Black Swan Oldstead- Michelin Star with Tommy Banks(2024)

The Black Swan Oldstead is Tommy Banks’ original Michelin-starred destination restaurant with rooms, beautifully located in the North York Moors National Park – with his amazing two-acre kitchen garden resource.

Tommy Banks has taken ‘grow your own’ to the next level and has developed a cooking style based on his love of the land. All of his ingredients are grown in the restaurant’s kitchen garden which is maintained by himself and his team – an important part of his need to feel connected to his food.

On Monday to Friday, the Black Swan at Oldstead is only open for dinner service – with a tasting menu – so they have all day to forage to give Tommy and his chefs the freedom to cook exactly what is chosen that day. Tommy is very ably supported by his brother James Banks, Front of House, and a knowledgeable wider team.

Black Swan Oldstead Mill Stone Entrance Sign

The restaurant is a modern open space, featuring light furnishings and clean lines. There is an open kitchen which adds to the dynamic style, delivery and experience of the seasonally changing menu.

Tommy Banks grew up on a farm – he has in-depth knowledge of meat and different cattle breeds. Seeing the beast every day, knowing where it has been slaughtered and who slaughtered it is important to him – it is then cut it up and aged themselves for the restaurant. The dinner tasting menu is around £125 to £140 per person. Local farm-to-fork is in action at the Black Swan Oldstead, so your visit supports and encourages the local Yorkshire economy.

The Black Swan at Oldstead has nine bedrooms named after dales and farms around the village. All are uniquely designed and furnished with a mix of character and luxury. When you book a room, a reservation is automatically made for the restaurant.

The rooms are located either at the back of the main building or across the road so you can retire to your room after dinner and then set the next morning off with a proper breakfast – Black Swan-style, of course!

Check-in time at the Black Swan Oldstead

The Black Swan Oldstead is closed during the day, as they forage in the kitchen garden and prepare. Guests are welcome from 5 pm – the bar opens for check-ins at 5 pm. Breakfast is served in the restaurant from 8.30 am-9.30 am with check-out by 10.30 am.

We advise to pre-book taxis and allow 3.5 to 4 hours for dinner at the Black Swan Oldstead.

Are dogs allowed at the Black Swan Oldstead? No dogs or other pets are allowed in the bar, restaurant or bedrooms.

How many Michelin Stars does Tommy Banks have?

Chef Tommy Banks has two Michelin stars, one each for his two restaurants, The Black Swan at Oldstead and Roots in York, plus a Michelin Green star for sustainable gastronomy!

Michelin Star Black Swan Location, Contact Details, Airports and Taxis

Black Swan, Main Street, Oldstead, North Yorkshire YO61 4BL

Black Swan Oldstead – contact phone number +44(0) 1347 868387

Black Swan Oldstead email –

Car parking is on-site.

Oldstead is close to both Thirsk and York train stations on the East Coast mainline where trains operate regularly between London and Edinburgh.

Black Swan Oldstead Taxis: A recommended local taxi and private hire service for the Black Swan Oldstead area is Comfy Cars & Taxis. They regularly run transfers to the local railway stations including Thirsk, Malton, York, Northallerton, Whitby, Egton, Pickering and Scarborough.

They also facilitate sporting and hiking parties with transport arrangements including 4x4s – collecting from the railway station, taking to their cars or simply carrying their luggage to and from the accommodation.

Comfy Cars & Taxis also provides taxi and private hire vehicles to all airports across the region Leeds (LBA), Durham Tees Valley (MME), Manchester (MAN), Newcastle (NCL), Robin Hood (DSA).

They also provide helicopter and private aircraft transfer covering local airfields in the Black Swan Oldfield area including Wombleton, Fadmoor and Bagby.

Comfy Cars & Taxis Telephone: +44(0)1439 377 277

Black Swan Oldstead Map

Black Swan Oldstead Bar and Wines

The original building dates back to the 16th century and comprises a relaxing pre-dinner bar area with stone-flagged floors, oak tables and inviting open fire.

The wine list is eclectic, preferring to stand back from the mainstream to make available a varied selection from diverse and often lesser-known regions and producers.

Black Swan Oldstead Bar

Wines, using the Coravin system, are available by the glass, and also by the bottle. Thoughtfully selected wine parings are available and suggested to complement menus. Perhaps try their Wine Flight -tasting flight is a term used to describe a selection of wines for sampling and comparison.

Black Swan Oldstead Cocktails

The Black Swan’s Ghost – Amontillado Sherry, Crab Apple

Tequiling me Softly – Bay Leaf Tequila, Marigold, Fir – Zingy, Intense

Goose Springsteen – Rye Whiskey, Gooseberry – Fresh, Bitter

Citradora – Lemon Verbena Distillate “Martini” – Citrus, Clean

Any Port in a Storm – Port, Damson Brandy, Fennel Pollen – Deep, Herbal

Black Swan Oldstead Beers

Craft beers including:

54 Degrees North by Black Sheep, Masham 4.5% (bottle)

Cold Bath Hand-Crafted Lager by Cold Bath Brewing Company, Harrogate 4.2% (bottle)

Hellfire Pale Ale by Leeds Brewery 4.5% (can)

Black Swan Oldstead Awards

In 2017, the Black Swan Oldstead, which is owned by the Banks family and run by Tommy Banks, was named Best Restaurant in the World by TripAdvisor.

In July 2020, Tommy Banks’s Black Swan was named Best Restaurant in the UK and 4th in the world by TripAdvisor.

We agree – start planning your future trip now – we think you’ll love the Black Swan at Oldstead (and Yorkshire, England) experience.

Tommy Banks was Britain’s youngest chef to hold a Michelin Star – Local Yorkshire farmers Tom and Anne Banks bought the pub back in 2006. Their sons Tommy and James, then aged 17 and 19 at the time were put in charge. Seven years later, Tommy Banks became the youngest recipient of a Michelin star.

  • 1 Star Michelin Guide, 2023
  • Michelin Green Star, 2023
  • 4 Rosettes AA Rosette, 2023

Black Swan Oldstead Food Boxes

Black Swan Oldstead – Home delivery: Made In Oldstead is a UK Delivery Box service, started in 2020 by Tommy Banks. It is a premium, at-home dining experience, offering three and five-course menus for delivery in the UK.

Made In Oldstead food boxes go on sale every Wednesday for delivery the following week on Friday. You can choose between options of three different 3-course menus, or their Classic Weekend Food Box, which includes two different 3-course menus, each serving two people. Or perhaps try the Black swan Oldstead Signature Menu, a five-course menu and bottle of wine – perfect for those extra-special occasions.

Black Swan Oldstead Gift Vouchers

Black Swan Oldstead vouchers are available including:

Postal Voucher- Tasting Menu for Two at The Black Swan Oldstead

Postal Voucher – Overnight Stay & Drinks Package for Two at The Black Swan Oldstead

Email Voucher -Tasting Menu for Two at The Black Swan Oldstead

Postal Voucher – Monetary Voucher for The Black Swan Oldstead from £50 to £700 max

Black Swan Oldstead – Local Attractions – with Distances Away

A selection including:

Hunters of Helmsley Deli – stocking delicious food and drink

13 Market Place, Helmsley YO62 5BL

5.6 miles 

Helmsley Walled Garden

Cleveland Way, Helmsley YO62 5AH

5.4 miles 

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle Castlegate, Helmsley YO62 5AB England

5.5 miles 

Rievaulx Terrace and Temples – National Trust

Rievaulx Terrace & Temples Mossy Bank Wood, Helmsley YO62 5LJ

4.1 miles 

Thirsk Racecourse

Station Road, Thirsk YO7 1QL

6.8 miles 

GTS Adventure – Outdoor Activity Centre – Shooting, Archery, Mobile Climbing Wall, Canoeing and Kayaking

Huby YO611JB

9.1 miles 

Boltby Pony Trekking

Boltby, Thirsk YO7 2DY

4.9 miles 

Monk Park Farm – Meet the Animals, Children’s Rides, Café

Bagby YO7 2AG

3.9 miles 

Thirsk Museum

14-16 Kirkgate, Thirsk YO7 1PQ

6.5 miles 

Bettys Café Tea Rooms – Famous Elegant Georgian English Tearoom

High St, Northallerton DL7 8LF

17.3 miles

Captain Cook Museum

Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Grape Ln, Whitby YO22 4BA

44.9 miles

Magpie Café Whitby – Famous English Fish and ChipsDine-in or Take Away

14 Pier Rd, Whitby YO21 3PU

45.0 miles

Roots York – Tommy Banks’ Second Michelin Starred Restaurant – York City Centre

68 Marygate, York YO30 7BH

23.1 miles

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