The White Swan  (Shortlist*)

On the main street of a 'nice old market town', this 16th-century former coaching inn is a hub of community life. It is managed by Catherine Feather for Victor and Marion Buchanan, who have owned the inn for 29 years. On the first and second floors of the main building, bedrooms are traditionally styled; more modern rooms are in the Hideaway, the converted stables across the open courtyard. Hotel guests have use of the Bothy, a converted barn with sofas, a wood-burning stove, complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits, newspapers and magazines, and a television; in the cosy restaurant, long-serving chef Darren Clemmit serves 'honest food'. Children are well catered for with special menus, toys, board games and colouring pens. Yorkshire breakfasts. Lounge, bar, bothy, restaurant; private dining rooms. Small terrace; 11/2-acre grounds. Free Wi-Fi. No background music. Conferences/meetings. Children (early suppers, cots, baby monitors), and dogs (in some annexe rooms) welcomed. 21 bedrooms (9 in annexe, on ground floor). Per room B&B single £119--£159, double £149--£189. D,B&B £149--£249 per person
  • In its modest way, it is lovely. The new rooms in the converted stables are a delight: airy, spacious, appropriately furnished and well appointed (splendid bathroom with a good big bath, walk-in shower and practical sink.) Nice bath-robes too. Plus what is effectively your own little patio. The restaurant menu is short and simple, so they can do it, and it’s fresh, simply and beautifully cooked. The excellent breakfast has really good bacon, first-rate kippers and smoked haddock with poached egg. The service is excellent. Not a hint of the obsequious, just naturally friendly people doing their job and working happily as a team.

    Josie & Tony Green, 20/07/2015

  • It could not have been better. It is well-established traditional inn in a delightful small market town. The staff were consistently smiling and caring. The food was honest, attractively presented and in ‘Yorkshire portions ‘ which can be off-putting to some. Our rooms in the annexe were modern and extremely comfortable; that is the word that best describes the whole stay.

    John Baynham, 10/04/2015

  • Excellent service, good food, value for money. A good centre for coast and country.

    Margery Miller, 24/03/2015

  • It was all that we expected. The ‘hidden’ room that we chose provided accommodation of a very good standard with the benefit of car parking very near our door. We enjoyed our dinner; belly pork and roast lamb rump being h highlights of a menu that did not change much from day to day but offered ample choice. Breakfasts good too. In terms of efficiency and friendliness, we considered the service to be outstanding.

    John Charnley, 30/08/2014

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Pickering Castle
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The White Swan

Market Place, PICKERING North Yorkshire England YO18 7AA


01751 472288