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AA Notable Wine List 2017-18
AA rating
Rosette award to be confirmed

Dynamic British cooking in a revamped Windermere retreat

AA Inspector

At a glance

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

The Rosette award for this establishment has been suspended due to a change of chef. Reassessment will take place in due course under the new chef. It’s hard not to go on a bit about the spectacular setting of The Samling, particularly when you’ve been transfixed by the timeless view over Lake Windermere from the new restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows. Culinary matters have moved apace here in recent years, to a brand new kitchen, a development kitchen, and chef's table in the stunning modern stone and glass extension. The charming old country house has had a top-to-toe makeover, too, while its 67 acres include a kitchen garden to ensure a steady supply of first-rate seasonal materials, bolstered by a close-knit community of suppliers proudly namechecked on the menu. The tight-lipped descriptions of the 4-course lunch menu, and 7- and 10-course tasting versions don’t give much idea of how spectacular the dishes are, but the proof comes from the off in a first course of buttery veal sweetbreads matched with truffle, wild mushroom risotto, and a creamy mushroom sauce to bind it all together. Next up, pin-sharp technical skills are evident in an immaculately handled piece of cod, boosted with leeks, truffle and bacon, or go for venison with chocolate, sprouts, quince and parsley root. A complex dessert involving textures of beetroot with liquorice and olive-oil wild rice seals the deal.

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Opening hours

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

Food and drink

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

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • 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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