Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ten-Course Temptation ; TRAVELAustralian Culinary Whizzkid Chef Paul Peters Has Fulfilled His Dream by Setting Up a Restaurant in North Yorkshire. ANGELA UPEX Reports

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ten-Course Temptation ; TRAVELAustralian Culinary Whizzkid Chef Paul Peters Has Fulfilled His Dream by Setting Up a Restaurant in North Yorkshire. ANGELA UPEX Reports

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THE traditional North Yorkshire hotel is a far cry from Sydney where Paul Peters started his culinary journey. Fast forward a few decades and Paul has been at the helm of the Black Swan Hotel's restaurant since 2009, and the Gallery has received acclaim from diners and reviewers alike.

On arrival we were shown to our room in the former coaching inn, which dates back four centuries. The large en-suite bedroom, with dedicated sitting area, offers commanding views over Helmsley's attractive Market Square.

Each bedroom's decor is different in theme and style. Our's was exquisite and the room had a huge comfortable bed and a flatscreen plasma television, internet connection and extensive storage space.

The bathroom was spotless, complete with Molton Brown toiletries.

After a hot cup of tea and shortbread we were ready to explore the town, though I admit it was hard to leave the room.

We loved Helmsley. This attractive market town has characterful inns, boutiques, bakeries and dramatic castle ruins, so we were happy bunnies.

The Black Swan is a fantastic base. Within five minutes you have the North Yorkshire Moors while the Yorkshire coast and the historic city of York and the spa town of Harrogate are within easy driving distance.

Also within travelling distance are another couple of interesting buildings, Middleham Castle, once the home of Richard III, and Barnard Castle, a former Norman stronghold.

After a good stomp around the town and surrounding areas it was back to the room before dinner, the highlight of our stay.

We arrived in the Cygnet bar on the first floor for aperitifs. The wine list contains close to 200 different wines and Champagnes. We sampled a glass of Champagne before we were taken down to the dining room.

It was a Saturday night and there wasn't a free table but ours was fantastic, enabling us to see all the other couples in the two AA-Rosette restaurant, the Gallery. …

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