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The Samling

Ambleside Road, WINDERMERE, LA23 1LR

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The spectacular view over Lake Windermere is timeless, but time does not stand still at the Samling and 2016 has seen exciting developments and the arrival of a new chef. Nick Edgar arrived hot foot from Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons to a brand new restaurant, kitchen and chef's table in a stunning modern stone and glass extension. The charming old country house is getting a revamp, too, while the 67 acres of grounds includes a kitchen garden to ensure a steady supply of first-rate ingredients for much of the year. What is not home-grown comes from a close-knit community of suppliers listed on the menu. The fixed-price carte and tasting menu (including an imaginative veggie version) offer up creative combinations that reveal true balance on the plate. A first course pan-fried foie gras, for example, comes with pineapple purée and caramelised fruit, plus watercress purée and chorizo - a hugely successful partnership. Next up, loin of venison has perfect poise, with a silky jus enriched with chocolate, or go for sea bass with curried mussels and cauliflower. Everything looks pretty on the plate, not least a richly indulgent dessert of banana and caramel. The wine list is an impressive beast that covers the best of the world's regions.

Further information

Tel: 015394 31922
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Nick Edgar
Number of seats: 22
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 5
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

3 Course lunch from: £30.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



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M6 junct 36, A591 through Windermere towards Ambleside. 2m. 300yds past Low Wood Water Sports Centre, just after sharp bend turn right into hotel entrance
Nearest station: Windermere, Oxenholme

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