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black swan

Helmsley, England
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Ranked #5 of 24 restaurants in Helmsley
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $0 - $49
Cuisines: European, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: Surrounded by the picturesque Yorkshire Dales and a perfect stop whilst exploring the area, The Black Swan is comfortably nestled in Fearby, near Masham. Dating back to the 17th century, this public house offers the kind of traditional warm welcome you would expect in the Yorkshire Dales. Run and maintained by three continuous generations of the McCourt family, this pub now provides guest accommodation alongside great ales and food. The public bar overlooks the Burn Valley, with 40-mile views of the Vale of York and local moors. The bar itself is well-stocked with Black Sheep and guest ales, not to mention a host of supporting lagers, bottle beers and soft drinks. Home-cooked bar meals are served during lunchtime and the bistro is open every evening.
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English first
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The Swan is a nice place but we prefer the Feversham Arms which is a little less "starched table cloths". It's a sister hotel to the Feversham but it sems to cater for an older clientele - it even had a World War Two fighter pilot in the bar when we visited. If blazers and brogues is your thing, The... More

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Came on a "special deal". Service attentive but not intrusive. Told them it was our anniversary , and received a little box of chocolates-nice touch! We had the 6 course taster , which had been specially prepared as we were vegetarians. Would go again for a special occasion.

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beverley
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We came here for my girlfriends birthday and we're very underwhelmed by the hotel itself and the afternoon tea. We were not expecting great things for dinner because of this but how wrong we were. We chose to dine from the 7 course tasting menu and what a great choice we made. Each course was interesting, beautifully presented and delicious... More

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Excellent service food surroundings location and bedrooms. Nothing to dislike. It was a gift from our family and will be treasured.

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Wigan
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110 reviews 110 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Visited with friends and we all agreed this was a memorable meal! The restaurant was full, however the service was good with knowledgeable staff. We chose not to take the tasting menu(10 or 6 courses) as we would all have to eat from the same menu. However, we can save that for a return visit! The beef & venison mains... More

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Godalming
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We had an amazing culinary experience at this hotel restaurant. The food was exquisite, the service exemplary and the whole evening will remain as one of the finest meals we have ever eaten. This is from a couple who regularly enjoy fine cuisine up to and including Mivhelin tar locations. Go there, you will not be dissapointed

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We found this place almost by accident and had lunch. Service by our waiter was excellent - natural and unobtrusive. The sandwiches and tea - also excellent. A lovely little quality tea shop with class and with value for money. My small criticism was that the manageress? had a small problem with the waiter and should've aired her feelings out... More

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York, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

I called at The Black Swan tea shop for a light lunch. Although there was a limited choice of sandwiches the ones we chose were lovely. The service was excellent and l would definitely return.

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

To be given the choice of 4 menus is something I have never encountered before! And what brilliant menus. From a 10 course tasting menu,a 6course tasting menu, an a la carte menu and a market menu all sounded delicious. We ate from the Market menu and everything we had looked and tasted sublime. The staff were well trained,knowledgeable, friendly... More

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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125 reviews 125 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Really nice tea rooms with lovely atmosphere feeling luxurious. Good food and snacks available. Right in the center on Helmsley.

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