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“Superb Food, Excellent Service, Hotel OK”
Review of The Black Swan

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The Black Swan
Ranked #1 of 1 Oldstead B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Cheshire
Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
43 hotel reviews
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“Superb Food, Excellent Service, Hotel OK”
Reviewed 23 April 2012

We had just one night at the pub with rooms and ate a 3 course meal in the restaurant from the al la carte menu. The food is superb, great flavours, some quite different and definitely worth trying if ever in this area. The restaurant is nicely presented and has quite a relaxed feel. The bar is downstairs is OK, old fasioned cosy charm. The service was, however, exceptional. The staff get it just right, informative and concerned, trying to make sure you have a great food experience. The food at breakfast was equally excellent and a superb choice aside from ''full English''. The room was satisfactory, good bed with great sleep quality and nice bathroom with walk in drench shower although the room did not have a wow factor. We had a nice stay and would highly recommend stopping by for the food experience.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 March 2012

We went to the Black Swan for their seven course tasting menu, we also had the package of 5 glasses of wine with the courses, the restaurant is stylish and comfortable, and the service is fantastic, professional yet none intrusive. The bar area is very cosy with a lovely real fire. Now onto the food, wow the wonderful food, flavours galore and served in style, only one Michelin star!! Every detail of our evening had been thought of, the wines where all fantastic and well matched with the food served, we felt very spoilt and the atmosphere is very unpretentious. Worth every penny spent, this is a real treat; just go you will not regret it.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 March 2012

It's very cosy eating in the bar area before a blazing fire. The food is not cheap but it's very good. Our mains were ox-cheek and sea bass, both very well cooked. Our puddings were chocolate fondant and ginger cake with rhubarb and marmalade ice cream. The ice cream is a highlight. The bread is good and an amuse bouche (pumpkin soup with a parmesan straw), very good. What with all this and coffee and petits fours you only need two courses for lunch. The service is excellent - efficient and pleasant and not intrusive. If there was any background music we didn't notice it - good!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

Stayed a couple of nights and dined each night in the restaurant. The rooms are small and simple but very well appointed with great bathrooms and decent beds. Big selling point is the food which didn't disappoint. It's first rate Michelin stuff, but served without any pompous nonsense. For food of this quality it's great that there are decent portions and you feel you've had a proper meal. There is a small bar downstairs which still feels like the original pub. Restuarant was completely full both nights of my stay. Overwhelming more 'mature' customers which meant that by 2115 each night we were the only people left eating, which lost a bit of ambience.

Oldstead is a great hidden spot with loads of walks to be done from the front door. Plan to return.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Reviewed 17 February 2012

We stayed 1 night at the end of January on one of the "dinner and stay" packages. It was worth every penny. The rooms (only 4 in all) look unpromising from the outside, but on the inside are excellent: large 4 poster bed, big telly, quality mini-bar and snacks, massive copper bath plus wet-room - all decorated to the highest standard. The food is excellent - the Michelin star is well deserved and we enjoyed the subtly attentive service too. It's a friendly and relaxed place to stay for a special occasion, and we would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Black Swan

Property: The Black Swan
Address: Main Street, Oldstead YO61 4BL, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Oldstead
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Oldstead
Hotel Class:5 star — The Black Swan 5*
Number of rooms: 4

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