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The Black Swan at Oldstead
York, North Yorkshire
YO61 4BL

Telephone Enquiries
Please Call During Office Hours
Monday to Friday 10:30am to 3:30pm

01347 868387


The Black Swan is a wonderfully tranquil rural retreat; just onto The North York Moors National Park, about 20 miles north of York and 6 miles from the A19.

The area is famous for its picturesque scenery, "chocolate box' villages, castles, abbeys, historic market towns and perfect for walking, cycling and touring.


DINNER | Every Evening 6:00pm - 8:00pm
LUNCH | Saturday Only 12noon - 1:30pm
BREAKFAST | 8:30am to 9:30am
CHECK IN | From 4:00pm
CHECK OUT | By 10:30am


Restaurant tables can only be booked up to 3 months in advance.

Rooms can only be booked up to 6 months in advance.

Every day another date 3 months ahead (for tables) 6 months ahead (for rooms) becomes available to book.

The easiest way to make a reservation is on this website (click the gold buttons below). All available reservations are shown on our online system, if no availability is shown it means that we are already fully-booked or that the desired date isn't available yet.


We only serve a Tasting Menu which changes on a daily basis, you can view a sample menu here. We don't offer an 'A la Carte' style menu.

When making a booking, please inform us if you are vegetarian or have any dietary requirements as we need to know in advance so that we can prepare an appropriate menu.

With notice, we can adapt our menu to cater for most dietary requirements. As our food includes dairy products throughout, we are not able to cater for guests with severe lactose allergies or those who require a dairy free diet. We are however able to prepare a menu containing only Sheep's and Goat's dairy for those who cannot eat Cow products. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


Guest Bedroom Accommodation: No infants, babies or children under 18 years old.

Restaurant: No infants, babies or children under 10 years old. We do not have a children's menu.


No pets in the bedrooms, bar or restaurant.

Dress Code

There is no dress code; however most guests dress smart-casual.


Some parts of The Black Swan have limited access. If you have particular requirements, please contact us and we will be pleased to help.


There are no taxis in Oldstead - the nearest taxi companies are located around 10 miles away, so if you need transport after dinner, it is really important to pre-book well in advance. We recommend allowing around 3 hours to enjoy the tasting menu.

Helmsley - JEB Taxis (07971 777666) or Ryedale's Comfy Cars (01439 377277)

Thirsk - Cumfy Cabs (07974 200336) or Chapman's Taxis (07960 568299)

Easingwold - SCL Taxis (07971 410412) or Clive Pittham Taxis (07973 119574)

Getting here

Please, please, please see our advice below about problems with SatNav. Getting here is easy if you follow these directions.

  • If Coming On The A1

    Turn off at Dishforth onto A168 (J49) towards Thirsk >> After 9 miles leave the A168 (signed A170 and A19 York) >> At roundabout take the A19 south towards York.

  • Alternatively If Coming From York

    Take the A19 North Towards Thirsk (Travel About 15 Miles.

  • THEN

    About 3 Miles South of Thirsk, Turn Off The A19 for Coxwold (Brown Sign For Byland Abbey) >> After 5 miles, in Coxwold Village turn left for Byland Abbey (Do Not Take The Road Just Before Coxwold, Signposted Kilburn and Oldstead). >> At The Old Ruins of Byland Abbey, Turn Left For Oldstead. >> After One Mile On Entering The Village Of Oldstead The Black Swan Is On The Left.


    Follow Signs For Wass (3 Miles SW of Helmsley). >> After 2 miles in Wass Village Keep Straight ahead of Byland Abbey. >> At the old ruins of Byland Abbey turn right for Oldstead. >> After one mile on entering the village of Oldstead The Black Swan Is On The Left.


    1. The Black Swan is at the SE end of Oldstead on the junction towards Byland Abbey. The postcode YO61 4BL covers most of Oldstead and gives a destination in the very centre of the village about 200 metres away.

    2. If you approach from Kilburn towards Oldstead, some systems announce thta you have arrived when you are still over a mile away (the destination appears to be in the middle of a forest). The solution is to carry on straight ahead passing through Oldstead to The Black Swan at the far end of the village.

    3. Systems set to use the nearest main road will approach from Thirsk via the A170 and lead you to climb up Sutton Bank only to almost immediately descend back down White Horse Bank. This takes considerably longer than our directions above as it involves very steep and narrow roads and is definitely not recommended in the Winter Months.

The Black Swan at Oldstead
York, North Yorkshire
YO61 4BL

Telephone Enquiries
Please Call During Office Hours
Monday to Friday 10:30am to 3:30pm

01347 868387