Keep Your Eye on the Pies!

We love a good pie here at The Black Swan.

And with the help of our good friends over at Black Sheep Brewery we are launching a brand new pie and a pint offer (or a glass of Prosecco if you fancy it!).

There’s a battle of the counties theme going on – with a Steak and Black Sheep Ale Pie and a Lancashire Cheese & Onion Pie set to go head to head on our menu.

The pie and a pint offer is priced at £14.95 – with a £2 supplement for Prosecco – and it comes with a choice of mash or chips as well as Spring vegetables from 12 noon.

But you’ll need to be quick…as the offer only runs until the end of May.

To celebrate our partnership with the guys at Black Sheep Brewery we are offering one person the chance to win two Black Sheep Brewery T-Shirts, a case of Black Sheep and a voucher for two for lunch and tour of the Black Sheep Brewery Visitor Centre in Masham.

To enter simply like our Facebook page and comment under the pinned competition post with your best #PiePun by Tuesday, May 8.

Here are a few to get you started:

  • Absolutely pie-fect
  • Pie beg to differ
  • Pie’m all ears
  • Pie of the tiger
  • The best that money can pie
  • Keep your eyes on the pies
  • A pies catch
  • Get rich or pie tryin’


T&Cs: One winner will be selected after Tuesday, May 8 and notified. The lunch and tour at Black Sheep Brewery Visitor Centre must ring ahead to book. Desired dates and times dependent on availability.



A Spoke-tacular Event!

Do you want a prime Tour De Yorkshire position – with a sip of your favourite beverage as you cheer the cyclists on?

Then you might think Helmsley’s The Black Swan’s LeTour@LeSwan event sounds pretty spoke-tacular…

Those buying food and beverage at the traditional coaching inn on the day the race rides past the front of the venue on Saturday May, 5, will have access to the four star venue’s special outdoor event area.

There will be beer, a hog roast and a big screen so guests can enjoy the build-up and watch the riders pass the finish line.

The Black Swan Tearoom will also be marking the occasion with a selection of blue and yellow cupcakes, also available on the day.

Visitors will be able to soak up the atmosphere of the now famous annual event in the Yorkshire calendar, which was inspired by Tour De France’s visit to the county in 2014.

Sue Barker, executive assistant at The Black Swan, can remember the last time the cyclists whizzed past the venue in 2015.

She said: “Despite what was a bit of a drizzly day the atmosphere was absolutely fantastic.

“It was such an amazing feeling to see so many cyclists ride past at such speed. So memorable and impressive.

“This year we are hoping the sun will be shining and we will have plenty on offer for young and old to make the most of the event.”

She added: “What could be better than soaking up the atmosphere, having a front row position and sipping your favourite tipple too?”.

Stage 3 of the Men’s Race starts at 1.10pm in Richmond and finishes in Scarborough.

It is estimated that the riders will pass Helmsley Market Place at between around 3.05pm and 3.20pm and that the stage will take approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes.

The Black Swan’s LeTour@LeSwan event runs from 12 noon until 5pm on Saturday, May 5, and there will be a gazebo in the event of rain.

For more information register your interest on the Facebook page event here.


5 Bits of Gin Knowledge To Impress

We love gin.

Here at The Black Swan we have a fantastic selection of specialist gins that would delight any G&T lover.

We’ve even launched a Just the Tonic overnight stay – aimed at those of us who want to let the fun be-gin (see what we did there).

So here we aim to arm you with some vital gin knowledge to impress even the hardiest fan.

Here we go!

  1. Ginspiration

Some say the drink – Genever – first originated in Holland and was brought back to England by those fighting in the Dutch War of Independence in the 17th Century.

But gin as we know it was actually developed in London and is a much purer spirit.

  1. Just the Tonic

Gin was originally created to cure ailments! In Holland it was sold in pharmacies until the late 1600s.

  1. All the Bitter

Gin and tonics made their way from India.

Brits moved there after the Sepoy Rebellion of 1857.

The demand for Indian tonic water grew – and gin was added to negate the bitter taste.

  1. Fake it Until You Make It

Running short on supply? Then make your own. Gin is essentially a flavoured vodka – and there are kits to help you with this process.

  1. What Makes You Bad…

Gin and tomato juice, rather than gin and vodka, was all the rage in New York in the roaring 20s as a hangover cure.


Celebrate all things gin – and book our Just The Tonic break.

This gin-tastic break away includes an overnight stay for two, three course dinner in our three AA Rosette Gallery restaurant and our legendary full Yorkshire brekkie.

What’s more you’ll be treated to a pre-dinner speciality gin and tonic.

This offer is priced at £189 per Classic Double, per night.

This offer is subject to availability Sunday – Thursday until 27th September 2018, excluding Bank Holidays and is available to new bookings only.