The Samling 1

Ambleside Road , Windermere, LA23 1LR

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SquareMeal Review of The Samling

Set in its own 67-acre estate overlooking Windermere, this white-painted house immediately signals its ambitions with a striking modern interior and vivid displays of contemporary art – although the mood is “discreet and intimate”, with ultra-professional service tending to “every need and request”. The cooking is fiercely on-trend, with new Nordic nuances and a larder of seasonal ingredients given full rein in “top-end” dishes such as salmon with gooseberry, elderflower and sorrel or scallop with eucalyptus and pea. Elsewhere, veal comes with Jersey royals, asparagus and anchovy, while halibut is paired with mussels and curry spices. To conclude, the kitchen might serve up chocolate ‘perfection’ or a combo of peach, elderflower and schnapps. The wine list garners plaudits galore, thanks to its diversity and choice of growers. With a new development kitchen now in full swing, plus a progressive garden, livestock (mangalitsa pigs, quails, chickens etc) and even a seed exchange project, this has the makings of a seriously self-sufficient project.

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