Michelin-starred chef Tommy Banks announces new North Yorkshire pub with rooms

Alex South

Alex South


The Banks family, Matthew Lockwood and the Tommy Banks Group are excited to announce the forthcoming launch of a pub with rooms in North Yorkshire in late Spring.

The new venture, close to their Michelin-starred restaurant The Black Swan, will exhibit the hyper-local, sustainably focused ethos for which the Tommy Banks Group is renowned, with the famous grown and reared produce from the family’s farm in Oldstead taking centre stage.

The coming months will see more details of the pub revealed, including date of launch and location.

Commenting on the new pub in a post via social media, Tommy said: "I am so excited to announce this 26.05.23 - Mark your calendars for the opening of the Abbey Inn, a relaxed country pub with rooms, and our third opening."

Tommy added: "The Abbey Inn is a particularly special place for me as it is where I first started as a Kitchen Porter 20 years ago. So I am very excited to have the chance to return this stunning venue to its former glory. Bookings open next month (head to link in bio to sign up to our newsletter) and hit the comments and we’ll answer any questions you have!"

For now, the team is busy working on a refresh of the historic site, with a state-of-the-art kitchen, relaxed dining room and cosy bar area equipped with roaring fires and a bar stocked with the team’s favourites (including, of course, the Group’s very own Banks Brothers canned wine).

The food-focused pub will include a number of rooms, in addition to dining, and two-night packages will be available for guests to experience the magic of The Black Swan, as well as the pub, as part of their North Yorkshire sojourn.

As ever, The Tommy Banks Group is devoted to employing those passionate about hospitality, sustainability and seasonality.

The new launch comes with a number of job openings within the Group, and Tommy would be thrilled to hear from those interested in joining the team.

You can find more information at www.tommybanks.co.uk/vacancies.


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Alex South

Alex South

Editor 29th March 2023

Michelin-starred chef Tommy Banks announces new North Yorkshire pub with rooms