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Elegant market town inn with award-winning food

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
Wheelchair access
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

At the heart of pretty Pickering, The White Swan Inn fronts the steep main street dropping to the beck and steam railway station. With open fires, flagstone floors, panelling and eclectic furnishings, this sturdy coaching inn oozes character. Far from being a period piece, the owners have skilfully combined good contemporary design to produce a stylish destination dining inn. A creeper-clad courtyard snuggles behind, where browsers can enjoy Timothy Taylor Landlord bitter. It's for the exceptional menus, however, that guests travel to savour. The team led by Derren Clemmit scour the county for the best ingredients. Rare breed meats from two, top-quality butchers; and lobster and fish from Whitby are crafted into a fine dining experience. A starter of potted crab with celeriac remoulade or poached asparagus, is an appetiser for roast shoulder of Tamworth pork with apple sauce, crackling, goose fat potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and gravy; or spring vegetable risotto with parmesan salad. A local cheeseboard is an ample conclusion, whilst the wine list has 90 bins.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: all week 12–2
  • Dinner: all week 6.45–9

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Black Sheep, Timothy Taylor Landlord
  • Real ciders: Westons Stowford Press

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs


  • Ramp access available


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar

Getting here

From north: A19 or A1 to Thirsk, A170 to Pickering, left at lights, 1st right onto Market Place. Pub on left. From south: A1 or A1(M) to A64 to Malton roundabout, A169 to Pickering.

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