The Old Black Swan is a welcoming traditional pub located in the centre of the market place in Bedale. The pub dates back to the 17th century as a Coaching Inn and sits prominently in the heart of Bedale, a bustling market town just at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales.

Whether you just need a quick drink to quench your thirst, a few drinks to celebrate an occasion, a sandwich to keep you going or a full dinner to satisfy your hunger we have something to suit all tastes.

We serve handcrafted real ales and delicious home cooked food 7 days a week. As well as our real ales from local brewers and our delicious locally sourced menu you will be welcomed to the Black swan with true Yorkshire hospitality.


We offer a full range of drinks to suit all. We try to stock local suppliers where we can and we listen to our customers’ needs as well

On our bar you will always find several real ales from one of our local breweries, Theakston brewery, who brew their beers in the famous brewing town of Masham only 6 miles from Bedale.



Here at the Old Black Swan we only serve home-cooked delicious food. Our menus are carefully created to provide a wide variety of dishes to suit all tastes.

Alongside our regular menu we also have a number of daily specials to tempt the taste buds!



Our function room is great for anyone looking to host up to 50 guests. Located on the first floor of the Black Swan function room seats 50 and is the perfect venue for birthday parties, christening celebrations, funeral teas, corporate meetings and Christmas parties.



We have a very pretty, small but perfectly formed beer garden for our customers to enjoy during the sunny months, with some bench seating and oodles of colourful flowers and plants.

The Beer garden is the perfect place to relax soak up some sun and enjoy a refreshing drink or a bite to eat on a lovely warm day.


Visited on the night England were playing in the World cup so a very busy pub. However the service was excellent and when we ordered food the staff did say due to the pub being full they may be a slight delay. However the food was served quickly and was very good and good value for money.
The staff were excellent, polite and very efficient on a very busy night. Worth visit if in or around Bedale

Andy H

We stayed up in the dales for a week and visited twice,once on the way up at lunch just for a sandwich which was brilliant and included fantastic chips,and came back one evening for the senior citizens special (two courses £7.95)which was excellent.PS.the beer was good too.

Steve M

Friendly staff produced filling, tasty and reasonably priced food as a late lunch for three generations of our party. It was quiet and we all enjoyed what we had. We would go there again if we were in the area.

Sheila P

Eat here regularly as they do a seniors special from Mondays to Fridays. Always busy, staff very friendly and helpful. Wonderful ambiance and well frequented by the locals. Always enjoy going there and highly recommend it.

Wendy T

I would highly recommend the old black swan pub. We stopped here whilst on a family holiday in Yorkshire. The pub was cosy, background music was great and most importantly the home cooked food was fantastic. I would highly recommend the homemade steak pie, the chunks of meat inside was unbelievable.

Lee D


Opening Times

Monday to Thursday – 11am to 11pm

Friday to Saturday – 11am to 12am

Sunday – 12pm to 11pm

Food Serving Times

Monday to Friday – 12pm to 8pm

Saturday to Sunday – 12pm to 7pm