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The Black Swan Hotel
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Helmsley
Certificate of Excellence
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
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“Quick spot of lunch”
Reviewed May 27, 2014

Popped in while wandering around Helmsley for a spot of lunch. Was greeted by two very friendly and helpful guys who gave us the option of sitting in the tea room, lounge or bar area. Choosing the latter and taking a drinks order also suggested cask ales, letting us have a taste before choosing... Dizzy blonde I think it was called, very fruity! The food was excellent especially the gnocchi. We were also given good advice about things to do while we waited for check in at the hotel we were staying in that day.

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Halifax
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Reviewed May 26, 2014

My wife and I stayed on Sunday May 18 on a Secret Escapes deal. Our room (33) was nice and the staff very friendly. The weather was beautiful so we the opportunity to have a drink in the garden. When I walked from the garden into the building there was some rubbish on the floor, when I made the same journey about an hour later it was still there. The paint work along the corridor to our room was also scuffed in places, in our bathroom we had a cracked tile. We did not have dinner, but did have breakfast, I felt the fresh fruit selection was poor and although I did not have the full English my wife did and was told they had no black pudding. The fine detail needs working on.

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Brighton
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Reviewed May 16, 2014

Stayed for 3 nights. The staff and service at this hotel is really good. The staff are all very friendly and helpful and are a credit to the hotel. The hotel has such character and in a great position on the square. The room was clean and was very well equipped. The rooms were very comfortable.
The food in the restaurant is excellent and we enjoyed both the Market Menu and the tasting menu.
Good choice of gin (i think it was 15) in the bar - which also has a good atmosphere. We also tried out the tea shop, attached to the hotel and the choice of leaf tea is very good. We will definitely stay here again. Helmsley is a lovely village and the walled gardens are also worth a visit.

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Reviewed May 15, 2014

Excellent stay and service by all the staff and the 6 course tasting menu was amazing! Would highly recommend The Black Swan Hotel to anyone looking for that something special experience. The staff added some nice special touches as they knew it was my fiancée's birthday. We Can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Colne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 15, 2014

Having stayed here for 2 nights it was apparent the staff were consistently excellent. The food was amazing as we had the taste experience and it really was something special.

The wine we had with the taste experience was too small a glass though and in all this was the only fault even if you are very fussy,

Without doubt the best place we have stayed at and will return for sure.

My compliments to the chef and the staff.

We were fortunate to have stayed when the hotel had entertainment on and she was exceptional,the locals were friendly and chatty. A genuine and impressive setup!!

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Durham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 15, 2014

Lovely warm welcome on our arrival at The Swan and as we were a bit early went into the cosy lounge for a lovely chilled glass of sauvignon blanc and a pint of Tetleys. We were booked in for the six course tasting menu which was fantastic, Gazpacho like Ive never had it before, Sea Trout, Foi Gras, Beef, Sorbet and a Pineapple desert to die for only wish we had room for the cheeseboard which looked fantastic and was served by a very knowledgeable waiter. Felt like we were sampling dishes from the finals of Masterchef, fabulous. Staff were lovely, friendly but unobtrusive.

Our room was at the back of the hotel No. 28 near the rear car park which was great as we went to the restaurant out the back door down the short alley to the front of the hotel which saved us two flights of stairs and a few long corridors if you stayed inside. Room was spotless with a nice teddy to welcome us on the bed along with a half bottle of chilled champagne and some strawberries being part of the Sunday night special. Comfy bed and lovely yorkshire ham, wenslydale cheese and poached eggs for breakfast. Even got two bottles of water and two apples on departure in a brown bag for travelling home.

Helmsely a lovely little town with some nice quirky shops, cafes etc do visit the Bird of Prey Centre at Duncombe Park, well worth the visit and if you are feeling generous there are plenty of birds to adopt, the flying display was amazing to watch.

This wasn't a cheap overnight but you get what you pay for and we will return.

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wigan
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Reviewed May 14, 2014

we went for a weekend with two close friends and our respective dogs,the hotel location is great,the rooms are very good(a teddy on the bed!treats for the dogs!)the food in the restaurant was exceptional,as were the staff.the only small thing is the distance through the hotel to the car park at the rear of the hotel

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Property: The Black Swan Hotel
Address: Market Place, Helmsley YO62 5BJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Helmsley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Helmsley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Black Swan Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 45
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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