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It's been named the best restaurant in the world and it’s just 45 minutes from Teesside.
The Black Swan at Oldstead, North Yorkshire has landed the global title in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards revealed today, reported Gazette Live (UK).

It is the first time a UK restaurant has topped the world category since the awards began in 2012, and ends the two year reign of Martín Berasategui in Spain which had held the title since 2015.

This year’s success is the culmination of an incredible rise for the team at The Black Swan, led by brothers Tommy and James Banks, who took over the establishment at the ages of just 17 and 19.

Since then, they and their parents have transformed the quaint Yorkshire pub into the world’s best rated fine dining restaurant.

Tommy Banks, who has appeared on BBC show The Great British Menu, is the youngest British head chef ever to win a Michelin star four years ago at the age of 24.

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.

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.

Tommy 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.

“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!” said TripAdvisor spokesperson, Hayley Coleman.

The top 10 international restaurants were:
1. The Black Swan at Oldstead, Oldstead, UK
2. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, New Milton, UK
3. Maison Lameloise, Chagny, France
4. L’Auberge de l’Ill, Illhaeusern, France
5. Martin Berasategui, Lasarte, Spain
6. Daniel, New York City, United States
7. La Colombe, Constantia, South Africa
8. David’s Kitchen, Chiang Mai, Thailand
9. Maido, Lima, Peru
10. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain

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