North Yorkshire restaurant named best in world

North Yorkshire restaurant named best in world

A village pub has been named the best restaurant in the world in an international TripAdvisor poll based on customer reviews.

The Black Swan in Oldstead, North Yorkshire, beat fellow Brits Heston Blumenthal of The Fat Duck and Raymond Blanc of Le Manoir to the number one spot..

According to TripAdvisor, this is the first time a British restaurant has won the title since the awards began in 2012 with Blanc's Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons in Great Milton, Oxfordshire, came second.

The travel website said the winner was selected based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected on the site over a 12-month period.

The Black Swan, which has a Michelin star and 4 AA Rosettes, is a family-owned pub on the edge of the North York Moors, near Thirsk.

Set on two-and-a-half acres of land, almost all of the restaurant’s fruit and vegetables are grown on-site or on their parents’ farm down the road, where back-up beetroot, Jerusalem artichokes and potatoes are on tap.

It is run by the UK's youngest Michelin-starred chef Tommy Banks, who won the accolade four years ago at the age of 24, and his brother James.

Head chef Tommy said: "It's a huge honour to win this award, but what makes it really special is that it's been awarded because of feedback from our customers."

Martín Berasategui in Spain has held the title since 2015 but dropped down to fifth in this year’s poll.

Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck came 12th in the website's Travellers' Choice Favourite Fine Dining Restaurants Worldwide poll.

TripAdvisor said the awards differed from others as they were based on feedback from guests and "not based on a small judging panel".

This is how the website describes the food at The Black Swan:  "Dishes such as squid dressed in horseradish juice, Texel lamb with turnip and mint and cake made from chicory root and blackcurrant can be found on the menu, which promises a combination of amazing fresh produce straight from the garden, alongside special things that have been preserved from previous seasons.

The worldwide poll

1. The Black Swan, Oldstead, North Yorkshire, UK

2. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Great Milton, Oxfordshire, UK

3. Maison Lameloise, Chagny, France

4. L'Auberge de l'Ill, Illhaeusern, France

5. Martin Berasategui, Lasarte, Spain

6. Daniel, New York City, United States

7. La Colombe, Constantia, South Africa

8. David's Kitchen, Chiang Mai, Thailand

9. Maido, Lima, Peru

10. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain