The Black Swan

‘Warm and friendly’, and ‘good value’ to boot, Louise Dinnes’s Victorian pub-with-rooms stands in a conservation village surrounded by a national parkland of windswept fells. More

Contact details

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 from £100. À la carte £30. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Warm and friendly’, and ‘good value’ to boot, Louise Dinnes’s Victorian pub-with-rooms stands in a conservation village surrounded by national parkland of windswept fells. The popular eating and drinking areas – with panelled walls, tartan carpeting, nature prints, a stag’s head, and hops hanging – enjoy ‘brisk trade’. ‘And rightly so!’ Besides the real ales and Cumbrian spirits behind the bar, chef Scott Fairweather’s food is ‘outstanding’, say guests in 2017. ‘We enjoyed a starter of goat’s cheese and beetroot, with gingerbread, raspberries and balsamic cubes; scallops with butternut risotto; fish pie topped with creamy potato, enfolding a poached egg.’ ‘Well-maintained’ bedrooms (some, with external access, suitable for guests travelling with their dogs) vary in size and style; each is supplied with welcome touches such as extra-large towels and organic toiletries. The Yorkshire Dales call for a hearty expedition: staff can advise on local rambles; there are bicycles and helmets for hire. For those visitors keen on a sit-down, the riverside garden, with its resident red squirrels, is a fine spot on a sunny day. (TL, SW, Robert Gower)

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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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