Black Swan Hotel at Helmsley http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:35:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Anyone for tennis? http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/blog/anyone-tennis/ http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/blog/anyone-tennis/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:12:26 +0000 http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/?p=3448 More

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Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and widely considered the most prestigious. But this famous fortnight of sporting fun isn’t just about the action on the court. It’s also about strawberries & cream, cakes and – go on then, why not – a glass or two of champagne. But if you’re not lucky enough to be heading down to SW19 for the men’s final on Sunday 6th July, you can still be part of the fun by joining us for a Wimbledon themed Afternoon Tea party.

Your ticket to our Afternoon Tea party will give you access to the VIP area, a glass of champagne on arrival and afternoon tea, VIP seating to watch the men’s final on our large outdoor screen, followed later by champagne, strawberries & cream, and entertainment from our fabulous jazz band.

The event starts at 1:30pm and tickets are priced at £45.00 per person. If you would like to join us for a spot of tennis-related afternoon tea, call us on 01439 770466 to book your tickets.

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Wedding Open Day http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/blog/wedding-open-day-2/ http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/blog/wedding-open-day-2/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:06:59 +0000 http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/?p=3436 More

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If you’re looking for a unique wedding venue, with a wonderfully historic and romantic charm, then maybe you don’t need to look any further.

Set in an idyllic country setting, with snug lounges, open log fires and a quintessentially English walled garden, on Sunday 29th June we’re delighted to open our doors as we host another Wedding Open Day. Between 12 noon and 4pm our team will be on hand to show you around the hotel, including two of the hotel’s unique reception rooms, the Garden Room and The Gallery, which will each be individually styled for a wedding reception.

We’re also delighted to welcome a select team of approved suppliers who will be here on the day, including a florist, photographer, wedding cake supplier, musicians, wedding dress supplier, hair and make-up artist, jeweller, and wedding cars. There will also be the chance for you to sample some of the wines and canapés which are included within our wedding packages.

For full details of all the suppliers exhibiting on the day, please click here.

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Christmas 2014 at The Black Swan http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/christmas-new-year-2014/christmas-2014-black-swan/ http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/christmas-new-year-2014/christmas-2014-black-swan/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:00:18 +0000 http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/?p=3202 More

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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 prepared by Head Chef Paul Peters 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:

Starters

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

Mains

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)

Desserts

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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New Year 2014 at The Black Swan http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/christmas-new-year-2014/new-year-2014-at-the-black-swan/ http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/christmas-new-year-2014/new-year-2014-at-the-black-swan/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:59:25 +0000 http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/?p=3217 More

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By day, our New Year package is a relaxed affair, but as the lights go down, the Black Swan comes to life! That’s the best way to describe New Year at The Black Swan Hotel. Set with cosy lounges, roaring log fires, award winning cuisine and fantastic celebrations, all within some of England’s most spectacular scenery, the Black Swan is the perfect place to escape for your New Year break.

Tuesday 30th December 2014

At your leisure, join us in the Cygnet Bar or one of our cosy lounges and enjoy a welcome chocolate sweet treat with strawberries and a glass of bubbly to toast your arrival.

Dinner in the evening will be a leisurely affair, served in The Gallery, our award winning 3 AA rosette restaurant. After dinner, take a seat in the Cygnet Bar where you’ll be entertained by live music from singer Brian Dales.

New Year’s Eve – Wednesday 31st December 2014

After a hearty full English breakfast, the final day of 2014 is yours to enjoy at your leisure, allowing you time to mosey around Helmsley and explore the unique, quirky shops nestled throughout the town before getting ready for the evening’s celebrations.

From 7pm the management team would like to invite you to join them for a pre-dinner champagne and canapés reception held in the Garden Room. A fabulous seven course Gala Dinner prepared by Head Chef Paul Peters and his team will then follow in The Gallery. During dinner, magician Mark Waddington will entertain you with his up-close magic tricks.

After dinner, the party really starts with our live band Perfect Strangers, who will be playing in the Garden Room until the wee small hours. At midnight, we would like to invite you to join us at the front of the hotel where 2015 will be welcomed in by Highland Bagpipes and Auld Lang Syne.

New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Menu:

Green Miso Soup – Seared Scallops, Prawns, Octopus, Nori, Shiso, Samphire

Ham Hock Pressing – Pork Belly Bon Bon, Apple, Honey Cress, Cider Dressing

John Dory – Pan Fried, Artichoke, Wild Mushrooms, Crispy Capers, Madeira and Cream

Waterford House Farm Beef – Fillet and Slow Braised Cheek, Winter Truffle Mash, Port Jus

Pre Dessert

Hazelnut – Caramel, Salted Popcorn

Slate of Yorkshire Cheese for the Table

Coffee, Tea and Petit Fours

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

New Year’s Day – Thursday 1st January 2015

We’ll ease you into the New Year with breakfast served from 8am until 11am. Following breakfast it’ll be time for you to head back home until next time.

 

Two night package rates:

Classic Rooms – £815.00 (double), £580.00 (single)

Feature Rooms – £905.00 (double), £670.00 (single)

Superior Rooms – £905.00 (double), £670.00 (single)

Junior Suite – £925.00 (double), £690.00 (single)

Single Room – £540.00 (please note that we only have one single room)

For guests wishing to extend their New Year break to include the 27th – 30th December or 1st January 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 £200.00 is required to secure your New Year 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 New Year 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 New Year’s Eve, guests will be seated at mixed tables for the Gala Dinner. Dress code for New Year’s Eve is black tie. Please note that unfortunately children are not permitted on our New Year package. The hotel reserves the right to amend the content of the package without prior notice.

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Eggsplore Helmsley this Easter http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/blog/eggsplore-helmsley-this-easter/ http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/blog/eggsplore-helmsley-this-easter/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:39:05 +0000 http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/?p=3179 More

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If you’re looking for fun things to do to keep the family entertained over the Easter break, then look no further! Why not join us in Helmsley for our Easter Egg trail and become an eggsplorer for the day!

The Easter Egg trail will begin at Hunters of Helmsley in the market place, where you can pick up your trail map for just £1. The trail will take you on a mini eggspedition around some of the hotels, shops, cafes, restaurants, and attractions in Helmsley, and the eggs will vary from those made of chocolate or cake, to those decorated with gems and all manner of arts and crafts. When you have completed the trail, don’t forget to go back to Hunters to vote for your favourite, where you’ll also receive some special Easter treats!

The Easter Egg trail will run until Easter Monday and all of the money raised will go towards Helmsley’s Christmas lights fund, to help make the town magical over the festive season!

So what are you waiting for, hop to it – happy hunting!

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Easter Sunday Lunch http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/blog/easter-sunday-lunch-2/ http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/blog/easter-sunday-lunch-2/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:11:36 +0000 http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/?p=3166 More

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We all wish that we spent more time with our family and friends, but demands on our time mean that sometimes this is difficult to do. So why not pledge to make this Easter an exception? This Easter Sunday, get all the family together and enjoy a delicious three course Sunday lunch served in The Gallery, our 3 AA rosette award winning restaurant.

Lunch will be served between 12:30pm and 2pm.

Our traditional three course Sunday Lunch is priced at £25.00 per person. For more information and to view a sample menu please click here.

For enquiries or to make a reservation please call us on 01439 770466.

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Flying high at The Black Swan http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/blog/flying-high-at-the-black-swan/ http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/blog/flying-high-at-the-black-swan/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:29:28 +0000 http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/?p=3153 More

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In recognition of our exceptional ability to ‘anticipate and surpass a shooting guest’s requirements‘, we are delighted to announce that The Black Swan Hotel has been named as one of the winners of the GunsOnPegs Good Shoot Hotel Awards 2014, in association with Fieldsports magazine, as voted for by their members.

There is no county with more high bird destinations than Yorkshire, and here in Helmsley we are lucky enough to sit among some of the best shooting moorland in the UK. We have some fabulous shooting estates on our doorstep including Rievaulx, Duncombe Park, Ravenswick, Hawnby, Urra, and Farndale, and The Black Swan Hotel warmly welcomes guests who are shooting in the area.

For more information about accommodation/private dining for shooting parties, please click here or call the hotel on 01439 770466 and ask for Jayne.

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Step into Spring with a visit to the Walled Garden http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/blog/step-into-spring-with-a-visit-to-the-walled-garden/ http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/blog/step-into-spring-with-a-visit-to-the-walled-garden/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:51:25 +0000 http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/?p=3123 More

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What better way to brighten up your day than with a visit to Helmsley Walled Garden, which re-opens next week on Tuesday 1st April. There is no better time to visit the Garden than in Spring, when everything is bursting into life with vibrant colours.

Helmsley Walled Garden is a five-acre walled garden within the grounds of Duncombe Park and beneath Helmsley Castle. The gardens are a historic site demonstrated most effectively by the greenhouses with their collection of vines, but you will also see produce being grown, trained fruit trees and extensive flower borders and even some old fashioned cottage flowers.

Bright spring-flowering bulbs are a welcome sight after the cold, short days of winter, so why not lift your spirits with a visit to Helmsley Walled Garden.

For more information and opening times, please click here to visit Helmsley Walled Garden’s website.

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Treat your Mum this Mother’s Day http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/hotel-offers/treat-mum-mothers-day/ http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/hotel-offers/treat-mum-mothers-day/#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:40:07 +0000 http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/?p=3116 More

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We should all spoil our Mums from time to time and Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show just how much you appreciate yours. This Mother’s Day, let your Mum know how much she really means to you by treating her to a delicious three course Sunday lunch with coffee and petit fours served in The Gallery, our 3 AA rosette award winning restaurant.

Lunch will be served between 12 noon and 3pm, accompanied by live music and a little gift for all of the lovely Mums.

Our traditional three course Sunday Lunch, including coffee and petit fours, is priced at £32.00 per adult and £16.00 per child. For more information and to view the menu please click here.

For enquiries or to make a reservation please call us on 01439 770466.

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Wagging our tails with delight! http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/hotel-offers/wagging-tails-delight/ http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/hotel-offers/wagging-tails-delight/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:30:18 +0000 http://www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk/?p=3082 More

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Maybe it’s one of our best kept secrets, but did you know that The Black Swan is a dog friendly hotel?

This summer we’re delighted to have teamed up with Annemarie King – The Phodographer to bring all you dog lovers a very special package, meaning that your four legged friend can also join you in enjoying a night of luxury, and afterwards you can arrange a long lasting memento to treasure.

Gone are the days when dogs were resigned to kennels for the holidays. Nowadays many dog lovers wish to spend precious time away with loved ones, including their canine pals. Our ‘It’s A Dog’s Life’ package is designed to keep the whole pack wagging their tails and also provide much needed charitable help for canine cousins too.

The package includes treats galore for both you and your dog, not least the opportunity to capture those happy moments with the services of award-winning ‘phodographer’, Annemarie King who is passionate about dogs and their welfare (www.thephodographer.co.uk). Annemarie will take a beautiful portrait of your dog, either during your stay near York, or at a later date which can be arranged at your convenience.

In addition to keeping your little pack happy, The Black Swan is also delighted to donate £10 from each package sold to Tia Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue www.tiagreyhounds.org who do fantastic work in rescuing and rehoming unwanted dogs.

To find out more about our ‘It’s a Dog’s Life’ package click here, and for our dog friendly policy, please click here.

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