Part of the Mitchell’s and Butler chain, The Swan has just undergone a major refurbishment. It has been tastefully styled, with luxurious fixtures and fittings, providing a very pleasant dining experience.

We were seated at a lovely window table on the ground floor but, being our nosy selves, we took a sneaky peek at the upstairs dining area. The quirky corners, low ceilings and exposed beams create a more intimate, cosy dining experience and we would choose to sit here in future; this section would also be great for large groups or private functions.

The menu is extensive and we were spoilt for choice. Everything sounds so delicious and it’s a feast for the eyes when served. We loved the crispy tortillas brought out with our drinks; great hospitality.

The modern bar has plenty of comfy seating, is bright and airy, and leads onto the stunning garden. Ok, so it’s not so much of a garden but a beautifully styled patio with clever planting to hide the spacious rear car park. There is ample seating with homely cushions, fleecy blankets, patio heaters and a unique fire pit. It looks so inviting we can’t wait to return and work our way through the cocktail menu.

Why not sign up for the Wednesday night wine club (free to join) and enjoy a choice of selected bottles of wine from the wine list reduced to either £10 or £15, depending on your choice. That’s a good excuse to pop in for a mid-week treat isn’t it?

Alternatively, rock up for a beer and some live music on selected Thursday nights where The Swan feature up-and- coming musicians; we hear the next Ed Sheeran will be playing soon.

We would like to extend our thanks to Mel, our server, who made our evening very enjoyable. It’s nice to be served by someone who clearly enjoys their job and who takes pride in their work; it makes such a difference don’t you think?

We say put The Swan on your list of places to visit and you will not be disappointed.

Our top tip: Try the appetiser Crispy Karaaga Chicken, served with cucumber ribbons, mooli, grain salad and warm katsu sauce priced at just £6.75.


Father’s Day – 3 courses for £20.95. Booking essential.

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