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Reviewed 25 March 2014

This is a beautiful hotel with excellent staff in a lovely location. We booked a two night stay and were delighted with our room overlooking Lake Windermere [ although there were no drawers so we couldn't completely unpack ]. However, despite having eaten in outstanding restaurants around the globe for almost 40 years, we found the dinner menu here completely incomprehensible. I'm sure that this style of cooking is very clever, lots of foam,steam and ash, but the food looks unpleasant and tastes even worse. There are a bewildering array of ingredients on each dish but not very much of anything in particular.The thai prawn tail main course [ yes, one prawn tail ] came with numerous but superfluous accompaniments--squid ink pasta, ash etc which my wife found inedible. My halibut main arrive floating in a bowl of soup. The fish here comes from Cornwall so the texture is similar to that found in your local supermarket. I couldn't face any more by the time the dessert menu arrived and my wife left most of hers.That night we were both very unwell and so missed breakfast and decided to head for home rather than endure any more. This is a lovely hotel to stay in but there are so many far better places to eat. You have been warned.

Room Tip: Lake facing rooms are wonderful.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Malcolm38
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

The food, the room, the hillside hot tub, the breakfast - most of all, the service - were all first class. Far from our first Michelin starred experience, but certainly one of the very best. The balance of warmth and professionalism was absolutely spot-on.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Bootsontheground
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

The Lakes is spoiled with great places to eat, and I've been spoiled by eating in a lot of them. The culinary highlight remains L'enclume, but as a complete package, The Samling was one of the best Sunday afternoons I've had for years.
The food was excellent - at the cost or reputation you wouldn't expect anything else. However, the service was even better. 5 adults and a 19 month old terror went for Sunday lunch. We were tucked away in the private dining room with the library as our own personal lounge. The little one slept on the sofa until our main courses arrived. He sat up at the table in the provided high chair and in no time at all the staff delivered a perfect freshly made fish and chips for him to tuck into. He was treated as a guest with equal status as an adult and this made his parents and his grandparents incredibly happy.
The attention to detail was apparent in everything, from how we were talked through the plates to how we were welcomed from the car with an umbrella. As we left and looked back at the ground floor window, the staff were already cleaning small boy's fingerprints from the library windows. When people care this much about the small things, but can't do enough to help you, you know you are experiencing service of the highest order.
We will definitely book to go again when we revisit the Lakes for our annual Spring pilgrimage.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
2  Thank K-M-Kitchen
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Reviewed 10 March 2014 via mobile

I work as a head chef in a 2 rosette restaurant in the area and am always looking for places to eat. Iv eaten here many times in the past but this was the first since they regained its michelin star...As a chef it's an urge to be picky which my girlfriend hates but everything was faultless. The food, the service, the atmosphere. Simon Rogan has some serious competition.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
3  Thank Auldy1985
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

We stayed here as a present for our 10th wedding anniversary in Feb 2014.
We stayed in Barker Brow, and although it was a bit creaky, we thought this just added to its charm, we had a wonderful time. As we read some of the previous reviews, we decided to take our German shepherd dog with us. The hotel were very accommodating and friendly staff stopped for a chat when they were near, especially to make a fuss of our pup!
The restaurant reception was cosy and intimate without being intimidating. The food was delicious and we didn't find it weird at all, the frozen mojito was a show stopper!! We booked the hot tub ( which is super hot!!) and enjoyed a child free weekend. The view across the lake from the bed was fantastic and the food was exceptional, we opted for breakfast in bed, which felt very decadent.
All in all, a fab weekend, and a wow event for our anniversary, enjoy!

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Jules F
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