survey result

Summary

£181
£££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“An amazing treat as always” is hailed by fans of the Banks family’s isolated pub, set out of the way in rural North Yorkshire, which owes a fair proportion of its fame to being hailed five years ago as TripAdvisor’s #1 Restaurant in the World! Even fans, though, note that “prices have edged up” over the years, to an extent one or two critics now find a visit “a case of the emperor's new clothes”. For the most part, though, it’s still rated highly by those who make the pilgrimage. Some change is afoot: in November 2021, it was announced that Callum Leslie, who joined The Black Swan in 2019, is taking the helm in the kitchen as head chef, while Will Lockwood is moving onto Roots in York.

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”.

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Highchair, Menu, Portions
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The Black Swan Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Black Swan Restaurant in YO61, Oldstead by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Black Swan restaurant.
Jerry S
Just a wonderful place, exciting, sometimes...
Reviewed 1 months, 20 days ago

"Just a wonderful place, exciting, sometimes challenging food from an exceptional chef and team."

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Deborah S
A bucket list place so we had high expectat...
Reviewed 7 months, 18 days ago

"A bucket list place so we had high expectations. Did not disappoint in any area. Out of this world pescatarian tasting menu with outstanding wine pairings. The staff are very knowledgeable. Love the amount of sustainability that goes on here. "

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 150.00 Always available 12
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £38.00
Filter Coffee £5.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
Oldstead, YO61 4BL
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday6 pm‑8 pm
Thursday6 pm‑8 pm
Friday6 pm‑8 pm
Saturday12 pm‑1 pm, 6 pm‑8 pm
Sunday6 pm‑8 pm

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