In colder months, the corner banquette is the cosiest table for two. Sunny out? Make a beeline for a table by the orangery windows.
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Helmed by chef Adam Abbott – previously of the Wild Rabbit – the Swan dishes out modern British fare. Start with nibbles of soy-and-apple-glazed mackerel or mucky toast sprinkled with Maldon salt, then settle in for mains of whole sea bream with roasted red peppers, garlicky rib-eye steaks or veggie-laden hot-smoked-salmon bowls. Decision fatigue? No bother – the Swan’s sharing plates mean you can try a bit of everything that catches your fancy, from shallot tarts to mutton scrumpets, and chorizo popcorn to truffled-egg toast. For breakfast, choose from duck-egg and smoked-salmon scramble, Cotswold-honey-topped porridge or French toast with smoked bacon and apple syrup. There are also eggs-many-ways, a locally sourced full English option, rich coffees, freshly pressed juices and piping hot teas.
Like the restaurant, the pub has an eclectic mix of furniture, including high bar tables and snug fireside seats; there’s also alfresco seating, a firepit and a wisteria-covered pergola in the garden. Espresso martinis and Aperol spritzes are served on tap alongside local lagers and cask ales, a heady selection of wines and all manner of cockle-warming whiskies and the like to sip after bracing countryside walks.
The Swan pub is open daily from 7.30am to 11pm.