Nina Matsunaga Debuts First-Ever Tasting Menu at The Black Bull, Sedbergh

If you’re a foodie with a penchant for culinary excellence, there’s an exciting new dining experience waiting for you at The Black Bull, Sedbergh. Nestled on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, this historic coaching inn, under the helm of the acclaimed chef-owner Nina Matsunaga, has just launched its first-ever tasting menu.

The Black Bull has been a beacon of gastronomic delight since Nina and her team took over in 2018. Renowned for their commitment to locally sourced ingredients, they have consistently delivered top-notch dishes that celebrate the rich produce of the Dales. This unwavering dedication has culminated in a tasting menu that promises to elevate your dining experience to new heights.

Photo credit: Amanda Farnese-Heath Photography.

Nina Matsunaga, recently listed among SquareMeal’s UK top 40 female chefs, has meticulously crafted this menu to showcase the best of the Western Dales. The menu features seven courses of seasonal delicacies that will tantalise your taste buds and introduce you to unexpected flavour combinations. Highlights include “Isle Of Mull Scallop, Bergamot & N25 Caviar,” “Lakeland Venison, Yorkshire Rhubarb, Fennel,” and “Pasture Fed Beef Sirloin, Mushroom & X.O.” For those with a sweet tooth, the “Dark Chocolate, Cherry & Macadamia” promises a decadent finish.

Photo credit: Amanda Farnese-Heath Photography.

Nina’s heritage plays a significant role in her culinary creations, as she incorporates elements from her Japanese and German backgrounds to enhance each dish. “I’ve really enjoyed creating The Bull’s first-ever tasting menu,” says Nina. “The menu features an array of amazing locally sourced and reared British seasonal produce, with a few little twists added to enhance each dish taken from my Japanese and German heritage. Many of the dishes I’ve created are specifically designed to introduce new flavours and ingredients to our diners, including things that you might not expect to see on the menu in a historic coaching inn in the Yorkshire Dales.”

Priced at £79 per person, with an optional £49 wine flight to perfectly complement each course, this tasting menu is available for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday, 6 pm to 9 pm, and for lunch on Saturdays from 12 pm to 3 pm.

While you’re there, don’t miss the chance to enjoy the Stables Bar & Meadow dining area. This idyllic walled garden is perfect for a summer alfresco meal or a relaxing glass of wine as you soak in the stunning views of the Howgill Fells.

To reserve your table call 015396 20264 or visit


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