The best restaurant in the world isn't a snobby silver service spot in London, Paris or New York — it's a village pub in the English countryside, according to a new poll. The Black Swan in Oldstead, Yorkshire, scored the coveted No. 1 spot in ...
The best restaurant in the world isn’t a snobby silver service spot in London, Paris or New York — it’s a village pub in the English countryside, according to a new poll.
The Black Swan in Oldstead, Yorkshire, scored the coveted No. 1 spot in TripAdvisor’s 2017 rankings, which are based on millions of user reviews from the past 12 months and were released Wednesday.
Only one US restaurant cracked the top 10 — French celebrity chef Daniel Boulud’s Upper East Side flagship Daniel, which also boasts two Michelin stars.
The Black Swan, which features a $125 tasting menu that includes squid in horseradish juice and lobster with onion and gooseberry, has one Michelin star — but its chef says the TripAdvisor accolades are a particular honor.
“What makes it really special is that it’s been awarded because of feedback from our customers,” chef Tommy Banks told The Guardian.
Banks’s family has lived in Oldstead, about 20 miles out of York, for generations and his brother, James, runs the eatery’s front of house.
The Black Swan enjoys a five-star rating, and hundreds of gushing reviews on the travel website.
“The food is amazing, truly wow, starts amazing finishes amazing, you need to keep hold of the menu to assist when you go back and judge each course. Never knew beetroot could taste so good, the raw beef is on another level completely out of this world,” wrote Martin P after a meal last weekend.
Coming in just behind the Black Swan in the rankings was another British eatery, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, followed by Maison Lameloise and L’Auberge de l’Ill, both in France, and Spain’s Martin Berasategui.
The top five in the US, after Daniel, was Victoria & Albert’s in Orlando, the Charleston Grill in Charleston, Alinea in Chicago, and Chef and the Farmer in Kinston, North Carolina.
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