Tommy Banks is Britain’s youngest chef to hold a Michelin Star. Other awards for his unpretentious, innovative cooking include 4 AA Rosettes, being placed 28th in The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants, along with being included in their Top 100 Hotels in the UK 2018. He is ably supported by brother James, Front of House, and a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and dedicated wider team. The Black Swan Oldstead was named the World’s Best Rated Restaurant in the Trip Advisor Awards 2017 with it's accommodation being rated AA 5 Stars. They also came No.20 in the National Restaurant Awards 2018.
The original building dates back to the 16th century and comprises a relaxing pre-dinner bar area with stone-flagged floors, oak tables and an inviting open fire. The recently refurbished restaurant is a more modern and open space, featuring light furnishings and clean lines. The introduction of an open kitchen adds to the dynamic style and delivery of a seasonally changing menu.
Guests are accommodated in one of nine delightful rooms, four of which are ground floor rooms adjoining the restaurant and a further five in The Villa a recently refurbished Georgian house a few paces away. Décor is a combination of warm, period features and fresh, natural tones.
The Black Swan offers a Tasting menu, which is critically acclaimed for its commitment to locally sourced ingredients and uses a combination of age-old and modern culinary techniques. Emphasis is on the short journey from field to plate, made achievable by the extensive, adjacent kitchen garden and the family farm in Oldstead itself.
The two acre garden is now in it's 4th year. The breadth and depth of the planting scheme allows the chefs to utilise a diverse range of ingredients to add flavour and texture to a largely self-sufficient and vibrant seasonal menu.
The wine list is wide-ranging and eclectic, preferring to step away from the mainstream and provide a varied selection from diverse and often lesser-known regions and producers. Wines are available by the glass, using the Coravin system, and also by the bottle. Thoughtfully selected wine parings are available to compliment both dinner menus.