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“Meals only review”

The White Swan Hotel and Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 7 Restaurants in Middleham
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Exeter, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Meals only review”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

Staying elsewhere in Middleham, we decided to try the White Swan for an evening meal - liked it so much came back the following two nights.
We found the service to be friendly, professional and efficient, except for one minor lapse of a forgotten coffee by a young waitress on a very busy night (she seemed to spend an inordinate amount of time in the broom cupboard on her phone!!). They also offered a tempting cherry ice cream which turned out to be unavailable and was replaced with strawberry without asking us.
The food hit the mark every night, excellently cooked and very flavourful. We can recommend the crispy belly pork, the blue cheese burger, the stone baked pizzas, fish cakes with chilli dip and steak.
Despite each of our visits being mid-week, the atmosphere was convivial with a buzz.
Not inexpensive but you do get value for money.
Tip - book in advance for Friday (and probably Saturday too) to avoid disappointment!
We won't hesitate to go back when we visit again.

  • Visited September 2013
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English first
Level 5 Contributor
41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Lovely place to dine...”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

I visited this restaurant with a large group of family this weekend and had a lovely experience. We'd reserved a table for 6, and arrived an hour early to be warmly welcomed and offered drinks while our table was prepared. The decor is pretty, and the village itself is a great setting for such a nice restaurant/hotel. The food was served quickly and no-one was disappointed. The prices were reasonable as the portions are a very good size! The food was tasty, and everyone left the Swan happy and stuffed. The only thing I would recommend is to go later on, we went quite early, 6pm, as we had young children with us, so the atmosphere hadn't taken off, and the place was practically empty. Really happy customer, though, definitely recommended place!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Henri K
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north yorkshire
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“No Middleham about it-it is the tops”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

Stayed one night on an offer of bed,breakfast & evening meal & it was fantastic.
We had a room overlooking the market square where we saw the beautiful race horses at 6.0am gathering to go for their ride on the downs.It was a great plus for us.
The room was lovely & provided proper mugs,all drinks & biscuits with local magazines.The only thing they forgot was soap in the bathroom but we got by.
We had invited our niece for dinner & we al had an exceptional meal although she had Whitby haddock & we could of brought her that cause we live there !!! She said it was lovely.
I had a tasty burger with blue cheese & my husband had rib-eye steak also with blue cheese & lovely chips.He really enjoyed it.
The best was yet to come.The apple crumble with its tangy bramble apples & also the chocolate sponge with chocolate sauce.Yummy.
The breakfast was also top notch & served by the lovely Sam who was very friendly & curtious.
All in all ,a lovely break with in a great location with great people & great place to stay & thanks to all the lovely staff

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank jaz5051
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Whitehall, Stronsay, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Varied menu and outstanding service”
Reviewed September 10, 2013

I wish that I had stayed here! Manager runs a tight ship and the staff are knowledgeable about the fare on offer. Generous portions cheerfully served. Wonderful ambience and appears very popular (and rightly so).

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank BruceFletcher
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Redcar
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Expensive for what we got, poor.”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

Having been out for the day via Bedale,Helmsley, we called into Middleham, saw a nice looking pub,it was 2pm ish, sat outside and was told food had finished but we could have a sandwich which seemed ok. Got a beer and orange juice, and sat outside. We were then brought two sandwiches, bog standard brown roll medium size, containing small amount of Wensleydale Cheese and chutney, bit of 'out of the supermarket bag' salad, and cheap coleslaw.Had the food and drink, went to pay....£16.30 ! We dont mind paying for good food but this was a very ordinary sandwich. Not impressed and sadly, wouldnt go back or recommend. I know it was the end of the meal time BUT come on, you look after your customers with quality food and WE will come back.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank Grewgrass
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