Had a Friday night break on one of the Black Swans all inclusive email specials. Having stayed before in modern rooms which are fine but a little characterless, we upgraded for £30 extra to an original room at the top of the stairs (room 14). Overlooking the market square it was warm, comfy bed, all the things you'd expect to find plus some extras which were nice such as robes, teddy bear, a turndown service and a complete refresh of water, biscuits on the evening when we were at dinner.
Our rate including a bottle of wine on ice when we arrived, a cream tea served in the lounge, dinner and breakfast. The lunge area has papers, magazines and comfy chairs with a good fire on an evening - very in keeping with the history of the Inn.
At dinner we upgraded from the already excellent table d'hote £33 each to the £50 6 course tasting menu and it's worth it. The portions aren't as big but they keep coming and it's all very good stuff.
An excellent goats cheese and salmon starter, really excellent rump lamb as a main, big scallops, full desert then a choice of three cheeses as well - Another £20 each gets 6 glasses of tasting wine to complement - not really expensive stuff (french Merlot, Kiwi Sauvignon etc) by any means but it goes well and includes things you'd miss out on such as Port with cheese and black Muscat with chocolate dessert if you'd gone for a regular bottle. Table water is free, service is European and very good with knowledgeable staff, well rehearsed in the dishes and wines.
Make no mistake, this restaurant is very good indeed.
A fresh breakfast, again excellent service, friendly and "happy".
the Black Swan is cheaper than the Faversham Arms, it's restaurant may not be quite as innovative as the Star at Harome (their pudding selection is amazing) but it is good. Expect an excellent night away and you won't be disappointed at all.
We like this place.
- 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