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Restaurant at Samling

Ambleside Road | The Samling Hotel, Windermere LA23 1LR, England
+44 15394 31922
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good16%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“tasting menu” (52 reviews)
“sweetbreads” (7 reviews)
“petit fours” (19 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Ambleside Road | The Samling Hotel, Windermere LA23 1LR, England
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Reviewed 15 February 2018

The journey up the perfectly manicured, long, steep and winding driveway is a fitting and final prolonging of what will inevitably result in several hours of epicurean delight. Staged within a glass sided viewing station, overlooking the Lake District's swiftly evolving microclimate and breathtaking views...More

2  Thank himilaya5
Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

The restaurant has now been upgraded which offer exceptional views of Lake Windermere. We stayed overnight at the hotel in the Windermere suite which is a gorgeous room with fantastic views. The only criticism was the heating both for the radiators and bath / shower...More

Thank Simon F
Reviewed 11 February 2018

Went with my girlfriend in December. We usually agree whether food is great or not but not on this occasion. She loved it and i hated it. We had the wine tasting gourmet menu. Around 6 or 7 courses. As usual with Michelin star restaurants...More

Thank Tomcarguy
Reviewed 11 February 2018

If you are looking to give someone special a dining experience to remember then book a table at The Samling Hotel restaurant. The new extension is amazing, the views of the Lake are spectacular and the food and staff live up to the overall high...More

Thank Kenny C
Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

We arrived for lunch and were asked if we wanted the set 4 course or to order off a snack menu. We chose the snack menu. We sat down and I ordered a bottle of wine (£75 for a very average bottle of French wine)....More

Thank Mattf901
Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

I can’t compliment this restaurant enough. We stayed for 2 nights, the second night we sat at the Chef’s Table which is highly recommended. The team were extremely attentive and professional, nothing was too much trouble for them. Watching them prepare their menu was a...More

Thank Tracy D
Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful experience at The Samling. We had the 7 course tasting menu. All the dishes were well balanced in flavour. The courses moved beautifully from savoury to sweet and the views of lake Windermere just added to the experience. Highly recommend this...More

Thank me_a_f00die
Reviewed 6 December 2017

This is a difficult review to pull together as there is more right than wrong, so it could be described as "bitter sweet" literally but we felt it was important to share with potential guests our experience so as they may be able to get...More

2  Thank Jessetutty
Reviewed 29 November 2017

As a birthday celebration my wife treated me to lunch at the Samling - a brilliant experience from beginning to end. All the staff were welcoming and we were made to feel perfectly at ease in the beautifully refurbished hotel with its breathtaking lake views...More

1  Thank Richard M
Reviewed 28 November 2017

We had a fantastic stay at the Samling, including a wonderful dinner. From the dining room, you get a beautiful view over Lake Windermere. However, when it got dark, the dining room felt very cold and sterile as we sat in front of a big...More

1  Thank HighlanderJan
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3 March 2016|
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Response from Richard M | Reviewed this property |
I sent an emailed request for a lunch reservation (as a non guest), and received confirmation promptly. I did this well in advance - last minute and I do not get along well... If you are serious, I recommend leaving a... More
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9 December 2015|
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Response from Rhizostoma | Reviewed this property |
We have always dressed smart when dining out, smart casual will certainly be OK for lunch and a great opportunity to put the boat out a bit for somewhere so special.
17 September 2015|
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Response from Rhizostoma | Reviewed this property |
Smart casual is the way and always nice to dress up whenever you can for that special meal. Which is exactly what we experienced at the Samling, of course there are cheaper restaurants about, but this is just lovely, our... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$70 - US$135
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ambleside Road | The Samling Hotel, Windermere LA23 1LR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Windermere
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 31922
An elegantly luxurious hotel, advantageously located above Windermere with extensive lake views south and west. Offering exceptional fine-dining and one of the world's best wine lists, delivered with discreetly attentive service.
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