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Restaurant at Samling

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Ambleside Road | The Samling Hotel, Windermere LA23 1LR, England
+44 (0)1539 431922
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 114
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  • 35
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 12
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  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Extraordinary experience of not only service but tasting!

Went here for my girlfriends birthday and ordered the tasting menu along side the wine paring for each dish. I will start by saying there was not one thing I could fault at all! Everything was the best I have ever seen and experienced, the infusion of flavours throughout each dish was mind blowing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
cheftulloch
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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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Alnwick, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for my girlfriends birthday and ordered the tasting menu along side the wine paring for each dish. I will start by saying there was not one thing I could fault at all! Everything was the best I have ever seen and experienced, the infusion of flavours throughout each dish was mind blowing. It takes years of experimenting to... More 

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2 Thank cheftulloch
Toronto, Canada
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252 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 312 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the finest restaurants in the Lake District, where we enjoyed a relaxed Sunday luncheon. From our cottage near the Brockhole visitor centre, for a little exercise we decided to walk to The Samling [a pleasant twenty-minutes, one-way; yet, one must be mindful of traffic at certain sections along Ambleside Road]. When we arrived we were seated in a... More 

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Thank R M
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

We decided to treat ourselves and have the 6 course tasting lunch menu. It consisted of 2 starters, 2 mains and 2 desserts. These were all beautifully presented and tasted amazing. One of the dessert dishes stands out for me as this was given to us in what I would describe as a Genie type glass (pic below). The waiter... More 

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Thank Therasa H
Toronto, Canada
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

What an experience the seven course taster menu was, each course was carefully described to us by the waiter and each so beautifully presented. We also did the wine tasting with each course - expensive but worth it for this particular experience.

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Thank Sidfrascarrowmanwick
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

We found the food delicious and exciting. We chose the 'Tasting Menu' and the price reflects the quality of the ingredients, the experience and imagination of the team who prepares the wonderful food. You can't expect to pay less for this type of dining experience. The Petiite Fours were a refreshing change to other restaurants we've dined in. I loved... More 

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Thank alybaly2015
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

We have visited the Samling for many years. The hotel and views are beautiful. But they are increasingly falling behind other hotels/restaurants in their menu choice for vegetarians (nothing to eat if you are a vegan). Even simple cafes now have a good vegetarian choice but for whatever reason, the Samling fails to cater for veggies.

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Thank Guest02013
Wetherby, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Small intimate restaurant, with exceptional food and wine. Everything course was explained perfectly with a touch of humour thrown in. Staff very attentive and always willing to answer any questions. Perfect for a romantic meal or special occasion. Looking forward to our next visit.

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Thank cockneyshaun
leicester
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72 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

It is not easy to get a table unless you stay as they are only released 1 week before hand ( I think if a room is unoccupied) But it is worth persisting and the restaurant will be extended in the new year. Food exceptional and at times theatrical. Staff very efficient and helpful. The cheese board of 25 British... More 

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Chesham, United Kingdom
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285 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

Very impressed. Not cheap, but we booked on the assumption that we were paying for Michelin star food. Was very happy with all the extra dishes between courses. Lovely array of after dinner confectionary came with the coffee at the end of the meal- that I wasn't expecting. I don't understand why people on here complain about the prices. If... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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372 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

We ate here three nights on the trot staying at the hotel and found it a confusion of classic great cooking and a mess of deconstructed food. Some dishes appeared to be trying too hard to be trendy and deconstructed and this made them a poor representation of the original dish. Other dishes were really good and showed some excellent... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Ambleside Road | The Samling Hotel, Windermere LA23 1LR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Windermere
  • Phone Number: +44 (0)1539 431922

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 135 - 135
  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Scenic view

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?