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White Swan

Market Place, Pickering YO18 7AA, England
(01751) 472288
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Ranked #28 of 59 Restaurants in Pickering
Price range: $0 - $74
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: The kitchen at the White Swan is focused on doing very little to excellent local ingredients with very rarely more than three flavours on a plate. We make just about everything from scratch in cluding the ketchup and we charge more for it than we would need to if everything came out of a freezer via a microwave.If you are looking for prissy and plastic fine dining then don't expect that here. If you are looking for mountains of cheap food and you don't care where it came from then there are better places to get it.However if you love proper food then I also promise you service from people who are genuinely pleased to be working in our lovely Inn. The AA deems our food good enough for 2 rosettes - and that is without a single smear, smudge or froth in sight. At the other end of the scale, we don't do wrapped butter portions or packets of sauce either (or piped musak). If you want real food in a relaxed experience with great service and a happy atmosphere then come on down. If you want something else - then don't say I didn't warn you.Victor Buchanan - Owner
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Chippenham, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our visit to this 'old world' hotel restaurant. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was well presented, but the main course (chicken) was perhaps a little bland. Booking in advance recommended.

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

having read the reviews we decided (against our better judgement) to have supper in the white swan last saturday night. it is an odd one as the place is so lovely and the menu attractive but the proof is definitely not in the eating...we were given a table near the bar which was lovely as we arrived late but the... More

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Sudbury, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Very fine restaurant that will not break the bank. Also a lively bar that's used by locals. Very friendly local staff that are very keen to help. First rate breakfasts too

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Great Bowden, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
169 reviews 169 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Yes, different because I feel the need to comment on the replies from Victor Buchanan to Tripadvisor reviews of his hotel and restaurant. (I am a communications professional, and I have visited the hotel on several occasions, so I have some qualification to say this and I know what I'm talking about.) First, everyone is entitled to their opinion; whether... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We had Sunday lunch for a family of 2 adults and 2 young children and it came to around £50, for mains, deserts and soft drinks. The food is fabulous, and we were made to feel very welcome in both the bar and restaurant. Well done to the staff at the White Swan, it was worth very penny.

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2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Extremely attentive staff, lovely beer and great, local, homemade food. We had the ginger pork in a jar and a ploughmans between two which was plenty. Particularly impressed with the ploughmans. We would defintely come back.

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The White Swan is without doubt one of the best appointed hotels and restaurants in the area, but they've duly awarded themselves licence to charge London prices, which probably doesn't upset the majority of their affluent guests, so all are happy.

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London, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Had a lovely three course meal in the White Swan. Service was attentive and not pushy. I had a beautiful steak and my partner had belly pork. Well recommended.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We celebrated my birthday with a train ride to Whitby, returning to Pickering for dinner. Having our lovely German Shepherd dog with us, we were limited for places to go but The White Swan allowed her in the bar. It was comfy, cosy and very friendly - we struck up some really good conversations with other diners there. The food,... More

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Hullbridge, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Visited 31st july, decided to just have a drink after first impressions of the front lounge bar was very dark and gloomy. Ordered a pint of timothy taylor beer and one medium glass of wine when asked to pay £11.50 i nearly fell over with the shock, not being one to embarrass myself and question the ridiculous price i duly... More

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replyman, Owner at White Swan, responded to this review

This review is plain wrong. We simply don't charge £11.50 for two drinks. Even if this did happen your rationale for not questioning will appear somewhat strange and not the normal actions of someone faced with being overcharged. Next time you are buying a car please can you give me a ring. I've got a lovely 12 year old BMW... More

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