This is the perfect place for an idyllic pub lunch on the side of the Thames. Food is a cut above pub grub. For example, I had belly of Berkshire lamb en croute which was great apart from some underdone 'mediterranean vegetables'. Fullers beers plus guest ales are on tap. You can eat in the restaurant (which has a small river terrace) or the bar (with larger river terrace), the menu is the same but in the restaurant you order at the table not the bar. Also, you can smoke on the bar terrace but not the restaurant terrace, if that's a concern (either way). Service (at least on a Saturday) seems to be by school children who are enthusiastic and friendly, although one did not know what 'bitter' (as in beer) meant! And another of them needs to learn that not everyone appreciates being called 'mate'. But it's fast and friendly, so no real cause for complaint. It's also good value - we had lunch for two consisting of two mains, two sweets, 1 drink and 1 coffee each for £45, which is very good going for the South-East of England.
Worth noting that parking is limited, at least on a sunny Saturday.
In the end, though, it's the location that makes it and in particular you want a sunny day so that you can sit on the terrace watching the boats go by ..... not sure I would go in winter.
Note that this is only a review of the oub/restaurant. I did not stay in the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 16th Century hotel in Staines, The Swan sits serenely on the Thames, serving up blissful river views, fine food, delicious drinks and stylish accommodation. Recently refurbished to supreme standards, it’s a place where old and new come together to stunning effect. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Swan Hotel Staines
- Swan Hotel London