Designed and Made in Oldstead

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  1. I absolutely love the Black Swan, apart from the amazing food (we are vegetarian so they produced a special menu for us) the ambience was quite something. Their fabulous staff gave us some background on the gardens etc, if you get the chance, this is the place to go.


      1. We have enjoyed visiting the Black Swan on numerous occasions over the years, from the time before the rooms were added, a treat one New Year’s Eve, a visit a month ago, and again with friends from Peckham in London last Thursday where we were looked after so well by Alan, each time very special. We and our London friends have followed the fantastic journey of Tommy on the Great British Menu which makes us all so proud to have such an amazing self taught talent in North Yorkshire.
        We have a long established family business in Northallerton known as Barkers, we have a store on the High Street and a Home store on the edge of town and we recently hosted a demonstration by the chef Ken Hom, this was a great success with 140 people coming to watch him. I hope you don’t feel I am being too forward but we would be thrilled if Tommy could be persuaded to put in an appearance in our store creating one of his dishes?
        If you think this could be possible I would be more than happy to meet and discuss it further.
        My mobile is 07976 820161 and land line 01609 780770.
        Best Wishes and Congratulations,
        Charles Barker.

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      2. Hello Mr Barker,

        Apologies for the delay in getting back to you. Thank you for getting in touch, and we of course know all about Barkers!

        Unfortunately as Tommy is extremely busy filming at the moment he is unable to commit to any live demos or any appearances. He is honoured to have been asked though and is hoping that his schedule may settle down a little next year. If this is the case he will of course get in touch with you.

        Thank you again for getting in touch, and we hope to welcome you back to The Black Swan again soon!

        Kindest regards,



      3. Thanks Rachel, I fully understand, we will be back and wish Tommy and the team every success, please pass on our congratulations, Charles Barker.

        Barkers Ltd High Street, Northallerton, DL7 8LP

        Also at Barkers HOME, Yafforth Road, Northallerton, DL7 8UB


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