More than just a Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms

For us at The Black Swan, it’s much more than just Michelin Star food. The focus is all about where we are and who we are – a reflection of “Oldstead”- traditional Yorkshire with a swirling mix of creativity and eccentricity. We design and build most things ourselves. Whatever it is, it’s us, and as our guest, you’ll see it for yourself.

Chef, Tommy Banks’ talent is in itself truly remarkable. He was Britain’s youngest Michelin-starred chef in 2013 and won Great British Menu in 2016 and 2017. The Michelin-starred Black Swan was awarded The Best Restaurant in the UK 2018 by The Food and Travel Magazine and the ‘Best Fine Dining Restaurant in the World’ by TripAdvisor, in 2017.

Tommy, James and their parents Anne and Tom were joined by Matt Lockwood to establish a new restaurant, Roots York in the old building of The Bay Horse on Marygate in York. Roots opened in September 2018 and is sister to The Black Swan, carrying the field to fork ethos into its small sharing plates restaurant. Bringing a little bit of Oldstead into the city.

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Designed and Made in Oldstead

Owned and run by The Banks Family, who have lived and farmed around Oldstead for many generations; The Black Swan is 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.

It’s a melting pot of expertise that blossoms out into what is Made in Oldstead; it’s not just super-chefs and wine wizards, it’s agriculture, engineering, design, lots of washing up and a whole team of specialists in Yorkshire humour.

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We are delighted that our sister restaurant Roots York has been shortlisted for ‘Newcomer of the Year’ in the Food & Travel Reader Awards 2019, along with Tommy Banks being shortlisted for ‘Chef of the Year’.

The Black Swan Oldstead won ‘Best Restaurant Outside of London’ and ‘Restaurant of the Year’ overall in 2018, so any support for Roots York to follow in those footsteps would be greatly appreciated.

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