A Review: The Black Swan Hotel in Helmsley

Nestled in the busy and historic town of Helmsley, The Black Swan Hotel sits like an ornament at the top of the town. The hotel consists of three houses; the black and white house on the left of the terrace, the Georgian house in the middle, and the Elizabethan building on the right, which stands on the site of where an inn is believed to have been situated for many centuries.

Black swanThe Black Swan Hotel offers many dining opportunities in a unique atmosphere and location, plus the hotel is dog friendly! Treat you and your loved ones to a traditional afternoon tea in a lush decorated room, for only £21.95 per person, and with the option to add a glass of bubbly, Afternoon Tea is served from 12pm – 5pm.

As Ellie and I walked into The Black Swan Hotel, it exceeded all expectations, with gorgeous periodic furniture and decorations, it was cosy and all the staff were extremely friendly. We were offered a complimentary glass of Prosecco upon arrival, and a chance to peruse the menu before being shown to our table. It was beautifully decorated with little tables and chairs, set up with cutesy table cloths and perfectly folded napkins holding dainty cutlery.

Expect delicate finger sandwiches embodying traditional fillings – Cucumber with Cream Cheese & Chive, Free-range Hen’s Egg with Mustard Cress, Prawn and Marie Rose, Yorkshire Ham and Dijon Mustard Mayonnaise. As well as freshly baked scones (plain and fruit) lathered with homemade strawberry jam and gooey clotted cream. And to top it all off, a scrumptious selection of cakes; Blueberry Doughnut, Lemon Cream Croquette, Dark Chocolate Delice and Vanilla Panna cotta in all their glory. The menu at The Black Swan’s tearoom menu changes seasonally, meaning that no two visits are the same!

All food served on three tiered cake stand, and with a choice of 20 different flavoured teas there is bound to be something to suit everyone’s tastes and needs. Don’t worry! for those of you who are coffee lovers, they also have a great selection of coffees available.

20616048_10209973243828524_1245322755_oThe Black Swan Hotel is a fantastic spot to meet friends or to treat family members. Overall we thoroughly enjoy our time here and we would like to thank the wonderful staff for looking after us. We will definitely be returning soon!

The Black Swan Hotel

Market Place


North Yorkshire YO62 5BJ

01439 770466




Reviewed by Georgie Dias and Eleanor Howley

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