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The Samling Hotel
Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Windermere
Certificate of Excellence
Edinburgh
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“Welcome to the pleasuredome”
Reviewed 28 November 2013

Having stayed the night earlier this week, I don't think I have recovered. The main attraction is the food, and deservedly so.
We had the tasting menu and it was sublime. Each mouthful was a new sensation ,each course completely different , but somehow complementary overall. The amount of work that must have gone into the preparation ! Truly a labour of love from a very talented kitchen team. Two of the courses were served in theatrical fashion, but not just for effect - there was a culinary purpose and it also got people around the room chatting to each other. There are 2 dining rooms, both very small (intimate) and neutral in furnishing. Nothing to detract from the food.
Finishing dinner 3 hours after we started we were full but not stuffed and the thought of breakfast seemed a bit of a stretch. Strangely when it arrived at our room next morning it was perfect, and eating at our leisure overlooking the lake was a treat indeed.
The room we had (Tyan) was gorgeous - stylish , huge, comfortable, massive bathroom with shower and huge bath. Great toiletries and little touches like a Nespresso machine. If I had to nit pick - 2 points , first we prefer a twin ( the place is romantic, but we are old, with bad backs) and the room has more than enough space for a bed that can be divided according to preference. Second - what a strange selection of Magazines provided !
Finally one of the best features - the service - friendly, informal, attentive, in obtrusive, correct - just perfect !
Definitely worth saving up to go back.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Longton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

Lovely boutique hotel in a superb position with great views of Lake Windermere.

Food was amazing and well deserving of the Michelin star rating with some drama between and within courses, try chef is really imaginative.

Overall excellent service throughout with lovely staff.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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cumbria
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

The Samling is the best restaurant in the area without a doubt. Living locally and having eaten at all the top restaurants in the area on more than one occasion, The Samling is in a different league completely. We were celebrating my husband's birthday and as he has very high standards, I did arrive a little anxious as to whether it would live up to our expectations......it exceeded them! From the moment we arrived we were very well looked after. Andrew guided us through our dinner with charm and professionalism. He clearly takes pride and a great deal of pleasure from his role and is a great ambassador to the hotel. Our dinner was totally amazing; an innovative and exciting menu, a quality missing from so many other neighbouring restaurants claiming to have the same calibre! Thank you to everyone at The Samling for a very special evening, where the service was faultless and the food phenomenal. We can not wait for another excuse to return.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

We pre booked the six course tasting menu on an internet offer, fifty pounds instead of sixty five if you went at lunch time: they said they were very busy at night but wanted to encourage lunch time trade. I told them this when we arrived but we were still given the option of a la carte and a 4 course at £25. The food is served in a formal and theatrical way: infusions, dry ice etc. Waiter bringing food out for another person to serve to the table etc. Amuse bouche was a pointless compressed water melon, first course a marinated salmon with grapefruit and skin crisp cooked in licorice. Somewhat underwhelmed by this point we were glad to see the chef up his game with the following course, a beautiful little ham hock fritter in angel hair pastry (yes pastry, not pasta.) Served with (allegedly) confit egg yolk and goats curd. I have no idea why the yolk was described as confit: more of the confit later. Fish course was pure theatre: a percolator type thingy was produced with lemongrass, cinnamon and other Asian fusion type spices in the top bowl and a fish broth in the bottom. A flame was lit under the broth and it percolated up into the top bowl to infuse the spices. When done the flame was extinguished and the broth returned to the bottom bowl. The halibut with squid pearl and samphire (the pearl being a sort of master stock cube with a tiny tentacle in it that was released when dissolved) was served from the kitchen and the broth poured over it. Seared squid decorated the top of the halibut and flavour matched it perfectly.Sensational, the best course. Meat course was grouse breast (rare, excellent) with a super piece of foie gras and allegedly confit leg, grouse leg that is. It was a little thigh and in my opinion had nothing to do with confit: I expect confit style to produce a crisp skin with melting flesh inside. This was just a little bit of leg, tasty enough for sure but confit? I don't get it. The cauliflower and cauliflower puree were first rate. I thought the dish was crying out for a little bit of potato of some kind.
We then had a "pre dessert which was as delicious as it was hilarious. A mojito sorbet with a little ice cream ball encased in mint chocolate was served in a mini glass watering can whose spout spurted out "steam": dry ice used so creatively. Dessert itself (Green Tea Panna Cotta with Lemon Tart Ice Cream, Shortbread and Autumn Bliss Raspberries) was OK, the panna cotta was nice enough and the ice cream good, but as a whole it didn't really excite me.
There is an extensive wine list: the first page is a selection of reasonably priced bottles and we had Pinot Grigio at £22 and a Merlot for £18. Perfectly all right and very favourably priced for such a classy establishment.
The dining room was quite small and apart from our table of four there were two other couples so despite the professional, relaxed and friendly service the atmosphere lacked a bit of buzz. Not the Samling's fault of course but I'm sure the food would have tasted even better in a full restaurant with a bit of noise.
Predictably when the bill came we had been charged the £65. I pointed this out and it was changed promptly and politely, shame they didn't pick up on it when we arrived and told them we had pre-booked the offer.
So, with a Michelin star and a £50 a head tab for lunch, do I expect perfection. Yes, of course. Most of the food came pretty close, at its best it was simply astounding. They do what they do very well, I can't quite work out why I wasn't more excited. If I were to return, and I'd be happy to do so, it would be for a la carte in the evening.

By the way: best thing I ate all week in the area was the pork pie from Huddlestones Butchers in Windermere. That you must try: £1.60.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Whalley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

We booked for a 1 nights stay and paid for the 'dove nest' room. It was fab, lots of space to unpack and a good complement of water, fruit, crisps etc. the bathroom was clean, spacious and beautifully simple, it reminded us of a Spanish baths we visited once.
The service was nothing but impeccable, and the same goes for the food. The food was delicious and substantial and had just the right amount of theatre. Well deserving of the accolades the hotel has won recently. The scenery is a real treat. The breakfast was also good.
All the staff were very knowledgable, personable and pleasant.
We will be returning next spring for more!

  • Stayed November 2013
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

The occasion was to celebrate a very special birthday although we live less than 10 miles away but had heard such glowing reports. From the moment we left the main road until we left it sublime and went way beyond our expectations. The sumptuous and spacious bedroom, the bathroom, the decor, the staff, the views, the building itself, the grounds, the weather and the evening meal.... oh yes... that meal!! This was more than a gastronomic delight: it was and experience.
You had to be there and I advise that you do!

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ruthin
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

Booked for a 4 night break in the ' Manmire Suite' but left after 1 night. Not sure when the glowing reviews were posted but our experience was dismal. Manmire was careworn and shabby, the shower was black with mould around lower level of tiles and it all looked as though the rooms had never seen a programme of updating since the original building work took place. The suite was depressing! Our 3 course evening meal was rather strange to say the least - trying to be "Heston" like but missing the beat completely. The onion ash and compressed melon tasted like something you might scrape off your BBQ and left a horrible after taste.
However the staff were friendly and attentive but didn't seem at all surprised when we asked for our bill.

Room Tip: Don't bother until the hotel rooms and suites have undergone refurbishment.
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Property: The Samling Hotel
Address: Ambleside Road, Windermere LA23 1LR, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Windermere
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Windermere
#6 Romantic Hotel in Windermere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Samling Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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