We are from Yorkshire but Oldstead being somewhat out of the way we’ve never really explored this quiet corner of the Yorkshire Moors and were surprised by the picture postcard village of Coxwold on the way and the beautiful setting of the Black Swan with views from the restaurant out onto their own gardens and fields.
The evening started with a drink in the downstairs stone flagged bar area. This place is very much a high end restaurant rather than a pub so no cask ale but a good selection of local craft ales amongst some well-known brands too. They also specialise in cocktails made from botanicals and herbs grown in their garden or foraged from nearby.
On to the meal, we went for the tasting menu which at £85 is not exactly cheap but the quality of the food was excellent so well worth it. In total 14 ‘sequences’ which consisted of four snacks, four starters, two main dishes, three desert dishes and some petit fours to finish. The food was fantastic heavily influenced by the seasonal vegetables grown in their gardens complimented by foraged herbs and quality produce. The raw Galloway beef with oyster leaves and sea trout with squid and lettuce were stand out dishes for me.
The service was excellent, attentive and informative but also personable. The food is described in detail with the provenance of all the ingredients known. The staff were also more than happy to provide details on local attractions and walks. My only qualm was the wine list, the fourth cheapest bottle was around the £50 mark and the averaged seemed to be about £70. There were a couple of less expensive options available but I think they could so with a few more at the lower end of the price range.
Overall a beautiful setting, lovely staff and fantastic food. I would definitely recommend, though get in quick as chef Tommy Banks is due to be on the Great British Menu later this year.