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“Such a homely welcome so relaxed.”
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Moorcock Inn
Ranked #4 of 12 Sedbergh B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 9, 2013

We just love this place it is a seventy mile round trip for us but so worth it.Do not pass the Moorcock you will regret it.Just wish all pubs were as good as this one.We have scones and coffee as we are driving but defo staying for food next time .

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

Better than expectations, based on the previous TA history. The pub was cosy and pleasant, and the landlady (enjoying her seat by the fire and TV, as some of the negative reviews have noted!) was very welcoming. The best thing was the food --- the game and chestnut stew was superb -- rich, moist and flavoursome, and in an enormous portion. (They ain't going to sell many desserts with main courses as big as that.) A very good stop on a winter walking tour down Wensleydale.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Niall M
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

My partner and I have recently had a truly superb weekend at The Moorcock.

Our room was spacious, and struck an excellent balance between modern, contemporary and traditional. The en-suite was clean and pleasant and the shower piping hot and very powerful. All the usual stuff was provided, including tea and coffee, shower gel, soap and bottled water (the tap water is straight from the fells and while we loved it, it might not be to everyone’s taste). The bed was extremely comfortable, and the heating not too overpowering as is sometimes the case. The landlady called in and brought us a fan heater as it was several degrees below freezing outside, but we barely needed it. Despite being next to the Hawes to Sedbergh road, there was little noticeable road noise other than the occasional tractor as you would expect. I suspect it would be busier in summer but I doubt it being a problem unless you’re specifically looking for isolation and absolute silence.

The pub is an excellent venue for walking. There are several walks from the pub itself, and it was great to see an entire folder of suggested walks of all difficulties in the bar. Upon entering the pub you are in a large stone-floored reception room where there is plenty of room to de-boot and to leave wet and muddy gear before heading on into the bar.

The bar area is comfortable and homely, offering sofas and a log fire. The bar itself has local ales (Tirrel Brewery and Copper Dragon at the time of our visit). As a lover of real ale, I was pleased to find that the beer was superb, served at just the right temperature and tasted very fresh indeed. Having had many bad pints elsewhere, it is a real treat to get beer as it is intended.

The food was a surprise. Having had in the past so many very average pub meals in the past, it is always nice to get something that stands out as being memorable. I was very pleased with the imaginative veggie options (including mushroom wellington and vegetable tagine). The mushrooms in stilton is one of the nicest starters I have ever tasted! My partner was impressed by the meat dishes, including steak and ale pie, hotpot and game and chestnut casserole, and it was nice to see local cheese from the Hawes creamery featuring in many of the dishes. The food far exceeded our expectations. It was flavoursome, home cooked, and plentiful. The breakfasts were equally good. It was nice to see a veggie full breakfast as well as meat. The breakfasts were perfectly cooked, with all the coffee and toast we needed.

We were made to feel extremely welcome at The Moorcock Inn. Caz and Catheryn were very engaging, and had a great sense of humour. After the other residents had gone to bed we stayed up having a few drinks with them by the fire and we were made to feel very welcome indeed.

I will have no hesitation in returning again in the near future. A great weekend!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Myself and my partner spent a long weekend here taking advantage of the very good three for two offer on B&B. Even without the offer, the prices were very reasonable. The room was clean, and modern with no over the top clutter like you see in some places - just nice and relaxed.

Downstairs, the lovely old building has been well decorated with modern style complementing the original features. Some lovely soft sofas next to the fire are very cosy! Just outside the bar is a useful area for those coming in from walking with muddy and wet gear. Being January, it was of course very quiet but I can imagine it gets pretty busy in Summer.
We had a bar meal each of the three nights we were there and each time it was fantastic. Lots of menu choices for a winter menu and the meals were in front of us before we knew it! Some of the best value food I’ve ever had in a pub - tasty, hearty, and plenty of it!
Being winter, the bar was quiet with just a couple of other guests around who didn’t stick around the bar very late, however we had such a good time just drinking a chatting with the land-ladies until the wee small hours.

Breakfast, again was just as good as the evening meals with some nice choices such as smoked salmon which you don’t see that often on a breakfast menu.

All-in-all, a great relaxed weekend in a remote pub with fantastic views and in a great location for walking. We’ll definitely be back in Summer and try to get over for a meal whenever we’re nearby.

Thanks very much to Caz and Catherine for making us feel so welcome.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Gary D
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Before going to the Moorcock, I read a lot of the reviews on this website, so I was aware that there seems to be a bit of a split between very good and very bad reviews.

The pub is very cosy and warm, especially with the fire going, which makes a lovely contrast with the bleak hills outside. We stayed for two nights and found the bed very comfy, well-stocked with pillows, and the room very clean (except for one small hair on the sink which did not bother us at all).

I got on well with both the ladies who run this pub, and got involved in a few conversations with residents and pub regulars, although I also spent a few happy hours on the other side of the pub, ignoring everyone with a book and a glass of sherry.

The food was great, lovely pub grub - I had some very nice scampi with some fabulous mash, and the brussels with roast chestnuts and sesame seeds deserve a mention. I also had a very good sausage sandwich for breakfast.

The bar is very well-stocked, with one side devoted almost entirely to whisky, and the other side full of unusual liqueurs - when I visited they had saki, which is not the kind of thing you expect to find in a pub in the middle of nowhere! The barmaid was able to recommend me a few new drinks to try based on my sweet tooth and her recommendations went down very well.

I'm considering going back later in the year; I loved the relaxed atmosphere, the instant inclusion in local goings-on, and the tasty food. I know there are a few negative reviews on this website, and it's worth mentioning that the Moorcock IS a pub, not a restaurant, so there is no table service; and that if you stand at the bar and don't speak to the barmaid, it's possible that you will get ignored - which I personally like, since it gives me the choice to sit quietly at the bar and not be bothered by over-helpful staff.

The building is old and idiosyncratic, but clean and cosy - our room seemed to have a slight list to it, and the floorboards were slightly uneven under the thick and snuggly carpet. If you'd prefer that to the cookie-cutter blandness and uniformity of a Travelodge, and you don't mind starting a conversation, I would absolutely recommend the Moorcock.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

We found the Moorcock Inn on the internet when looking for a nice place to hide from all the NYE parties for a couple of nights. It seemed perfect: in the middle of nowhere, good food, gay friendly, open fire in the bar and sofas to relax on.

In reality, it was even better! Owners Caz & Catherine made us feel welcome from the moment we stepped through the door in to the dimly lit bar. Some people say that's gloomy, I would say it was a perfect antidote against bleak weather outside: the bar was lit with fairy lights and a nice warm fire. It gave the place a cosy feeling.

We were made to feel extremely welcome, as if we were regulars instead of first time visitors. We were invited to sit with the other guests near the fire, close to the bar and were immediately included in the conversations. I am a very outgoing person and I found the attitude of the owners wonderfully direct and refreshing but I can see that some people who are a bit shy might be a bit taken aback. Not a problem, just sit yourself down on one of the sofas on the other side of the room and relax with a book. In The Moorcock, you can participate as much or as little as you wish. We stayed for 2 days and were on a first name basis with all the staff, residents and a couple of locals by the time we left!

The food was very nice and a cut above what you might normally expect in a country pub. Special mention for the wonderful potatoes (both mashed and roasted). Fabulous. Point to remember: There is no table service: You need to order your food from the bar so don't get upset if a waitress does not come to take your order. It is a pub, not a restaurant.

The bedroom and shower were very clean, the bed was comfortable and the shower had lovely strong water pressure. On NYE, we were in the bar until late but some people stayed even later. Due to the age of the building, noise from the bar might disturb your sleep if you are a light sleeper but I guess that is to be expected on NYE so I did not mind too much. From what I understand, the owners try to make sure that noise is kept to a minimum after 11pm or 'normal' nights so it won't stop me from going back again.

Breakfast was very nice with a large number of options. I loved the relaxed atmosphere. We were told there was no check-out time on New Year's Day and to just come down whenever we felt ready for breakfast. We got up late (around midday!) and were welcomed in the bar by a roaring fire. Breakfast had finished ages ago but we were immediately asked if we wanted anything to eat and they made us sausage sandwiches.

To cut a long story short: Go. We will be back, that's for sure.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

Went to the Moorcock inn as it was recommended by the B&B that we were staying in and was not disappointed. So happy with the food and service that we went both nIghts of our stay. Nothing was too much trouble, generous portions and excellent value for money.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Address: Garsdale Head, Sedbergh, Yorkshire Dales National Park LA10 5PU, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Yorkshire Dales National Park > Sedbergh
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Ranked #4 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Sedbergh
Price Range: $109 - $114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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