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“The ideal shooting party pub”
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The White Swan Inn
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Pickering
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 January 2010

Shooting 2 days back to back, we stayed for 2 nights.
A well laid out pub with a small cosy bar at the front and a large dining room at the back, we had a private dining room to ourselves.
The Black Sheep was delicious! The very extensive wine list was fun to review, and what a great idea having so many magnums for the larger groups... The shepard's pie was absolutely fantastic, the breakfasts were also excellent - proper sausages and great black pudding. THe rooms were very highly spec'd for a coutry pub with great big baths to fall asleep in after a day in the fresh air! THis was my 2nd stay and I will definately be going back again.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled with friends
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replyman, Owner at The White Swan Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2010

Sorry but I rudely haven't thanked you for your review. Glad the birds flew well and that you enjoyed the sport as well as the hotel. We have an arrangement with Orvis in Pickering who supply all things shooting so if BA lose your bags the next time you come don't worry - and I could always lend you my gun. Also happy to fill in if one of your gun's doesn't turn up - now that is service!!!

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Reviewed 23 November 2009

Stayed here for one night and was very impressed.We chose a 'traditional inn suite' which whilst a bit pricey was lovely,warm and cosy.Our dog went with us and the hotel is very dog friendly.Really liked the bar and lounge area downstairs with lovely log fires(lit!)and the nosh was tres bon.Also happy to say that the white swan -unlike unfortunately man other country inns - had not been done up and turned into a contemporary 'floorboard and blackboard' joint -fine for the city but,please,not in the countryside!All in all i was very impressed and would thoroughly recommend it.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 October 2009

the white swan inn is a lovely hotel we had the offer where you get your evening meals included! The rooms are very clean and trendy! and the staff where very friendly and helpful! The meals we had where five star lots of choice on the menu!! the area of pickering is a lovely little village. We went on the steam train which was a great day out!!

  • Stayed: October 2009
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Reviewed 9 August 2009

Although the hotel sits in a beautiful location and the staff are very friendly, this hotel does not meet the standard it claims for itself.

The Hotel was well aware that my husband was recovering from a illness that had hospitalised him for four weeks, so realising that they put us in a room on the top floor up a narrow twisty staircase. The diminutive lady behind the receiption showed us to our room and half way up queried whether we needed help with our luggage.

A lot was claimed about the standard of the restaurant. It is unfortunatly expensive, in our first evening dinner the starters were £9 and the main £19, as for cheese and biscuits lots of biscuits and the smallest amount of cheese on a plate I have ever seen, it would be too small to fit into the smallest of mouse traps. Whilst the food is presented well and it looks good it is either not cooked very well (raw mushrooms for breakfast) or in one case reheated.

This is a Hotel that nearly makes it but not quite and in the end it leaves you very disappointed that it does not achieve the level that it clearly has the aspiration for.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 June 2009

The rooms were incredible (ones out back in courtyard) and we loved the cookies that we got each day. The room itself was clean, spacious and very functional. It felt like you could relax in the room without it feeling too much like being stuck in another hotel room.

The staff were great, very friendly and helpful when booking via e-mail and also once at the hotel. The deal we got helped with the costs, so overall felt it was relavtively good value.

The games room for residents also to rear of hotel is also a nice touch and I am sure some guests will fine very useful.

The resturant was okay, nothing special but I would not let you deter you from staying. Breakfast was fine.

We will be staying here again and certainly be popping into watch Pickering Town FC.

Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 March 2009

We've stayed at the White Swan on a few occasions. Having read the mixed reports on Tripadvisor I thought I'd add our own view.

I agree with previous reviews that the hotel is slightly at risk of unquestioningly believing its own publicity: it's good, but it's not that good, would be my own conclusion. First, the rooms: well the ones we've stayed in are fine, but a little on the small side (for the price), and rooms at the front of the hotel can be a bit noisy at night (not the hotel's fault, admittedly).

Now, the restaurant: the hotel makes a great feature of its restaurant, and indeed it's a pleasant place to eat, but... to be honest the food is good but not outstanding - much store is placed in the locally sourced ingredients, meat in particular, but it's how you prepare those ingredients that surely counts. I've also some sympathy with a previous reviewer who found the dining room deathly quiet. Have to say that breakfast was good though.

Do be aware that, if you stay at the White Swan, there are plenty of dining options if you choose not to eat in the hotel: including the excellent Spice 4 U Indian restaurant (whose food is much better than its name!), just a five minute walk away.

My advice is to get on the White Swan mailing list and receive their special offer mailings - or keep looking on their website for late availability. At those discounted prices the hotel and restaurant are good value - not sure otherwise.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 February 2009

Thought it was lovely. Rooms were cute and all was clean and friendly. We didn't eat in the evening but regret that now. Breakfast was amazing though. Really felt comfortable.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: Market Place | North Yorkshire, Pickering YO18 7AA, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Pickering
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Pickering
Price Range: £131 - £176 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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