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Dynamic British cooking in a revamped Windermere retreat

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

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 hotfoot 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.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from:: 12
  • until : 2
  • Dinner served from:: 6.30
  • until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef: Nick Edgar

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style:: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30:: 26
  • Wines over £30:: 300
  • Wines by the glass:: 22

Price guide

  • Tasting menu from £: 45
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Children

  • Children welcome

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair:: 5
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats:: 40
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats:: 8
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats:: 40
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats:: 8

Getting here

M6 junction 36, A591 through Windermere towards Ambleside. 2 miles. 300 yards past Low Wood Water Sports Centre, just after sharp bend turn right into hotel entrance

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Windermere, Oxenholme
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