Christmas 2014 at The Black Swan

We like to think that Christmas at The Black Swan offers a touch of magic, guaranteed to captivate with the special atmosphere of this historic hotel. From the moment you arrive, our roaring log fires and cosy array of lounges will become your home away from home and we’d like to do whatever we can to make this Christmas as memorable and magical as possible.

Christmas Eve – Wednesday 24th December 2014

Once you’ve had chance to settle into your room, relax in one of our cosy lounges or the Cygnet Bar and enjoy a mini Afternoon Tea from our award winning Tearoom.

From 7pm the management team would like to invite you to join them for a pre-dinner champagne and canapés reception with carols from Helmsley Methodist Church carol singers. A seven course Gala Dinner will then follow from 7.30pm in The Gallery, our 3 AA rosette restaurant.

After dinner, take a seat in the Cygnet Bar where you’ll be entertained by live music from swing and lounge singer, Adrian Doyle.

For those of you choosing to head to Midnight Mass at All Saints Church which is just a short stroll away, hot chocolate, mulled wine and mince pies will be served on your return to the hotel.

Christmas Eve Gala Dinner Menu:

Wild Mushroom and Truffle Consommé – Ravioli of Smoked Chicken, Chives

Pressing of Rabbit – Poached Cherries, Pistachio, Sour Dough Crisp, Cherry Dressing, Honey Cress

Scallops and Sea Bass – Celeriac, Apple Salad, Caper and Raisin Sauce, Celery Cress

Waterford House Farm Lamb – Rump and Shoulder, Haricot Blanc, Pommery Mustard, Broad Beans, Rosemary Jus

Pre Dessert

Pineapple Carpaccio – Coconut Sorbet, Pina Colada Jelly, Toasted Coconut, Coriander Cress

To Finish – Slate of Yorkshire Cheeses for the Table, Chutney, Grapes, Celery, Biscuit

Please note that a vegetarian alternative is available and guests will be seated at mixed tables for the Gala Dinner.

Christmas Day – Thursday 25th December 2014

Enjoy a hearty full English breakfast on the morning of Christmas Day, and for those of you who’ve been good, there might even be a visit from Santa!

Christmas Day lunch will be leisurely affair, accompanied by music from saxophonist Jon Taylor. After lunch, you may wish to retire to the Cygnet Bar or one of our cosy lounges, where you can sit back, relax and watch the world go by to the sounds of harpist Sarah Paterson. For those of you choosing to, Christmas cake and port will also be served to toast the Queens speech.

Later in the evening you are invited to enjoy a light informal buffet in either the restaurant or more comfortable surroundings of one of our lounges, the choice is yours. After dinner, take a seat in the Cygnet Bar where Val Boyers, singer and acoustic guitarist will be performing.

Christmas Day Lunch Menu:


Beetroot – Salt Baked Beetroots, Poached Duck Egg, Truffle and Parmesan, Artichoke Purée

Scallops – Herb Gnocchi, Smoked Chicken, Samphire, Crispy Chicken Wing, Jerez Vinegar

Pork Belly and Ham Hock Terrine – Flavours and Textures of Apple, Ginger Crumb, Port Dressing

Smoked Salmon Mousse – Bagel, Gherkin, Capers, Pickled Shallots, Salmon Roe


Christmas Turkey – Apricot and Sage Stuffing, Chateau Potatoes, Winter Vegetables, Bread Sauce, Chipolata, Turkey Jus

Halibut – Crushed New Potatoes, Brown Shrimp, Grilled Baby Courgette, Cherry Tomato Sauce

Waterford House Farm Beef – Fillet and Cheek, Anna Potato, Spinach, Shallot, Salsify, Red Wine

Halloumi Cheese – Wellington, Grilled Aubergines, Courgettes, Peppers, Cherry Tomato Sauce (V)


Black Swan Christmas Pudding – Brandy Sauce, Vanilla Ice Cream

Plate of Yorkshire Cheeses – Grapes, Chutney, Celery, Fruit and Nut Bread

Black Forest – Flavours of Black Forest, Cherry Sorbet

Pistachio and Blackberries – Poached Blackberries, Texture of Pistachio, Blackberry Sorbet

Coffee, Tea and Petit Fours

Boxing Day – Friday 26th December 2014

After breakfast the day is yours to enjoy as you choose, perhaps venturing out to York for a bit of sales shopping or taking to the moors for a brisk walk. Or for those wishing to stay a little closer to home, later in the afternoon there will be a wine and cheese tasting session.

Dinner on Boxing Day evening will be served in The Gallery, and afterwards, as the festive celebrations draw to a close, we’re delighted to welcome David Robertshaw who’ll be entertaining you in the Cygnet Bar with some beautiful piano renditions.

Saturday 27th December 2014

Inevitably there sadly comes a time when you have to go home. Following a hearty breakfast, we’ll wish you a safe journey home until next year.


Three night package rates:

Classic Rooms – £1285.00 (double), £895.00 (single)

Feature Rooms – £1420.00 (double), £1030.00 (single)

Superior Rooms – £1420.00 (double), £1030.00 (single)

Junior Suite – £1450.00 (double), £1060.00 (single)

Single Room – £840.00 (please note that we only have one single room)

For guests wishing to extend their Christmas break to include the 23rd or 27th – 30th December a rate of £225.00 per room per night, including dinner, bed and breakfast, based on two people sharing a Classic room is available. Feature and Superior rooms are available at an additional charge of £30.00 per room per night.

T&Cs: A deposit of £300.00 is required to secure your Christmas booking. The balance for your stay should be settled by 1st December 2014. If you wish to extend your booking, these additional nights should be settled on departure from the hotel. Provisional bookings can be held for up to one week, after this time they will be released if a deposit has not been received. Please note that all deposits are non-refundable. Closer to Christmas sample menus will be available online, slight amendments and variations to these menus may occur. Any guests with dietary requirements should advise the hotel at least 14 days prior to arrival. Please note that on Christmas Eve, guests will be seated at mixed tables for the Gala Dinner. The hotel reserves the right to amend the content of the package without prior notice. Children are welcome to join for the Christmas package, and will be charged at 75% of the adult rate when occupying their own bedroom.

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