Valentine’s meal

Love is in the air at the Samson Inn!

One member of our team has recently ‘tied the knot’ and another has just welcomed a new baby into the world.

So… we’ve decided to celebrate by having a whole week of romantically themed specials starting on the evening of Tuesday the 14th February (Valentines day of course!) to Sunday 19th (Evenings only).
Whether you’d like to dine with that special significant other, simply treat yourself, or bring along family and friends, there is sure to be something that tempts you! And if not, anything from our main menu can be substituted in (except steaks and cheeses).

Call us on 016977 47880 to book a table.



‘Hug in a mug’
Steamy and spicy, ‘Bloody Mary’ style Tomato soup, finished with a swirl of cream & Parmesan wafers to dip

‘Queen of Hearts’
Warm puff pastry tart with dill scented cream cheese & balsamic roasted ‘heart beet’-root, served on peppery rocket with a horseradish dressing

‘Aphrodite’s aphrodisiacs antipasti’
A sharing platter of our own ‘blush’ tomatoes, marinated char-grilled courgette, artichoke hearts & olives, crispy cubes of fried Halloumi cheese, anchovies and chunks of crusty ciabatta bread with extra virgin olive oil & balsamic for dipping



All served with seasonal vegetables and potatoes

‘The Italian Stallion’
Rossini style slow braised beef feather steak on paté, served on a butter fried croute with a rich port wine sauce

‘Hot date’
Medallions of chicken breast wrapped in bacon with a spicy cayenne, date and apricot stuffing

‘Heart of Gold’
Rich and creamy butternut squash and Parmesan souffle



‘Sugar & spice and all things nice’
Espresso, chocolate & chilli cake with coffee cream

‘Plate of passion’
Sweet duo of passion fruit & pomegranate Eton mess and Champagne sorbet

‘Childhood sweethearts’ – retro sweeties dessert!
Rhubarb and custard panna cotta with Parma violet sherbet


Followed by tea or coffee & handmade truffles

Trade secrets – Shepherd’s Pie

Our Shepherd’s Pie is going down a treat and a lot of people are asking us how we make it. We couldn’t possibly release the full recipe but here are a few aspects of it that certainly contribute to its great taste.

  1. We start with great ingredients. For us this means local, traceable and high quality. And with lamb that’s easy as we also run Willowford Farm and produce our own prime lamb.
  2. Then we bake the minced lamb to really dry it out and render a good bit of the fat off it. This means the lean mince really sucks up all the great flavours of the sauce when the two are cooked together – earthy onions, sweet carrots, tangy tomato, rich red wine and fragrant herbs.
  3. This is then topped with buttery mash and baked to perfection.

The result is an extremely satisfying and familiar pie but with really fabulous and refined flavours.


Our Autumn menu is out

Our autumn menu is now in full swing. As the nights draw in and the leaves steadily accumulate on the ground, why not join us for an evening of warming and comforting food beside our log fire.

Chicken breast with potato stack and carrot puree
Roasted figs with mascapone ice cream, candied pistachios and port glaze



Pan fried pheasant breast with buttery artichoke and chestnut mash and elderberry jus £5.50
Creamy twice baked mature cheddar and goats cheese souffle  £5.25
Crispy pulled beef on pumpkin toast and salad leaves with a blue cheese dressing  £4.95
Autumnal smoked haddock and celeriac chowder with our own bread roll  £5.25
Grilled aubergine in a rich tomato sauce topped with cheddar and mozzarella  £4.95
Samson Inn soup of the day with our own bread roll and butter £4.50


Pork and apple pie and cider gravy with mashed potato and crushed garden peas  £11.50
Lamb chops marinated in garlic and herbs with spiced red cabbage and potato wedges  £11.95
Wild mushroom risotto with a crispy deep fried egg and tarragon dressing  £10.50
Chicken breast stuffed with basil pesto and wrapped in pancetta served with carrot puree and a rosemary potato stack  £11.95
Puff pastry case with roasted beetroot, baked feta and a caper and parsley dressing served with sweet potato fries  £10.95
Pan fried hake with a tangy red pepper and tomato salsa, chips and kale crisps £11.25
8oz steak, cooked to your liking, served with grill garni, battered onion rings, rocket and cress salad and chunky chips £15.95


Sticky ginger sponge with butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream  £5.50
Armagnac parfait with earl grey infused prunes and a brandy snap  £5.25
Hazelnut meringue with chocolate mousse, blackberries and hazelnut praline  £4.95
Plum frangipane tart served with pouring cream  £4.95
Roasted figs with spiced mascarpone ice-cream, port glaze and candied pistachios  £5.25
Trio of English Lakes Ice cream – choose from Crushed Strawberry, Death by Chocolate, Madagascan Vanilla or Toffee Fudge  £4.20
Trio of local cheeses, with Westmorland chutney and oatcakes £6.20