Saturday 10th May. When the sun shines like this you have to seize the day. Arranged to meet Tony and Pat at the White Swan on Tony’s recommendation. Started the day with a look at Pern’s Delli in Helmsley and regretted not taking a cool bag to bring things back but a well stocked and interesting shop to be revisited. Also on another note whilst in Helmsley there is an excellent discount book store just off the market square and we bought Jamie Oliver’s monster 448 page ‘Cook with Jamie’ book for a bargain price.
After arriving at the White Swan in open top carriages (of the non horse variety) the first impression of this country pub was of the excellent decor and homely atmosphere. Lunch was chosen from the blackboard menu with Linda ordering the Beefburger and I decided on the ‘White Swan Platter’ a smorgasbord of fish, meat and cheeses with accompaniments. Presentation and quality of food was of a high standard.
One of the best impressions of the White Swan was the excellent service. When we arrived we had drinks in the garden with an indoor table being reserved for our meal. We then returned to the garden for our deserts and coffees which where the only bits I remembered to photograph as the pictures testify.
This was a great choice by Tony and one which we hope to return.
Take a look by clicking on this link … www.thewhiteswan-ampleforth.co.uk/