The Gun Dog Coffee Shop is a cafe tucked away in the scenic market town of Sedbergh, Cumbria. It’s based firmly on the traditional model – all mid-20th-century decor and baked goods. Think Enid Blyton – minus the problematic elements.
It’s a few steps across the road from the mighty Black Bull Inn, one of Cumbria’s top must-visit fine dining venues. And while that restaurant serves some of the region’s most inspired courses, The Gun Dog Coffee provides a more measured experience. It’s a welcoming space, with people popping in for a brew and a giggle with Denise, who’s managing the cafe on the afternoon we visit.
It’s a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life, with a high-end coffee machine and a range of sweet treats. Today, there’s a cherry bakewell tart, millionaires shortbread and chocolate tiffin. All utterly delicious, and made just how your great gran made them – with plenty of butter, sugar and cream.
Toast and crumpets are available from 9:30 til noon, and a sign announces the launch of a weekend takeaway curry menu, where locals or visitors can grab some well-made Indian dishes for a Saturday night treat.
Our advice? Do as we did, take a trip out to Sedbergh, eat like a king at the Black Bull Inn, then the next morning pop over the road and eat like one of the Famous Five.
Update January 2024: Following feedback from The Gun Dog Coffee Shop owner, Paul O’Neill, we’re happy to clarify that there is no connection between The Gun Dog Coffee Shop and The Black Bull Inn, other than locality.