The Black Swan

Ravenstonedale, Cumbria

Between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, with views to the Howgill fells, this large village inn offers classy food and bright bedrooms for walkers and gentle explorers alike. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, with views to the Howgill fells, this large village inn offers classy food and bright bedrooms for walkers and gentle explorers alike. The Victorian building, with beer garden and stream, is a hub of Ravenstonedale. Run by Louise Dinnes for 15 years, together with her daughter and ‘friendly’ team, it’s known for its cheery welcome and tempting dishes. Chef Scott Fairweather offers a creative twist on local produce – perhaps cod with roasted cauliflower and fennel, or duck with spiced red cabbage and blackcurrant sauce. You can eat either in the elegant dining room with dado panelling and ice-blue walls, or the jolly bar with exposed-stone walls, open fire and collection of stuffed animals. The ‘high-quality’ breakfast includes smoked salmon with potato pancake, avocado and poached egg as well as a full grill. ‘Tasteful’ bedrooms – several recently refurbished – vary from the compact and cosy to an attic suite, as well as dog-friendly annexe rooms and glamping tents. With a contemporary cottage style – pretty patterned wallpapers, breezy colours – all have fresh milk and most have views.

Hotel details

Address

Ravenstonedale
Kirkby Stephen
Cumbria
CA17 4NG
England

Telephone

01539 623204

Bedrooms

16. 6 in annexe, 4 on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled. Plus 3 glamping tents.

Open

all year.

Facilities

2 bars, lounge, 2 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi in bars and lounge only, Orange mobile network only, in-room TV (Freeview), beer garden in wooded grounds, tennis/golf in village, public rooms wheelchair accessible.

Background music

in public areas all day, but optional.

Children

all ages welcomed, extra bed £30.

Dogs

in 4 ground-floor annexe rooms (£15 per night), not in restaurant.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles/singles from £125. À la carte £45. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.