I was meeting a chum prior to us working together over the following couple of days. I've eaten at The Swan before but only in the bar area. This time, as it seemed quite empty on this cold Sunday evening, we decided to eat in the hotel restaurant. We thought that there could be more choice on offer. When asked if there was a table free, the waiter seemed quite hesitant, taking a long time to peruse his spreadsheet on the computer before being able to give us a decision. Eventually he did, directed us to our table and asked if we could vacate by eight o'clock. This was fair enough as it gave us plenty of time, although we wondered from where all the people were going to emerge.
While not being disappointed in the past, I'd looked upon the fare at The Swan as being in the 'adequate but slightly overpriced pub grub' category. This is understandable for an upmarket hotel in a very popular tourist area. I have to say that the meal we ate on this evening was above that category and most enjoyable.We only had two courses so cannot comment on the starters. As a main course I had the duck breast in an orange sauce with a swede mash and it was delicious. Chum had pork and he was equally complimentary. For dessert it was a treacle tart with rhubarb and a vanilla ice-cream. Seemed to be an odd combination but it worked. Waitress had a bit of a problem with the black flat rectangular slate-like plate it came on as the boule of ice-cream slid off the plate when it came first time. No problem. Easily done.
With a couple of drinks the whole thing came to just under £30 each. Bit pricey for every day but not for a special meal every so often. Well done The Swan! I'll be returning, if you'll have me! BTW, we left by eight and the restaurant was heaving!
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