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The Black Swan at Oldstead


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An appealing stone-built country house out on the North York Moors, The Black Swan has become a coveted destination restaurant in the region, a remarkable achievement for having been brought about without TV appearances or even a book. Whether or not Tom Banks chooses to head along the media route, nothing can detract from the creative energy currently driving the place. Members of his team work at least one day a week in the 2.5-acre kitchen garden (established in 2015 and now producing nearly all their fruit and veg), which helps deepen their understanding of how dishes are composed, and how flavours work together. The bar is cosy with its roaring log fire, oak tables and stone-flagged floor, and serves a proper pint of local real ale, along with some excellent wines by the glass, plus novel cocktails scented with herbs and extracts from fir trees in the local woods to emphasise the connection with the landscape from the off. The cooking is all about freshness, pleasing contrasts and surpassing simplicity, as in a starter of butter-poached new carrots, fennel, cobnuts and goats' curd. Another example from the standard five-course menu is lightly cooked trout in crystal-clear tomato consommé, served with langoustines and floral garnishes of nasturtiums and flowering borage. Main course could be superb crisp-skinned chicken breast with roasted leek and oyster mushrooms, garnished by pickled elderberries and crisp lovage leaves. A pre-dessert of macerated strawberries scented with woodruff precedes a quenelle of heather-fragrant mousse adorned with wisps of honey meringue and shards of honeycomb. The tasting menus expand into eight courses but retain that essential link with the surrounding earth and the passing seasons, perhaps centring on turbot with razor clams and broccoli, before partridge with red cabbage and pearl barley.

Further information

Tel: 01347 868387
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for lunch: Mon-Sat

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Tommy Banks
Number of seats: 40
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children's portions.
No children under 10 yrs.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

3 Course lunch from: £38.00
Sunday lunch: £38.00-£60.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

The Black Swan at Oldstead, Oldstead
  • The Black Swan at Oldstead, Oldstead
  • The Black Swan at Oldstead, Oldstead


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A1 junct 49, A168, A19 S (or from York A19 N), then Coxwold, Byland Abbey, Oldstead
Nearest station: Thirsk

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