Food and Drink
If you want a break from cooking, or somewhere for a drink, there are a number of choices available to you.
In the village we are very lucky to have two pubs serving very good food, and both have real ale on tap. We like, use and can recommend both of them.
The Black Swan has a formal restaurant area, but the same menu is served in the bar areas where dogs are also allowed. They were the winner of the AA Pub Of The Year Award for 2012-2013.
The King’s Head has a designated restaurant area but also serves the same menu throughout the pub and dogs are allowed in the bars. It was completely refurbished in 2011 and manages to combine traditional and modern touches, and also has a pool table.
Both pubs are used by the villagers and you’ll find the locals friendly. The pubs are popular for good eating and attract people from a wide area, so at busy times it’s often necessary to book in advance.
The Black Swan is the slightly closer of the two, about 1¼ miles; The King’s Head is about 1½ miles. The road between us and the village isn’t a through route and carries very little traffic, is single track across open land and is unlit. If you fancy walking you’ll find some hi-viz jackets in your cottage so that you can be seen in the dark.
Another choice is The Fat Lamb about 2½ miles away by road, or rather less if you don’t mind a walk across muddy fields! Dog friendly.
It’s about 6 miles to the town of Kirkby Stephen where there are a number of places for meals and takeaways, and during the day for sandwiches, snacks or coffee and cake. A few of the places are :
The Mango Tree Indian Restaurant which also offers a takeaway service, as does the Century Chinese Restaurant, while the Panda Chinese Takeaway is takeaway only. You’ll find takeaway menus and contact details in your cottage. None of the takeaways deliver; it’s about ten minutes’ drive to the town.
There are three Fish and Chip shops in Kirkby Stephen, including Wainwright’s favourite Coast to Coast Fish and Chip Shop. There are three pubs serving food, along with cafes, a takeaway freshly made sandwich shop just as you enter the town, and if you just want somewhere to sit with a coffee and cake there’s a few places including The Church Gallery where dogs are allowed and they have free wifi.
There are countless places within easy reach, but we can only mention a few! If you’re heading into the Dales a very good choice for lunch is the Wensleydale Creamery, Hawes which has both a restaurant and a coffee shop serving sandwiches and snacks; food is good in both and there’s a big car park, although as the creamery is a favourite visitor attraction it can get busy.
If you’re heading north towards Alston on the scenic A686 the The Village Bakery at Melmerby is well worth a stop for its cafe as well as its famous artisan breads.
Finally, and rather closer to home about 8 miles away towards Sedbergh, is The Cross Keys at Cautley. As well as being a favourite spot for lunch or refreshments with walkers and visitors to the beauty spot of Cautley Spout, The Cross Keys also serves very good evening meals in a welcoming farmhouse atmosphere. It’s a National Trust Temperance Inn, but don’t panic – you’re very welcome to take your own drink, and glasses and corkscrews are provided free of charge.