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News release - Issued by The Black Swan

Summer ‘Al Fresco’ Bites & Parties

When the sun shines on a summer’s day, there’s nothing more pleasurable than dining outside with your favourite folk and enjoying a chilled glass of wine, in the surroundings of a beautiful English country garden.

The Black Swan Hotel, revered for its fine dining restaurant and traditional afternoon teas, has a seasonal Tearoom menu of yummy brunches, lunches and light bites, which can also be enjoyed ‘al fresco’ in the hotel’s pretty walled gardens, overlooking the Churchyard, or even in the garden’s glorious oak gazebo. Hand-crafted from local timbers, it’s a sheltered spot, and comforting to know that it has optional heaters too!

The Tearoom starts serving at 10am, and morning fayre includes classic breakfast dishes such as scrambled eggs with oak smoked Scottish salmon, and eggs Benedict which can be enjoyed until 11.30am. Between 12 noon and 3pm, lunch dishes include hearty braised Yorkshire ox cheeks, Bourguignon with smoked Alsace bacon, Paris brown mushrooms and pomme purée, or roast skrei cod, sautéed morcilla Iberica, crushed potatoes, peas & broad beans, and Romesco sauce, or for the more traditional Yorkshire taste, beer battered line-caught haddock with real chips fried in beef dripping and mushy peas.

Delicious sandwiches made from artisan breads, and light bites such as double baked mature Isle of Mull cheddar soufflé, or oak smoked salmon on wholemeal blinis, with chive crème fraîche, are served until 5pm.

Traditional afternoon teas, or just good old-fashioned tea and cake, are always a popular choice at the hotel, and are served until 5pm – there could be no better way, to while away a summer’s afternoon.

The gazebo can be pre-booked for parties of 10 for Sunday lunch or on an evening, making it a perfect choice for a summer special occasion, such as a birthday party or engagement meal. With its twinkling fairy lights in the roof, it takes on a magical atmosphere after twilight, and more decorations such as fresh floral displays can be pre-arranged with the hotel’s events team, to create an extra special spot for your dinner party.

The Black Swan Hotel stands proudly at the head of Helmsley’s marketplace and has been enjoyed its reputation as a place with a warm welcome and fine hospitality for well over 500 years now ~ a trend which is set to continue.


For more PR information contact: Sarah Proctor 07808 586 512

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About The Black Swan, Helmsley

The hotel is a four star coaching inn now a boutique hotel with 45 bedrooms with a superb reputation for good food, with its famed traditional afternoon tea service and delicious menus, crammed with local produce on offer in the hotel’s 3 AA rosette ‘Gallery’ restaurant.

Head Chef Alan O’Kane joined the hotel in summer 2016, and his style of cooking and professional experience complements The Black Swan’s 3AA rosette restaurant perfectly, he also achieved this same standard of excellence at Wynyard Hall and Gilpin Lodge. Alan is very well known in his native North East, where he owned two businesses, The Angel of Corbridge and Sidney’s at Tynemouth. Subsequent roles have included The Fisherman’s Lodge at Jesmond Dene, Wynyard Hall, Gilpin Lodge and Foxhills Country Club, Surrey. Other accolades include Michelin’s Bib gourmand at several establishments, Small North East Hotel of the Year (La Route Guide) and voted ‘Top Coastal Restaurant’ in The Times, and The Observer, two years running.

Essentially Classical/Modern British; simplicity is key, with a discerning choice of only a few sensational ingredients with bold flavour combinations. Attention to detail and quality are paramount. When sourcing suppliers, Alan’s passion for quality, local provenance, along with a detailed knowledge of farming methods and artisan producers is evident.

The Black Swan has been well established as a hotel since the C18th, setting the tone for standards of hospitality in this affluent and rural part of Yorkshire, on the edge of the North York Moors.

Helmsley itself was awarded ‘Best High Street’ in the ‘Market Town’ category by Great British High Street Awards (2015).

One of the prettiest market towns in Yorkshire, with its C12th Helmsley Castle ruins, and the adjoining Helmsley Walled Gardens, it has the added attraction of being located on the southern edge of the North York Moors National Park with miles of unspoilt countryside around. It is also at the start of the Cleveland Way, so an ideal location for keen walkers. Seaside towns within easy driving distance are Whitby and Scarborough and the city of York with its many historic attractions, river and cosmopolitan restaurants and shopping is half hour drive away.

An exciting new gallery space in a unique dual hotel location which forms one of the most important commercial collections in the North of England. Original artwork is displayed in both The Gallery Restaurant of The Black Swan, as well as The Feversham Arms, allowing works from a selection of fine artists to be viewed in a natural home-from-home setting in the interiors of these acclaimed hotels. The collection is curated by Stephen Jacks.

Hotel Awards include White Rose Awards Large Hotel of the Year (2015), Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards Hotel of the Year (2015 and 2008-9), Visit York’s Tourism Awards Hotel of the Year (2015), The Tea Guild’s ‘Top Tea Place’ (2010 Tea Guild’s Award of Excellence 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013), Top Wedding Venue in the North East at the Wedding Industry Awards (2012 and 2013).