The world’s top two restaurants are in the UK according to TripAdvisor.
If you thought you needed to fly to New York or Paris for the best fine dining experience in the world, you might be surprised to know you can find it in the UK; Yorkshire in fact.
The Black Swan at Oldstead, north Yorkshire, run by two-time Great British Menu winner Tommy Banks, has taken the top spot in the 2017 Travellers’ Choice Restaurant Awards by TripAdvisor. While Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons in New Milton, Oxfordshire, came in second place.
At 26 headchef Tommy Banks is Britain’s youngest Michelin starred chef (after being awarded the accolade at 24). He took over The Black Swan with his brother James when they were just 17 and 19, and they’ve since transformed the Yorkshire pub into a world class fine dining restaurant, with a focus on celebrating Yorkshire and British produce.
Tommy, whose menu includes squid dressed in horseradish juice and cake made from chicory root and blackcurrant, says: “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.”
A tasting menu at The Black Swan costs £95 (€106) per person.