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The Black Swan at Oldstead


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Michelin-starred Restaurant. 4 AA Rosette Restaurant. AA 5 Star Rooms. "This is an extraordinary place, a true one-off. Unbeatable."- Alastair Sawday's. The Black Swan is dynamic with a truly creative and innovative team developing new ideas from a constantly refreshed palate of produce which we grow and forage ourselves. Guests experience something unique - an intimate reflection of our character, our place and our lives which is in essence "Oldstead Now". Stylishly grounded in tradition and culture yet cut through with a modern earthy, exuberant creativity and the occasional glimpse of eccentricity.
$112 - $145
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Seating, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We got booked in ages before we went, only for it to snow heavily making the journey horrible. But worth it! Although a car went into the wall outside while we were eating! The experience was 3 parts for us. 1 - the room: Basic...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank 436karenm436
Reviewed yesterday

This is a very late review as visited and stayed at The Black Swan last year. It is an incredible experience which doesn't come cheap. I loved the rooms in the converted barns in the grounds where we stayed. Beautifully decorated, deep baths, lovely toiletries...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank goldengal61
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We’ve been here a few times and it never disappoints, just gets better and better. We had a tricky group with a Pescatarian, one mollusc allergy and a gluten and cow’s milk free diet. All notified in advance with the smoothest service and fuss free...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank crazybernesedoglady
Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent meal service very good and friendly 13 course in total all interesting and different. We cleared our plates so that was a good sign, The scallop and hogget courses were our favourites chicory cocktail interesting but not to our taste root toast also...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Gary W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the tasting menu with wine pairings on a Saturday night and absolutely loved it. The wines were really interesting and the food was fantastic - the scallop and hogget courses were our particular favourites but everything was stunning. Not 100% sure about the...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Jonathon G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One night, bed and breakfast with friends. An absolute treat. The rooms, in a nearby building were very comfortable and well furnished with very nice bathrooms. The food lives up to everything you would expect from Tommy Banks, every course a delight and very interesting....More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Gary S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Arrived at the Black Swan on a rainy Friday evening for a one night stay with tasting menu. Got off to a slightly worrying start when despite being asked and confirming twice that one of us had a shellfish allergy, there was no record of...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Rachael1973
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

All I can say is that everything about the experience was perfect. A welcome as warm as the log fire, beautiful homely furnishings,knowledgeable,attentive service and mouth watering food. Thankyou to everyone concerned for providing us with such an amazing evening we can’t wait to return!

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank kav076
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked the tasting menu months ago to celebrate our recent wedding and it was amazing. The staff were fantastic and explained every dish. The atmosphere was so relaxed you could be yourself and just enjoy the breath taking food. I cannot pick a highlight...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank jonquilw92
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went last night to the restaurant having booked months ago.Didnt know quite what to expect but we were soon made welcome by the helpful young staff. The tasting menu requires an element of trust as you really cannot guess what the courses will taste...More

Date of visit: March 2019
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August 28, 2018|
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Response from Peter L | Reviewed this property |
Gluten free yes Dairy - you’d better ring and ask
July 6, 2018|
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Response from N7760BVkarena | Reviewed this property |
Give them a ring, I’m sure they try and accommodate.
Carol G
April 12, 2018|
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Response from BaxterScotland | Reviewed this property |
I didn't have any problems with the Tock system at all, but maybe it is a problem once they are full, the booking open six months in advance so every month they open booking for six months hence, hope this helps!
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