Bustling hotel with thriving bar, several real ales, enjoyable food and good surrounding walks
The good pub guide review
With lovely bedrooms, a reputation for quality innkeeping, a little shop selling local delicacies and gifts and walks straight from the front door (leaflets available), the Black Swan is a village inn full of country pleasures. The popular U-shaped bar has hops on the gantry, quite a few original period features, stripped-stone walls, high wooden stools by the counter, a comfortable tweed banquette, various dining chairs and little stools around a mix of tables and fresh flowers; the cosy small lounge has comfy armchairs and an open fire. You can eat in the bar or in two separate restaurants. Friendly, helpful staff serve Black Sheep Bitter, Timothy Taylors Boltmaker and a couple of guests from breweries such as Bowness Bay, Fell and Settle on handpump, a globetrotting list of a dozen wines by the glass or bottle, more than 30 malt whiskies, 25 gins and a good choice of fruit juices and pressés; background music, TV, darts, board games, newspapers and magazines. The tree-sheltered streamside garden across the road has picnic-sets and, sometimes, red squirrels. Bedrooms are well appointed and very comfortable (some have disabled access, others are dog-friendly), there are also three yurts too, and breakfasts are excellent. Disabled access.
The good pub guide food review
As well as breakfasts, the delicious seasonal, local fare includes a picnic-style lunch menu of sandwiches and other finger-friendly fare, pea and courgette soup with a cheese scone, chicken liver pâté, smoked mackerel with gooseberry pickle, horseradish and croutons, chicken kiev with smoked celeriac mash and maple syrup, fish and chips, bream with grilled aubergine, mussels, fennel and almonds with tandoori sauce, and puddings such as passion-fruit and white chocolate slice with mango sorbet and Thornby Moor cheese plate.