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The White Swan

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European, British, Pub, Gastropub
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26 Old Palace Lane, Richmond-upon-Thames TW9 1PG, England
+44 20 8940 0959
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Today
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Outdoor seating

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  • 7
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Worth a (slight) detour

There are several riverside pubs in Richmond and on a sunny Sunday they're all heaving. Worth making a short detour therefore to the White Swan, a few yards down by the railway bridge and up Old Palace Lane. Good beer (selection includes Otter from S Devon), and better-than-average gastropub food... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
MrLear
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
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English first
Teddington, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

I live in France but visit Richmond on a regular basis. Lunch at the White Swan is a must on my to do list, a family run business with the service and quality of food struggled to be reached by some other fine dining establishments. Highly recommended.

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Hounslow, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Went in on a busy Sunday afternoon without booking. Was addressed politely and asked to wait for around half an hour at the bar - which we did. We were updated with how long it would take to be seated regularly and in a friendly manner by the staff. We sat down after 40 minutes or so and ordered. All... More 

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

There are several riverside pubs in Richmond and on a sunny Sunday they're all heaving. Worth making a short detour therefore to the White Swan, a few yards down by the railway bridge and up Old Palace Lane. Good beer (selection includes Otter from S Devon), and better-than-average gastropub food (main course c £15). My sea bass was seriously tasty,... More 

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

My wife and I met our son who lives in Greenwich for Sunday lunch, booked a table about a week in advance, glad we did it was very busy. As it was a beautiful day we asked if we could eat outside in the garden instead, no problem and the lady gave us one of the reserved tables in the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Great location just by the river and always busy which is a good sign. Met some friends for Sunday Lunch and it was very good. We all had the Sunday Roast and there were no complaints. Service was friendly and the kitchen copes well with all the people. As other reviewers mention it is best to book in advance.

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surrey, u.k.
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I like this pub very much. Good food, good atmosphere and generally good service. Away from the main part of Richmond which is a plus though having said that it still gets very busy especially on weekends. Recommended.

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NorthEngland
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I had dinner here with my husband and son on a Friday evening. It was busy and fortunately we had booked. The food was really good and we all enjoyed it. There was a good wine selection which was reasonably priced. The service was friendly . You couldn't really ask for more.

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New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

On a crystal-clear Sunday we walked in here: low-ceilinged dining area, lots of good beers on tap (including Otter bitter). Was completely reserved for lunch but we got in on a last minute cancellation. Had the British beef with roast potatoes and popovers. Lots of fresh green beans, peas, carrots and shoots in a very tasty gravy. Beef was a... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

Be very careful and check your bill in this pub as the barman added quite a bit to ours last night. Very disappointed in this and I will be complaining to the owners.

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WSRichmond, Owner at The White Swan, responded to this review

Emily1972 Thank you for taking the trouble to post a review – we have tried to reach you but are still awaiting contact from yourself to discuss the matter further. We are slightly concerned as we are only aware of one error on a bill on the night in question. This was for just one extra Guinness which was immediately... More 

SYD-LON-MUC
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111 reviews 111 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

One of our favourtie locals. Along with the other 3 we love The White Swan is a cool hidden gem. I say walk that little bit more because everyone tends to walk by the green then heads down towards the river but not down Old Palace Lane. Old Palace Lane alone is a cute laneway and a nice walk though... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 26 Old Palace Lane, Richmond-upon-Thames TW9 1PG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater London  >  Richmond-upon-Thames
  • Phone Number: +44 20 8940 0959

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 17 - 24
  • Cuisine: European, British, Pub, Gastropub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Questions & Answers

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Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?