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black swan

Market Place, Helmsley YO62 5BJ, England
01439 770466
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Ranked #7 of 26 Restaurants in Helmsley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $13 - $50
Cuisines: English, Brasserie, Tea Room
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Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Situated in the heart of the picturesque market town of Helmsley, The Black Swan Tearoom is both charming and traditional, and offers a fabulous quintessentially English Afternoon Tea experience, which can be enjoyed beside one of its many log fires or in the beautiful walled garden. In addition to the traditional Afternoon Tea which changes seasonally making best use of the fresh, local produce available, a wide selection of brasserie style dishes are served making the Tearoom the ideal place to meet up for lunch, or simply just a cup of tea and a chat. The Tearoom also boasts a fine selection of teas, each carefully and lovingly chosen by the Tearoom Manager, and with over 20 types of tea on the menu, there is something to suit everyone's tastes and needs.
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78% Recommend
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English first
Hartlepool, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We did not stay, just had afternoon tea but was excellent. The service was good and we were served by a lovely Polish gentleman who was very friendly. The tea itself was perfect, scones and cakes all lovely. It was a beautiful day and there were lots of people sitting in the garden, either drinking or having afternoon teas. We... More

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York, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We have visited twice now because we had such a luxurious experience. Enjoyed the ten course taster menu which was pure decadence but also really fun to eat, we spent 4 hours (!) giggling like children over our dinner and were made to feel extremely welcome and well looked after. We returned for our anniversary and had 6 courses which... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We were staying in Helmsley as a base during Le Tour de France in Yorkshire and selected this as a lovely looking place to have a birthday dinner. We were not disappointed. Very welcoming, fabulous service and great selection. Thought the pricing was good, given the quality of the food. Can really recommend the Yorkshire Duck and the Feather of... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Very stylish old hotel, comfy sofas & chairs to peruse the menu. A la carte or 2 courses for £25. Food superb, but need to book to get your preferred time in high season. The chocolates that came with coffee were divine!

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

Just spent two nights dinner, bed & breakfast and my wife and I were very impressed with the attention to detail in every respect. Our suite was spotlessly clean and very comfortable. The staff throughout the hotel were professional but very friendly and accommodating. The evening meal was very differently presented but the quality and taste was always excellent. Breakfast... More

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Berlin, Germany
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We had the tasting menu with accompanying wines. The food was amazing with great variety in taste and texture between the dishes. The wines perfectly matched and served by competent and knowledgeable staff. All staff, including the restaurant manager, were friendly and chatty and made every effort to make us feel welcome, at ease and able to fully enjoy the... More

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We were passing through Helmsley and decided to stop by The Black Swan and we're so glad we did! We went into the bar area with our dog and straight away she was given a bowl of water- it was even a pink bowl! All the staff made a fuss of our dog and she was treated like royalty- which... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Having spent most of Sunday in Helmsley, my partner & I decided to have Afternoon Tea in the garden of the Black Swan. Although the service was a bit hap hazard, we were given wrong drinks, then asked for sweeteners and had to ask a second time, only 3 small sandwiches each - cakes were very nice, at £19+ each... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Five of us went for lunch to celebrate my Daughters birthday including our 6year old Grandaughter all the party enjoyed it, three of us had the homemade burger, which was gorgeous, my daughter and Grandaughter shared the afternoon tea, and it was much enjoyed.We are regular visitors to Helmsley, and will defiantly be calling again.

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Auckland, New Zealand
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We are staying for a few days in Helmsley - I used Tripadvisor to review the restaurants. The Black Swan had good reviews but the experience surpassed our expectations. We opted for the two course menu but then decided to go for 3 courses. I had the smoked salmon pate with warm fresh bread, delicious. Then for the main course... More

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