Forest Lodge

Award Winning Inn


Access Statement




The Forest Lodge is an eighteenth century coaching inn located in the village of Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire. We are a four silver-star accredited inn and are rated under the National Accessible Scheme as level 1. We are listed in the Good Beer Guide and have won numerous awards. We provide excellent food. We have 12 guest bedrooms, five of which are on the ground floor. One of these latter is intended for use by those with limited mobility. For example, the doors are wide enough to allow wheelchair access. In addition, ramps can be provided to help ease this access. However, it should be borne in mind that the Forest Lodge is two hundred and fifty years old and whilst we have made efforts to make the building more suitable for those with limited mobility, it is not comparable to a modern building which can be designed with such considerations in mind.


We look forward to welcoming you. If you have any queries or require any assistance, please phone (01623) 824443 or email



The nearest train station is Mansfield Woodhouse, approximately 6 miles away. Accessible taxis are available in the area. There are also buses that serve Edwinstowe.

For full details and maps of how to reach us please see the directions section of our website. Alternatively, you can plan your journey by car or public transport using Simply enter your postcode and ours, which is NG21 9QA, to get directions.




Car Parking and Arrival

The Forest Lodge has a large car park with some 37 spaces, two of which are specifically allocated for disabled use. These two spaces are directly adjacent to the main entrance and the reception area and also to the ground floor bedroom designated for use by those with limited mobility. Access from the car park into the main public building is up a slight incline and then via large double doors. Internally, there are some grab rails. Ramps can be provided upon request. A member of staff will always be on hand to assist.

The car park surface leading to the main entrance is tarmac with no kerbs.


Bar Area & Restaurant Area

The Forest Lodge has a public bar area and a separate restaurant situated on the ground floor. Meals are served in both areas. There are two steps down in to the bar area and two steps up into the restaurant. Ramps for all of these steps are available upon request. Thereafter there is level access throughout. Hand and grad rails are available next to the steps. Floor surfaces are wooden, stone and carpeted. Seating is mixed: benches, stools, upright chairs with and without arms. Lighting is intimate. Table service is available. Menus are extensive and cater for all appetites. An allergen check list is available on request.


Customer Toilets

We provide a clearly marked unisex toilet on the ground floor for those with disabilities. It has wide access (900mm) level entry, horizontal and vertical grab rails and low level sink (700mm) with lever taps, hand dryer, etc.


Beer Garden & Outdoor Smoking Area

The Forest Lodge has two separate, small outdoor areas. One is gravelled and requires a step to enter into it; the other is cobbled on a very slight decline and is located under an archway. The former has four tables available with individual chairs without arms; the latter four wooden benches.


Accommodation – Bedrooms

The Forest Lodge has five bedrooms on the ground floor, one of which is more suited to those with limited mobility and any carer that they might have. There is a small step up into this room (200mm). On request, a ramp can be provided to facilitate access. There is an interconnecting door between this room and another room which would be suitable for a carer.


Accommodation – Bathrooms, Shower-rooms & Toilets (En-suite).

All of our guest bedrooms have en-suite facilities. Two of our bedrooms have both a bath and a shower. However, these rooms are upstairs. In the bathroom assigned for those with limited mobility, there is a large walk-in shower with a small step up (240mm) in order to get into it. If this step is too high, additionally a small portable non-slip step of 100mm can be provided on request. The door opening to the bathroom is 900mm. The sink has lever taps.  A shower stool can be provided on request, as can two grab rails.


Accommodation – Public Areas

The Forest Lodge is 250 years old and whilst we do what we can to make access for those with disabilities easier, it must be borne in mind that it is an old building! As mentioned above, there are a couple of steps up into our restaurant and two down into the bar. Ramps can be provided to make access easier. Flooring is a mixture of wood, stone and carpet. Lighting is intimate and ambient light is quite limited in certain areas. Corridors are wide (1350mm) and public seating areas quite spacious. There are 13 steps leading up to our first floor bedrooms.

Additional Information

All of our staff are encouraged to be aware of those guests with disabilities and are always on hand to assist when required.

We have a set of evacuation procedures and should you require assistance a member of staff will help you with evacuation either out of the building or to a safe area.


Contact Information


The Forest Lodge

Church Street



NG21 9QA


Telephone: (01623) 824443



Hours of opening: 0730-2300

Minicom: N/A.