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5 of 5 bubbles Review of White Swan

White Swan
Ranked #18 of 69 Restaurants in Pickering
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $74
Cuisines: British, Pub
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: The kitchen at the White Swan is focused on doing very little to excellent local ingredients with very rarely more than three flavours on a plate. We make just about everything from scratch in cluding the ketchup and we charge more for it than we would need to if everything came out of a freezer via a microwave.If you are looking for prissy and plastic fine dining then don't expect that here. If you are looking for mountains of cheap food and you don't care where it came from then there are better places to get it.However if you love proper food then I also promise you service from people who are genuinely pleased to be working in our lovely Inn. The AA deems our food good enough for 2 rosettes - and that is without a single smear, smudge or froth in sight. At the other end of the scale, we don't do wrapped butter portions or packets of sauce either (or piped musak). If you want real food in a relaxed experience with great service and a happy atmosphere then come on down. If you want something else - then don't say I didn't warn you.Victor Buchanan - Owner
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Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

Extremely attentive staff, lovely beer and great, local, homemade food. We had the ginger pork in a jar and a ploughmans between two which was plenty. Particularly impressed with the ploughmans. We would defintely come back.

Thank Emily M
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Great, but at a price”
Reviewed August 13, 2014

The White Swan is without doubt one of the best appointed hotels and restaurants in the area, but they've duly awarded themselves licence to charge London prices, which probably doesn't upset the majority of their affluent guests, so all are happy.

Visited September 2013
Thank Kevin A
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Superb meal out”
Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

Had a lovely three course meal in the White Swan. Service was attentive and not pushy. I had a beautiful steak and my partner had belly pork. Well recommended.

Thank lotrrulzu
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“Great end to my birthday”
Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

We celebrated my birthday with a train ride to Whitby, returning to Pickering for dinner. Having our lovely German Shepherd dog with us, we were limited for places to go but The White Swan allowed her in the bar. It was comfy, cosy and very friendly - we struck up some really good conversations with other diners there. The food, not cheap, was absolutely lovely and the choice was extensive. I was so pleased we had chosen The White Swan - perfect end to a lovely day

  • Visited July 2014
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Hullbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 1, 2014

Visited 31st july, decided to just have a drink after first impressions of the front lounge bar was very dark and gloomy. Ordered a pint of timothy taylor beer and one medium glass of wine when asked to pay £11.50 i nearly fell over with the shock, not being one to embarrass myself and question the ridiculous price i duly handed over my money. Will certainly not be rushing back here for a drink or food.Dark and dingy and damned expensive

  • Visited July 2014
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3 Thank Dave C
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replyman, Owner at White Swan, responded to this review, August 8, 2014
This review is plain wrong. We simply don't charge £11.50 for two drinks. Even if this did happen your rationale for not questioning will appear somewhat strange and not the normal actions of someone faced with being overcharged.

Next time you are buying a car please can you give me a ring. I've got a lovely 12 year old BMW 3 Series which is a snip at £58,000.
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