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Review of The Black Swan

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The Black Swan
Ranked #1 of 1 Oldstead B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Leeds
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123 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Good but not great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2013

Stayed in one of the beautiful 4 poster bed rooms. Beautiful room with huge bath and walk in shower - very comfortable but with a few niggley faults.
The dinner is good but not great. Portions very small so I came away hungry. Pleasant starter of scallops with sea vegetables was fine but not exciting. The lamb loin was fine but a tiny portion. Desserts were absolutely excellent. Very good bread and excellent butter. Coffee excellent and petit fours really good. Not quite Michelin star material. Breakfast very good. Very quiet location.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

We have just had two nights at the black swan oldstead and found it friendly clean and enjoyable. We ate dinner on sat and Sunday lunch Sunday. Sat night was to die for. Can highly recommend it is a perfect place for walkers . Interesting places to visit. Helmsley is great for shops .

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank sammy078
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west yorks
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96 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

As soon as we pulled up I felt all the stresses and strains of that day melt away , it's a very warm inviting relaxing place is The Black Swan , the welcome from the staff was charming and as soon as we had dumped our bags in a lovely homely room with all super touches like the 4 poster bed ,huge copper bath , Molten Brown toiletries , robes , biscuits and chocolate brownies we headed to the bar and sat outside in the sunshine taking our drinks and perusing the menu . It didn't disappoint as we found out later in the evening when we sat down to dinner . The chicken terrine was so tasty with a wonderful marry of flavours , my husbands crab salad looked lovely and he said was very good . Mains courses were also good and the Black Forest gateaux with a twist hit the sweet spot !! Heavenly nights sleep and lovely breakfast next day . Old world charm with lovely staff and wonderful food !!

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Black Swan at Oldstead is an award-winning restaurant with rooms awarded a Michelin Star & Three AA Rosettes for top quality food and 5 Red Stars for bedrooms. The Black Swan is situated close to Byland Abbey, Coxwold and Kilburn and easily reached from Ampleforth College, Thirsk, Helmsley and York.

Oldstead is an ideal place to stop for a break while visiting the nearby Kilburn White Horse, Byland Abbey, Shandy Hall and Ampleforth College. The area around Oldstead provides a spectacular landscape that is steeped in history.

The original building dates back to the 16th century and is set on the edge of the small village of Oldstead amidst beautiful rolling National Park countryside. A quiet haven away from traffic and main roads.

My husband took me for my birthday and we stayed over night. The accommodation and the food was outstanding and nothing was too much trouble.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank April734
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Leeds
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29 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2013

Just spent an exceptional overnight stay at The Black Swan, having been recommended to the place by a couple of friends. Neither my husband nor I had ever heard of the place (or the village, for that matter), but our friends are very reliable, so we were confident it would be good. Originally a rather run down pub, the local farming family at Oldstead Grange bought the place a few years ago and have done a fabulous refurb. The bar is warmly decorated with Yorkshire stone flagged floors and good beer (according to my husband) and the restaurant was stylish, as was our room. We had the seven course taster menu with wine recommendations - excellent.
Every one of the staff was friendly and helpful without being "in your face". Our four poster was really comfortable and the breakfast was delicious. We plan to return with friends in the near future, and incorporate some walking - or maybe we'll just stay in the bar.....!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BVMum
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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30 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013

Back to the Black Swan, after a three year absence. The Banks family is still there, still providing exceptional food (a Michelin star restaurant) and service. The location, in the heart of North Yorkshire with both the Dales and Moors readily accessible and James Herriott attractions in Thirsk only a few minutes away. York Minster, Ripon Cathedral and Fountains Abbey, and Rievaulx Abbey are all less than an hour's drive. All this in a bucolic setting where the loudest sounds are the birds and the sheep, in a village of one street and less than a dozen houses where the locals say "hello" to strangers.

I'm not a food critic, but the food at the Black Swan is exceptional. The menus are not extensive, but each dish is carefully prepared using local ingredients and meticulously presented, the breads are baked in-house, the service is impeccable ... In fact, the Black Swan is our standard for comparison. "Is this meal as good as something we would get at the Black Swan?"

The rooms are relatively large by English standards, and the bathrooms large by any standard. Heated tile floors and towel bars are nice, but best of all is the private "patio" outside each of the four rooms, with table and chairs ideal for morning coffee, an afternoon read, or an evening enjoying the twilight after dinner.

Every hotel must have a shortcoming, and here it is not much ventilation. The windows don't open wide and there is no air conditioning. As an American I have a hard time understanding the English aversion to fresh air, but I won't let a small thing like that stand between me and another visit to the Black Swan.

Yes, the Black Swan is expensive. On the other hand, you get a breakfast that allows you to skip lunch and an exceptional dinner included in the price, and you get local knowledge when you are planning your day.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ExpectGoodService
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Altrincham, United Kingdom
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117 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

The black swan is sort of in the middle of nowhere and it isn’t budget accommodation. But that’s not why anyone goes there. My wife and I stayed on a Saturday night in June and were blessed with lovely weather as well.
Accommodation on site comprises of 4 bedrooms in a converted stable block or similar. The room we had was very good indeed, spotlessly clean with very nice touches. The bathroom itself is a reason to stay here, with a large roll top bath and wet room shower.
We booked a table in the restaurant for the same night, and given that this is a Michelin stared establishment, we opted for the 7 course taster menu, this was excellent and good fun and took around 3 hours! The combinations weren’t quite a complex as some other Michelin stared restaurants we’ve been to but they all worked very well and were fabulous. The wine menu also, isn’t to over the top, but you can certainly splash out if you want to. The service from all the staff was again, fantastic and we were made to feel very welcome and nothing was too much trouble. Breakfast, was excellent although its only served from 8.30 to 9.30 which may seem a little early.
For a special occasion the Black swan is highly recommended, and we will be back soon hopefully.
The only very slight negatives were that there is absolutely no mobile phone signal on either O2 or Vodafone(which may be a problem for some) but adds to the serenity of the place. And during our time there, we did have an unpleasant smell in the courtyard when were sitting out. I did inform the staff when we were leaving about this, and was assured it would be looked into. Overall though this didn’t affect our enjoyment of the Black Swan.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Black Swan
Address: Main Street, Oldstead YO61 4BL, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Oldstead
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Oldstead
Hotel Class:5 star — The Black Swan 5*
Number of rooms: 4

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