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News Release - Issued by The Black Swan at Helmsley

Hotel of the Year Short List
~ The Black Swan joins line up of prestigious
Visit York Awards’ contenders

The Black Swan, Helmsley is delighted to join the short list of 63 businesses recently announced by Visit York for their forthcoming annual Tourism Awards. In the category ‘Hotel of the Year’, The Black Swan, Helmsley will join other well-known local hotels, Middlethorpe Hotel and Spa, Middleton’s Hotel, The York Marriot and Judge’s Lodgings.

The Awards, now in their 18th year celebrate the best that York’s tourism has to offer. The categories also include Pub/Bar of the Year, Visit Attraction of the Year, Best Family Friendly Experience and Conference Venue of the Year. The winners of each category will be announced at a glamorous black tie industry event, expected to be attended by over 500 local businesses and hosted by Visit York, held at The National Railway Museum on June 3rd.

Visit York remarked on the very high standard of entries received, and that it was an honour to be on the short list itself, Kate McMullen Head of Visit commented,
‘For our tourism sector to be successful, York needs exceptional people and this is what these awards recognise and celebrate. We congratulate all of our finalists and wish them all the very best of luck.’
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Editor’s Notes –The Black Swan is a four star country boutique hotel with 45 bedrooms and one of the county’s most superb tea rooms is part of the hotel’s award-winning food offering, along with their 3 AA rosette Restaurant, ‘The Gallery’ which features stunning original artwork from the Helmsley Galleries. Long established as a coaching inn, since the C15th, and then as a hotel since the C18th, The Black Swan sets the tone for standards of hospitality in this affluent and rural part of Yorkshire, on the edge of the North York Moors. Awards include North East Regional Winner of The Wedding Industry Awards’ Best Venue 2012 and 2013, Yorkshire Life Hotel of the Year (2008-9) and The Tea Guild’s ‘Top Tea Place’ (2010) and ‘Award of Excellence’ (2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013)

Helmsley is one of the prettiest market towns in Yorkshire, with C12th Helmsley Castle ruins and the adjoining Helmsley Walled Gardens to explore. It has the added attraction of being located on the southern edge of the North York Moors National Park with miles of unspoilt countryside, as well as being part of the Cleveland Way, it is ideal 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.

Helmsley Galleries –
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.