Only six restaurants were found deserving of the accolade in the latest round of awards, which took place at London’s Grosvenor Hotel.
Forest Side has become renowned for its cuisine under head chef Kevin Tickle (pictured), former chief forager at L’Enclume.
He recently spearheaded a campaign to revive little known delicacy, the Windermere Charr, a fish which has been found in the lake since the Ice Age and is enjoying a resurgence due to sustainable fishing practice.
“This is a total team effort, everyone has played a significant part in this achievement. We are over the moon and celebrated in fine style.
“This year has been amazing, but there is still loads more for us to achieve, which means we’ll get our heads down and push even harder in the coming months.”