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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Refined food in a country-chic restaurant

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

Set in a trio of ancient houses spanning the centuries from Elizabethan to Georgian to Victorian, the Black Swan is still a focal point of this lovely little market town in the 21st century, albeit with a rather smart country-chic look these days to offset the old-world charm of its open fires and antiques. The Gallery restaurant (so named because it doubles up as a daytime gallery showcasing original artworks for sale) is where head chef Matt Tyler gets to show off his skills and creative flair. Respecting the integrity of top-drawer Yorkshire ingredients is one of the secrets, as seen in a starter that pairs local ham hock with duck egg and the refreshing acidity of Cox’s apple purée, celeriac remoulade, pickled shallots and watercress salad. Next up, slow-cooked pork belly partnered with boudin noir, pommes Anna, crisp sage leaves and apple purée has impressive depth and clarity of flavour, every component with something to say. For pudding, a heavenly millefeuille of flaky, golden pastry is complemented by salted caramel, almonds and banana ice cream.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Closed for lunch: Monday to Saturday
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef(s): Matt Tyler

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Classic British, French
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 18
  • Wines over £30: 200
  • Wines by the glass: 21

Price guide

  • Starter from: £8.50
  • Main course from28
  • Dessert from: £9.50
  • 2-course dinner from: £30
  • 3-course dinner from: £39.50
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 65
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 50
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

A170 towards Scarborough then Helmsley, hotel at end of Market Place, just off mini-roundabout.

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Thirsk
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