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Both an “Inn” and a restaurant. Both awarded.
The Black Swan at Oldstead was created by The Banks family who have lived and farmed around Oldstead for centuries. The current generation are so rooted in the surroundings that The Black Swan could only be at Oldstead.
Plenty of tradition and culture cut through with a modern earthy exuberance, The Black Swan at Oldstead is widely acclaimed for its unique ethos and style.
There is a real sense of nature and the seasons; of fresh tastes straight from the fields and woods; of age-old methods merging into dynamic modern innovation and running through everything is a true feeling of purpose and place.
With field scale crops on the farm and 2 acres of growing beds and terraces in the ‘garden’ adjoining The Black Swan, Tommy and the team produce wonderfully diverse seasonal menus with a real connection between field and plate.
The kitchen and front-of-house team spend many hours working outside; they really understand what the food is and why it’s on the plate; they know the whole story from start to finish.
“I see the Black Swan as a co-operative of minds. We have great people working here; some real characters with tremendous talent and it’s their coming together that creates something special. We want our guests to feel part of it and experience it with us. It’s not just a job for us, it’s a lifestyle”
Tommy Banks, Head Chef