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The White Swan, Richmond - pub details

White Swan
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Address: Old Palace Lane, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1PG [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 2426) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube station Richmond (0.4 miles)

Nearest train stations Richmond (0.4 miles), St Margarets (0.7 miles), North Sheen (1 mile)

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Another pub that I've passed before on the way to the river, but had not previously set foot into. The White Swan is tucked away from the town centre, just off the Green. It's more of a gastropub and is obviously used by the well-heeled, as a former Top Gear presenter was dining. Nevertheless, at £4.30 a pint, it was the cheapest drink I had in the town. 4 ales are on. Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter, Otter Bitter & St Austell Proper Job. A guest beer was Surrey Hills Shere Drop, which I chose. Dining is over 2 floors and ensures that most tables are occupied or reserved. But, you may be able to find a spare table as a drinker in the bar area. I grabbed a stool at the bar. Best of the new pubs I tried in Richmond on Friday.
blue_scrumpy - 10 Nov 2019 13:20
Beer: eclectic range in excellent condition.

Service: erratic, friendly when they have finished their own conversations. This is a frequent event.

Food: particularly good pub grub without pretension.

A very good pub.
blooms - 24 Jul 2014 00:02
A good small pub quite hidden away and ideal drinking stop if walking the tow path.

The bulk of the tables are geared to eating but I've never felt unwelcome turning up with other people just for a pint.
NLBS - 28 Oct 2013 12:06
Mrs TJ dragged me in to this little boozer the other day...! The White Swan never ceases to amaze...! You can only seat about 40 people in the main bar area (front part) and that would be a cosy squash..! But they have 2 x open fires, for those cold wintery evenings - how splendid! But, how can such a small pub, so far off the main track, survive & make a trade...??!
Because people love it, and keep coming back! And there's no riff-raff...!! :o)
Okay Paul from Norbiton, your meal was luke-warm, that is not acceptable, really. BUT, what a nice pub it is, hey..??!!
Wouldn't you want this as your local..? I would! :o)
After a long riverside walk, forget the Slug+Fettish, and the noisey pubs in the high street, get your sat-nav working, (or compass if you're old-school..) and RVP in this delightful pub, if you can find it...!!

TeeJay - 1 Feb 2013 01:18
Have used the pub several times in recent years for a drink. Always convivial and civilised, its off-the-beaten-track location offering a nice antidote to the chain boozers that have taken over Richmond’s pub trade.

Tried what looked like its gastro food offer on Saturday along with three friends. Even though every table in the pub had a reserved sign, when the staff discovered we wanted to eat, a table was found for us. But have to say that my food was very disappointing. I can’t see what excuse there is for serving up lukewarm steak and chips (it doesn’t come any easier surely?). And at around fifteen quid, on the most popular night of the week, that’s a cardinal sin. Also, question for the chef, why oh why cover half the plate with salad? Do they serve steak frites in France with salad? You bet they don’t. It must be obvious that if you’re ordering steak, you’re doing so because you want meat/flesh - not leaves. I always feel this is a ruse to make the plate appear ‘full’, but it really jars with an old dog like me who is wise to most of the cynical ploys of the restaurant trade. Put the meat and chips on a smaller plate, I won’t be offended.

So I’m guessing that the reason my food was lukewarm was because it was left lying around while the other orders for our table were being prepared. If it were just me on the night, I’d have sent the food back. But as is so often the case, there’s a reluctance as it can tarnish the mood of the evening. On the up-side, very good and attentive staff. Thank you. I’ll carry on drinking here, but don’t think I’ll bother with the food again

norbitonpaul - 7 Jan 2013 12:47

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