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The Black Swan at Oldstead

Oldstead, Oldstead Y061 4BL, England
01347 868387
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  • Excellent86%
  • Very good9%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“tasting menu” (181 reviews)
“smoked eel” (19 reviews)
“amuse bouche” (34 reviews)
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British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Oldstead, Oldstead Y061 4BL, England
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Reviewed yesterday

We have visited a few "tasting menu" restaurants over the past two years. This rates very well. If you play this game you know that you are not going to get portions of hearty food. What I did get was numerous layers of food, some...More

Thank KevanJ
Reviewed yesterday

First of all, the setting of the Black Swan is beautiful, particularly on a summer's evening. The accommodation (we stayed in the house) is comfortable, clean and well-equipped. The only downside for us was the ceiling height in the Stocking Room - well, it is...More

Thank CANDA9
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Stayed in the most lovely cottages owned and ran by the banks family this weekend and I can not recommend highly enough the experience, The welcome we received , the sublime cocktails we started with the fantastic rooms we stayed in and all that before...More

Thank Martin S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

After watching Great British Menu, this visit was a must as a treat for ourselves. We were not disappointed, attention to detail was sublime, we had a 12 course tasting menu, although very small amounts, by the end we had had sufficient. We came out...More

Thank Wendy P
Reviewed 4 days ago

We stayed overnight and the accommodation was first class, as was the breakfast the following morning. Our welcome on arrival was friendly and informative. Before dinner we went to the bar where we sampled a speciality cocktail each, our hostess was charming and happy to...More

Thank maur2043630
Reviewed 5 days ago

Having travelled a not inconsiderable distance to have diner B&B at The Black Swan our overall view on leaving was disappointment. Yes the bedroom was very clean and tastefully decorated with quality furnishings but the point of visiting to experience the tasting menu left us...More

Thank s2t
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Outstanding and amazing food, service, and location. Probably the best meal I've ever had. The tasting menu is an experience to be enjoyed and to wow you. It was a wonderful evening for my wife and I and I can't say enough about the restaurant....More

Thank A B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a wonderful experience. The restaurant is in a beautiful setting and the accommodation was beautifully presented to a very high standard. The staff were so friendly and welcoming. However...even better....was the food. We tried the tasting menu and it was superb! The food...More

1  Thank jac592015
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stupendous place. On a rare break from our own hospitality business we were looking for very high standards in a casual and peaceful environment, with of course a great dining experience. We got all of the aforementioned in spades and more. Meet and greet was...More

3  Thank Chris M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I recently stayed for dinner and breakfast to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The location is beautiful and very quiet. We stayed in the separate house and whilst very nice and comfortable, sounds do carry between the rooms. The atmosphere is very relaxed...More

1  Thank Stuart P
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Bethan W
Hi. We are about to book a taxi to and from the restaurant, but I just wanted to ask how long the meal takes with the tasting menu? Is 2 hrs enough time? Many thanks
6 March 2017|
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Response from Dhun K | Reviewed this property |
Hi, 2 hours is so not enough, 3 plus for sure. There is however one problem, there is a selective phone network it's wise to book your taxi in advance. The Black Swan does however offer a WIFI connection. So if there is an... More
Jann P
Can you please let me know if there are any other way to get to Black Swan without using a car? We plan to take a bus from York but there seems to be no other way to get to Black Swan from Kilburn (last bus stop). Thank you!
7 September 2016|
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Response from qub47 | Reviewed this property |
I agree, taxi from Kilburn.
Hi we are visiting the black swan in a couple of weeks as part of a relaxing break and wondered if it is appropriate for a man to wear a t shirt whilst dining, or is a shirt more suitable. Thanks
26 July 2016|
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Response from helenora85 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, it's a fairly laid back place so I wouldn't imagine it would be an issue, but a shirt might be more appropriate for dinner.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 51 - US$ 108
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, View, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Oldstead, Oldstead Y061 4BL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  Oldstead
  • Phone Number: 01347 868387
  • E-mail
Michelin-starred Restaurant. 4 AA Rosette Restaurant. AA 5 Star Rooms. "This is an extraordinary place, a true one-off. Unbeatable."- Alastair Sawday's. The Black Swan is dynamic with a truly creative and innovative team developing new ideas from a constantly refreshed palate of produce which we grow and forage ourselves. Guests experience something unique - an intimate reflection of our character, our place and our lives which is in essence "Oldstead Now". Stylishly grounded in tradition and culture yet cut through with a modern earthy, exuberant creativity and the occasional glimpse of eccentricity.
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