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This all-day British restaurant and bar seems to hold all the trump cards since its 2017 refurbishment, with an enviable Thames-side location, views of St Paul’s, guaranteed buzz from the neighbouring Globe and now, a star chef in Allan Pickett. Best known for his short-lived 2015 restaurant Piquet, Fitzrovia’s loss has been Swan’s gain because Pickett’s beautifully presented, best-of-British cooking feels right at home here. Sitting above a more casual bar and diner, the second-floor restaurant has been smartened up, with a few flashes of peacock-blue and plenty of bare wood, leaving the wall of windows to do the talking. The menus run the gamut from bacon brioche buns at breakfast to roast UK cuts on Sundays, with lunch and dinner offering the same array of classic British standards, all supported by a well-organised lineup of global wines. A disarmingly pretty dish of marinated scallops arrives dotted with jet-black squid ink mayonnaise, bursting with Granny Smith juice, while a potentially stodgy combination of faggot and venison haunch in gravy buzzes with the tang of pickled red cabbage and damson preserve. Of course, the seasonal menu changes often but Pickett’s delicate knack for maximising flavours should elevate the Swan’s kitchen all year round. On the downside, vegetarians have little choice, while pricier, heartier mains are unfathomably served without adequate trimmings. These points aside, the Swan’s second act deserves to break a leg.

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Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe

Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe

21 New Globe Walk ,London SE1 9DT

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Not too bard..........

by   platinum reviewer (78)

Oct 2016

Editor's pick Having tickets for an 8pm performance at the Sam Wannamaker theatre, I thought we'd take advantage of a slightly longer pre-theatre eating period to give the Swan a try. Booking was made a few weeks in advance, so it was somewhat odd that during the cursory phone call to confirm the booking I was told that the only menu available for our booking time (6:15) would be the pre-theatre menu. On querying that their website showed this menu to only be available between 5 and 6, I was given no explanation...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 7

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