We stayed on the 8th and 9th September to celebrate my birthday and also our grandson's. I was also treating my immediate family so there were 10 of us staying for the first night. Despite the hotel catering for a wedding on the Saturday, we were given personal service and all the prior special arrangements I had made were place. We began with afternoon tea which was served in the tearooms - what a treat! The sandwiches, cakes and scones were beautifully presented and tasted as good as they looked. A few bottles of reasonably priced champagne followed later in the afternoon before dinner was served. The food was excellent - a limited menu demonstrating the freshness of the ingredients - and at no stage did we feel rushed. In fact, we were still in the restaurant at 11.45! The staff throughout our stay were friendly, efficient and very professional. We have short breaks on a regular basis and believe this is the best experience we have had for many years. Whatever you do, please try the scones as they are better than any we have ever tried before! Only one very small negative and that is in relation to the wine list - there is plenty of choice but most are quite expensive. For example, a glass of the only Shiraz they had was £8. Other than that, we enjoyed our stay so much that we are hoping to return very soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in one of Yorkshire's prettiest market towns, The Black Swan in Helmsley is a superb historic inn, turned boutique hotel. Dating back to the C15th the hotel, rich in history and charm, blends antiques with classic contemporary design creating the perfect place for a relaxing break. With its own 3 AA rosette restaurant and award winning tearoom, The Black Swan Hotel provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway and a chance to escape the everyday stresses and strains. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Black Swan Helmsley
- Black Swan Hotel
- The Black Swan Hotel Helmsley, England