survey result

Summary

£127
£££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Every bit as good as the hype… exceptionally clever cooking, lovely staff and a very jolly atmosphere”: still the most common verdict on the Banks family’s isolated pub, “tucked away in the North Yorkshire countryside” (near the family farm), which won global fame in 2017 as TripAdvisor’s #1 Restaurant in the World! But while its “adventurous” nine-course tasting menu still hits “amazing” heights for most reporters, its overall ratings suggest it risks becoming a victim of its own success (including the constraints of Tommy Banks’s TV commitments, and opening a second venue in York). “Sky high prices” are the main gripe, but slips in service are also a concern (one reporter “paid for a signed book and had to ask six times to receive it”).

Summary

£127
£££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Every bit as good as the hype… exceptionally clever cooking, lovely staff and a very jolly atmosphere”: still the most common verdict on the Banks family’s isolated pub, “tucked away in the North Yorkshire countryside” (near the family farm), which won global fame in 2017 as TripAdvisor’s #1 Restaurant in the World! But while its “adventurous” nine-course tasting menu still hits “amazing” heights for most reporters, its overall ratings suggest it risks becoming a victim of its own success (including the constraints of Tommy Banks’s TV commitments, and opening a second venue in York). “Sky high prices” are the main gripe, but slips in service are also a concern (one reporter “paid for a signed book and had to ask six times to receive it”).

Summary

£132
£££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Deserving its reputation – a place to go if you really enjoy experiencing a chef at the top of his game”: Tommy Banks and his family’s “old pub with no fancy frills” is “set in the isolated depths of the North Yorks countryside” and, while “really not easy to get to, is really really worth it when you do”. This Great British Chef winner’s food is “a revelation” that “really pushes the boundaries” and with “real flair for finding interesting ways to bring flavour from their extensive garden and local country into their menu” (they own a nearby farm), including by “featuring locally foraged ingredients such as wild garlic and fir”. And while “each course is a delight”, it’s “the feeling of welcome and sheer enthusiasm you get from the parents and his brother James that make this a fabulous experience”. “You either love or hate the set-menu format, but The Black Swan certainly should be on every restaurant-goers bucket list”. Top Menu Tip: “the heritage beetroot confit in beef dripping should, if there’s any justice, become the new ‘snail porridge’ of Fat Duck fame”.

Summary

£124
£££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Well worth the long drive!”. Twenty-eight-year-old wünderkind, Tommy Banks “produces exceptional, exciting – even mind-blowing – tastes and textures, with subtlety, intensity, and integrity” at his family’s “sophisticated, elegant and welcoming” converted drovers’ inn, set in “a lovely location” down a single-track lane, on the fringe of the North Yorks Moors. Much of the produce is from the family farm, and it’s “the real sense of place that helps mark the place out, as well as the warm and friendly service” overseen by brother, James Banks. “The wine list is superb too! Almost 100 wines served by the glass using the Coravin method”. In October 2017, TripAdvisor crowned the place ‘The Best Restaurant in the World’. That might be overdoing it a fraction, but it’s certainly one of the top-20 highest rated destinations in our UK survey.

For 30 years we've been curating reviews of the UK's most notable restaurant. In a typical year, diners submit over 50,000 reviews to create the most authoritative restaurant guide in the UK. Each year, the guide is re-written from scratch based on this survey (although for the 2021 edition, reviews are little changed from 2020 as no survey could run for that year).

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Restaurant details

Highchair, Menu, Portions
No dress code
38
10

Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 98.00 Always available 10
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £29.00
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Service 10.00%
Oldstead, YO61 4BL
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday6 pm‑7:30 pm
Thursday6 pm‑7:30 pm
Friday6 pm‑7:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑1 pm, 6 pm‑7:30 pm
Sunday6 pm‑7:30 pm

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