Sit tucked away on one of the sofas at the side and admire the flagstone floor and the boxed corkscrew collection, or watch the action at the bustling bar with a perch by the door. If you want first dibs on the freshly baked treats, sit by the cake stand.
Imagine you’re off to your local – jeans and jumpers won’t be frowned upon.
Head chef Tom Blake and sous chef Josie learned their craft at the River Cottage Canteen, famed for its panache with simple, seasonal British ingredients. You’ll find the same culinary integrity at the Swan. Sample dishes include: potted pig on toast with gherkin and mustard salsa, and bubble and squeak cake with a fried duck egg and parsnip puree. Style-wise, the main details are: hefty wooden tables, antique tapestries and a striking chandelier crafted from an abundance of lampshades. The restaurant is closed on Sunday evenings (bar snacks are available), and books up quickly, so make reservations asap.
Budding barmen (and lovers of fine ale) will fit right in at the Swan, whose heart is definitely in the bar. There’s a weekly signature cocktail, a host of local brews, and enough wine and spirits to keep you carousing ’til sunrise (if it weren’t for that big bed beckoning).
Breakfast on plump sausages and melt-in-the-mouth black pudding between 8am and 11am on the weekend (7.30am–11.30am during the week); enjoy lazy, boozy lunches between 12pm and 3pm; dine under the striking lampshade chandelier between 6pm and 10pm.
None, although there are spiced nuts, olives and addictive Japanese rice crackers in big glass jars at the bar, an all-day bar menu, and cakes waiting to be sliced and munched from elevenses onwards. Rest assured, you won’t go hungry here.