What is it ? – A magical little 18th century country pub in a sleepy hideaway village in the middle of nowhere. The Black Swan is currently in the Top 50 Gastropubs.
What`s Cooking ? – There`s nothing complex in Scotts food and you`ll only find 3 or 4 components to each dish….BUT , you can guarantee that those components are perfectly thought out and executed to perfection. Number one priority here is TASTE and Chef Scott has got it off to a Tee.
Who`s Cooking ? – Chef Scott Fairweather , previously from the Punch Bowl in Crosthwaite , Windermere.
What should I expect ? A quiet Pub in an even quieter Village. An escape from life itself. You`re not even guaranteed a phone signal so be warned. However , the food and drink make up for everything.
Must Order dish – The freshly dressed Crab in the shell with Cucumber Ketchup was stunning stuff….Memorable.
What will it cost me ? – Double rooms £75–£100, suites £115–£130. Cool camping in luxurious tents – £125
My thoughts – When I want to get away from it all and eat fantastic Pub food i`ll simply come here.
What`s the Atmosphere like ? – The Village is quiet , you`ll hear a Pin drop. The pub can be busy on a weekend evening which adds nicely to the atmosphere.
What`s good ? – The Pub`s great , it`s a typical English countryside one complete with Pies , Cheese n Chutney on the bar and a good selection of local Ales.
Any Negatives Would I return ? – I keep going back for more so there`s your answer.
Restaurant Address – The Black Swan , Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen , CUMBRIA , CA17 4NG. Phone – 015396 23204
Website – https://www.blackswanhotel.com
Watermelon Daiquiri – £9.00
Chicken Liver Pate , Grapes and Treacle Bread – £9.00
Dressed Crab , Cucumber Pickle , Rye Croutes – £13.00
1000 Island Cheese Fries £6.00
Plum Tomatoes , Pistachio Pesto and Goats Cheese £6.00
Pork Chop , Apricot , Pine nut & Sage Butter with Black Pudding Hash brown £21.00
Whole Lemon Sole , Sauce Vierge , Basil Puree , new Potatoes £25
Passion fruit Mousse , Chocolate and Hazelnut – £10.00
Marinated Strawberries , Yoghurt Panna Cotta and Cinder Toffee – £9.00