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The White Swan

Certificate of Excellence
Bar, British, Pub, European, Gastropub
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26 Old Palace Lane, Richmond-upon-Thames TW9 1PG, England
+44 20 8940 0959
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Paris, France
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've had several meals here over the years , both in the restaurant and in the beer garden. Trains going from Richmond to Twickenham go past the garden but much higher than the garden, but aren't too noisy. The food is good. I've never had an outstanding meal here but I've had some very pleasant ones. Old Palace Lane runs... More 

Thank Namewhatname
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been to The White Swan many times. It's one of the best pubs I know. Very friendly staff. Excellent food. Great outside space. Above all it's the food that sets it apart. Everything is so tasty and looks great too. The best pub I know for food.

Thank Edward A
London, United Kingdom
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271 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What better place to spend a couple of hours on a sunny Sunday. Beautiful roasts, cold beer and wine. Easy walk to the old Palace and the river. Very highly recommended - advisable to book on a Sunday.

Thank Steve H
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I arrived there on my own with no booking on Saturday night. They arranged me a nice table in the garden. The food was absolutely delicious. Very creative cuisine but very tasteful. The service was very friendly (English) and never stressed. Looking forward to go there again.

Thank Manufaktur L
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place, staff were very good and even let us get some chips after the kitchen had closed fairly late in the evening. Thanks to the chef for that also, I appreciate you doing that for us. Great pub, great service, great location.

Thank andyhh19990000
Loughborough, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After an extensive walk along the river bank we turned just about 100 metres off the river bank to this pleasant pub with good real ale. We sat with drinks in the beer garden at the rear, which was small and quite busy but pleasantly shady and green. Also quiet apart from the occasional train rumbling by.

Thank gloucesterboy2015
Biggin Hill, England, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My Husband and I were walking the Thames Path from Hampton Court when we stumbled upon this great pub, fab atmosphere with 5* food. We will certainly be back. Highly recommend.

Thank Amanda C
London, United Kingdom
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392 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

We stopped in here for lunch on a Sunday and sat out in their small attractive beer garden. The menu was pretty boring with a limited range of choice. The service was OK however our waitress knew nothing about what they were serving when asked. We asked about the different beers and out waitress was pretty clueless and really not... More 

Thank zitaaussiemum
Greater London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

We ate in the beer garden here on Saturday. We all had delicious mains and fab desserts. I had Chicken with dauphinoise potatoes followed by a very generous portion of sticky toffee pudding. There is a great selection of wines and the staff are very attentive and helpful. The beer garden is quiet and secluded and a lovely spot to... More 

Thank patrickm0ll0y
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148 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

Great option in Richmond. Just down old palace lane and by the river. Good selection of ales on tap. Good very good for pub grub. Staff friendly and attentive. Beer garden at the back is lovely but also table at the front.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$14 - $21
Bar, British, Pub, European, Gastropub
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?