The White Swan Pub & Dining Room

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"GOOD"

9 reviews

108 Fetter Lane , London, EC4A 1ES

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020 7242 9696

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White Swan 2012
White Swan 2012
White Swan 2012

SquareMeal Review of The White Swan Pub & Dining Room

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"GOOD"

It's a wrench to tear yourself away from the cosy wood-panelled bar on the ground floor at The White Swan but it's not such a sacrifice when you have a seat reserved in the dining room upstairs. Pristine white tablecloths, heavy leather chairs and a mirrored ceiling lend the place a clubby, urbane air, and the cooking is the perfect complement – in other words, sophisticated restaurant food rather than the pub grub served downstairs (think rib and shin burgers with smoked Cheddar). The kitchen puts its own spin on the classic repertoire – such as a pea velouté with ham-hock Scotch quail's egg or a bouillabaisse of red mullet, scallops and cod cheeks with saffron potatoes. For dessert, treacle tart is paired with zingy lemon and yoghurt ice cream. Wines start at £19, with the upper end dominated by France.

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The White Swan Pub & Dining Room Location

108 Fetter Lane , London EC4A 1ES

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020 7242 9696

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Opening times

Mon-Fri 11am-12M (Fri -1am)

The White Swan Pub & Dining Room's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 8.6

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Service: 8.3

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Atmosphere: 7.9

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Value: 6.8

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Food + drink: 3

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 2

Bronze Reviewer
01 May 2018

I haven't been to The White Swan for years, and remember it fondly. However, when my boss asked me to book somewhere special to take a colleague out for lunch, I read the reviews and thought I'd try it out again. The menu wasn't extensive, especially as none of us eats red meat, so we had to have the fish. Two of us had the fishcakes; what a misnomer. Where was the fish in these potato cakes? My boss had the plaice, which looked slimey. The vegetables were over buttered. The whole meal was very disappointing.

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 3

11 June 2016

It was a perfect lunch. The food was delicious, only wish we had arrived earlier as some of the specials were sold out. The quality of the food on offer was great. The wines sold by the glass were expensive for the quality offered. Will go back again as was made to feel very welcome.

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 3

10 April 2014

I chose this without any great research – other than it was walking distance for a client to meet in the 55 minutes she had between meetings. I'm delighted to say that the service, food and wine were all excellent – the waiter was efficient and friendly without being verbose – he sold the day's special (duck) so well that we all went for it, along with a great complementary malbec (I mean it went well with the food – it certainly wasn't free!). In the end my client had to dash, but the service was so efficient that he still managed to get her a coffee before she dashed off and he was happy to let me sit and digest with my coffee (and the last of the wine…) I will be back…

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