The Black Swan

Ravenstonedale, Cumbria

In this small conservation village, with views to the Howgill fells, this large country pub is as much a locals’ favourite as an inn with smart food and bedrooms. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

In this small conservation village, with views to the Howgill fells, this large country pub is as much a locals’ favourite as an inn with smart food and bedrooms. The substantial, late Victorian-Edwardian building, ‘in a beautiful setting’ with a large beer garden running down to a stream, has been energetically run by Louise Dinnes and her ‘friendly and helpful’ staff for 14 years. Eat in the cheerful bar, with its panelled walls, tartan carpet, dried hops, stuffed animals and open fire, or in the quieter, elegant dining room. The dinner menu of Scott Fairweather’s ‘delicious food’ offers a creative twist on local produce; perhaps venison tartare with truffle mayo, or smoked haddock in mustard sauce, as well as staples such as beer-battered fish and chips. Breakfast is ‘of high quality’. ‘Spotlessly clean’ bedrooms range from a four-poster suite and glamping tents to dog-friendly annexe rooms with separate entrance, to the compact and cosy. Country cottage in style, with colourful throws and patterned wallpapers, all have fresh milk and local hand-made toiletries. And, whether they have garden or village views, all are quiet.

Hotel details

Address

Ravenstonedale
Kirkby Stephen
Cumbria
CA17 4NG
England

Telephone

01539 623204

Bedrooms

16. 6 in annexe, 4 on ground floor, 3 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.

Dogs

max. 3 in each of 4 ground-floor annexe rooms, not in restaurant.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

Per room B&B single from £115, double £125-£185. A la carte from £40. 1 night stays sometimes refused.