In-cabin chef experience

Spoil yourself with your own private chef

With our In-cabin chef experience, the restaurant comes to you. Relax completely as your chef prepares a delicious menu and serves it up to you in the comfort of your cabin. Whether it’s a special occasion or a holiday indulgence, this is a meal that memories are made of.


We are privileged to enjoy the service of some wonderful chefs.  Whichever location you are staying at, your in-cabin chef is a talented professional from the area. The beauty of our In-cabin chef experience is that there are no other customers; you have the full attention of your chef, who will answer all your questions and help you out with some great culinary tips and advice.

How it works

Sit back and let us deliver an unforgettable experience

Your chef will arrive 2-4 hours before dinner is served and, while you relax in your cabin lounge, will take over your kitchen and prepare a feast. Enjoy full table service and learn some culinary tips from the chef too. 


When dinner is over, enjoy a stroll in the forest or a dip in the hot tub as your chef washes up and leaves the kitchen sparkling. The whole In-cabin chef experience is designed to allow you to enjoy a memorable restaurant quality meal in your own cabin, without lifting a finger. 

Browse our mouth-watering menus

Delicious dishes for every occasion

Choose from our three-course premium menu up to our nine-course Tasting menu, all freshly prepared and making use of locally sourced ingredients. From the contrasting textures of Crisp Crusted Scallop to the intense flavours of Dry Aged British Rib Eye Fillet with Pepper & Spice Massage. Enjoy a comforting sweetness of White and Dark Chocolate Ginger Mousse or opt for the satisfying tang of the Local Cheese Trio with Crackers & Fruit Chutney.

Browse our menus:

Forest Feast Tasting menuPremium Gold, Premium Silver, Barbecue Gold, Sharing Platter, The Signature

Compliment your meal with a wide range of local wines, ales and ciders available at the Forest Retreat.

Book your in-cabin chef experience now

Your table awaits...

Ready to indulge? Simply add the menu of your choice to your cabin booking. Once confirmed, your event organiser will be in touch to find out your preferences so that your experience is truly special to you; at this point any food allergy or intolerance information will be collected. To avoid disappointment, add the In-cabin chef experience to your booking at least 21 days before the start of your holiday.

Children will be able to enjoy a simplified option per course (based on your chosen menu). Alternatively, our chefs will be more than happy to put some items you have brought along with you in the oven for your children.

Prices start from £42 and go up to £75 per head. 

Your questions answered

Everything you need to know about Personal Chef experiences

How do I choose menu options?

When choosing a menu, start by selecting one that fits your budget and that has courses best suited to your group. Unless otherwise stated, choose a maximum of 2 options per course that your guests can pre-order. Please inform us of your pre-orders no later than 2 weeks before your chosen date.

Can the chef create a bespoke menu?

In order to maintain a level of quality across all of our chefs, we do ask you to select from one of our set menus. This way, we know that our chefs are able to produce the service to a standard we expect and our team are able to manage the booking effectively.

Do you cater for dietary requirements?

We cater for almost all dietary requirements, just let us know of any requirements you have when confirming your menu choices. Should your group have any dietary requirements, our chefs will then make adjustments to dishes or offer alternative dishes.

Can I make changes to my booking?

Changes to bookings cannot be guaranteed within 2 weeks of your chosen date. Please ensure you have requested your ideal meal time and menu choices before this period.

When will the chef arrive?

Your chef will call the Forest Retreat the day before your dinner to arrange their arrival time. If you do have any restrictions, please make the team aware beforehand so they can discuss this with the chef.

The arrival time of your chef will depend on your chosen menu and the number of guests being catered for. As the majority of your chosen menu will be prepared and cooked on location, chefs may need access to your cabin between 1 and 4 hours before your meal.

Who is responsible for cleaning afterwards?

Before the end of service your chef will do a full clean down of the kitchen and any equipment they have used. This will include stacking the dishwasher and washing up any dirty plates you have finished with. Any plates still in use will not be cleared away. Please ensure you have a dishwasher tablet available if you would like the chef to set your dishwasher before leaving.

What time will our menu be served?

A default time will be set as 7.30pm, please let us know if you would like this to be changed. Changes can be made up to 14 days in advance of the chef booking.

How many people can I book for?

We would recommend checking your cabin size for the maximum number of guests that can be seated comfortably during a meal. Please be aware that bookings for more people than your cabin can occupy may not be possible, unless you have booked our Pavilion, at either Forest of Dean or Cropton, which can seat more guests. For more information about our Pavilions please speak to one of our Holiday Advisors on 03330 110 495.