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Overview

Sit back and relax at The Black Bull, a lovingly restored, rambling 17th-century inn that has plenty of historic charm. Refurbished in 2018, the inn has retained all of its original features, giving it a traditional pub feel in the informal front bar. Expect warm, dark hues, wooden floors, red leather seating in cosy corners and two wood-burning stoves - perfect for hunkering down after an invigorating walk across the Howgill Fells.

Tradition meets contemporary in the split-level dining area, where the heritage feel is mixed with pale grey walls, trendy lamp shades and local landscape photos, along with plenty of succulent plants and ferns.

Away from the bustle of Sedbergh's main street, the peaceful rear garden enjoys fell views and is the place to relax and eat on warmer days. Kids will love the chickens and you may see one of chefs picking seasonal herbs in the small kitchen garden.

Rooms from

Doubles: £125


Good to know

  • All major credit cards accepted
  • Parking available

Town and city
There's plenty to keep the whole family busy in the buzzy town of Sedbergh, including book shops galore and a brilliant arts and crafts centre.

Outdoor adventures
You're midway between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales here, but there's plenty of local walking on your doorstep, including the stunning Dales Way and hilly Howgill Fells.

Dog-friendly
Dogs are very welcome in the cosy bar and can stay overnight in three of the rooms.

Fine dining
An exciting and innovative menu offering British, European and Asian-inspired dishes.

Rooms

Having climbed the fine oak staircase, which embodies traditional 17th-century charm with its dark panelling, deep red carpet and original stained-glass window on the second floor, the 21 rooms come as a real surprise. Be it a classic, superior or luxury double room - or perhaps you've opted for the luxurious suite - all are completely unique, incorporating original features and named after local fells. The design and décor are influenced by Japanese aesthetics with clean lines and natural tones creating a peaceful ambience.

The rooms feature woollen blankets on big comfortable beds, local handmade furnishings and earthy colours on panelled feature walls. The three luxury rooms and the suite feature easy chairs, along with vast glass-walled bathrooms with deep tubs and walk-in showers. Added touches include bespoke Petrichor toiletries and locally sourced artisan teas and coffee and homemade biscuits. Rear rooms enjoy views of the fells.

Restaurant & bar

Drawing inspiration from the mixed heritage of the owners - one from Japan and the other from the Dales - The Black Bull serves up an exciting and innovative menu that combines British, European and Asian-inspired dishes. Provenance is key, and the menus change daily and evolve with the seasons, utilising the best local ingredients available; notably slow-reared, native-breed meat from surrounding farms.

Allow time to peruse the carefully selected wine list as it offers depth and diversity, great value and showcases innovative, independent, sustainable and seasonal producers. Beer-drinkers will not be disappointed with the choice of eight real ales and craft beers on tap.

Things to do

With stunning views across the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, the Howgill Fells are a fabulous area to explore by foot. Spread across Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire, the fells are a walker's paradise - although surprisingly quiet - so you'll have the big skies and undulating hills all to yourself. Or, why not tackle the Dales Way - which runs for 80 miles from Ilkley in West Yorkshire to Bowness-on-Windermere in Cumbria, following riverside paths and passing through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

One real local highlight is the Settle to Carlisle Railway, an iconic line which takes riders through jaw dropping scenery in the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbrian Fells. The railway itself has plenty of Victorian architecture, remote station buildings and huge stone viaducts - but it's still part of the UK rail network.

Getting here

Directions

Nearest train station: Oxenholme
Taxi from station: 21min
Drive: 24min from Kendal, 30min from Hawes

Address

44 Main Street, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5BL

Enquire to book

To make a booking, please use the form below or you can call our reservations team on 020 8161 0100. Our phone lines are open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5.30pm.

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