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“The Samling didn't match up to its own food....”

Restaurant at Samling
Ranked #14 of 76 Restaurants in Windermere
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $135 - $135
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“The Samling didn't match up to its own food....”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

Having always been excited by the prospect of eating at The Samling I must admit I had high expectations upon arrival for lunch last month. The experience however failed to live up to the hype and in comparison with similar establishments in the upper echelons of dining in the Lakes, didn't quite deliver. Although the food was exquisite and the service unmistakeably professional, the little things let The Samling down.

Upon arrival we travelled up the somewhat potholed driveway to a sign which simply said 'guests' - this did not however take us to the car park which was actually situated to the rear of the building. Furthermore, the car park unfortunately was full of what I can only assume were staff cars considering it was a quiet Friday afternoon in January. The interior, particularly the dining room, feels like it really could do with some attention - tired looking wallpaper, cheap shabby blinds and a definite lack of atmosphere do little to compliment the food. Possibly this is to focus your attention entirely upon the cuisine...just try to ignore the horrendous playlist coming from the tacky Ipod dock in the corner!

You may read this and feel that I'm nitpicking to the extreme but at the demographic The Samling are operating within and the premium remuneration they expect in return I just expected a more highly polished experience.

Despite this, I'm reticent to rate The Samling as 'average' as the food and service are completely faultless and I would be more than happy to return for the wonderful flavours alone. One last thing - £9.50 for a glass of rose seems slightly extortionate and was an unwelcome surprise on the the bill!

Thank SamuelM86
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Ulverston, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Along way to go, to be up with the big boys”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

Unbelievable dinner reservation booking system, guess they prefer to only cater for residents, advise don't phone after pm.
Over the top welcome, felt more like an interrogation, by the gentleman on duty, rather pretentious, as presumed we would need an explanation of wording on the menu !!!!!!!!!!
Kirsty in the restaurant was very knowledgeable, did feel however it would of been nicer if extra staff were able to give gourmand course explanation , as such a small room we heard her explain at least 3 times before our turn , so became quite repetitive, not her fault .
Food I felt adequate, but along way to go to compare with Hipping Hall gourmand menu , allot of gimmicks , felt food quite bland at times.

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1 Thank RuthF940
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Superb meal , fantastic service , idyllic location”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

We ve just had another wonderful stay at the Samling .
The meal was superb , service fantastic and set in idyllic location above lake Windermere

We had drinks beside a cosy fire in the most comfortable lounge.

We were talked through the seven course menu which lived up to it s expectation.

The food was beautifully prepared and hit every taste bud . Imaginatively inspired menu
That was a success to all the appreciative diners.

The young waitress was extremely knowledgable , in particular when describing the 22 cheeses on offer . Overseen with a quiet efficiency by the restaurant manager helped the enjoyment of the whole dining experience .

The hotel room was well appointed and spacious with luxury bathroom including wet room and deep bath with Lakeland slate and tiling .

The setting is peaceful within well maintained gardens benefiting from views over the lake to the fells.

On leaving we were presented with a Samling presentation of hand made chocolates, a nice touch to round off a memorable , relaxing stay in a under rated country house hotel that deserves more recognition.

We re already looking forward to a return visit.

Many thanks to all the staff.

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank David H
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

Food was superb. 7 tasty courses that were excellently presented. Catered well for my vegetarian wife. Service great. Room minimalist but still warm in atmosphere. A great experience.

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1 Thank HerbertGray
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Leek, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
347 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
“Cuisine of the highest quality”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

The food and the service were excellent, so many unique dishes beautifully presented in a wonderful lakeside hotel

Visited January 2013
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