After teasing us with the news that he was opening a new pub in North Yorkshire, chef Tommy Banks has revealed both the location and first day.
Tommy, who had his Michelin star for both his Roots York and Black Swan, Oldstead, restaurants renewed this week, is opening at the Abbey Inn, Byland.
Just down the road from the Black Swan, the Abbey Inn gets its name from being opposite the ruins of Byland Abbey.
Abbey Inn and Black Swan
It is in the North York Moors National Park, in the middle of a triangle formed by Thirsk, Easingwold and Helmsley.
On his Instagram page, Tommy announced that he would be opening the Abbey Inn on 26 May.
He described his third venue as “a relaxed country pub with rooms”.
“Overlooking the gothic ruins of Byland Abbey in North Yorkshire we’re currently working hard to give this gorgeous inn a much needed refresh so it’ll look a little different when we open in May.
“But we can’t wait to open our doors in two months with a seriously tasty, seasonal pub menu, a great drinks list and a gorgeous venue for relaxing.
“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.”