The Black Bull Inn & Hotel

1 Yewdale Road, Coniston, LA21 8DU
The Black Bull Inn & Hotel Outside

Follow in the footsteps of JMW Turner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Thomas De Quincey by enjoying the hospitality available at the Black Bull Inn & Hotel. For over 400 years, the inn has been providing accommodation to visitors to the town of Coniston, and along with the notable Romantic artists and writers above, record-breaker Donald Campbell is one of the inn’s former guests.

This is a classic British inn that benefits from its own micro-brewery, enabling visitors to sample some of the best real ales that the Lake District has to offer. Located in the centre of Coniston, the Black Bull Inn is ideal for visitors wishing to explore the southern fells, including the Old Man of Coniston and Grizedale Forest.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Beer Garden
  • Dog Friendly
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Weddings
  • Wifi


The Black Bull Inn has 15 rooms available in total – all with en-suite bathroom facilities. A number of the rooms have been refurbished in recent years and rooms are decorated in a classic style. Nine of the rooms are located in the main inn building with a mixture of twin, double, triple, and family rooms available. A further 6 rooms are available in buildings separate from the inn.

Two rooms, Old Man Cottage and Bluebird Cottage, area ideal for those who cannot manage stairs or who have dogs and they include a private outside seating area. The remaining four rooms are located in the former coaching house, with a shared patio and seating area especially for these rooms. All rooms benefit from televisions, free Wi-Fi, and tea and coffee making facilities.

Black Bull Inn Hotel Room

Restaurants & Bars

Guests of the Black Bull Inn can enjoy a cooked breakfast that is prepared to order each morning, along with a selection of fresh fruits, cereals, and toast. Food is served throughout the day, and daily specials are available, including options for vegetarians and the catch of the day. The menu is comprised of traditional pub grub items, but with a focus on locally sourced produce.

Many visitors are drawn to the Black Bull because of its microbrewery. The Coniston Brewing Company is the brainchild of Ian Bradley, son of the Black Bull’s owners, and is located in a building behind the inn. Using water from the Coniston fells the company brews the famous Bluebird Bitter that has won numerous awards, including Supreme Champion Beer of Britain at the Great British Beer Festival. Enjoy this ale, plus a number of other ales, spirits, whiskeys, wines, soft drinks, and tea and coffee at the inn, where you will find open fires and comfortable seating.

Additional Facilities and Services

The Black Bull has two rooms that can be hired out for private parties, accommodating up to 40 people.


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