Black Swan Hotel

“Refined food in a country-chic restaurant” - AA Inspector



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Set in a trio of ancient houses spanning the centuries from Elizabethan to Georgian to Victorian, the Black Swan is still a focal point of this lovely little market town in the 21st century, albeit with a rather smart country-chic look these days to offset the old-world charm of its open fires and antiques. The Gallery restaurant (so named because it doubles up as a daytime gallery showcasing original artworks for sale) is where head chef Matt Tyler gets to show off his skills and creative flair. Respecting the integrity of top-drawer ingredients is one of the secrets, as seen in a starter that pairs a beautiful salad of heritage tomatoes with deliciously fresh burrata mozzarella. Next up, whole lemon sole from Whitby, with cucumber, dill and brown shrimp butter, dark chocolate fondant comes with native cherries and cherry ripple ice cream, and rounds things off nicely.

Awards, Accolades & welcome Schemes

2 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
Black Swan Hotel
Market Place, HELMSLEY, YO62 5BJ
Phone : 01439 770466


  • Seats: 65
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening Times
  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 18
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 21
  • Cuisine style: Classic British, French
  • Vegetarian menu

About The area

Discover North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.

The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.

York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.


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