Christmas 2017

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There are few more idyllic places to spend your Christmas break than at The Black Swan Hotel, Helmsley. In a scene from a traditional greetings card; the historic facades of the hotel overlooking the market square, bordered by higgledy rows of shops, their starlit windows crammed with festive goodies.

From the moment you arrive, our roaring log fires and cosy array of lounges will become your home away from home, and you’ll be safe in the knowledge that you can simply relax and enjoy this beautiful retreat and all that it has to offer.

Christmas Eve – Sunday 24th December

Your room will be available to check in from 2pm on Christmas Eve. Once you’ve had chance to settle in and unpack, you can relax in one of our cosy lounges or the Cygnet Bar, and enjoy a mini Afternoon Tea.

At 7pm a pre-dinner drinks reception will be held in the Garden Room, where you’ll enjoy a chilled glass of Champagne and canapés. A Gala Dinner will then follow from 7.30pm in The Gallery, our 3 AA rosette restaurant, with live music from swing and lounge singer, Adrian Doyle.

Please note that guests will be seated at mixed tables for the Gala Dinner and gentlemen are kindly requested to wear lounge suits for the evening.

For those of you choosing to head to Midnight Mass at neighbouring All Saints Church, mulled wine and mince pies will be waiting for you on your return to the hotel.

Gala Dinner Menu

Roscoff Onion – Aged Parmesan – Truffle

Yorkshire Ham Knuckle & Foie Gras – Celeriac Rémoulade – Caper Jam – Pease Pudding – Quail Egg

Cured Pollock – Native Oyster – Cucumber – Estuary Plants

Pure Bred Yorkshire Galloway Fillet – Oxtail Pithivier – Girolles – Onion – Madeira

Bitter Chocolate Namelaka – Spiced Espresso Cake – Milk Sorbet

Christmas Day – Monday 25th December

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

Christmas Day lunch is a leisurely affair. After lunch, you may wish to retire to the Cygnet Bar or one of our cosy lounges, where Christmas cake and port will be served to toast the Queen’s speech. From 4pm until 6.30pm harpist Sarah Paterson will entertain you with a selection of easy listening songs.

Later in the evening you are invited to enjoy a light informal buffet in either the restaurant, or the more comfortable surroundings of one of our lounges – the choice is yours. After dinner, we’re delighted to welcome singer and acoustic guitarist Val Hill who’ll be playing in the Cygnet Bar.

Christmas Day Lunch Menu


Native Lobster – Crayfish – Gem Lettuce – Smoked Avocado – Cocktail Sauce

Goosnargh Duck Confit Terrine – Apple – Celeriac – Hazelnut

Haricot Blanc – Jerusalem Artichoke – Truffle

Main Courses

Butter Roast Turkey – Nidderdale Chipolata – Goose Fat Roast Potatoes – Turkey Gravy

Halibut – Cauliflower – Chicory – Roasted Yeast – Hazelnut – Sea Purslane – Chicken Jus

Potato Gnocchi – King Oyster Mushrooms – Kohlrabi – Parsnip – Truffle


Figgy Pudding – Cognac Sauce

Bitter Chocolate – Peanut Butter – Banana – Salted Caramel

Selection of Artisan Cheese – Truffle Honey – Red Wine Confit – Celery – Grapes

Please note that we will require a pre-order for Christmas Day lunch, and this should be provided no later than 1st December 2017.

Boxing Day – Tuesday 26th December

A hearty Yorkshire breakfast gets the day off to a flying start, and then the day is yours to enjoy as you choose… a sporting day at Wetherby Races perhaps? Or a drive down to the Roman city of York for a wander around its beautiful streets and some shopping in the sales? Perhaps take a drive over the Moors to experience the dramatic beauty of Whitby and take in the bracing fresh sea air.

For those wishing to stay a little closer to home, be dazzled and amazed by magician Mark Waddington who will be performing a magic show in the Garden Room during the afternoon.

Dinner on Boxing Day evening will be served in The Gallery. Afterwards, as the festive celebrations draw to a close, we’re delighted to welcome soul, blues and acoustic musician Dan Burnett who’ll be there to entertain you in the Cygnet Bar.

The Day After – Wednesday 27th December

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


Three Night Package:
  • Classic Rooms – £1395.00 (double), £975.00 (single)
  • Feature Rooms – £1530.00 (double), £1110.00 (single)
  • Superior Rooms – £1530.00 (double), £1110.00 (single)
  • Junior Suite – £1560.00 (double), £1140.00 (single)
  • Single Room – £915.00 – please note that we only have one Single Room


For guests wishing to extend their Christmas break, preferential rates are available. The rates below include dinner and full English breakfast, and are per room, per night (this includes an allocation of £45.00 per person, per night to be spent on dinner):

  • Classic Rooms – £230.00 (double), £170.00 (single)
  • Feature Rooms – £275.00 (double), £215.00 (single)
  • Superior Rooms – £275.00 (double), £215.00 (single)
  • Junior Suite – £285.00 (double), £225.00 (single)
  • Single Room – £150.00 – please note that we only have one Single Room


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 2017. If you wish to extend your booking, these additional nights should be settled on departure from the hotel, however a deposit of £50.00 per night will be required for any additional nights booked. 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. Please note that slight variations to the menus may occur. Any guests with dietary requirements should advise the hotel by 1st December 2017. Please note that on Christmas Eve, guests will be seated at mixed tables for the Gala Dinner which is a set menu. Gentlemen are kindly requested to wear lounge suits on Christmas Eve. A pre-order will be required by 1st December 2017 for lunch on Christmas Day. 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.