It has been so nice over the last couple of weeks to be able to get a really good Sunday lunch. It's made lockdown more bearable and freed up our Sunday mornings from chopping and cooking. Now we've been able to get out walking and get home to a really well deserved plate of proper comfort food. Leaving us with clear heads and full bellies. Perfect.
In November 2020, Martyn S said:
Two business guests who had never visited TheSwan were very impressed with the whole experience. All Covid-safety measures, service, quality and value for money were all commented upon very favourably. My guests were especially complimentary about the atmosphere - they said they hadn't enjoyed such a positive environment anywhere else in lockdown. The food was excellent - the steak and ale pie (a special treat for me) was outstanding...and the Golden Hope ale matched the food!
In October 2020, H1815HJchriss said:
We always try to try different restaurants but the swan has now become our favourite. The food is always exceptional, from the soup to the pork belly, everything tastes fresh.
Their Sunday lunch is one of the best we have ever eaten. Generous portions at a very good price for 2 or 3 courses. Oh and I do need to say if you like Yorkshire pudding, they have some of the biggest I have seen, you can also get one filled with a cheese fondue with all the roast trimmings.
Nothing has ever been too much trouble even when we have been with a fussy customer.
Great COVID safety throughout, even sanitiser bottles on every table.
Through these hard times having a great independent restaurant that produces quality and standards like they do is something that needs to be talked about. Keep up the great work
In October 2020, ellieg826 said:
I went with my family which included a few fussy eaters. There was a wide variety on the menu so much so I didn't know what to choose!! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal, one even said it was the best steak she had ever had!! We will certainly be back.
In October 2020, GBW19 said:
Went out for Suanday roast today. What a lovely experience.
The staff are so friendly and attentive and welcoming. The food quality and portions are AMAZING for the price. Good place for family and friends, good selection of meats and non meat options aswell as non roasts. An amazing selection of drinks and they have started doing cocktails too!!
ALL STAFF ARE WEARING FACEMASKS!!! hallelujah!!! bout the first place i’ve seen it and such good covid safety measures.
WILL DEFINITELY BE GOING BACK!
In August 2020, 753candicej said:
Amazing food!! Staff couldn’t do enough for us. Lovely place will definitely be back. Felt very safe during these unsettling times.
In August 2020, This is N said:
My friend and I visited on Wednesday during their Eat Out to Help Out promotion. We both had Braised Lamb as mains and Coconut and Pineapple Cake for pudding but a plate of Tempura Prawns and I had Whitebait for starters.
He was really happy with his choice, as was I. The whitebait was full of flavour and was clearly fresh. I’ve had fried whitebait many times but this sautéd approach really bright out the flavour. Whitebait is one of my all time favourite dishes and it’s a rare treat on a menu.
The lamb was sublime. Soft, no fat, film of flavour and with a really great gravy. We forgot to photograph the food it was so good.
We just couldn’t understand some of the strange and negative reviews over the last few weeks. The Swan once again delivered great food, and service regardless of the price.
I’ve eaten out a lot over the last few weeks, and some places have had poor COVID-19 protection and, understandably different menus to their norm, but here we had 5 or 6 choices for each course, which is amazing, more than enough for us to have to debate over. 3 courses for £10 - I couldn’t buy the ingredients for that cost.
In August 2020, H3704YOemilyl said:
Popped into the Swan this morning unannounced to discuss options for a small family gathering. (A covid-safe 40th wedding anniversary meal for my parents). Even though I interrupted cleaning duties the Manager and Chef were so welcoming and talked me through options and how specific safety restrictions would be applied.
Nothing is too much trouble for this team, can't wait to bring the family.
I was even treated to some of the Chef's coconut cake which he had just made and was amazed to learn it was vegan. The Chef is now making a special anniversary cake for my parents visit
In August 2020, GBW19 said:
me and my friends just popped in for one drink to start off our pub crawl and we ended up staying for 3 hours and even had some bar snacks which were so delicious. especially the tempura king prawns!!! lovely service. lovely pub garden. lovely selection of drinks. thoroughly recommend. we will definitely be back
In August 2020, Ne1LT said:
First time going out since covid, felt safe and well-attended to. My family thought the Eat Out to Help Out deal was great value and the menu catered to all our tastes. The Swan got the ambience right, but most importantly the food too! Everything was delicious and portions were perfect. High quality food but a homey pub feel. Will definitely be coming back!
In August 2020, jeszacia said:
First time out as a family since lockdown, what can I say very well looked after, we all felt very safe. Hand sanitiser stations, staff wearing masks to name but a few of their precautions.
The food was faultless, even tho there was a couple of awkward orders, all dealt with without hesitation and very professional.
We all can wait to eat out again, Shame they are fully booked for the help out scheme as this would of been our first choice judging on tonight.
Can’t wait to return
In August 2020, FredLeeds said:
My partner and I called here for lunch and took advantage of the three courses for the two of us for £20 (a £20 reduction EOTHO).
Starters: tempura vegetables, .. - good; chicken parfait, ... - not parfait at all, just a very ordinary block of pate on ciabatta (disappointing!).Mains: wild mushroom and sage risotto - ok; fish and chips, peas ... - the smallest piece of fish I've EVER been offered. I mentioned the size to a waitress and apparently that's standard size. Served with fries (chips please!) - ok.
Dessert: panna cotta - delicious; chocolate and orange cake - very nice.Mocha to finish - lovely.
Without EOTOHO the three courses for 2 would have cost £40!! Bearing in mind the taxpayer (me and probably you) are paying towards this, I don't think it offered great value for money. We won't hurry back.
In August 2020, emcoops1 said:
We went for our first meal out last month and had a super time. Sanitizing our hands on arrival and following the one way system out to back, tables far apart and all waiting staff wearing masks and keeping their distance as much as they could..we were seen to by one waitress which I liked as it kept the people we were in contact with to a minimum.
The food was superb, Sunday lunch really well presented and more food than I could possibly eat...I felt completely safe in this new-normal.
With the government midweek eating out incentive we booked again.
Again the standards were great. Hand sanitizer on arrival and a one way system in place. We were also given a table far away from any other dining guest which was great. Made us feel as though it was home from home. The set menu had a good choice and the soup of the day was amazing. Again, fantastic portion sizes, too much for me to finish and very tasty.
The downfall of the evening though was that we were served in total by 4 people at the table. When setting out the cutlery, the waitress came right between us. I'd have rather she left them at the end of the table.
When the drinks were brought over, the other waitress carried them at the very top of the water glasses, where we would put our mouth to drink and finally when clearing our plates later she swooped up the drinks by grabbing the very top of the glass with her fingers. The drink wasnt finished so she quickly apologised and left the drink. Obviously, this wasnt going to be drunk now.I would have expected a clean glass brought over with a small measure of fresh beer to replace.
I didn't want to make a fuss, I just sat observant .
There were no visors or masks worn this time but I do understand from their facebook page temperatures of staff are taken before the shift.
The pub is lovely and one of my favourites. The food is always delicious and I'd like to return again soon.
Please take my feedback as constructive and not as a personal criticism. I work in an industry where we build the customer experience based on feedback and wanted to do just that.
I highly recommend this pub, just not so much grabbing of glasses at the top where I'm drinking from please ( even pre covid, not acceptable ).
In July 2020, Montymummy said:
Had a lovely evening sat in the sunny garden . All staff so friendly & welcoming , and the food was fabulous . Covid guidelines were clear and social distancing very much maintained .
In July 2020, jentim16 said:
Went for our first post lockdown meal, a Sunday lunch at The Swan. It didn't disappoint as our reintroduction to eating out. The food was fantastic, the menu choices for a Sunday lunch time had something for everyone. I had the grilled mackerel, ceasar salad, and summer pudding which were all excellent. The Sunday lunches looked amazing and judging by how quiet everyone was as soon as the main course arrived, very much enjoyed by all.
The protection in place against Covid made us feel safe and comfortable without changing the general ambience of the pub. There's a one way system in place,all the staff are in masks, there's lots of sanitiser stations and we watched regular cleaning of tables and other high touch areas. Both indoor and outdoor tables are well spaced and there's now large areas of outdoor seating front and back.
All round worth a visit.
In May 2020, Sazzysazzy said:
If you’re looking for a cosy, country pub - the Swan is well worth the visit.
Cosy seating, warm open fire and a good choice on the menu. It’s busy enough to get the atmosphere but not too busy to get a table / seat.
Nice warm friendly staff too. We will be back, when Boris gives the nod.
In March 2020, Gary P said:
Ilwe rang ahead to advise allergies and dietary requirements and received truly excellent effort to meet our needs. Usually we make do with items being removed from the menu or a poor attempt at vegan alternative but the chef cooked up a delicious nut roast and there were several vegan coeliac options on the menu to choose from.
Lovely calm ambience and very clean, welcoming decor. Have been recommending everywhere. Go see for yourself!
In February 2020, 746pamelar said:
We visited when the chef’s wife had just had a baby, limited menu, however, what we did have was very good and staff friendly and attentive.
In February 2020, Victoria H said:
We haven't visited the Swan at Braybrooke for quite a while but decided to give it a try under it's new ownership on Friday. On the plus side I thought 4 courses for £29 was good value but the food was just OK really. I ad the fillet steak and Shin of beef which was miniscule although cooked quite nicely.
The rest of our table had surf and turf which was rump steak ( one of which had to be sent back twice to get it cooked medium well as requested as oppose to rare which it came as) The prawns were king prawns and a bit rubbery - I would have preferred a single tiger prawn than 3 of the king prawns really.The waitress didnt know the answers to any of the questions we asked her about the menu but did go and find out the answers and eventually we had the service of Cerys the owner who did go out of her way to try and ensure we were happy. I couldn't say it was a bad meal at all but It wasnt that great and probably wouldn't go back again
In February 2020, kristoff87 said:
I came here with the Mrs as we had heard lots of good things and we weren't disappointed. Service was excellent and the food was some of the best we have had in a while. Will definitely be returning. Hopefully very soon.
In January 2020, keentoeat5280 said:
As soon as we walked through the door an instant greeting set the scene.
Staff were pleasant and a good varied choice. With small children it can be chaotic but massive thanks to Dave for ensuring we were all happy throughout to give us parents a well-deserved night off.
In January 2020, sevechan2017 said:
Ate here last Saturday with my wife, son & daughter. It is a very nice pub with a good friendly atmosphere. Had looked at the menu online but as it turned out it was the first evening on their new menu. We thought it was fairly limited in choice but the waitress said we could take some dishes off the lunch menu if we wanted to which was good.
My wife had the scallops which were gorgeous - but only 2 for £8 was a bit stingy. I had the ham hock which sounded nice but was little disapointed it was pressed meat served like slices of sausage (only 2 mind) and cold. Not withstanding that it was tasty. My daughter/son shared the breads/olives. The bread was fresh, crusty and tasty and the butter full of flavour. For mains my daughter had fish and chips off the lunch menu which she throughly enjoyed. I had the monkfish which was excellent but felt charging a for a side of veg was inappropriate. My wifes hake was delicious. My son had the beef which again was of excellent quality. The service was friendly but the poor girl was looking after too many table to be able to cope. Overall a good evening which could have been even better.
In December 2019, astridc00per said:
We had got lucky and managed to get a late booking table for Boxing Day lunch. As we hadn't visited for quite some time, we were looking forward to treating my husband's very elderly father who was staying with us for Christmas. Swift service to our reserved table, and our starters of tempura prawns and soup was very good indeed. However, the mains were disappointing: the butternut squash & walnut risotto was rather disastrous - not the creamy, well seasoned affair I had been expecting, but more like a bland rice salad, with over-toasted walnuts lending a burnt after-taste. The others had pork belly - very tough, and lacked a selection of fresh vegetables. We all decided on baked spice pineapple - very nicely presented in tumblers, but very difficult to eat as a result, particularly as the top piece of pineapple was rather tough to cut through, and the elderly father with dentures was unable to manage the dessert at all, but was provided with replacement (and reportedly) extremely good blackcurrant icecream. We decided to forgo coffee, and were pleased that our comments were taken seriously when it was time to pay the bill, with a decent discount offered as goodwill.
In December 2019, fawltyholidays said:
The pub appears to be under new management which means that locals are returning. The food was excellent and good value - great starter and main course - from a slightly eccentric menu :-)
In December 2019, John W said:
A very friendly welcome, including for the dogs. A well chosen table. Good service, attentive but not intrusive. A good Sunday roast and puddings. Wish this was our local.
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