Owned and run by The Banks Family, who have lived and farmed around Oldstead for many generations; it's very much their creation, with Tommy Banks heading the kitchen and his brother James running the front-of-house. There's an "Oldstead" style; plenty of tradition and culture cut through with a modern earthy exuberance.
"I see the Black Swan as a co-operative of minds. We have great people working here; some real characters with tremendous talent and it's their coming together that creates something special. We want our guests to feel part of it and experience it with us. It's not just a job for us, it's a lifestyle"
Tommy Banks, Head Chef
"We're lucky to have such a creative team. Growing and foraging so much ourselves really gives us an edge and a chance to do things differently. Guests get something unique to us; our personality, our place and our ideas"
"As Yorkshire farmers, it's great that our food is eaten right here where it has been grown, with so few food miles, but before we take ourselves too seriously, let's not forget the distance that our guests themselves travel in order to eat it"
"I like to think that we have brushed aside much of the formality normally associated with fine dining; for us it's about our guests having fun; so it's good food, good service and a good time"