The Black Swan
The Black Swan in Pickering is a privately owned 17th-century coaching inn situated at the top of the Market Place. With nine tidy letting rooms, a restaurant and bar in the main building, the popular Whistler’s Cocktail Bar housed in the old stables and Breworks Brewery in the old wash house, The Black Swan has something for everyone.
The owners are in the process of renovating the building, which had fallen into a state of disrepair prior to their ownership, so the venue is constantly evolving and changing. Art Deco is a common theme and the stylish new gents’ toilets have become a talking point for all the right reasons since being refurbished. The next planned renovation is the bar area, which will become a more comfortable place to relax, socialise, eat and drink.
The menu evokes a Mediterranean feel, drawing on the owners’ time spent in Turkey, but there are some old favourites for the more traditional palate. Ingredients are sourced locally wherever possible and the majority of the dishes are homemade. Any beer that isn’t sourced from the on-site brewery comes from within a 35-mile radius, with the exception of just one well-known lager and one popular cider.