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$$$$ Price range per person £78-100
Main Street, Oldstead
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Oldstead, England, United Kingdom

British cuisine under the direction of the talented chef is wonderful here. This bar offers you to try mouthwatering scallops, chicken dumplings and smoked eel. Do not go away without trying nicely cooked pudding, biscuits and ice cream. According to the visitors' opinions, waiters serve delicious chardonnay, draft beer or champagne. If you want to taste some great fresh juices, ice tea or espresso, Black Swan is a nice choice for you.

The intimate atmosphere of this place allows customers to relax after a hard working day. The competent staff works hard, stays positive and makes this place great. Fabulous service is something guests appreciate here. Prices are attractive for the quality you receive. As many reviewers state, this spot provides the divine decor. It's a Michelin one-star bar, this award is usually given for serving tasty meals.

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Oh my god, this was the best culinary experience I have ever had in my 57 years!! My wife and I came to GB from the US for 12 days to celebrate our 27 wedding anniversary. Yes it is a trek to get there, especially for someone not used to driving on the left side and down small winding country roads. But it was well worth it and I would do it again!! The tasting menu was amazing and each offering seemed better than the one prior. We spend the night before heading to airport to travel home, and we definitely saved the best for last. The staff was attentive and virtuous and as professional as any I have ever experienced. This is a once in a lifetime experience everyone who enjoys culinary masterpieces must do before they die!!
Middle of nowhere, casual dress, Michelin-starred. My husband and I went out of our way to eat and stay here. Was it worth the 3 hour journey from London (2-hr train ride, 1-hr by car) to make our reservation from 6-months earlier? Absolutely. Courses are small, but plenty. Staff are immensely courteous and thoughtful (they made a custom menu for our dietary needs and even had the chefs sign it before we left). And the setting couldn't be more idyllic. I'd suggest getting the wine pairing as it really completes the meal. Go ahead and stay the night as breakfast is included the next day. Just make sure to work out your travel from the train station to the restaurant. It really is out in the sticks.
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An absolutely fantastic experience enhanced by the charming and beautiful countryside that The Black Swan at Oldstead is nestled within - an area that I wouldn't have visited otherwise but am grateful for having done so. Make sure to make a small detour to Kilburn to see The Kilburn White Horse which stands firmly in the hillside. The Black Swan is a beautiful picturesque old pub full of warmth and charm. Upon arrival you are welcomed into the bar area for aperitifs where a log fire crackles and glows. Make sure to notice the Robert Thompson mouse carved into the bar. Great selection of small batch gins - I enjoyed a glass of Sir Robin of Locksley from Sheffield with tonic. Amuse bouche are served here before moving upstairs to the restaurant. The Smoked Eel and Apple Tartlets were light and well balanced in their flavours whilst the Chicken Dumpling was rich, satisfying and would sit well on the finest of dim sum plates in Hong Kong. The restaurant is more modern in decoration with an "open kitchen" where some of the dishes are prepared with a clear artistic love and attention to detail. Service is friendly, knowledgeable and attentive without being intrusive. Good selection of wines for most palates and wallets. I had the 10 course tasting menu which, at £85, felt like a bargain compared to the price of Michelin starred food in major cities. To start, a Mussel with Oyster Leaf canapé - so perfectly decorated that it felt wrong to eat it, but so tasty. Next up Langoustine with Caramelised Whey, served like a lollipop with a twig to hold it with - lovely textures and cooked to perfection. Venison Tartare followed - a small dish but rich in flavour and beautifully prepared and decorated. Sour Bread and Sour Butter was distinctive and a good filler in preparation for the main courses. The Monkfish with Asparagus and Onion, although delicious, was probably the weakest dish. The sauce tasted like heavy sweet soy sauce and was a bit overpowering in its saltiness for the delicate flavour of the fish. Still very enjoyable though. The Slowly Cooked Crapaudine Beetroot was the star of the menu. Cooked in beef fat (I believe), the beetroot takes on a heavier composition and is chewy and almost glutinous with all of the accompanying decorations providing broad and bold flavours. Absolutely fantastic! Scallop Cured with Rhubarb was another standout with the smoothness of the slightly charred scallops countering the tartness of the rhubarb, all tied together with a rich and balanced sauce. Herb-Fed Chicken with Wild Garlic from this Year and Last was another amazing creation with a blanket over the chicken in the form of a garlic leaf. The chicken was more warm than hot but extremely tasty. The first dessert was ice cream (or iced yoghurt?) Lollipops which were wonderfully innovative with their unique flavours. The Sheep's Milk with Douglas Fir Oil was also an memorable dessert with natural tastes of the season. The final dessert, served with coffee was Cake made from Artichoke, Chicory Root and Thyme. The combination worked well although the chicory root (?) was slightly bitter. A great end to a fantastic meal and experience. For most who visit The Black Swan at Oldstead, a significant journey will be involved but don't let that put you off...It's well worth the effort and will be one of those great food experiences.
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Main Street, Oldstead, England, United Kingdom, Y061 4BL
Delivery Outdoor seating Wi-Fi Сredit cards accepted Parking No takeaway Booking TV
Opening hours
SundaySun 11:00-17:00
MondayMon Closed
TuesdayTue Closed
WednesdayWed 11:00-14:00, 17:00-22:00
ThursdayThu 11:00-14:00, 17:00-22:00
FridayFri 11:00-14:00, 17:00-22:00
SaturdaySat 11:00-14:00, 17:00-22:00
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