The Black Swan

A babbling brook etches a course past Louise Dinnes’s ‘good-value, thoroughly dependable’ Victorian pub-with-rooms, where visitors find ‘outstanding food’ and ‘welcoming, efficient service’. More

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The Black Swan
Ravenstonedale
Cumbria
CA17 4NG
England
015396 23204

Hotel information

Bedrooms

16. 6 in annexe, 4 on ground floor suitable for disabled. Plus 3 'glamping' tents.

Open

all year.

Facilities

2 bars, lounge, 2 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), beer garden in wooded grounds, tennis and golf in village.

Background music

in public areas all day, but optional.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in 4 ground-floor bedrooms, not in restaurant.

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

per room B&B single from £85, double £95-£165. A la carte £30. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.

Good Hotel Guide Review

A babbling brook etches a course past Louise Dinnes’s ‘good-value, thoroughly dependable’ Victorian pub-with-rooms, where visitors find ‘outstanding food’ and ‘welcoming, efficient service’. The maze of cosy tartan-carpeted public rooms has inviting comfy chairs, an open fire and a relaxed, dog-friendly atmosphere. ‘The sort of place one could just sit in, happily tucked away with a newspaper and a pint of cask ale or a Cumbrian micro-distillery spirit.’ Each nook and cranny reveals something new: books, board games, musical instruments. Served in these spaces, chef Scott Fairweather’s ‘seriously good’ modern British menu offers the likes of celeriac rösti, creamed cabbage, poached egg, Stilton; chicken, sauce of black truffle, roasted onions, pearl barley. Afterwards, comfortable nights in a ‘well-maintained’ bedroom come with fresh milk, handmade organic toiletries and fluffy towels; some rooms have their own entrance to keep Fido happy. The popular country inn is surrounded by the fells – convenient for ramblers and climbers, who can head south to the Yorkshire Dales and west to the Lakes. (RG, and others)

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This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.

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The Black Swan
Ravenstonedale
Cumbria
CA17 4NG

Guest comments

' Outstanding bar food - balsamic cubes, gingerbread and honey, beetroot and goats cheese starter, scallops with butternut risotto and fish pie topped with creamy potato and enfolding a poached egg. Service alpha and brisk trade (quite rightly). ' - Robert Gower - March, 2017
'It remains one of my favourite hotels in the land. Dependable, unstuffy, warm and welcoming; remarkably good value for money. Each bedroom is different: all are furnished for double occupancy; two are quite small. One member of my party used one of the three wheelchair-friendly ground-floor rooms and he was well satisfied. Despite the liveliness of the hotel's bars none of us was troubled with noise much beyond 11 pm. We were very pleased with our breakfasts and dinners, tackling with gusto some pretty substantial portion. Smaller portions of most main dishes are available on request, the price appropriately reduced. ' - Trevor Lockwood - October, 2014
'Lured by their two-day package. The welcome, especially the waiting staff, and the good value, as well as the proximity to Chatsworth meant that my disabled husband put up for the lack of a shower in the otherwise very attractive ground-floor room. ' - Susan Wilmington - September, 2014

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