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 Ė 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

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Modern British


Robby Jenks

Restaurant Opening Times

Breakfast: 7.00 - 10.00am
Lunch: 12.00 - 1.30pm (Afternoon Tea 3.00 - 4.30pm)
Dinner: 6.30 - 9.00pm Mon-Sun

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card, American Express

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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

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