The Swan is a fantastic and historic old coaching inn at the heart of Tarporley's Georgian High Street. Over recent years it has been somewhat neglected, so I had hoped this would be the opportunity create something really special.
We went there to eat today and what a disappointment! The fit out is what I would call "mid budget corporate chain". All clean and shipshape but with no character whatsoever. It pays no respect to the beautiful old building. The lovely old back room with its stone floor, beams and inglenook range is now stuffed full of over sized modern furniture including some hideous booth seating.
The food and service was entirely in keeping with the fit out. I cannot vouch for the rooms as we were only dining.
There are so many really great and characterful places to eat in the vicinity. Just take a look at the Carden Arms in Tilston as an example of what could have been achieved here.
What a shame....
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