BE PREPARED to be dazzled by gastronomic genius that has won global recognition when you dine at the Samling, Windermere.

Boasting jaw-dropping views over Windermere, simple, classy interior design and an atmosphere that seeps grandness – this spot is perfect for anyone who craves to be treated.

But its real attraction is always going to be the food. Upon entering, a friendly waiter seated us on a large sofa in a stately lounge, where we were promptly offered a selection of wines and spirits.

Next a tray of canapes was laid before us. These included curry popcorn served in shot glasses and a dessert pastry with cheese – all of them quirky and tasty.

For my starter I opted for the Atlantic mackerel, which came with blowtorched melon in square shapes, oyster ceviche and wasabi vinaigrette. These ingredients were a step away from traditional ingredients, the taste was amazing, with so many contrasting flavours that it took my tastebuds around a week to get back to normal.

My partner had Shetland langoustines with compressed nectarine, confit cherry tomatoes, tarragon and sweet wine, which he said was equally impressive.

My main dish was a Cornish stone bass served with avocado mousse, fennel jam, roast octopus, lobster and ginger bisqu. The chefs at the Samling are not just cooks but also artists – the food looked almost as good as it tasted.

Again, there were so many diverse and refreshing flavours that I felt I was entering into a whole new dining experience – and one that was a huge step up from anything in my past.

To finish I had a butternut squash and dark chocolate tart, served with passion fruit curd and mango sorbet, which was brilliant but I did feel very jealous when the best cheese board in the world was brought over for my partner, served with chutneys and biscuits.

For each course the waiter picked a wine that would complement the food.

This was a magical night – a really special meal that I would recommend everyone to treat themselves to.

 The price for two starters, two main courses and two desserts, excluding drinks, was £100.