More than just a Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms

youtube play Yorkshire Film Michelin starred Black Swan  Click here to watch the film in full which perfectly encapsulates our little pocket of Yorkshire and what we do here at The Black Swan every day.

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 Banks 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.

Christmas gift ideas from The Black Swan Oldstead

Take a look at our new website that’s full of brilliant gift ideas for friends and family this Christmas.

There are signed copies of Tommy Banks’ cookbook ‘Roots’ and a huge variety of gift vouchers starting from just £20, which are perfect as stocking fillers! Or we offer full overnight stay experiences for an extra special gift.

Or for the foodie who has everything, our 100% cotton chef aprons embroidered with The Black Swan Oldstead logo are a great idea. Or our own blend coffee which we serve in both restaurants, developed by James and Tommy Banks with local roastery Lonton Coffee.

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