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“Do believe the hype”
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The White Swan Inn
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Pickering
Certificate of Excellence
sheffield
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18 reviews
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“Do believe the hype”
Reviewed November 25, 2012

It lived up to expectations. A journey through rain and fog ended at the White Swan. Friendly and helpful reception staff who actually showed us to our room instead of just pointing. A cup of tea in the cosy bothy. A hot bath in a beautiful bathroom. A drink in a cosy bar with real log fire burning whilst trying to decide what to choose from an enticing menu. A meal that was oustanding - the fried hake with shrimp butter was one meal that I will always remember. No smears or froths or bits of slate instead of a plate, just excellent ingredients cooked with pride and care. A good night's sleep in a comfortable bed. Finally a delicious, freshly cooked breakfast. It's not often that hotels provide freshly squeezed juice. Well done.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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replyman, Owner at The White Swan Inn, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
Thank you SheffieldPaul for your lovely review. We were reviewed by Paddy Burt of the Telegraph in 1996 and she was on a mission to get hotels squeezing their morning oranges and although we didn't then, we have done ever since. We try to maintain standards by keeping important details like this - much better than a smear across a plate (skid-marks our Chef calls them) or a cappacino of larks vomit or whatever. Real food, great people, comfortable surroundings at a reasonable price. Job done then till next time. Thanks again.

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Victor victorb@white-swan.co.uk
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

We spent just one evening and overnight at the White Swan and would definitely recommend it to others. The room (vintage double) was cosy but immaculate with a more than adequate bathroom - warm towel rails, plenty of hot water which was welcome after a coastal walk at Robin Hood's Bay.
The bar was welcoming and dinner and breakfast in the restaurant were excellent. We had asked for a quiet room, and room 7 was at the back of the hotel away from the street noise. However we would ask for another room next time as the extractor fan from the bar next door (nothing to do with the White Swan) was constantly switching on or off all through the night which meant we couldn't sleep. On booking out the next day I mentioned it to the reception staff and they said they were aware of the problem.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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replyman, Owner at The White Swan Inn, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
Thank you for your kind review. We have approached the business next door and we think that the problem has been resolved now. I apologise for any nuisance that they caused and I hope that it won't keep you from coming back. Let me know if you are and I will surprise you with something.

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Victor victorb@white-swan.co.uk
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England
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

I booked this trip for my fathers 70th birthday , after staying myself a while ago . the reception staff have been great at organising every detail for me . Nothing was too much trouble, thanks they had a lovely time .

  • Stayed November 2012
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Thank JandR9
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replyman, Owner at The White Swan Inn, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
You are very welcome. Thank you for your review and come back soon.

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Victor Buchanan victorb@white-swan.co.uk
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

The others are right about this place, it is excellent. Its the team that run the place that are good in particular. We stayed for two nights last week, and they could not have been more welcoming, and helpful, but most importantly offering their time and effort to make our stay comfortable, without being asked. The Bothy is a great space at the back of the hotel with a woodburner, lots of seating, a great place to sit with a tray of tea after a day out walking and pretend to read the paper, or equally, as we did, sit up with a tray of drinks until the small hours. Various local farms supply with hotel with meat and other ingredients, and the good local choices are scattered all over the menu. We only ate dinner in on the first night, but it was simple, nicely presented and good flavours, good wine list too. The bedrooms in the hotel are smaller, not so new and possibly noisier. The rooms at the back off the carpark are great, bigger, quiet and away from the road. Its a pleasure to stay in a hotel room which isnt trying too hard, and simply offers good quality basics. A kettle with coffee, tea and biscuits, hairdryer that works, make up mirror in the bathroom. Wifi. New, comfortable beds with crisp white sheets. Newly done bathrooms with white suites and white tiles, good lighting and lots of hot water. There is a lot to like at the White Swan, will definitely be back. Pickering itself is not a destination in itself exactly, but well placed for other attractions within half an hour's drive.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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replyman, Owner at The White Swan Inn, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
Thank you so much for your great review. We look forward to seeing you again soon and maybe we can persuade you that Pickering could be considered a destination in itself even if the fact the White Swan is here isn't enough!. We have the NYM steam railway in town that can whisk you off as far as Whitby, there are amazing walks from here into the hills, there is a wonderful museum of rural life, unique wall paintings in the church and lots more. Turner stayed here, Hockney painted down the road, Whistler painted on the wall in the Memorial Hall. Haste ye back and we can show you!

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Victor Buchanan victorb@white-swan.co.uk
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

We spent one night at the White Swan and would not fail to recommend his hotel. The accomodation was in the excellent "hideaway rooms". These rooms are spacious and combine all modern creature comforts with local featues eg flagstone floors with underfloor heating and lots of rugs. There is a large and comfortable private lounge for guests only as well the delightful public bars with open fireplaces and a real contry pub ambiance. This was the real Yorkshire Moors! The evening meal and breakfast were both excellent. the service was friendly and attentive throughout and we shall definitely be back,

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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replyman, Owner at The White Swan Inn, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
Thank you so much for your custom and your five star review. The Daily Telegraph recently described the White Swan as 'God's own Country pub'. They got this wrong - l haven't noticed him offering to pay the mortgage so I can confirm it still belongs to us. So do come and see us again as soon as possible, tell all your friends, and help us spread the word.
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

We had a two night break including dinner. The room was a 'vintage roomy'. It contained all the expected facilities but nothing special. A dressing table with mirror would have been good but room was probably a problem. The lighting is very dim. Breakfast was very good and tasted wonderful. On the 1st night we chose starters of red risotto and pigeon breast. excellent. Fish cakes. lovely. Mains of lamb and steak and kidney pie. Beautiful. 1st choice of pudding had all gone so ice cream and lemon tart. No rum could be detected in the rum and raison ice cream. The caramelisation of tart lovely but pastry too wet. 2nd night starters of mussells which were excellent. Mains of hake which should have been served with creamed potatoes but was mustard mash. Fish and chips for the other main. No problem there. No almonds were served on the broccoli contrary to the menu. We did not order pudding. Waiters were difficult to catch and service was slow. We arrived at 7.30 for drinks, order taken 7.55 but were not seated until 8.25pm. Table booked for 8pm. They were busy on this night and were serving a private party in the other room but at these prices there should not be slip ups. All staff were extremely friendly and chef did send apologies for the mustard mash. Accepted. If i had wanted mustard mash I would have ordered the pork which stated mustard on the menu.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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replyman, Owner at The White Swan Inn, responded to this review, November 19, 2012
Thanks for your review. I note that you aren't in the habit of marking anyone too highly so an 'average' score from you is probably on the low side of how others might have marked us for similar comments. Glad you liked our food and I apologise if you found our service too slow at times. I do hope that you will come and see us again.

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Victor Buchanan victorb@white-swan.co.uk
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UK
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

We stayed at the White Swan for a mid week break on a DDB rate, we were put in a great room at the back of the hotel which was lovely although a little on the warm side even though it was October! There is a very nice club house with access to a tv and drinks, would have been good if there was a pool table. We had 2 evening meals and breakfast both days and the food was faultless and a great selection of local produce and wine. The staff were great and very helpful. If this place had a spa it would be perfection, but would defiantly go back as it is.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank JPP_7
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replyman, Owner at The White Swan Inn, responded to this review, November 19, 2012
Thank you very much for your kind review and I'm glad you found the food faultless and the service excellent. I do hope that you will return and see us again soon and if you do then please mention that you would like a cooler room.

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Victor Buchanan victorb@white-swan.co.uk
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Property: The White Swan Inn
Address: Market Place | North Yorkshire, Pickering YO18 7AA, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Pickering
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Pickering
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — The White Swan Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A warm and friendly Yorkshire welcome awaits you at this proper family run Inn. Next year will be our 30th at The White Swan and we have just about got things organised. From the moment you walk through the doors you'll feel at home. We aim to keep things simple and just let you relax ...Tom Parker Bowles reckons 'Every market town should have a White Swan' and the Daily Telegraph described us as 'God's own Country Pub' on a recent visit. If you read the reviews here you will get a flavour of what we are trying to do. We are an Inn with a lovely restaurant and 2 rosette food but not the plastic fine dining you find in many four star properties. Real food, real people, lovely rooms and great value for money.And by the way if you are not delighted I will give you your money back so long as you tell us at the time.Victor Buchanan - Owner ... more   less 
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