home with the guests; it is a cultured
place; the Literary Luncheons put on by the Yorkshire Post started
at the Old Swan when Kenneth Young, editor and gastronome, realised
his every need would be satisfied in the lovely Wedgwood Dining
Room. To mark the association "The Library", intimate a la carte
restaurant, has been created.
Succeeding masters of the Bramham Moor Hunt with which membership
has been maintained all over the years, come to the Old Swan
whenever they hold a party. The Hunt meets on the lawns in front of
the hotel on the Saturday nearest to New Yea and forms part of the
annual Christmas House Party. The Bramham Room Buffet is named after
the hunt and the oil paintings by Joseph Appleyard are
The members of the Coaching Club, whenever they come north, drive
down from the Great Yorkshire Show in their beautiful four-in-hand
coaches and dine with their guests in the Garden Suite. No less than
fourteen of these wonderful vehicles carrying over 100 guests came
on 12th July 1977, the Queen's Jubilee Year.
The Yorkshire Driving Club rallies every Whit-Sunday at the Old
Swan and after a drive with the Mayor and Mayoress round the town
and alongside The Stray with their guests, return for a real
Yorkshire High Tea or sometimes a Leg o' Mutton supper, and sugar
knobs for the ponies.
The Claro Beagles have favoured the hotel with their annual Hunt
Ball each year in all the post-war years.
The annual visit, now no more, to preside over the annual general
meeting of the NSPCC, of HRH, the late Princess Royal is a loss we
have to bear; her tea service has been put away in memory of her;
nostalgia perhaps only for the older ones at the Old Swan today.
Masonic Ladies and Rotarians; Nursery matrons and Trade Unions
all appreciate Harrogate and the Old Swan Hotel.
The company's directors and all past and present members of the
hotel staff appreciate and are honoured by the patronage of all
these discerning guests; we all hope we shall deserve such approval
of our efforts and skills for many more years to come.
1978 is the centenary year of our company - Old Swan Hotel
(Harrogate) Ltd. The Swan Inn was here before 1700. Grainge, the
historian, writing in 1840, said it was then a low concern, not
morally but structurally! The sign of the swan means "innocence and
faithfulness"; a crowned heraldic swan shows allegiance to the Duchy
of Lancaster having been taken from the badge of King Henry V of
that house, upon whose land, once his, now ours, we stand, respectfully to Queen
and Country still. We prefer to think of the Old Swan as an upright
concern both structurally and morally.
"Who'ere has travelled life's dull round
Where 'ere his changing
course has been
Will sigh and think how oft he found
welcome - at an Inn."