The Black Bull

Sedbergh, Cumbria
+44 (0)1539 620264
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£99 - £185
per night

Friendly inn in the middle of Sedbergh. Lots of bedrooms to choose from, suntrap picnic area, walks in the Yorkshire Dales on the doorstep


17 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£99 - £185 per night

The Experience

This smartly refurbished 17th-century coaching inn has an easy-going atmosphere. Off the main street so it’s a stroll to all the town’s attractions including heaps of bookshops, a weekly farmers’ market, restaurants, and antiques.

Nina and James are very hands-on and passionate about provenance – from Herdwick blankets to locally roasted artisan coffee. Nina bakes the breakfast bread and pastries, they do their own smoking and curing and there’s a little kitchen garden at the back. Choose from any kind of breakfast, including vegan, sample inventive cooking by the fire in the cosy bar; the airy restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows looks out onto the street.

Sedbergh is one of the UK’s three book towns – even the bus shelter has a selection. The Dales Way footpath leaves from your door and you can reach the Howgill Fells in ten minutes; Kendal and Windermere are just under half-an-hour’s drive away.

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We think you'll love

  • The tiny unspoilt book town
  • The wonderful walks from the door into the glorious Howgill Fells
  • The smiley welcoming staff
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You should know

  • The restaurant is closed Sunday to Tuesday
  • There’s no lift
  • The private car park has a very tight entrance


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from £99
1 Suite for 2
2 Twin/doubles
From £145
14 Doubles
From £99


Booking information

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No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Starters from £6.50. Mains from £12.95.


The bar is cosy and welcoming; the restaurant smart but relaxed and the bedrooms and bathrooms are stylish and immaculate. The staff are smiley and helpful. Glorious walks in the Howgill Fells and happy hours in the book shops. A beautiful part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Sue, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

Only six miles from the M6 and much more peaceful than the Lake District, the tiny book town of Sedbergh is one of only three in the UK and has an annual festival in October. It remains unspoilt, with a narrow main street of historic buildings and little ginnels with independent shops, a church and numerous bookshops – including 70,000 second-hand books at Westwood Books. You’re a couple of minutes’ walk from an Italian restaurant, Al Forno, and Dalesman Country Inn, as well as James and Nina’s other restaurant, the Three Hares.


James Ratcliffe

James and his wife Nina part own The Black Bull with investors. James grew up nearby and Nina, who is Japanese, was born in Germany. They met in Manchester where James studied catering and started The Moocher Man on Manchester's street food scene. They travelled to food and music festivals and also started catering at weddings. After the birth of their son in 2014, they moved to Sedbergh to start The Three Hares, a cafe, bakery and bistro that has won various awards.