Hotel in the guide after 100 years

The Esplanade and Crown Hotel, South Cliff
The Esplanade and Crown Hotel, South Cliff

A SCARBOROUGH hotel is celebrating after becoming one of the few in the country to appear in both the 1911 and the 2011 Michelin Guides.

As the Michelin Guide scheme celebrates its centenary the Crown Spa Hotel, in the Esplanade has been highlighted as one of only 30 establishments in the UK to feature in both the first and the current guide.

The Crown Spa Hotel has seen many changes from the initial Michelin Guide in 1911. In 1845 it was finally finished as worked reached an end on the first purpose built hotel in Scarborough.

It was originally built to offer Spa Treatment, and still continues to do so today.

The Crown Spa joins three other hotels in Yorkshire who have also made it on the list; the Black Swan in Helmsley, the White Swan in Pickering, and The Boar’s Head in Ripley.

With Yorkshire having the most hotels and inns in both the 1911 and 2011 Guides, the county will kick off celebrations with two events next month at the Boar’s Head and the Black Swan.

The Black Swan in Helmsley will host an Edwardian style garden party on July 24, where guests will enjoy traditional English afternoon tea served by staff dressed in 1911 period costume while being entertained by the Bilsdale Silver Band.

A photograph and art exhibition showing the Black Swan Hotel as it was in 1911 alongside a collection of Michelin memorabilia, will also feature as part of the centenary event.

Andrew Jamieson, manager at the Black Swan, Helmsley, said: “The Black Swan has a 600 year tradition of fine hospitality in Yorkshire. We are most proud to be honoured for a portion of this time by our association with the Michelin Guide centenary.”

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said: “We are very proud to have the most places of any county in the UK to feature in both the 1911 and 2011 Michelin Guides.

“The Crown Spa in Scarborough, the Black Swan in Helmsley, and the Boar’s Head in Ripley, the White Swan in Pickering are all hugely popular hotels and we are sure this achievement will raise their profile even further with visitors coming into Yorkshire. It’s a terrific accolade to have been featured in the prestigious Guides since 1911 and we think this really helps to put Yorkshire on the map.”

The first edition of the Michelin Guide to the British Isles appeared in 1911 and was offered free of charge and available from all the Michelin tyre dealers and hotels that were listed in it.

From the very beginning, the guide placed its emphasis on practical information and was packed with notes on tyres, car engines, routes and distances – with its straightforward advice quickly establishing it as the motorist’s constant companion.

The Michelin Guide to the British Isles has undergone a number of changes since that first launch in 1911, with 1974 marking the first appearance of the famed stars – awarded for the quality of the food – that have been such a permanent and important feature of the Guide since.