Behind a lemon-yellow façade, set on a quiet, pedestrianised corner brightened with clusters of bright flowers, this Irish-run hostelry is a real home from home. It’s pretty pub-like in feel, but the Swan is also rated for its food (salmon and dill fish cakes, roast wild pigeon breast).
Drinkers are taken care of with Sharp’s Doom Bar and guest ales, and tap lagers that include San Miguel and Peroni, plus a seasonal wine list with a dozen or so choices by the glass.
In the wood-panelled interior, two areas – one for dining and drinking, the other just for drinking – are divided by a professionally staffed bar. Diners are treated to bright, tasteful images of Paris by Tim Johnston, drinkers to a fire and sofa seating arrangement around a flatscreen TV.
There’s also a small outside plot at the back, and festival tables at the front.