The Black Swan – Top Shelf Pub Food.

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

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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

Full English in the morning , part of the magic.

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