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White Swan

Market Place, Pickering YO18 7AA, England
(01751) 472288
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Ranked #29 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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English first
Leicestershire, UK
Top Contributor
162 reviews 162 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Leeds
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 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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Lincoln
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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
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Basically, we got of the steam train with no idea where to eat, turned into this Inn not long before lunch was being served. The staff were immediately helpful and the four of us had possibly the best fish and chips I think that we have ever tasted ... highly recommended though not cheap fare but still good value. One... More

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We called in after lunchtime food service had finished but the lady on duty got us sandwiches/light bites and was very accommodating.

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Street, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Having seen the complimentary reviews on trip advisor and seen that the white swan had been awarded 2 AA rosettes we thought it would be a good start to our holiday in Yorkshire to have dinner there last week. This turned out to be a mistake for several reasons: the atmosphere in the restaurant -the room was dark and gloomy;... More

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