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A “wonderful dining room in a lovely country house hotel”, where chef Stephen Bulmer’s menu is “always interesting” and his cooking never less than “good”.
A “most memorable experience all-round” – the “magisterial” dining room of this large country house hotel makes a “very romantic” backdrop in which to enjoy Stephen Bulmer’s “exquisite” cuisine, matched with a “proper” wine list.
“What a fantastic setting!” – in a “stately” country house hotel, this “romantic” dining room with “gothic overtones” offers “exquisite food” and a “seductive” wine list, and wins recommendations from all who comment on it.
Samuel’s Restaurant was built by Samuel Cunliffe-Lister in 1880 as part of major works that were carried out at Swinton Park when he bought the estate on retirement from his mill (Manningham Mill) at Bradford. You will see portraits of him on the walls, along with one of his children above the fireplace.
A spacious and airy room, with sweeping views over the gardens and Home Lake, the most distinctive features are the ornate gold leaf ceiling and enormous mantlepiece.
The restaurant menus, created by Executive Chef Simon Crannage and head chef Tom Pickard, emphasise seasonal and local produce inspired by the fruit, vegetables and herbs grown in the hotel’s four acre walled garden (the largest hotel kitchen garden in the UK), and the menus change accordingly. The hotel is also surrounded by a 20,000 acre estate stretching from the River Ure in Wensleydale up onto the moorland Dales and estate venison, rabbit, smoked trout and game are a few examples of the local ingredients sourced from it.
We strongly recommend that guests reserve tables in advance as occasionally the hotel may be fully booked with a private event.
A smart dress code applies when dining in Samuel’s Restaurant, although this is relaxed a little at lunchtimes to accommodate those wanting to take a walk before or after lunch. We ask that guests do not wear shorts, t-shirts or beachwear/shoes in Samuel’s, nor jeans and trainers in the evening.
Samuel’s, Swinton Park Hotel & Spa Restaurant Diner Reviews
"A special place set in a beautiful location. There is still an air of a Conservative centre with the photographs of Margaret Thatcer and Willie Whitelaw dotted about the corridors but this is a place with a story to tell as well as maintaining high standards in all areas."
"Wonderful location, service couldn't be better, food did not disappoint, all in all well worth going and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. The house itself is magnificent, and if you can stay the night, do!"