We just stayed for a Tuesday evening, opting for a room facing the square and pre booking the 10 course tasting menu. The hotel was offering a special package which included "Sweet Treats" on arrival - we mistakenly thought that this was the standard "Afternoon Tea" - which in itself is well worth calling in for! We had room 15, which we would highly recommend - large, quaint and lovely décor, and from what little we saw of the other rooms, the supplement is well worth paying.
The 10 course meal itself was certainly an enjoyable event, but then we also opted for the "paired" drinks - well worth forsaking those anxious moments of having to make your own choices! We thoroughly enjoyed the experience - stand out courses being the miso soup, and the lettuce and olive construction (think Blumenthal/Masterchef)- with portion sizes being spot-on. Thoughtfully at the start of the meal, you have a booklet giving a description of what is to follow...it also makes a great souvenir! So yes, we enjoyed it immensely! And okay the hotel does have some foreign staff, but then how many don't? So overall, we have no complaints at all.
- 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, Yorkshire