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The White Swan Inn

Discover Yorkshire from your Saddle

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With the Tour de France starting in Yorkshire this summer cycling has never been so popular. If you have been inspired and are itching to get on your bike, this is the place to stay!

There’s something for everyone, whether it be a challenging tour over the moors, an exhilarating buzz through Dalby forest or taking something of a steady pace through tranquil scenery. Whether you plan your own route, let us personally recommend our favourites or head out on a guided tour (arranged locally) there are endless options and we guarantee all will be equally rewarding.

After a day in the saddle your room at The White Swan Inn offers the very best in comfort with deep baths and showers ideal for relaxing those aching limbs and you’ll certainly need some fuel; settle into our traditional bar or The Bothy for a well-earned drink before sampling some of the region’s best food in our 2AA Rosette restaurant (and after all those calories expended during your ride there’s no need for any guilt after sampling our famous chocolate cake!)

We offer secure bike storage and bike washing facilities, we can dry clothing, pack you a picnic and will generally bend over backwards to assist in making your stay nothing short of perfect.

Haven’t got a bike, that’s no problem, there are a few places we recommend where you can hire locally.

After the exercise and fresh air, deeply satisfying food, drink and refreshing sleep you’ll be restored, reset and ready for anything! Where better to come and spend a couple of days.

Christmas at The White Swan Inn

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Now, we realise that you don’t want to be thinking about Christmas in June but we thought we’d give you a gentle nudge to save you disappointment later in the year …

Here’s how you could be spending this Christmas.

Chrsitmas at The White Swan Inn


Mother’s Day

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Treat your mum to lunch, dinner or a stay on the day that celebrates how truly fabulous she is. You can be sure it will put a smile on her face.

Take a look at our Mother’s day lunch menu here.

Call us on 01751 472288 or email welome@white-swan.co.uk.

Easter Breaks

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Easter is just a few weeks away and if you are looking for a family break you need look no further. Your children are truly welcome here and there’s plenty to keep little ones busy in the surrounding area, check out our Pinterest Board for inspiration – http://www.pinterest.com/thewhiteswaninn/family-friendly-days-out/

A Charming Trail of Yorkshire Hidden History

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So were you one of those children that liked to rearrange the furniture in their bedrooms every so often?  I definitely fell into that camp and the urge to do something new with furniture & decorating is never stronger at this time of year.  Maybe it is the hope that once spring has sprung the house will look beautiful despite the dirty windows or maybe it is because we are more housebound through the winter months and want to make the most of our surroundings?  The White Swan Inn can help you with all of the above!!!

We have put together a lovely reason to come and have a few days at The White Swan Inn. Enjoy the cosy, spoiling surroundings possibly even sleeping in one of our beautiful antique beds AND making the most of the charming antique shops and inspiring auction houses that really are on our doorstep.

You can start by walking out the front door onto the market place and by foot there are five shops including one market that will whet your appetite for that inspirational find.

Armed with a packed hamper lunch from Feast, our deli next door, jump in the car and head to Thornton Dale, next is a stop off in Snainton before heading further east to the seaside and Scarborough. We will give you directions to a couple of shops and an auction house then suggest you head north to Whitby – maybe have a stroll round the old town & a cup of tea while you make a few discoveries and enjoy the sea air.  Next head to the town’s auction house before driving back over the moors through Glaisdale, Kildale, Hutton le Hole and Kirkbymoorside.  And enjoying a slice of our beautiful county on the way.

There’s another couple of shops to explore here and a brilliant auction house – maybe leave a bid or ask them to call you so you can bid on the telephone at their next sale – very exciting.  Then it is a fifteen minute drive back to Pickering and to us to the bar for some refreshments in front of the fire and a slap up supper.

For more information on our antiques trail call reception on 01751 472288 or email us at welcome@white-swan.co.uk.


Oh Noel it’s Christmas!

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Oh nöel it’s that time of year again when we start writing lists and generally need to get organised to insure against a Christmas Eve headless chicken (or turkey!) feeling.  Forget panic buying of dodgy aftershave in the local chemist or a box of whatever the BP garage might have.  The White Swan and Feast can help with your every need!

From gift ideas and tasty treats to take home from Feast – they love a bit of feastive spirit in our deli! To vouchers for dinner, lunch or a stay at The White Swan – wouldn’t it be nice to see a face you love light up with a gift that they would really & truly enjoy.

AND we still have a few spaces for dinner and a room or two for New Years Eve so if the thought of Christmas at home is leaving you frazzled then think how lovely it might be to get that over with and jump in the car for some proper rest and relaxation!  We are open all the way through December and January – think about some fresh air, bracing walks, a trip on the steam railway and some delicious food – wouldn’t that treat make it all infinitely more bearable?

Half Term Holiday Adventures – Home

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We had to go home today but first we went to Feast as Mum said that after such a lovely week there was no way she was going to do any cooking all weekend – Dad made a face but said it was a good idea.  She bought LOADS but it all looks yummy and there was even some white chocolate raspberry blondie brownies which I cannot wait to eat.  I got that bug and my sister got that telescope thing – Mum even managed to buy some Christmas presents – is that soon?  We said we had to make a calendar when we got home so we could tick off the days!


1 – It is in Yorkshire which is not far and I can read the menus myself

2 – There are really cool things to do close by – we didn’t even get to do half of what we wanted

3 – Everyone that works there smiles at you and they give you extra fish and chips if you say you like them a lot

4 – You can even bring your dog if you want – there were two staying with their owners and they didn’t mind us stroking them at all

5 – They have even more DVDs than I have EVER seen and Mum says they are very child friendly (whatever that means)

Mum says that we might come again and bring Granny and Grandpa – Dad made another funny face and said that was a really good idea!

Thomas (Age 10)


Half Term Holiday Adventures – Train Day & Halloween!

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We were very excited and Dad went to get our picnic from Feast – it took him so long that mum thinks he had a quiet coffee and a read of the newspaper!  There were costume and colouring competitions and a display of creepy crawlies with a chance to ask questions and handle the bugs and animals – At Levisham there was the pumpkin trail and some falcons – I didn’t really fancy touching them but some children did – it would have been better if there had been an owl. When we got to Goathland station we took part in apple bobbing and searched for hidden pumpkins around the station. At Grosmont which is the last station there was even a magician and we finally finished the pumpkin trail.  The train back to Pickering was quiet compared to the one in the morning – I think some people were tired!

Half Term Holiday Adventures – Birds of Prey

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While we were having our fish and chips last night one of the waiters told us about a bird of prey centre which was only twenty minutes away – he said it was great so we decided to give it a go today.

We got there in time for the 11.30 flying display – there was  a man and a lady who walked down to where we were sitting with a bird perched on their arm – there was an owl and a harris hawk – my sister liked the owl best and it even came and sat next to her.  We learned all about the different birds there and then you can walk round and see them in their aviaries.  It is in the grounds of a house called Duncombe Park which Mum said was where this program called Parade’s End was filmed – Dad made a face and said something about a costume drama.

We had an early tea again and a DVD but they gave some owl colouring in to do which was great.

Half Term Holiday Adventures – A Ginormous House and Some Shops!

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Today we went to Castle Howard which is not like a Castle at all but it is the most ginormous house I have ever seen.  There were some shops but not too many which was good (Why do girls like shops so much – they are too weird.  Dad said that we had better keep them happy and look in), there was a really cool adventure playground and we did a terrifying tree trail outside which was brilliant! Then Mum and Dad wanted to look inside, there was some massive rooms with lots of paintings in them and an exhibition about wars which was pretty interesting.

We went back to the White Swan and the lady suggested that we might like some Fish and Chips which was the best idea ever!

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