More than just a Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms
To our guests,
We’re delighted to announce that The Black Swan will re-open its doors on Wednesday 12 August with some exciting new dishes, and amended opening times.
The Black Swan will be open for service from Wednesdays to Sundays. Behind-the-scenes, Tommy Banks and the team have been developing an incredible new tasting menu which we can’t wait to show you.
We also want to say a huge thank you for the tremendous amount of support we’ve received since being required to close in March. It has been the most unprecedented time for us all, and while we are far from returning to normality, we are excited to get all of our team back together and to see you, our wonderful guests.
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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.
“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
During your stay you will meet many of our staff. Both the kitchen and front-of-house teams spend many hours working outside; they really understand what the food is and why it’s on the plate; they can tell you the whole story from start to finish.
“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” – Anne Banks
“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.”
– James Banks
“As Yorkshire farmers, it’s great that our food is eaten right here where it’s been grown (with so few food miles) but before we take ourselves too seriously, let’s not forget the distance that you, our guests, might have travelled in order to eat it”
– Tom Banks
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 excited to announce the launch of our new Black Swan Oldstead Bottled Cocktail range which is now available to buy 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 3 different Oldstead cocktails to try with only a limited number of each available. There’s a Rhubarb ‘Negroni’, a Marigold Martini and a Damson Sazerac or if you can’t decide there’s the Black Swan Bottled Cocktail Set.Shop Now