Very disappointing visit. the website looked fabulous, the location fabulous and the menu fine for a country pub. However, it was empty at 8pm on a Friday and we had the restaurant to ourselves. We shared a starter of whitebait and calamares ... we had three rings of calamares, three whitebait sticking out of the rings and three onion rings on "old" lettuce for £8 ... it was all deep fried, over done and a very poor show! really I was quite shocked. We had already ordered our mains by this time otherwise we would have left by then ...
We both had one drink from the bar and was not offered anything else, either a top up or a wine list. We also had to request some bread which was odd. We were told only fillet beef was available and funnily this was the most expensive item on the steak menu - when it arrived the beef fillet was great but served with frozen chips and peas which was disappointing. What was more shocking than anything was the £70.00 bill for two drinks, one starter and basic steak and chips which was mediocre ... in my view, a complete rip-off! That is why this lovely located pub was empty on a sunny Friday night at 8pm.
Oh I wish I had chosen another pub really, I don't mind paying for good food but this was shocking. As a contrast, we stopped today at the Dundas Arms and for the same £8 starter we had home made ham hock terrine, pickles and fresh bread ... wow the difference in quality was huge!
I recommend you avoid this pup unless you want to be overcharged for less that good pub grub :-( wont be returning anytime soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Swan Inn hotel & organic food restaurant at Inkpen is a perfect venue for an evening meal, a conference, a weekend exploring the Berkshire countryside, or a longer stay.The tastefully extended 17th-century village inn has 10 en suite bedrooms, and is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the North Wessex Downs.The Swan is owned by local organic beef farmers Mary and Bernard Harris. The menus for the hotel restaurant and bar food feature organic produce as well as beef from the farm. Our famous range of sausages are on sale in the farm shop attached to the Swan Inn. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Swan Inn Inkpen, Berkshire