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Black Swan Hotel

Market Place, HELMSLEY, YO62 5BJ

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The old Helmsley Highflyer, which used to link Leeds and York on the Victorian coaching route, doesn't run through here any longer, but you can still make it on the moorland steam train. Your destination is a delightful architectural dog's dinner, with a stone-built Elizabethan-style inn and a building done in herringbone half-timbering flanking a more sober-looking small Georgian house. Inside, a showcase for local artworks doubles as the Gallery restaurant, with paisley-patterned and plain blue walls the setting for a new chef to show his paces. Early indications are of impeccably contemporary food with the emphasis on counterpointing flavours and textures, perhaps starting with seared scallops with a parfait of their roe, sticky black rice and apple and yuzu gel, with retro nods here and there, as when beef carpaccio arrives with a marie rose-dressed crab and tomato cocktail, or in main-course duck à l'orange seventies style, with Bull's Blood (the salad leaf, not the wine) and parsnip purée. Fish may be sea bass with clam chowder and samphire, while a version of Mont Blanc, the chestnut mousse dessert, with vanilla parfait and mandarin pulp is worth forsaking the chocolate creations for. English and European cheeses come arrayed in full fig, grape and quince.

Further information

Tel: 01439 770466
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for lunch: Mon-Sat

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Alan O'Kane
Number of seats: 65
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

3 Course dinner from: £45.00
Sunday lunch: £29.95
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

Black Swan Hotel, Helmsley
  • Black Swan Hotel, Helmsley
  • Black Swan Hotel, Helmsley


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A170 towards Scarborough then Helmsley, hotel at end of Market Place, just off mini-rdbt
Nearest station: Thirsk

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