Forest Lodge Hotel – Award Winning Inn

Forest Lodge Hotel front entrance

Situated in the heart of Sherwood Forest, home of the legendary Robin Hood, The Forest Lodge Hotel is an 18th century coaching inn owned and run by the Thompson family.

Over the years, the Forest Lodge Hotel has become a multi-award winning establishment : awarded ” best venue in 2005 ” and “best service 2011 ” by local businesses; the local CAMRA  “Pub of the Year” 2010,2011 and 2013 ; “Pub of the Season” for summer  2011, winter 2012 and spring 2015; Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Additionally, The Forest Lodge Hotel is accredited to four star standard with the AA and is rated under the National Accessible Scheme and has appeared in the Good Beer Guide since 2007.

The building has been lovingly restored and refurbished to provide the visitor with a warm and homely base from which to explore the unique attractions of this fascinating and historic area.

About The Forest Lodge Hotel

We would like to welcome you to the website of the Forest Lodge. The Thompson family has been in residence at the hotel for eleven years now and, during that time, it has undergone a steady transformation both in terms of its appearance and the levels of service on offer. We are extremely proud of what we have achieved and hope that you will enjoy the benefits of all the improvements that have been made.

The Forest Lodge dates from the mid-eighteenth century and is an original coaching inn. The barn at the back of the building – our restaurant – was where the horses were rested between stages of the journey.

Over the course of the last two and a half centuries, the Forest Lodge has seen various incarnations as an inn and a hotel. Walking through the side entrance door to the main building, you can see the ‘Abstract of Title’ framed on the wall. The fourth panel refers to ‘The Temperance Hotel’ of 1903, a name that would be somewhat misleading for our establishment of today! Later on, in the 1920s, part of the hotel apparently became ‘Scrimshire’s Fish Shop’ before being converted, in the 1940s, into a tea shop run by a lady called Miss Wingate.

The Forest Lodge sits just five minutes’ walk from the famous Sherwood Forest, legendary stalking ground of the semi-mythical folk hero Robin Hood, first made popular in medieval ballads. Thanks to this connection with Robin, Sherwood has become one of the most visited woods in the United Kingdom. It actually means ‘shire wood’ and was once the largest of about 90 royal forests, a popular hunting ground with nearly all monarchs from Henry I to Richard III. Later on, from the 16th century onwards, many trees were felled to make way for farming and to provide wood for the construction of ships. The royal land was increasingly sold to wealthy families to build mansions with vast landscaped parks. It was for this reason that the area came to be known as ‘the Dukeries.’