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The Black Swan - Pub in Cumbria

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Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4NG, Cumbria
England, United Kingdom

Louise Dinnes
+44 (0)15396 23204(landline)

A cool little inn lost in beautiful hills, child- and dog-friendly, with happy staff and award-winning food

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A lovely little inn in the middle of a pretty village, surrounded by wonderful walking country. It's all things to all men - a smart restaurant, a lively bar - and very dog-friendly. A stream runs through the big garden, where you can eat in good weather; free-range hens live in one corner. Inside, country interiors fit the mood perfectly. You get fresh flowers, tartan carpets, games and books galore. There's a bar for local ales, a sitting-room bar with an open fire, but the hub of the hotel is the bar in the middle, where village life gathers. You can eat wherever you want – there's an airy restaurant, too – so dig into delicious country fare, with meat from the hills around you: perhaps venison tartare, followed by sea bream or roast local pheasant and a sharp lemon posset to finish.

Wheelchair access
Wheelchair access to some public rooms and to wc's.
Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Public transport
Within 2 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Handpumped ales
Pub serves four or more handpumped ales.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.
Food all day
Food is served all day long.

Local points of interest from Louise Dinnes:

Local points of interest from
Louise Dinnes:

  • There is a lovely little village shop attached to the hotel. We sell everything from everyday necessities to little gifts, maps and newspapers.
  • Did you know you can play Golf or Tennis in the village. Just a few minutes on foot and we can provide you with clubs and rackets
  • Fancy a ride in a vintage bus? Check out Cumbria Classic Coaches. They do a run through beautiful countryside twice a week to Hawes or Barnard Castle
  • The Howgill Fells are the ideal place for short walks or longer hikes. Ask for details, we also have a great brochure and map in our shop
Points of interest

Guest feedback
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"Delightful decor, superb service and fabulous food. So many beautiful touches, such as the swan biscuits on the refreshment tray, organic bathroom toiletries or the attentiveness of the staff. We intend to make an annual visit to this very special B&B."

Jill - Bristol, United Kingdom

July 2018
"The Black Swan is well established won many awards, and obviously has loyal guests who stay and dine there. We enjoyed this friendly comfortable country inn in a beautiful tranquil village well situated to tour this scenic area. We chose a room at the rear of the hotel which offers perhaps more privacy and peace. Well organised for those travelling with pets, it has an excellent kitchen, lovely pub, outdoor area for drinks and we met delightful fellow guests. Only quibble, ordered the menu specials on Fathers Day evening, obviously what had been served at lunch so not great. Would return here."
June 2015
"This small hotel & pub is run by people who know what they are doing and care! Its welcoming, warm, helpful and relaxing. It offers good value.. Its good to see the owners and the team wanting to make sure visitors are comfortable and enjoying their stay. This is not a boutique hotel, thank goodness. The food tastes as it should. The rooms are comfortable, the pub has plenty of locals who visit and eat there. Easy to get too, well placed for lots of interesting places, walks or daily trips. I'm so pleased I've found the Black Swan. I will return. My thanks to everyone there. "
March 2015
"This is a lovely hotel - the kind of place where you relax just walking through the door and feel like you're amongst friends when you've known people all of ten minutes. Our rooms (we had three, all overlooking the garden) were spacious, light and beautifully furnished. Beds were enormous and super-comfortable, and everything was spotlessly clean. The menu was interesting and food was beautifully cooked and plenty of it. Service was friendly and attentive but not intrusive. The perfect Cumbrian welcome - I can't wait to go back!"
May 2012

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Lunch from £4.95. Dinner, 3 courses, £20-£30.




Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4NG, Cumbria


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