More than just a Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms

Dear guests,

I’m delighted to say that The Black Swan will be reopening on Wednesday 19th May.

James, the team and I can’t wait to be back doing what we do best – cooking incredible food in our beautiful restaurant, and we’re excited to show you the new tasting menu changes we’ve been working on.

We are still offering our range of food boxes, providing a taste of our dishes in the comfort of your own home. Further details can be found here

If you have any questions about an existing reservation, please do not hesitate to contact our team at where they will be happy to assist.

Sending my best wishes to you all in the meantime, and we’ll look forward to seeing you in May.

Tommy x

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The Family

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.

Tommy, James and their parents Anne and Tom Banks were joined in 2018 by their friend and business partner Matthew Lockwood to establish their new restaurant, Roots York on Marygate in York. Roots opened in September 2018 carrying the field to fork ethos, bringing a little bit of Oldstead into the city.

In March 2020 the team launched Made In Oldstead, a premium food box service that delivers three-course and five-course menus across the UK, delivered to your door, oven-ready!

Made In Oldstead Cocktails

We’re so excited that we’re able to bring some of our most-loved drinks into your homes, with our pre-bottled cocktails available via the Tommy Banks website.

Our Black Swan Oldstead Bottled Cocktails are a selection of delicious drinks crafted from produce grown in the Black Swan Garden and foraged from the Oldstead area. You can now experience restaurant specification cocktails at home – No equipment or bartending experience required, just chill the bottle and pour!

There are lots of different Oldstead cocktails to try with only a limited number of each available. These include a Rhubarb ‘Negroni’, a Sloe ‘Bramble’ and even a Crab Apple ‘Bellini’, finished with our exclusive edition of sparkling wine by Charles Palmer Vineyards.

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