The Black Bull Inn and Restaurant
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The Black Bull Inn and Restaurant

44 Main Street, Sedbergh, Yorkshire Dales National Park LA10 5BL England
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#3 of 12 B&Bs in Sedbergh
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Inspired by the landscape, The Black Bull is a unique destination in which to relax, indulge and tune-out. In the Yorkshire Dales, on the doorstep of the Lake District and right in the heart of Britain’s most stunning countryside.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor furniture
Room features
Safe
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Historic Hotel
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Languages Spoken
English

Location

44 Main Street, Sedbergh, Yorkshire Dales National Park LA10 5BL England
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Lucy690 wrote a review Aug 2020
Leeds, United Kingdom122 contributions37 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had an excellent stay at the Black Bull for two nights. On arrival we were warmly welcomed and given our room number (contactless check in) and provided an email address so all housekeeping details could be sent electronically. The room was spotless, the bed linen smelt amazingly fresh and very very clean and bed was VERY comfortable. No tea and coffee due to COVID but understandable. All staff were so incredibly friendly and helpful, front of house lady was lovely, very professional and kept well organised despite working what looked like very long shifts! Social distancing measures were all adhered to, without any staff being overbearing or anxious about them, it was just the right balance. The only downside was there were a few items on the menu that were unavailable when we were dining, this was a bit disappointing but you can see how it would happen as they use all fresh seasonal ingredients. Breakfast was excellent, little beer garden out the back with the BBQ and separate barn was fantastic. Lovely, peaceful part of the world. Will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Pss5353 wrote a review Aug 2020
Wakefield, United Kingdom7 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here for two nights with my wife recently and can't fault the place at all. The room was stunning, we stayed in a room with a glass partition for the bathroom (no.11) roll top bath and walk in shower with views over the hills at the back. The bed was huge and super comfy.

Now onto the food, we've eaten in some top rated restaurants around the world and this was up there, the crispy pork, the white fish and the venison was out of this world, pure melt in the mouth food...Nina the head chef puts her own mark on things and brings out passion for food in her cooking

The staff work tirelessly and nothing is too much trouble for them !! Thanks to Dave looking after us in barn bar at the back !!

All covid measures are extremely followed and we felt very safe.

We'll certainly be back !! Amazing hotel restaurant and place ! Thanks for your hospitality 👍
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Date of stay: August 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Tourist34066 wrote a review Feb 2022
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited on the Yorkshire Food Guide deal, we had 3 classic rooms all individual and all perfectly looked after and extremely comfortable. The food is outstanding and quite simply some of the best we’ve eaten, and we’ve visited some excellent restaurants in our time. The staff are just lovely as was the breakfast. Exceptional quality. Thank you.
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Date of stay: February 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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John B wrote a review Aug 2020
Lancaster District, United Kingdom11 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked an evening meal at the Black Bull post lockdown, not knowing what to expect. We were not disappointed! The menu was varied and the food delicious. Strict anti Covid precautions have been taken Including hand sanitisers, a one way system and orders taken from the table not the bar.
The staff are friendly and professional giving excellent service with a smile in difficult times.
There have to be fewer tables of course and last Sunday they were fully booked for the evening. Undeterred we booked for lunchtime instead. Their Sunday roast is not to be missed!
They do barbecue roasts at the weekend in the large garden, with a bar in the small barn. Staff again are very friendly and make it a fun experience.
We highly recommend this restaurant
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Andrew M wrote a review Oct 2020
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Superb food-we only came in for a small bite but had desert as it looked so good.

All tables a very good distance apart and felt very COVID safe even down to the fact the bin for towels in the toilets was by the door so you could use a towel to open the door. .
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ukmavrik wrote a review Aug 2022
London82 contributions55 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We found the style of this hotel very attractive from walking up a beautiful wooden staircase with reminders of great historic buildings to seeing the comfortable, large bed and very modern walk-in shower in our room. Attention to detail is everywhere with fresh milk, ground coffee, a cafetiere, fresh cookies in a bag and up-market toiletries in the room. We had been attracted by the restaurant reviews and were not let down. There is an English/Oriental mix to the menu, but it all worked delightfully and all four of us thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Everyone we met were helpful and friendly. I had come from staying in the Lake District at a hotel which was more expensive but had a much less comfortable room, so was very happy with the value for money at the Black Bull.
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Date of stay: July 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Claire H wrote a review Aug 2021
Aberdeen, United Kingdom37 contributions9 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The service and staff here are great, however some of the prices for drinks and food are extortionate. In the outside bar we were charged £18 for a large glass of wine and one of the starters in the main restaurant offered a scallop starter…..which actually was just one scallop. Tasted great, however overpriced.
We stayed in the suite room, which when you see pics on the web page looks very nice. This room is a bit style over substance and could really do with some TLC as walls stained with water marks and signs of wear. The glass bathroom is just a bit weird as the toilet area is also within the glass area. You have to remember to close the curtain around it (unless you like sharing that kind of thing with your other half😆).
Overall, I would say it is not value for money, but staff very good.
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Date of stay: August 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Greig A wrote a review Jul 2020
Edinburgh, United Kingdom229 contributions121 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We went with our pup on Saturday evening, the place was very well presented and the host was pleasant when we were shown our seats.
We were presented with the menu and asked if we would like a drink, we ordered a bottle of Malbec which was overpriced but ok and a pint of beer. The order was taken and we had ordered nibbles in the way of Halibut beignets followed by our starters and main courses, the beignets never came. My wife cut her mouth on a bit of plastic which was in her starter, we asked the waitress to come over discreetly and told her, she did replace the starter and offered to replace my starter but I hate waste so kept mine and that was my decision, I was offered a change. We then said about the beignets they were brought out quickly. The main courses came and they were very well balanced which was the sign of a competent chef.
The bill came and there was no reduction for the starter, or starters if you were a professional restaurant instead the full bill came which I paid but said I was disgruntled. When presented with the bill differently I would have paid in full anyway due to the circumstances we find ourselves in at the moment but it has left a sour taste in my mouth.
No tip was paid due to this although the service was mediocre for a place charging the prices they were charging.
To top it all off there was a host in the ladies toilets who washed their hands for only a few seconds, not acceptable in any circumstances let alone during a pandemic.
Please take time to reflect on this review as this is written after a lot of reflection on a reasonable evening.
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Date of stay: July 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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E_M_B_J🐾 wrote a review Sept 2020
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a gem! I cannot recommend staying here enough. We had a very warm welcome and the hospitality has been fantastic throughout.
The location is perfect for launching into the beautiful Dales and Lakes surrounding the quaint town of Sedbergh.
The room was stylish, a great size and well equipped with filter coffee and freshly made biscuits. Our dog was allowed to stay too and joined us in the bar area for meals. The food is incredibly good; locally sourced ingredients and beautifully presented. We were well looked after both evenings (by Len) and thoroughly enjoyed the wine selection! Breakfast is fab too!

Thank you so much James and Nina for a wonderful break - we will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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scottie98 wrote a review Nov 2021
Cumbernauld, United Kingdom211 contributions70 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife was born in Sedbergh, her family still in abundance there so very regular visitors. We remember “The Bull” in it previous existence.

I would start by saying the staff were fantastic, all very nice.

However having stayed at “The Black Bull”, on several occasions I feel obliged to say standards are slipping and it is debatable that we will return.

We arrived early around 1pm and although not expecting access to our room, were told it would not be ready until about 4pm.

On entry to the room at 4 we found it quite cold, we tried to turn up radiators but to no effect. I went down about 5.30 to be told “heating is off until 5, so should heat up soon”. I find it unacceptable that when outside temperature is 2 degrees that you can’t call heating on demand. I find it unacceptable that when paying £225 d, b&b that a hotel doesn’t ensure room is warm on arrival. Eventually a lad arrived to bleed radiators. Come on Black Bull this should be done before guests arrive. After all you had until 4pm to asses if room was warm enough.

Dinner was no better than so so. My personal opinion is they try to be too clever with a fancy sounding menu, they don’t do the basics well enough. Roast beef was far too rare, as was the venison ( to the point of being almost raw). Roast potatoes hard and dry as was Yorkshire pudding.

And as reported previously, £10.50 for cheapest 250 ml of wine- ridiculous!

Breakfast service was very slow, about 30 mins wait for a bacon sandwich when dining room not at all busy.

I would point out hall and stairs getting tatty and final insult was to be asked on setting bill if I wanted to add 10, 15 or 20% gratuity, I have never been asked for that before in checking out of a hotel
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Date of stay: November 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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toddNewcastle asked a question Dec 2019
newcastle50 contributions31 helpful votes
Do you allow dogs to stay
Answer from rosey333
london17 contributions13 helpful votes
Yes - they are very dog friendly. Dogs can stay and are allowed in one area of the restuarant
HHWestYorkshire asked a question Sept 2019
Pontefract, United Kingdom41 contributions25 helpful votes
Is there any car parking?
Answer from BigglesandBadger
London, United Kingdom65 contributions39 helpful votes
Yes but tight for large cars - but plenty of parking close by
ghall340 asked a question Aug 2018
Southport, United Kingdom21 contributions16 helpful votes
Are there any rooms with prohibit dogs?
Answer from LancsLass1965
Preston, United Kingdom33 contributions5 helpful votes
Not sure if you want a room for dogs or don't want a room that has dogs in. They do accept dogs and I would suggest (only from the experience of our room) there are rooms that are kept as non-dog friendly. We saw many people here with dogs during our stay.
Maureen C wrote a tip 5 Jun
Mansfield, United Kingdom3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"A real treat. Worth every penny ...or pound "
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Tania B wrote a tip May 2024
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"If your food takes a while remind the staff as they seem to forget or loose orders - but delicious when it comes!"
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Helen C wrote a tip Mar 2024
Manchester, United Kingdom424 contributions229 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"I would not go here until the reviews have improved substantially"
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Donks1 wrote a tip Feb 2024
Otley, United Kingdom130 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Car park is accessed down a narrow alleyway, via a tight left turn. It is very tight and not accessible by large SUVs."
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Hooleys wrote a tip Feb 2024
Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom95 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If car park full, village car park is just down the road. Book in for dinner, it’s that good. WiFi is reliable. Farfield Mill is worth visi"
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Black Bull Inn and Restaurant
Which popular attractions are close to The Black Bull Inn and Restaurant?
Nearby attractions include Farfield Mill (1.2 miles), Village of Dent (4.3 miles), and Cautley Spout Waterfall (3.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Black Bull Inn and Restaurant?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Black Bull Inn and Restaurant?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Black Bull Inn and Restaurant?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Black Bull Inn and Restaurant?
Conveniently located restaurants include Smatt's Duo Cafe, Stone Close Tea Room, and Meadowside Cafe.
Is The Black Bull Inn and Restaurant located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.1 miles away from the centre of Sedbergh.
Are pets allowed at The Black Bull Inn and Restaurant?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to The Black Bull Inn and Restaurant?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Village of Dent (4.3 miles).
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