The Black Swan at Oldstead

“Fantastic food in a charming village pub.” - AA Inspector



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On the western edge of the North York Moors National Park, Oldstead is a sleepy country village and The Black Swan, a charming brick building with a red tiled roof, comfortably suits this relaxed setting. Downstairs it’s a delightful country inn, with open fires and exposed brickwork, while upstairs, the dining room is unfussy and minimalist in style, with plain wooden tables and neatly dressed staff. Fluid, super-seasonal menus make use of excellent quality, very local produce (some from the kitchen garden and the Banks family farm, some foraged) at its best. You can expect highly technical, modern cooking, with clever flavour combinations. Everything on the wine list is available by the glass, and the house-infused soft drinks and signature cocktails are well worth a look. The tasting menu is modern and innovative, with intensely flavoured, precisely constructed dishes from Tommy Banks and his team.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

4 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
AA Notable Wine List
The Black Swan at Oldstead
Main Street, OLDSTEAD, North Yorkshire, YO61 4BL


  • Seats: 50
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Open all year
Food and Drink
  • Wines over £30: 100
  • Wines by the glass: 100
  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • 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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