Food & Wine

The estate is also the source of much of the produce used in the restaurant and cookery school. Game birds, venison and foraged ingredients such as elderflower, wild garlic and wild mushrooms come from the estate while, closer to the hotel, a 4-acre walled garden provides home-grown produce throughout most of the year. Swinton Park’s fine dining restaurant, Samuel’s, is located in the dining room of the castle. Named after Samuel Cunliffe-Lister who built the dining room wing in 1890, following his purchase of Swinton Park in 1880, it boasts an ornate gold-leaf ceiling and sweeping views of the parkland that contribute to a memorable dining experience. Guided by the experienced hand of Simon Crannage, Head Chef since 2007, the style of cuisine is Modern British, focusing on seasonal, local produce with a serious commitment to a "gate to plate", low-food miles philosophy. The freshness and quality of the ingredients speak for themselves, with Samuel’s winning a host of awards-most recently the Visit England "Taste of England" gold award for 2013.


In addition to dining at Samuel's, CEFA non-resident visitors are welcome to enjoy morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon tea served in the drawing room and bar, or in the summer months on the terrace. Advanced booking is recommended.

Reservations for Samuel's Restaurant
Tel. +44 (0) 1765 680900