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The Black Swan at Oldstead


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Travellers' Choice2018 Winner

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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.
US$113 - US$146
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 5 days 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 2 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
Thank Nick D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pleasant reception and smooth friendly service, lots of lovely dishes, clean presentation and interesting flavours. not all to personal taste but on the whole clever cooking. Venue is quite comfortable simple and modern. Worth a journey

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Myself and my husband stayed here for my birthday. The rooms are spacious with a fabulous bathroom. Everything we needed was there. Very comfortable bed. We were booked in for the tasting menu that evening. Each course was fantastic, staff were very attentive and knowledgeable...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank 512debbiem
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here last week Sunday. The courses were DELICIOUS and service FANTASTIC. Special mention to our waitress/ sommelier , Emma. She was very attentive and friendly. PS in case she reads this, sorry for holding you up a few times, the pairings got to my...More

Date of visit: February 2019
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28 August 2018|
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Response from Peter L | Reviewed this property |
Gluten free yes Dairy - you’d better ring and ask
6 July 2018|
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Response from N7760BVkarena | Reviewed this property |
Give them a ring, I’m sure they try and accommodate.
Carol G
12 April 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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