Food & Drink
The Black Swan Oldstead, in a Rural British Village, Named Best Restaurant in the World
Here's a new excuse to head to England.

Northern England's village of Oldstead is home to a population of just 68, but that small crowd can eat very well.

That's because the Black Swan at Oldstead, a family-run pub in the area 230 miles north of London, was just declared the best fine-dining restaurant in the world in TripAdvisor's 2017 Travelers' Choice awards.

The travel website describes the winner as: "A tantalizing trip for the taste buds. This restaurant is truly a box of delights. The flavors, combinations of ingredients, and skill in putting together the menu are joyous."

The Black Swan Oldstead

While Tommy Banks had previously been Britain's youngest Michelin-starred chef, he said the recent accolade has resulted in unprecedented attention. "We never imagined quite how big it would become," Banks told Bloomberg. "Things just went crazy. The phone rang off the hook, and e-mails, e-mails, e-mails."

A cocktail made with raspberry and anise hyssop

If you're looking for a reservation in 2017, you're out of luck; Banks said after the award news was reported the restaurant "took 1,200 bookings in four hours, and that has filled us up for the rest of the year."

The restaurant is attached to an inn with eight bedrooms.

Banks serves one dining option: a tasting menu for £95, with drink pairings available for an additional £60. A sample menu on the restaurant's site mentions dishes like cod with cauliflower and parsley and scallop with fermented celeriac.

Of the other 25 restaurants named in the awards, which are based on reviews from millions of TripAdvisor users, Daniel in New York City is the only one representing the United States.

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