The White Swan

Once a stop-over for the York-to-Whitby stagecoach, this 16th-century coaching inn is today a ‘lovely, friendly’ spot, its window boxes abloom in season. More

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The White Swan
Market Place
YO18 7AA
01751 472288

Hotel information


21. 9 in annexe.


all year.


lounge, bar, restaurant, private dining room, Bothy residents’ lounge/event room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), small terrace (alfresco meals), secure bicycle storage, 1½-acre grounds, unsuitable for disabled.

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all ages welcomed.


allowed in bedrooms (not unattended), not in restaurant (owners may dine with dogs in snug).

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Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


[2017] per room B&B single £129–£169, double £159–£199, D,B&B single £159–£199, double £219–£259. À la carte £38. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

Once a stopover for the York-to-Whitby stagecoach, this 16th-century coaching inn is today a ‘lovely, friendly’ spot, its window boxes abloom in season. It has been owned by the Buchanan family for 35 years. The cosy, traditional bar (old beams, tartan carpet, local ales, mismatched wooden chairs) is a popular watering hole; in the restaurant, chef Darren Clemmit’s ‘short and simple’ menus please. Served in the smart dining room, Yorkshire produce features in ‘honest dishes’ such as grilled Lowna goat’s cheese, beetroot relish, Cheddar biscuit; ‘beautifully cooked rabbit with pistachio and pickled raspberries’. Stay the night in a bedroom supplied with tea, coffee, home-made biscuits and the bathrobes to enjoy them in. Rooms in the main house are more traditionally styled; those in the converted stables are ‘a delight: airy, spacious, well appointed’. Board games and books await by the log-burner in the beamed Bothy lounge. The inn stands in the midst of the action in this ‘delightful market town’, so plug in the electric car (there are three charging units) and explore on foot; two minutes down the street, hop aboard the heritage steam train to the coast.

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The White Swan
Market Place
YO18 7AA

Guest comments

'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 - April, 2015
'Excellent service, good food, value for money. A good centre for coast and country. ' - Margery Miller - March, 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 - July, 2014
'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 - August, 1208

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