M6, Junction 38; 12 minutes
Free WiFi for visitors
Vegetarian or vegan options
Parking available onsite
An idyllic country pub, with stately proportions and Victorian roots, the Black Swan roosts in fabulous, sheep-speckled hills. The bar is a warm affair of tartan carpets, dried garlands and interesting curios, where staff are jolly and locals play darts. The heart of the inn, it connects to a fire-warmed sitting room and an airy, panelled dining room.
Head chef Scott Fairweather creates a tremendous Cumbrian menu, which changes with the seasons and uses ingredients from local farms and fields. Expect goat’s cheese with gingerbread and balsamic vinegar, rump of lamb with pomegranate and chickpea dahl, bouillabaisse with samphire and pistachio soufflé. The bar serves coffee and snacks all day maybe duck nuggets with hoisin, steak and blue cheese sandwiches and Judith’s meringues.
A stream runs past the garden and a glade-like beer terrace with free-range chickens, firepit, rope swings and three enviable glamping tents. Keep an eye out for red squirrels.