The tearooms at The Black Swan Hotel, are a highlight of Helmsley for all those who love afternoon tea, and on 7th December they celebrate their tenth anniversary.
Back in 2007, Marco Pierre White was guest of honour to open the Tearooms, which are an integral part of the hotel itself. The antique Grandfather clock tick tocking in the corner, mismatched crockery, linen napkins, tiered cake stands and traditional silver cutlery, all add to the feel of country style and timeless charm, just like Helmsley itself.
Traditional Afternoon Tea is served on vintage fine bone-china crockery, with dainty finger sandwiches, filled with delicious savouries, such as Yorkshire Baked Ham with Mustard Mayonnaise and Cucumber, cream cheese and chive; a selection of melt-in-the-mouth patisserie, with home-made scones, served with a choice of home-made preserves and thick clotted local cream.
As you may expect, there is a wonderful array of quality loose teas to choose from, including black, green, white teas and herbal infusions. The most popular choice is the Black Swan Blend (First Flush Assam and Ceylon teas) and some more exotic ones, for the adventurous, include Phoenix Oolong and Flowering Osmanthus, along with a delicious range of coffees and other beverages.
To celebrate this milestone Birthday, and a decade of awards and sweet success, the hotel has some lovely birthday surprises in store for its customers to thank many of them for their loyalty.
‘Something’s Brewing’ ~ for those who wish to stay the night – This special B&B stay includes Traditional Afternoon Tea, with finger sandwiches, patisserie, a miniature Birthday Cake, complete with candle, home-baked scones with home-made preserves and clotted cream. As a special Birthday treat, enjoy a half bottle of Champagne to toast this special occasion and a there’s box of tea from The Black Swan Tea Company’s award-winning range of ‘Cygnet Teas’ to take home. (From £95 pp based upon two sharing a classic bedroom, full English breakfast is also included, until 23/12/17, see website)
‘Limited Edition’ Birthday Afternoon teas ~ a special treat to enjoy – All Afternoon Teas sold between now and the Tearoom’s birthday in December, will have a miniature Birthday cake, complete with candle, to mark the Birthday celebrations.
Birthday Treat ~ for shared celebrations – Anyone visiting the Tearooms to celebrate their own Birthday, between now and 7th December, will enjoy Afternoon tea on their Birthday completely free of charge (proof is required, see online for t+c’s)
‘Throwback Thursday’ – 7th December 2017 ~ for those who enjoy a bargain! – On the 10th Birthday, 7th December, customers can enjoy Birthday Afternoon tea for the original price that would have been charged when the tearooms opened, i.e. £14.95 per person, instead of today’s price of £21.95. Pre-booking is essential, so ensure to book in fast……
Afternoon Tea at The Black Swan has won armfuls of awards over the years, and is always an occasion to truly savour, sourcing most of the ingredients, where possible, from the rural food producers in this beautiful area of North Yorkshire and you can certainly taste the difference. It can also be served in the hotels lounges by a roaring log fire or in the pretty English tiered gardens to the rear of the property… as the weather and your mood dictates!
The Black Swan’s tearoom is a popular haunt for hotel residents, locals, tourists passing through, special occasion gatherings, as well as events such as tea dances. Serving a wonderful selection of hot beverages, light meals, parties and cakes and of course, traditional afternoon teas are also served daily. The Black Swan offers the perfect retreat from the rest of the world. Offering boundless hospitality, home from home country comfort, roaring fires, exceptional cuisine and the lure of a traditional Yorkshire tea room. Situated on the boundary of the stunning North York Moors National Park, the market town of Helmsley is the perfect gateway to all that North Yorkshire has to offer.