The Black Bull in Sedbergh is set in a most scenic location, with a backdrop of the Howgill Fells, within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and close to the Lake District. Sedbergh is a charming town with a fascinating history. We enjoyed exploring the many independent shops and craft workshops during our stay.
Our room was one of three luxury guest rooms. The influence of Japanese design was clearly emulated throughout the room, whilst keeping the character of the original former coaching inn. We had a long journey to Sedbergh, and I was delighted to relax on the chaise longue, perfectly situated in the bay window, allowing me to take in the architecture and atmosphere of the bustling high street. A huge bathroom with a walk-in shower, free-standing bath, and luxury toiletries, locally produced was most welcome.
Dinner was a delicious affair. The restaurant is focused on preparing delicious food, using the best possible locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. This was certainly evident from the menu, along with the mix of both Japanese and local heritage. Our starter demonstrated this perfectly, Howgill Herdwick Lamb and kimchi tartare, this was a marvelous combination of flavours and texture.
Onto mains, when we enjoyed Howgill Hereford Beef Sirloin, with spicy nam prik noom, and a second dish of Cornish monkfish with chicken wing and crab. Both dishes were wonderful, perfectly balanced in taste and so aromatic. We enjoyed a post-dinner drink in the cosy bar, complete with wood burner, which would be perfect for cold evenings after a day of fell walking and exploring the local area with its magnificent scenery.
The enormous, comfy bed enabled us to have a perfect night’s sleep. The nod to local products was again evident, with the cosy wool blanket on the bed being handmade in Sedbergh. Fully refreshed we headed to breakfast, where there was a large and varied choice, to satisfy every appetite. We enjoyed the woodland mushrooms on toast, and perfectly poached eggs on toast.