The Black Swan, Hemsley.
The Black Swan Hotel is located in the historical market town of Helmsley, North Yorkshire.
It is a perfectly placed town for tourism, with part of the North York Moors running right through it. The popular Cleveland Way trail also actually starts here, before ending in Filey.
Helmsley is also home to the now quite rare, outdoor heated swimming pool. It is a beautiful town to have a meander around, with most of the shops being independently ran, the market in the town’s square running on a Friday and English Heritage looking after ruins of Helmsley Castle, providing a great day out for everyone.
The hotel compiles of three buildings, all different in character. A black and white house, the main entrance. Then the middle, which is a Georgian House at the end, a Elizabethan house. Though, beginning life as just the one building many many years ago as an Inn, the additional buildings were added to expand the hotel and preserve some historical buildings.
The Hotel comprises of 45 individually decorated bedrooms. With children and a pet-friendly attitude, bedrooms can be suited to all. From the single bed to featured rooms to even a junior suite and all house en-suite.
The Gallery Restaurant actually serves two purposes. The first, being a gallery throughout the day, housing many original pieces of art. Then come an evening it becomes the hotel’s restaurant, serving many amazing dishes from a selection of menus, made using Yorkshire sourced foods.
Now the tearoom. Not just any tearoom, as you may of gathered, an award-winning tearoom. Voted ‘The Top Tea Place 2010’ and also ‘Tearoom of Excellence 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013’. Known for its Afternoon tea and boasting a menu of 20 teas to choose from, this is somewhere that takes tea seriously.
Lastly is the Cygnet Bar. Housing 200 different wines and champagnes, it’s a place to enjoy a drink with friends and family, with ales and lagers also on the menu and live music on a weekend.
Finally found at the back of the hotel is the well-kept and spacious gardens. Where you can sit and take in the pure beauty of the building, indulging in a lunch or meal or just a thirst-quenching drink.
Afternoon Tea At The Black Swan, Helmsley.
Seeing my friend Danni for a catch up was fantastic, but we had come to sample this award-winning tearoom and ultimately The Black Swan’s Afternoon Tea. And it did not disappoint.
Included in The Black Swan’s Afternoon Tea:
- Two plain scones
- Two fruit scones (served with clotted cream, jam and butter)
- Egg mayonnaise and cress sandwiches
- Ham, mustard mayonnaise and lettuce sandwiches
- Cheese and Black Swan Chutney sandwiches
- Fruit tart
- Chocolate and pistachio layer cake
- Lime and cream patisserie
- Duck egg and nutmeg custard
The waitress, unprompted, explained what each item was in front of you, before leaving us to get stuck in. We’d already been asked for any dietary requirements upon booking, so with Danni and I both not a fan of fish, we were given the option of adding an extra sandwich of choice, which I felt was great service.
Everything was as yummy as it looked, however, we both agreed on two things: The first that the bread was a little hard, stale may be the word. I’m not bread connoisseur, but I like soft bread. Though, the fillings were lovely, especially the ham and mustard mayonnaise. Secondly, we weren’t too keen or sure about the fruit tart. Although small, they had what can only be described as a burnt taste to them.
Although not a custard fan, I did sample the Duck egg and nutmeg custard, but it wasn’t for me and the same for the chocolate and pistachio cake.
We really enjoyed our visit and catch up, plus whilst paying upon leaving, we viewed the fridge full of the most amazing looking homemade cakes, which definitely need to be sampled with a different choice of tea on a return visit.
Find it: WEBSITE, Market Place, Helmsley, YO62 5BJ
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