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Chef Tommy Banks And Family Open The Abbey Inn, Byland

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A 19th century, historic inn transformed into a country pub overlooking the gothic ruins of Byland Abbey, once one of England’s grandest monasteries

The Abbey Inn, the latest opening from The Tommy Banks Group has opened its doors (Thursday 25 May). The relaxed, 70-cover pub with three, luxury rooms based in North Yorkshire is located down the road from the family’s Michelin-starred restaurant The Black Swan. The Abbey Inn exhibits the hyper-local, sustainably focused ethos for which the Group is renowned, with produce grown and reared on the family’s farm in Oldstead taking centre stage.

Tommy Banks commented on the opening;
‘Washing pots in this building was one of my very first jobs when I was a kid, so to now open my own pub in it is a dream. It’s a beautiful venue, with so much history in its four walls.’

‘One of my main goals in opening a third place is to continue my mission for championing hyper-local, sustainable produce. We’ve been rearing our own cattle, sheep and pigs for a while now, and The Abbey Inn allows us to get one stop further in our journey to complete carcass balance and true nose-to-tail dining.’

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