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The Black Bull, Yorkshire, review

This historic former coaching inn is now a luxury bolthole and ideal for walking enthusiasts.

Here’s what it’s like and what there is to do nearby.

The Black Bull is a comfortable, unpretentious but luxurious inn

The Black Bull is a comfortable, unpretentious but luxurious innCredit: The Black Bull

Where is The Black Bull?

The hotel is in the Small town of Sedbergh, on the edge of the neighbouring Lake District.

What is The Black Bull like?

The Black Bull is a comfortable, unpretentious but luxurious inn with a welcoming atmosphere.

Original features including oak beams, stained glass windows and wood pannelling have been lovingly restored and blended with contemporary design.

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There’s a real emphasis on local provenance in the sourcing of everything from the furnishings through to the menus, and the resulting vibe is modern, authentic luxury.

What is there to do at The Black Bull?

As well as spectacular walking opportunities, there’s cycling, horse riding, excellent fishing and sailing and canoeing all on offer nearby.

Or if you prefer to just meander, there’s lots of independent interesting shops to explore.

Sedbergh is also England’s official Book Town, so there’s a plethora of bookshops.

What is there to eat and drink at The Black Bull?

The food is up there with the best in the region with a menu that features British, European and Asian influences.

Dishes change regularly, but range from Korean Squid to Pork XO or Wild Lakeland Rabbit to Venison.

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There’s also a more casual outdoor eating area offering sourdough pizzas and BBQ classics.

Don’t miss breakfast either – the sausages, bacon and eggs are worth getting up for.

What are the rooms like at The Black Bull?

The 18 rooms range in size from a generous suite to spacious standard doubles, including three designated as dog- friendly.

Cool, clean lines to reflect the natural environment and there’s an understated nod to Asian design and culture, reflecting the owner’s own personal heritage, from both Yorkshire and Japan!

All rooms feature the same high-quality finish, cosy nooks and top-notch comfort levels with bathrooms containing either walk-in rain showers, freestanding baths, or in one room a Japanese tub.

There’s a bespoke range of toiletries from nearby The Sedbergh Soap Co, artwork from a regional photographer and lots of other artisan touches.

How much is The Black Bull?

Rooms are from £125 per night. See blackbullsedbergh.com

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Is The Black Bull family-friendly?

There’s a suite which has a king size bed and a sofa bed that’s good for families.

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The 18 rooms range in size from a generous suite to spacious standard doubles

The 18 rooms range in size from a generous suite to spacious standard doublesCredit: The Black Bull
Dishes change regularly, but range from Korean Squid to Pork XO

Dishes change regularly, but range from Korean Squid to Pork XOCredit: The Black Bull
The food is up there with the best in the region with a menu that features British, European and Asian influences

The food is up there with the best in the region with a menu that features British, European and Asian influencesCredit: The Black Bull
All rooms feature the same high-quality finish, cosy nooks and top-notch comfort levels

All rooms feature the same high-quality finish, cosy nooks and top-notch comfort levelsCredit: The Black Bull