RestaurantsCumbriaSedberghLA10
44 Main Street, Sedbergh, LA10 5BL

Harden's says

Family-run 17th Century coaching inn with rooms at the foot of the Howgill Fells; ‘field to fork’ sourcing of ingredients and Japanese design features make this pub restaurant stand out.

survey result

Summary

£62
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4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A charming old pub with a lot of atmosphere” – James Ratcliff and Nina Matsunaga’s “well- run operation” is to be found in a “lovely town” between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. The “really good” cuisine makes an unusual find in these parts, reflecting as it does chef Nina’s Japanese heritage with some interesting Asian inflections to the traditional Yorkshire fare.

Summary

£61
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4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

James Ratcliff and Nina Matsunaga’s “lovely” little pub with rooms opened in 2018 and seems to have “really upped the ante post-lockdown”, with growing acclaim for the quality of Nina’s “brilliant Anglo-Asian fusion cuisine”. Dishes are “surprisingly ambitious and successfully so”, with those which have found favour including starter of pigeon, beetroot and blackberry; wild Lakeland rabbit; hand-dived scallop; and Skrie cod finished with a yoghurt mousse. “The locals are out in force” but reports on it originate from all over the country.

Summary

£61
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3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

James Ratcliffe & Nina Matsunaga’s follow-up to local café/bakery The Three Hares: a stylish seventeenth-century coaching inn with rooms, which opened in 2018. Nina (chef) turns out very good cooking inspired by the fusion of her Japanese heritage and James’s Dales upbringing. More feedback please!

Summary

£54
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3
Good
3
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3
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

A stylish £2.5m refurbishment complete with Japanese influences adds pizzazz to this 17th century coaching inn with rooms at the heart of this lovely town, in beautiful countryside, bordering the Lakes and the Yorkshire Dales. Reports are not as numerous as we would like, but the well-sourced cooking (with an emphasis on local beef) is uniformly well rated.

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Owner's description

As you will discover, The Black Bull, a former 17th century coaching inn, has been lovingly and sympathetically restored, whilst a great deal of care and attention has been lavished on the building to create a unique and distinctive space.

The bar, with its distinctive copper detailing, luxurious red leather seating, and a multitude of cosy corners, and two imposing wood-burning stoves, provides the perfect spot to plot up, enjoy a drink and watch the world go by.

The restaurant melds two distinctive cultures; owner James’s Yorkshire Dales upbringing and head chef Nina’s German and Japanese heritage. By taking elements and influences from both cultures we have successfully crafted a space that provides guests with an opportunity to savour delicious food in unstuffy surroundings. Clean lines and natural tones reference the natural elements of wind and water, elements that define this corner of the Yorkshire Dales.

Each of our guest rooms is named after a local fell, firmly referencing the Inn's deep-seated connection with its surroundings. Inside, each is as individual as the surrounding fells, clean lines, and natural elements abound, whilst lovingly incorporating a wealth of original features to mark the story of this beautiful building.

Dining:

Our seasonal approach to the food we create means that our menus change daily, reflecting the best ingredients available to us at any given time from the surrounding landscape. These are dishes with a twist, inspired by the fusion of two very different cultures, Head Chef Nina’ Matsunaga's rich German/Japanese heritage, and James Ratcliffe’s Yorkshire Dales upbringing.

Nina and James have a simple food ethos and that is to use only the best seasonal ingredients available from what they refer to as the neck of Britain…  the surrounding counties of Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Northumberland, Durham, Derbyshire, and Cheshire. Rich landscapes offer an abundant and ever-changing larder. They focus on the quality of the produce they use to create the best British, European, and Asian-inspired dishes.

They prefer to use animals that are farmed traditionally on small farms, that way they can guarantee the provenance of what they are serving. Their menus feature locally reared rare breed cattle, such as Herefords and Large Whites, local sheep breeds like Rough Fells and Herdwicks, pigs like Tamworth’s and Oxford Sandy and Blacks, game in the form of wild venison, rabbit and grouse, as well as sustainably sourced fish from the North Sea and local freshwater fish from the surrounding rivers and streams; including trout, salmon and even eel.

Seasonal vegetables and fruit are sourced from across the neck of Britain, including Yorkshire rhubarb and asparagus, beetroot and potatoes from Lancashire, turnip and kale from Durham, damsons and apples from Cumbria, swede and Jerusalem artichoke from Northumberland, and fresh strawberries from Cheshire to name a few.

And not forgetting the abundant seasonal woodland and hedgerow larder, brim full of wild ingredients including wild berries, hedgerow greens, ramsons, and wild mushrooms in all shapes and sizes, that James is more than content to harvest for Nina to use in her inspired seasonal cookery.

Wines:

The Black Bull's wine list has been carefully selected to ensure only the best quality is being poured. The wines on offer have been carefully chosen, with a great deal of time taken to tirelessly research, taste, and select each wine that features. The list deliberately highlights some of the most acclaimed wine growing regions from across the globe and showcase their unique flavours and characteristics, whilst also providing a glimpse into some of the lesser-known wine regions from Europe and further afield. Taking the time and trouble to locate farmers and artisan small scale wine producers who are equally as passionate as James and Nina about what they create. These wines are a fundamental part in helping to build the foundations of a delicious meal at the Black Bull.

Prices

Traditional European menu

Main Pudding
£27.00 £9.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £29.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Bread £2.25
Service 10.00%

Restaurant details

Highchair,Menu,Portions
Yes
No dress code
60

The Black Bull Inn Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Black Bull Inn Restaurant in LA10, Sedbergh by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Black Bull Inn restaurant.
Daniel L
Nice food, great desert...
Reviewed 10 months, 17 days ago

"Nice food, great desert"

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MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑8 pm
Thursday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑8 pm
Friday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑8 pm
Saturday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑8 pm
SundayCLOSED

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