The Samling, near Ambleside, has been awarded a Michelin star following a recent overhaul of its catering facilities.
Head chef Ian Swainson, who joined the property in 2012, was quoted in the North West Evening Mail as saying: “I am absolutely delighted. We have had fantastic support from the hotel’s owners who enabled us to do what we do, which is basically focus on producing really well-flavoured food and making it as interesting as possible".
A purpose-built development kitchen to enable further menu development was installed at the property earlier this month.
General manager Alasdair Elwick said 2013 had been a record year in terms of guest numbers.