Lydia Forte, Group Director of Food & Beverage
“Luxurious, elegant, but also warm and inviting”: Lydia Forte is evolving the art of eating and drinking well, Forte family style—in London, Rome, Milan and beyond. Food and drink are two of the great avenues to storytelling in our culture. Provenance, preparation, flavours and aromas: they can all, alone or together, convey a sense of place more immediately, and effectively, than almost anything else. They are also at the very root of hospitality: there’s little in the world that’s more welcoming, or that connects you to a setting and the people in it, than being offered a delicious meal prepared with care and talent, in equal measure.
Lydia Forte, Group Director of Food and Beverage, has made exploring the ways eating and drinking can define, enhance, and evolve the Rocco Forte experience her singular pursuit. Take a seat at any Rocco Forte hotel restaurant or bar, and you’ll immediately know where you are: creative cocktails, locally-made honeys and marmalades (and in the case of Balmoral in Edinburgh, salmon smoked in-house), produce from the family’s organic farms at Verdura in Sicily. A mix of comfort foods and light, fresh, healthy offerings—simple and satisfying, based always in exceptional quality of local and seasonal ingredients.