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The Samling

Modern British

Delightful lodge and fine dining restaurant oozing exclusivity. A favourite of Hollywood celebs (like Tom Cruise), it’s easy to see why this charming, collection of restored farm cottages is thriving; recent additions include restaurant and kitchen complex alongside the main house complete with glass fronted dining room overlooking Lake Windermere. Head chef is Peter Howarth who came to the Samling from the two Michelin star Gidleigh Park in October 2017. Expect forest flavours and plenty of ambition. Torched smoked eel with eel jelly, crispy bacon and Japanese cucumber, for example, or nori cured salmon with garlic panna cotta, but there are plenty of classics too such as Cumbrian beef and braised cheek with mushroom jam and morning glory. Chef’s imagination runs riot at dessert: Colston Basset mousse could be served with pickled pumpkin, pumpkin granola and pumpkin puree, while aniseedy baby carrots are paired with milk ice cream. Presentation is immaculate and a private forest rife with deer makes a stroll after dinner a must. Despite a dream wedding vibe, The Samling is relaxed enough to work as a refreshing break and the wine list is rated as one of the best in the world. The restaurant lost its Michelin star after the departure of the outgoing head chef in 2017, but retains 3 AA Rosettes.

  • Good for seafood
  • Good for meat
  • Great wine
  • Fine dining or fancy
The Samling, Ambleside Rd, Windermere LA23 1LR
Tel: 015394 31922


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