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Yorkshire Day at Black Swan

23 July 2015
Yorkshire Day at Black Swan
With Yorkshire Day being held on the 1st August, Black Swan is joining the regional celebrations early with a Yorkshire centric banquet on Thursday 30th of July. Being lovers of everything Yorkshire from the fresh local produce to the masses of micro-breweries that the region is famed for, Black Swan has created six food and drink pairings showcasing the best of ‘Great’ Yorkshire gastronomy.

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The Black Swan, located on Call Lane, has a rustic and homely appeal making it a fitting venue for a Yorkshire inspired evening of dining and drinking. Head Chef Oliver Edwards who, being born and raised in Yorkshire, is unsurprisingly passionate about the excellent produce available in his home county and has worked tirelessly to create a feast that will entice any true Yorkshireman. Everything on the menu has been sourced from Yorkshire, from the local fish and chips featuring Scarborough Woof and coated in a batter made from Yorkshire beer, to accompaniments such as Sand Hutton asparagus known for its seasonal snap. Every detail of the event has been carefully curated to evoke and celebrate the Yorkshire landscape and the bounty of culinary goods it produces.

For Edwards, creating the menu for the event was about reflecting the sense of passion Yorkshire people have about food back into his dishes - as well as indulging himself by including a few of his well-loved favourites:

There is so much great produce and we work with so many great suppliers that they should be celebrated, too. When I think of Yorkshire food I automatically think about Yorkshire pudding, a personal favourite of mine, which will indeed be making a special appearance on our banquet menu.

Having worked for Michelin star restaurants previously and even served the Queen, Edwards is set to impress with his six course set menu that includes dishes such as Rabbit Loin (Wetherby) with asparagus and red wine onions and Pork Belly (Leeds) served with Lishman’s black pudding, Scotch egg and salt baked ‘Sack "o" tatties’.

For those enticed by the sweet and sour deliciousness of the iconic Yorkshire rhubarb, Black Swan has produced a hat trick with their Rhubarb Triangle dessert trio. The Triangle will include a white chocolate and rhubarb tart, a parkin & rhubarb trifle and a rhubarb Yorkshire Mess which will all be paired with Ilkley Brewery’s famous vanilla and rhubarb zingy ‘Siberia’ beer. The title of the dessert plays on the Rhubarb Triangle, an area of Yorkshire between Wakefield, Morley and Rothwell which at one point produced 90% of the world's rhubarb. The whole foodie affair will then close with a Yorkshire Cheese Board using Thirsk-based Shepherd’s Purse Cheeses.

Each course will be paired with a Yorkshire brewed beer or drink that has been specially chosen to complement and enhance the flavour of the dish it accompanies. This includes beers from Ilkley Brewery, Magic Rock Brewing (Huddersfield), Great Heck Brewing (Goole) and Summer Wine Brewery (Holmfirth).

As a relatively new venue on Call Lane, the Great Yorkshire Banquet gives you the perfect opportunity to return to a new favourite or try out somewhere different with the reassurance that you will be served some top Yorkshire nosh and have the chance to sample beers from local breweries that are making a name for themselves worldwide. There will also be the opportunity to show off your Yorkshire knowledge with a Yorkshire themed quiz. This will be given to each table and will then be collected at dessert with those with the greatest knowledge crowned Yorkshire champions and awarded with prizes. The team at the Black Swan has also told ticket holders to expect a few surprises thrown in along the way!

The Great Yorkshire Banquet will be held at the Black Swan on the 30th July and is priced at £39.95 per person and considering the amount and quality of the food used, as well as the beer accompanying each dish, this could be seen as a bit of six course bargain! Tickets are available on their website.

Becky Peartree is our resident food writer and is in her final year at Leeds University where she studies English Literature.