Galtres Lodge Hotel unveils secret garden & new menu for reopening

Galtres Lodge Hotel, an independently-owned hotel in the centre of York, has unveiled an exciting new dining area and spring menu as it prepares to reopen doors to its Forest restaurant for the first time since lockdown.

From this Monday, locals and visitors to York will once again be able to enjoy the delicacies of the Forest restaurant, where food will be served in a brand new, outside dining space, called the Secret Garden.

Nestled away in a charming courtyard, guests will be able to dine under twinkling fairy lights, with warming heaters and overhead cover ensuring complete enjoyment, whatever the weather.

Ahead of its reopening, the restaurant has revealed a seasonal new menu for spring, which features a delicious mix of British classics, as well as some more exclusive dishes for diners to choose from. With options ranging from the 'Whole Yorkshire Hog' for starter, to the 'Whitby & Bridlington Crab Thermidor' for the main course, each dish is prepared using locally sourced ingredients – including fish and meat from The Shambles market, which is just a few steps away.

Proudly housed within Galtres Lodge Hotel, Forest is a relatively new addition to York’s hospitality scene, yet it has been quick to make an impact, with visitors praising its warm, relaxing atmosphere and tasty dishes. Having been closed in line with government guidance since 30 December 2020.

Forest will be reopening for outside service from 12 April with inside service and stays at the hotel expected to resume from 17 May. A temporary takeaway service for Forest will also continue to operate, whilst a reduced number of tables are available for customers.

Owner Rebecca Hill said, “The unprecedented closure of our hotel and restaurant has of course been enormously disappointing. However, we’ve worked hard to make the most of the situation by using this time as an opportunity to refurbish some of our public spaces, so that guests will have an even more enjoyable (and COVID-safe) experience when we reopen.

'We look forward to welcoming guests back to Galtres Lodge and the Forest restaurant and aim to offer them the perfect location from which to enjoy all that York has to offer.”

Galtres Lodge is an independently owned hotel in the very centre of York. Small yet perfectly formed, the building was originally two Georgian townhouses, which have been combined to make this charming 12-bed hotel and restaurant.

Galtres Lodge is proud to be dog-friendly and a member of Indie York, a not-for-profit business association that champions the city’s independent businesses.