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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Complex multi-course menus with spectacular lake views

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At a glance

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

The country around Windermere is pretty spectacular from whichever angle you look at it, but The Samling has a particularly enviable prospect, its contemporary dining room of Lakeland slate and full-length glass offering dioramic views of the hotel gardens and the mirror-like expanse of water. Peter Howarth is a practitioner of the modern British culinary arts, devising complex dishes with many elements that nonetheless retain their interplay of clear flavours, the multi-course tasting menus – Seasonal or the longer Signature – delivering plenty of delight and surprise. First up might be thinly sliced torched sea trout with asparagus, Charentais melon and oscietra in dashi, before duck roasted in five-spice and sloe gin makes an intermediate appearance. Superb Anjou pigeon comes pastrami-style with coleslaw wrapped in a cabbage leaf, dressed in Emmenthal, mustard and dill. John Dory and mussels gain depth from a punchy bouillabaisse and Barolo reduction, but the star of the show is Cumbrian lamb with St George's mushrooms, wild garlic and Yukon Gold fondant. The pick of desserts is a refashioned carrot cake, complete with pralined walnuts, raisins and milk sorbet.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 1.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Peter Howarth

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

Additional information

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

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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