North Yorkshire hotel set to transform its tearoom into fairy tale inspired gingerbread house

The Black Swan Hotel

Visitors to a North Yorkshire hotel will be forgiven for thinking they’ve walked straight into the fairy tale setting of Hansel and Gretel this Christmas, following the opening of a gingerbread-themed tearoom.

The Black Swan in Helmsley is set to transform its award-winning tearoom into a festive gingerbread house, adorned with candy canes, icing and snow decorations from Saturday, December 1 to Monday, December 31.

Families will be made to feel right at home in the fairy tale inspired tearoom, with hot chocolate to warm the cockles and a chance to build and take home their very own gingerbread houses.

Peter Llewellyn, general manager of the hotel, said: “We wanted to offer something special for our visitors this Christmas, and I think the gingerbread house tearoom will achieve just that. We’ll be getting professional decorators in to turn the room into a magical scene from Hansel and Gretel. It will certainly be a sight to behold whilst enjoying one of our Christmas-themed afternoon teas!”

Voted the ‘Top Tea Place 2010’ and a ‘Tearoom of Excellence’ in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, the Black Swan’s traditional Yorkshire tearoom is renowned for its quintessentially English afternoon tea experience.

Peter added: “In addition to our Christmas-themed afternoon tea, we will also be offering a new festive menu which will include a wide selection of seasonal fayre. Open daily from 10am until 5.30pm, our tearoom boasts more than 20 types of tea to suit everyone’s tastes and needs. So, come and join us this winter for a truly magical experience.”


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