Hubby and I took a Travel Zoo overnight stay. The package included afternoon tea, a decent bottle of Champagne in our room, a 6 course 'taster' menu and full English breakfast (or basically anything we wanted from the extensive menu).
Lovely comfey country hotel in the centre of the town - open fires etc.Seems to be a fav with country landowner types and well to dos? Didn't see and children.
Good food, very full after the tea - recommend you eat tea earlier than we did to make room for the evening meal. We had tea at about 3.30 and dined at 8.
You can book a time to dine which we prefer - some taster menu sessions ask that you all dine at the same time which feels abit like cafeteria! Food was good, interesting and beautifully presented. We did have to laugh though when we got 2 pea greens as a salad and I had to peer very closely at one of my plates to find the horseradish cream!
However it was a taster menu after all and the dishes served to 'regular' diners loooked stunning.
The wine was expensive.
A couple of points though - the music played in the restaurant was a wee bit bleak and the the restuarant wasn't very intimate. Our room, although very nice and roomy too, had a conecting door to the next room - fine if you are with children but otherwise not - we could hear noises we would rather not have and obviuosly this works both ways!!!! Very off putting
Breafast was very good with a very good selection - they try to use local produce.
I would recommend if you got a deal like we did - pricey otherwise.
- 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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