The Black Swan
“Multi-award-winner by the headwaters of the River Eden” - AA Inspector
The fells rise all around the conservation village of Ravenstonedale and this handsome, many-gabled, 19th-century inn, owned and run for 15 years by the enterprising Louise Dinnes. In the friendly bars, where dried hops droop from the ceiling, at least eight wines are served by the glass, and the real ales roster features regulars from the Black Sheep brewery and rotating local guests, and a gallery-worth of framed pictures, large over-mantel mirror and comfortable furnishings echo the inn's early high-Victorian days. Award-winning seasonal menus, prepared by Scott Fairweather and his team, apply in both bars, the lounge and in the two beautifully decorated restaurants. An idea of their skills will be apparent from celeriac and apple soup, prunes and black pudding on toast as a starter; chicken and chestnuts with pancetta, mushrooms and tarragon sauce; or perhaps roasted pork and octopus with chorizo, lentils and grilled sweetcorn to follow; and banana bavarois with tropical fruit to round off. Overnight guests have 16 tastefully decorated, en suite rooms to choose from, with dogs welcome in the four that are in the annexe. They're also welcome in the three glamping tents in the tranquil riverside gardens, where you might even spot a red squirrel.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Main course from: £13
- Open all year
- Wide selection of Ales
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About the area
Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.
Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.
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