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White Swan

Market Place, Pickering YO18 7AA, England
(01751) 472288
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Ranked #27 of 61 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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English first
Marlborough, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

A bit more expensive than normal pub food, but extremely good, with charming service. Can absolutely recommend the crab - delicious!

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Ellon
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73 reviews 73 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Our visit was for drinks only and the atmosphere and friendly service were excellent. Others joined din on our conversations and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This was our first stop for a meal in Pickering and we were not disappointed. good service good food and good drinks. well worth a visit and we will be back again in the future.

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Edinburgh
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

We ate as a family of 6 in the restaurant and found the food superb quality . The kids really enjoyed the food , especially the steaks and deserts ! It's a lovely quirky place , definitely worth a visit for lunch or dinner. We would definitely go back .

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Northampton
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Had dinner at The Swan, excellent food, good friendly staff. Some may find slightly expensive.Good evening had by all.

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London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

We were staying at the forest and vale hotel and we came for lunch on our first day. Thank goodness we did. We had some fantastic food with attentive service. Pate to start which was delicious followed by Whitby fish and chips and belly pork. Homemade desserts were superb . We came back and did it all again the following... More

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Whitby, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Beautiful food, great service. Beware of double Bombay gin and tonics- nearly £20 for two- took my breath away!

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north yorkshire
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014 via mobile

I called in for lunch with friends and had posh fish and chips. The only thing posh about them was the price. Very expensive for greasy soggy batter . I've had better fish and chips at the seaside for less than half the price !

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Pickering, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We went back recently to the White Swan for Afternoon Tea to belatedly mark the occasion of my father's 89th Birthday. We had a few issues on our earlier visit, which the hotel duly acknowledged and were keen to rectify. The White Swan really did us proud this time. Our table for 3 was reserved and neatly presented in the... More

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York, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We dined here with friends on a Thursday evening. Drinks in the Bar first with very attentive service. Catherine took our order and we were shown through to the newly decorated dining room. George the waiter looked after us brilliantly throughout the evening - we all chose meat from the charcoal grill menu with salads and chips - PERFECT! Lovely... More

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