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The Black Bull Inn & Hotel

Four-hundred-year-old Lake District heartland pub

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Beer festival
Microbrewed ales
Wheelchair access

Beside a stream, or beck as they say round here, stands this traditional Lakeland pub. Its bare stone walls, oak beams, log-burning stove and part-slate floor all contribute to its appeal, while of further interest, at least to beer drinkers, is its own microbrewery's Bluebird Bitter, commemorating Donald Campbell's attempts on the world water speed record; it also brews Old Man Ale, named for the local 2,634-ft mountain. Those out walking all morning or all day can look forward to sandwiches or filled jacket potatoes. Chances are they'll want something heartier, such as roast rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding and gravy; poached sole fillets with dill and cucumber cream; or roast loin and belly of pork with sage and onion stuffing, crackling and gravy.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 December
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: all week 12–9
  • Dinner: all week 12–9

Food and drink

  • Microbrewery ales

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Family room available
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Ramp access available


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

M6 junction 36, A590. 23 miles from Kendal via Windermere and Ambleside.

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