Just returned from a 3 night stay.
We were in a nice suite ( Hovera ) with a good view of the lake. The suite was on 3 levels and was spacious, if a little dark and somewhat worn - stair carpets frayed etc.No fridge but a generous supply of free bottled water, crisps and chocololate. The suite was not cleaned on the 3rd day with no explanation.
The dining experience was the main problem. The Dining room is small (7 tables for 2 ) and is devoid of atmosphere. Tables are very close together with conversation muted and whispered. We had prepaid for the tasting menu throughout our stay which we ate from this on the 1st night.
This was a painfully slow affair and took from 7.45pm until 10.30. It might have been less onerous if the food had been good but it was not. Small portions were expected but the food was a confusion of multiple flavours which were supposed to compliment one another but did no such thing. At the table various 'apparatus' was used to infuse the food or apply dry ice. Good if this made a differnce to the taste but it sadly did not and was simply pretentious.After 2 hours one couple could not stand the wait any longer and left mid meal.
The second night we tried the set menu, hoping this would be a slicker affair with less eccentric fair. Unfortunately the food was more of the same and it took well over 2.5hrs for 3 courses. Coffee was not even considered because of the potential wait.
By the 3rd night we simply could'nt stand the thought of eating mediocre food in a crowded and soulless dining room, enduring excessive waits between courses. Despite having prepaid the expensive tasting menu (£130 ) we went to Ambleside and enjoyed a meal there. This was neither mentioned or recognised on our departure.
Altogether the experience was expensive and very disappointing.Needless to say we will not return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 3 aa red star hotel 3 aa rosettes1 michelin star ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Samling Hotel Windermere, Lake District
- Samling Hotel