Explore a Secret Garden in Helmsley

Set in the heart of the picturesque Yorkshire Moors, the Black Swan is situated near the Helmsley Walled Gardens, which have been beautifully crafted to provide a blissful experience for visitors. A historic site with a cottage-like feel, the gardens appeal to a wide range of visitors; from those who need a break away from city life, to those who feel passionate about countryside living. We believe that not only should our visitors enjoy the facilities on offer, but also have the chance to take a peaceful and relaxing stroll in a place that they can unwind.

This is where the Secret Garden offer comes into play. You and a loved one can enjoy an overnight stay alongside a visit to the Walled Gardens, which reflect the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Why not make the most out of the summer season and treat a loved one? It’s the perfect opportunity to get away from the stress of everyday life and enjoy the warm weather.

With five acres of stunning countryside and plenty to enjoy, you can take a long stroll around the gardens, visit the Orchard which features an array of Yorkshire apple varieties or simply relax in The Vine House café beneath the Victorian vine collection. Whatever you choose to do, you will always be surrounded by brightly coloured flowers and greenery.
When walking around the Walled Gardens, you can also expect to see greenhouses, fresh produce being grown, fruit trees and old-fashioned cottage flowers to reflect the cottage style.

The luxury is extended overnight; the offer includes a one night stay in one of our independently decorated classic double bedrooms. With partial garden views and seasonal themes, your bedroom will be the perfect place to wind down after a day exploring the Walled Gardens. In the morning, you will also be treated to a full Yorkshire breakfast to complete your Yorkshire experience.

This quintessentially English retreat wouldn’t be complete without nibbles and a cup of tea. For extra indulgence, you can enjoy an afternoon tea for two in our garden at the back of the Black Swan. With dainty finger sandwiches, fresh scones and delicious cakes based on traditional flavours, and finished with a cup of tea, this experience is nothing short of heavenly.

With all of Britain’s favourites crammed in to one package, could you wish for a better way to spend your summer? Treat yourself and come to explore this hidden treasure in the heart of Yorkshire. For more information about booking, click here.

5 Yorkshire Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day

Dads are special.

Always there with a friendly word of advice, an eye-rolling joke or a supporting arm around the shoulder.

Be it for your own dad, a male influence in your life or even if you’re a dad yourself – we think Father’s Day is well worth celebrating.

Here are five ideas on how you can mark the special occasion on Sunday, June 17 Yorkshire-style.

Here we go!

  1. A Gin-dulgent Break

Be gin-spired with this Just the Tonic getaway.

The gin-tastic break includes an overnight stay for two with us, a 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 and available Sunday – Thursday until September 27, 2018. This is subject to availability, excluding Bank Holidays and available to new bookings only.

  1. Off Road Bonding

Young Land Rover fans can rope in their dad to watch them on an off-road junior 4X4 driving experience.

They are designed for under 17-year-olds to have fun whilst learning vehicle handling skills and techniques.

There are two events coming up at nearby Duncombe Park on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, September 9.

  1. The Great Outdoors

From clay pigeon shooting to segways – Yorkshire Outdoors has it covered!

The company, based in Thirsk, offers a wide range of fun experiences for even the most adventurous of dads.

You can find out more on the website.

  1. Food Glorious Food

Do you know a dad who’s a bit of a foodie? Thankfully here in Yorkshire we have an absolute abundance of top-rated restaurants for him to try.

Our very own Matt Tyler heads up our three AA Rosette The Gallery restaurant, bringing a touch of theatre and flair back into the dining room.

And our cheese board is the stuff of legends!

  1. Walk This Way

If you’re on a tight budget then don’t fret…just spending time together is the most important thing.

Why not arrange a walk across our rugged countryside, teeming with local wildlife?

And the perfect way to round it off? A pint in our stunning beer garden could fit the bill.

Tonight at the Tearoom!

Tea at the Tearoom is on its way – but it’s not the drinking kind!

The Black Swan in Helmsley is introducing a new dining concept in June: Tonight at the Tearoom.

Matt Tyler, head chef at the three AA Rosette venue, has designed a tempting menu of heart-warming and simple traditional Yorkshire dishes to be served from 5.30pm in the venue’s charming Tearoom.

It adds to the choice for diners at the four star North Yorkshire hotel, offering an earlier, more casual dining experience than in its flagship The Gallery restaurant.

Matt said: “We are encouraging local families and those after a more laid back teatime to try this new dining concept.

“I have designed the menu around that brief with classic Yorkshire fare, served simply at the heart of the menu.”

Main courses on the new menu include creamy chicken and ham pie, wholegrain mustard and leeks, served with mash and seasonal vegetables and 10oz gammon steak, triple cooked chips, fried egg and chargrilled pineapple.

There are also a range of lighter bites including sandwiches and salads – followed by sweet treats.

There will also be a full selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks on offer to accompany the menu.

Matt added: “Our Tearoom is famous for its afternoon teas served in a special setting filled with character. We’re hoping more diners will get to experience its quirky charms.”

Tonight at the Tearoom launches in June 1 and will be open from 5.30pm until 8.30pm, Thursday – Saturday.

The Black Swan is a traditional Yorkshire coaching inn within in an historic property dating back centuries.

The venue is set in the idyllic North Yorkshire market town of Helmsley and has 45 bedrooms.

To book your table in the Tearoom contact The Black Swan on 01439 770466.