During the course of a leisurely Saturday afternoon trip along the Thames as we entered Pangbourne and as evning dinner time loomed we found ourselves studying the comprehensive and varied menue of The Swan.
The Swan is a lovely cosy 17th century bar and restaurant in a lovely location on the edge of the Thames. As you enter though the small low door you immediately become aware of its low slung ceiling and beams. There are cosy snug rooms to your left and open fires add to the atmosphere; and it simply oozes atmosphere. You know that this is a nice place to be.
Even though we had not booked we were immediately greeted by a friendly waitress who showed us to our table and in less than ten minutes we were served with our starters and a bottle of wine.
Within a very short time of finishing our starters we were served our main course.
The starters ranged from smoked duck and orange sauce to home cured Cornish Mackerel while the main course ranged from Sea Bass to Rose veal and pork to Pan fried corn fed Chicken & Chorizo. It included Grassland beef steak and Beer battered Haddock.
All the food was of a high quality, very well cooked and very well presented.
The wine list is compact yet still includes wines from France and Spain; South Africa and New Zealand and Italy.
The restaurant area is a nice cosy room with a gas fired coal effect fire and that was very welcome as the evening had turned chilly.
Whereas the service could not be faulted up to and including the main course it took a bit of a nosedive when it came to desert time and drinks time.
The delay did not impact on our enjoyment to any great extent as we were content to spend the time chatting in front of the fire.
All in all it was a very good experience and we are looking forward to a return visit in the not too distant future
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