The Swan Inn is a 17th century pub and award-winning restaurant located in the pretty Cotswold village of Islip, just outside of Oxford. Refurbished and sympathetically restored in 2022, this warm and inviting pub is open for drinks and small plates in the lounge, or more formal dining in their award winning Cygnet restaurant.
The Cygnet restaurant is headed up by chef patron Paul Welburn. Paul was previously the head chef of Michelin-starred The Oxford Kitchen, and brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise, having trained under Gary Rhodes at the beginning of his career.
The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner, serving a seasonally changing menu of two and three courses for lunch and a four course menu for dinner. The menu is regularly changed to reflect the seasons, but an example of the dishes you might find on the menu include maple glazed butternut squash, fresh Cornish monkfish, and heritage breed sirloin beef served with black garlic and kale. Vegetarian options are also available with dishes such as wild mushroom 'hash brown cake' and cauliflower steak served with green sauce.
The bar menu sounds equally as tempting, serving small plates of Paul's popular dishes. Here you will find options such as crispy potatoes 'caesar salad' and mushroom risotto served with Parmesan and bearnaise. Unlike the main restaurant where booking is essential, the lounge does not take bookings, so you can just walk in.
You will also find a good drinks menu which includes a selection of quality wines, local beers and accompanying cocktails. If you have any questions or specific requests the friendly team at The Swan are on hand and happy to help.