefully paired teas with each course, this is the most exciting Afternoon Tea in York (if not beyond!).

What 36 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Yorkshire

    Best Ambience

  • North Yorkshire

    Best Ambience

  • North Yorkshire

    Best Value

  • North Yorkshire

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • North Yorkshire

    British

36 Reviews
  1. TraceyW

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is amazing, staff are friendly, it’s clean the atmosphere is wonderful and they let my 2 dogs in 🐾🐾

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  2. ROBANGE

    Newcastle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have tried so many cafes and restaurants in York but this is always top of the list. Great atmosphere, staff and food...what's not to like.

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  3. VanessaB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food, service and great atmosphere. Plenty of choice, could not fault any of the food it was delicious

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Forest is such a lovely place to eat and a surprising find. We wanted a Sunday roast and struggled to find somewhere that wasn’t trying to be all fancy and that was good value for money. Forest didn’t disappoint. The meal was presented in a beautiful way and was very tasty. Portion sizes were good, and with a shared starter of Camembert we didn’t have room for pudding. The staff were all really friendly and helpful. We would definitely visit again when in York.

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  5. NicolaH

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely staff, lovely place, lovely food. Would recommend if in York x

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  6. TraceyB

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been here a few times and the food is always exceptional, great service too.

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  7. KathrynW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We like Forest as the food is delicious and the decor relaxing

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  8. NMC71

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous intimate place, we were not rushed and the staff were very experienced and friendly. Delicious food, and very reasonable prices!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Lancashire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal and very attentive staff meal prices are very reasonable would definitely recommend

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  10. CrazyJoJo

    Bath

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Four of us went for breakfast. Food all cooked to perfection. Service spot on

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  11. NicolaL

    Yorkshire

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely restaurant - beautiful decor, friendly staff and great food. Just one niggle. Despite telling us there was no rush when we finished our food and declined coffees the bill turned up before we asked for it. We were again told no rush then we were asked for payment within another minute. Had we been given a short while longer we would likely have ordered another drink. I understand that if the last people in your restaurant are lingering that’s frustrating but it would have been better to double check on drinks and then just let us know they were closing as we did feel like we had to up and leave really! (it was about 9:15pm at this point so not horribly late. Perhaps people in York eat earlier!).

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  12. TawnieC

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chicken dinner wasn’t very tasty and was a reasonable price, prawn cocktail was £12 and it didn’t come with bread, it was ample fresh fish though. Pudding was delicious and service was excellent and the ambience and decor top notch.

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  13. HannahB

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We booked a last min afternoon tea for my sister's 18th. Staff were very pleasant and attentive, especially the gentleman who sat us down. We requested a vegetarian afternoon tea and they adapted the menu for us perfectly. The food was lovely... as were the cocktails! Huge thank you to the staff who made my little sisters birthday so lovely! :)

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious food Choice of roasts with lots of vegetables. Roast potatoes delicious. Second time visited and lots of choice. Will definitely go again on next visit to York

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  15. BarbaraA

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A warm welcome, waitress was very attentive . Food was very tasty, well presented . Sime may think expensive - £22 for a rump steak . Howe et it was coined to perfection Ambience very relaxing and casual. A great variety of drunks including unusual mocktails

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, service was excellent. Recommend lentil Dahl starter.

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  17. Bacardi

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely restaurant, great friendly service and yummy food

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place, we had amazing time xx thank you! We’ll be back

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  19. AdamH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a table for 2 at Forest on a Saturday evening in Feb. All the staff we spoke with were friendly and professional. The food was delicious, very high quality, presented attractively but all without being pretentious. Will definitely be going again. Thank you!

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  20. Nic01

    Yorkshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Forest never fails to disappoint. I love this place! Best fish finger sandwich ever. Brilliant food, gorgeous setting and very good value.

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  21. HelenB

    South Wales

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Attentive staff, lovely ambience and food was excellent.

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  22. MattB

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff really friendly and attentive. Location superb, ambience perfect. Food was good just a little bit over priced.

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  23. NigelC

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely food and even lovelier staff. Great position too.

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  24. alyssa

    Leicestershire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was all fantastic, will definitely be going back.

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  25. FionaC

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely restaurant, excellent service. We found the pasta very oily and without much flavour, which was a shame. The fish and chips went down well and the sponge pudding was nice.

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  26. DanK

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for lunch - really good food, great look and helpful service - would highly recommend

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  27. JohnM

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Home cooked food with locally sourced produce. Friendly, attentive staff. Comfortable and stylishly decorated space. Would definitely recommend!

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  28. StephenW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was excellent very enjoyable evening

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  29. ScottG

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Also very helpful sorting a nice meal for a vegetarian 2 year old. Lovely ambience and interior

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely excellent. Couldn't fault it, thanks for a grest evening

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  31. MikeC

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and a lovely environment. Always reliable.

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  32. Scottie

    Yorkshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere and always made welcome. Food well presented and very enjoyable.

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  33. SharonP

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a lovely place to eat!! Food was excellent better than just Sunday lunch nothing too much trouble for the staff - asked for extra gravy it arrived immediately. Good value for money lovely atmosphere highly recommend!!

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  34. TanyaR

    Nottingham

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was great. We had 3 courses each and a bottle of wine which came to just over £100 which was good vfm. My only issue was the bernaise sauce which was very thick and custard like.

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  35. Sharon

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've eaten at Forest several times now and it's become one of my favourite places in York to eat. The food is fresh and delicious. The service is always excellent.

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  36. KatrinaF

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and great service. Will definitely be back!

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FAQs

Forest is rated 4.8 stars by 36 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 17 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Forest

54 Low Petergate, York, York YO1 7HZ

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    York
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:30 am–11:00 am Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–4:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Afternoon Tea Mon–Sat 2:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
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