White Swan Pub & Dining Room

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White Swan Pub & Dining Room

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
Address: 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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A very nice place! Food and wine both excellent. There aren't many good restaurants around the Chancery Lane area, but this is one. Note: Not open for dining on Saturdays. Private functions only! Getting a table during the week isn't a problem.