Between Chancery Lane and Fleet Street, this outpost of the ETM empire (the Gun, the Botanist, the Jugged Hare and so on) is perfectly pitched at affluent local workers. It’s a rebuild of an older pub of the same name on the site, and follows the model of the group’s other venues: smartly traditional ground-floor bar with a small but well-kept selection of real ales (two Adnam’s, one Wandle on our visit); rather posh dining room on the first, complete with tablecloths and attentive service.
And tallying with our experience of other ETM pubs, the ambitious food is almost there – it reads very well on the menu, it looks fantastic on the plate, but afterwards there’s a feeling something is missing. However, that’s a minor criticism. Both our starters were delicate ensembles of summery ingredients – a salad of young leek, carrot and scotched quail’s egg with goat curd, and a mackerel fillet with mackerel tartar and pickled beetroot. Mains are mainly meaty, with the likes of stuffed saddle of rabbit, mutton with grilled tongue and wild garlic purée, or 45-day aged sirloin all making an appearance. Most evenings, the wood-panelled bar throngs with unwinding besuited professionals.
|Venue name:||White Swan Pub & Dining Room||Contact:|
108 Fetter Lane
|Opening hours:||Open 11am-11pm Mon; 11am-midnight Tue-Thur; 11am-1am Fri. Lunch served noon-3pm, dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Fri|
|Transport:||Tube: Chancery Lane tube|
|Price:||Main courses £14.50-£20. Set lunch (noon-1pm) £16 2 courses, £21 3 courses; (noon-3pm) £27 2 courses, £31 3 courses|
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