Frequently Asked Questions

In the event of a cancellation within 28 days of the arrival date we will keep the whole payment as a cancellation charge. If we are able to re-let the booking we will refund the whole payment. For a reduction of numbers within 28 days of the arrival date we will keep the whole payment of the cancelled places as a cancellation charge. We will only accept cancellations by email. In the event of a cancellation outside of 28 days of the arrival date we will refund the whole payment.

Reservations for both tables and rooms are currently available until the end of May 2019.

Reservations for June 2019 will open online at 9pm (21:00) on the 1st December.

Reservations for July 2019 will open online at 9pm (21:00) on the 1st January 2019.

We only serve one menu which is a Tasting Menu. We don’t offer an ‘A la Carte’ style menu.

You can view a sample Tasting Menu here.

The Tasting Menu costs £98 – £125

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

With notice, we can adapt our menu to cater for most dietary requirements.

Please email if you need to discuss dietary requirements.

We are sorry, but given the time it takes and style of food we don’t feel that our restaurant is suitable for young children. We therefore don’t allow babies, infants or children under 10 in the restaurant.

We don’t allow babies, infants or children under 18 years old in the bedrooms.


Yes we do. The drinks package is £65 per person. This doesn’t have to be pre- ordered, it can be ordered during your visit.

We require the full payment at the time of booking.

Yes, we have eight rooms (ground & first floor) each with a walk-in shower and separate bath.

We also have one attic room which has bateau bath and is wonderfully quirky (restricted headroom).

All room bookings include the Tasting Menu and breakfast for two people. Rooms all have king-size double beds. There are no single or twin-bedded rooms.

We don’t offer a reduced rate for single occupancy.

Since it would involve repeating the restaurant experience, The Black Swan is not really suitable for multiple night bookings.


Yes! Here are a selection of recommendations for accommodation in the area;

Byland Abbey Inn, Byland, 1 mile away 01347 868204 Byland Abbey Inn, via English Heritage

The Stapylton Arms, Wass, 2 miles away 01347 868280 Stapylton Arms, Wass website

The Fauconberg Arms, Coxwold, 2 miles away, 01347 868214, The Fauconberg Arms website

Newburgh House, Coxwold, 2 miles away 01347 868177 Newburgh House website

Carr House Farm, 3 miles away 01347 868526 Carr House Farm website

The Feversham, Helmsley, 6 miles away 01439 770 766  Feversham Arms website

The Pheasant Hotel, Harome, 8 miles away 01439 771241 The Pheasant Hotel website

The Carpenters Arms, Felixkirk, 7 miles away 01845 537369 The Carpenters Arms Website

Saddleback Cottage, Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe, 5 miles away Saddleback Cottage

Sunny Cottage, Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe, 5 miles away Sunny Cottage

Guests are welcome to check-in from 16:00. Breakfast is served from 08:30 – 09:30 with check-out at 10:30.

We are CLOSED during the day, but the bar is open from 16:00 for residents.

Sorry, we can’t take parties of more than four as our largest table holds a maximum of four guests.

We can however accommodate tables of up to 14 guests at our sister restaurant Roots York. You can check availability via the link below.

Yes, you can purchase gift vouchers here

When you book online, the Tock system requires you to pay the full amount to make the booking. If you would like to use a gift voucher as part or full payment then please contact us with a request to authorise the voucher. Please click here to request to use a voucher

There is no dress code so please dress as smart or as casual as you like.

Please read through all our FAQ’s. If your question is not answered, the best way to contact us is via email at

You can check our live availability and make a booking  here

Unfortunately we can’t take any bookings over the phone.

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 to most dietary requirements but 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. However, for those who cannot eat cow products, we are able to prepare a menu containing ingredients from sheep or goats instead.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


Whilst we follow best practice at all times, we do like to highlight the fact that all the dishes we serve are produced in an environment where allergens are also prepared and cooked.

We cannot guarantee that the environment will be completely allergen free.

We highly recommend booking a taxi as there are no taxis in Oldstead. The nearest taxi companies are located around 10 miles away, so if you need transport it is really important to book well in advance.

We recommend:

Cumfy Cabs (07974 200336)

JEB Taxis (07971 777666)

SCL Taxis (07971 410412)

Clive Pittham Taxis (07973 119574)

The Tasting Menu usually takes around two and a half to three hours. If you are booking a taxi we would suggest allowing at least three hours.

Dinner is every evening between 6pm and 8.30pm.

Lunch is only on a Saturday between 12pm and 1pm.

Rooms check in from 4pm and check out by 10.30am.

Sorry, we don’t allow dogs or pets in the bedrooms, bar or restaurant.