Review on The Samling

A few hundred feet above one of the most beautiful lakes in Britain, The Samling manages to combine all the virtues of a classy Lakeland 'hotel in the country' with the pedigree of a top restaurant.

It's said that Wordsworth paid his rent here and there is still much to enjoy if you fancy strolling through woodland, fields and landscaped gardens on the 67-acre estate. Otherwise, the tone is comfortably stylish rather than snootily nostalgic – especially in the restaurant, where stripped wooden floors and beige walls are the order of the day.

A few luxury ingredients appear here and there, but there's also an earthy undercurrent to dishes such as loin of venison with root vegetable dauphinoise and creamed cabbage. Elsewhere, starters show a light, contemporary touch, as in red mullet with crushed ratte potatoes, minestrone and basil, while desserts provide a few clever twists including saffron poached pear with 'upside down pudding' and olive oil ice cream. The wine list divides into around 30 'house wines' and a shorter slate of 'fine wines' with prices to match.

The Samling is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, AA Guide

Rate this Restaurant


Modern British


Nick Edgar

Restaurant Opening Times

Breakfast: 7.00 - 10.00am
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm (Afternoon Tea 3.00 - 4.30pm)
Dinner: 6.30 - 9.30pm Mon-Sun

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card, American Express

Online Booking Availability for The Samling

Facilities at The Samling

  • Private dining room
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 22 covers


Accomodation is available, (11 rooms)


WiFi is available


Private parking is possible at a location nearby


The Samling
Ambleside Road
LA23 1LR

Customer Ratings on The Samling

Please join our community and share your comments on this restaurant.

Rate this Restaurant

The Samling Christmas Menu

Restaurant menus often vary from day to day, so the above should be treated as examples of what to expect in terms of cuisine and price.

Images of The Samling

The Samling
The Samling
The Samling
The Samling
The Samling
The Samling
The Samling
The Samling
The Samling
The Samling
The Samling

Virtual Tour of The Samling