Book a babysitter: Black Swan Hemsley

You know the score: book a babysitter at least a month in advance to get away for one night, in which you fret and worry for the majority of the time at what exactly the grandparents are feeding them and if in fact, the people who managed to raise you into an actual normal person, haven’t managed to kill your offspring. It’s OK. Queen Elsa from Disney’s Frozen had it right the whole time.

So in that vain, you’ve turned over a new leaf  (letting it go and all that) and you’re off to the Black Swam in Hemsley. Tell me more, you say. OK, here go’s…

The Black Swan Hotel, Helmsley, located right in the heart of this pretty, award-winning market town’s heart, is the ideal place to stay from which to visit other beauty spots in North Yorkshire – with its own Arts Centre, mediaeval castle, walled gardens, stately home, bird of prey centre and myriad of boutiques, galleries and artisan shops, including Hunter’s Delicatessen and Helmsley Wines, the town itself has so much to offer.swan06

To showcase the incredible culinary talents of new Head Chef Alan O’Kane, The Black Swan, Helmsley (North Yorkshire to you and I) has two tantalisingly good, delicious offers to tempt food lovers, parents and those desperate to eat a AA Rosette standard meal with the one they love. Bliss.

‘A Bit of a Dish’ is an overnight stay designed with foodies in mind, or linger longer with the two-night ‘Commitment to Cuisine’ break if you have capable and understanding parents yourself.


Both packages are a celebration of the finest produce on offer in North Yorkshire. A delectable feast of local fayre from river, sea, farm and moorland, about which Chef Alan is completely passionate and which inspire his creative blend of unique taste and texture combinations.

Both stays include the six-course tasting menu in the hotel’s 3 AA rosette restaurant The Gallery, which perfectly showcase his talent and will delight those who appreciate good food and wines.   

‘A Bit of a Dish’ includes:

  • Overnight accommodation in a Classic bedroom
  • Sweet treats and a glass of Champagne on arrival (in one of the lounges, bar or gardens)
  • Pre-dinner canapés
  • Six-course tasting menu in the evening
  • Full Yorkshire breakfast
  • From £249 per couple

‘Committed to Cuisine’ includes:

  • Two night’s accommodation in a Classic bedroom
  • Sweet treats and a glass of Champagne on arrival (in one of the lounges, bar or gardens)
  • Canapés pre dinner on the first evening of your stay
  • Six-course tasting menu on the first evening
  • Two course à la carte dining on the second evening
  • Full Yorkshire breakfast
  • From £439 per couple

Guests wishing to upgrade to a superior or feature room can do so for the special rate of £30 (normally £45 per room per night).  Offer valid until 31 March 2017, for arrivals Sunday – Thursday eves, not including Bank Holidays.


The Black Swan Hotel stands proudly at the head of Helmsley’s marketplace and has been enjoyed its reputation as a place with a warm welcome and fine hospitality for well over 500 years now – a trend which is set to continue. And we cannot wait.


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