'World's best restaurant' is in tiny British village - ever heard of it?

Black Swan in Yorkshire is run by the country's youngest Michelin star chef


The Black Swan's win is the first for a UK restaurant since the awards began in 2012

A restaurant run by the country's youngest Michelin star chef has become the first British restaurant to be named the best in the world, by people who have eaten there.

The Black Swan in the tiny village of Oldstead in North Yorkshire, has won the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards, based on reviews left by customers over the last year.

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The restaurant with rooms is the first in the UK to top the world category since the awards began in 2012, reports Gazette Live .

Chef Tommy Banks , who has appeared on BBC's Great British Menu, has also ended the two year reign of Martín Berasategui in Spain which had held the title since 2015.

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Credits: handoutTommy Banks, chef-proprietor of the Black Swan at Oldstead, during the Great British Menu this year

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Mr Banks and his brother James took over the restaurant at the ages of just 17 and 19.

And the chef, who got through to the Great British Menu banquet this year, is also the youngest Michelin star chef, winning his at just 24.

Since taking over The Black Swan, they and their parents have transformed the quaint Yorkshire pub into the world's best rated fine dining restaurant.

There are just three UK restaurants in the top 25, including Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck, which comes in 12th.

The awards are based on the millions of reviews and opinions on TripAdvisor gathered over a year.

This year is the first time that The Black Swan at Oldstead has appeared in the Travellers' Choice Awards for Restaurants.

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The restaurant, owned and run by the Banks family, with Tommy and James heading up the kitchen and front of house respectively, is set on edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, between Thirsk and Helmsley.

Dishes such as squid dressed in horseradish juice, Texel lamb with turnip and mint and cake made from chicory root and blackcurrant can be found on the menu, which promises a combination of amazing fresh produce straight from the garden, alongside special things that have been preserved from previous seasons.

Mr Banks said: "It's a huge honour to win this award, but what makes it really special is that it's been awarded because of feedback from our customers."

Travellers' Choice Restaurants awards winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for restaurants around the world.

Credits: Gazette Live WSTommy Banks has also cooked on the Great British Menu for judges including Prue Leith

TripAdvisor spokesperson, Hayley Coleman said: "What makes these awards different is they are not based on a small judging panel, but on millions of reviews posted over twelve months. To win, a restaurant has to deliver both excellence and – crucially - consistency.

"Given how competitive the global restaurant industry is, it really is a fantastic achievement for the team at The Black Swan to take the title of world number one in its Travellers' Choice awards debut."

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