The Black Swan at Oldstead

“Enterprising tasting menu on a moorland farm” - AA Inspector



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On a farm on the edge of the North York Moors, is where the Banks family calls home. With foraging forays to supplement the growing of fresh produce and then fermenting and pickling to create even more options, it's a very modern enterprise. James Banks runs a tight ship out front, while his brother Tommy works wonders in the kitchen. It's worth a wander around the kitchen gardens to get an idea on how your dinner will eventually come together. The tasting menu, showcasing the very best seasonal produce, opens with the customary nibbles, and posts notice of the intent straight away, although the menu dishes give little away as to the complexity of flavours to follow. For instance, lobster tail, turnip, fennel pollen; halibut, razor clam, garden herbs; lamb, Maris Bard, garden herbs. A glance at the cocktail menu shows that their creativity extends to infusing, distilling, drying and freezing techniques to offer unique drinks like a Sea Buckthorn Sour.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

4 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
AA Notable Wine List
The Black Swan at Oldstead
Main Street,OLDSTEAD,North Yorkshire,YO61 4BL
Phone : 01347 868387


  • 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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