Swan, Chapel Down

Swan is a fantastic chain of three English restaurants. They are situated in West Malling, The Globe theatre near London Bridge and at the Chapel Down Vineyard. We set out to try Swan at Chapel Down winery.

The restaurant looks fantastic and is very inviting, if you are fortunate to have sun when you visit, there is a gorgeous rooftop eating area.

Being in a restaurant at the Chapel Down vineyard and winery, we of course went for a bottle of their staple, Flint Dry. This delicious wine was used at the wedding of Will and Kate and usually retails at around £8 a bottle, we therefore felt that the price of £17.50 a bottle was a little steep given the location. Swan, do however source as much produce as possible from within a 25 mile radius which is something we really appreciate.

When we were seated, we were presented with a complimentary bread board with a delicious olive bread and tapenade. We decided to go for the fantastically priced ‘Garden Menu’ which was £14.95 for two courses and £16.95 for three courses.

I went for a chicken salad to start, the dressing was delicious and I was really impressed with the portion size.

Toby went for a steaming hot bowl of fish soup, again a great portion for a fixed price set menu. Notes of saffron aplenty!

On to the mains, I went for pork and it was amazing.

Toby went for a Barnsley chop, he was not disappointed.

We also could not resist trying the three times cooked chips, Heston would be proud. However, giant and crispy bad boys were satisfying but did not quite live up to the hype for me.

Feeling full, we shared a desert – ‘Strawberry and Elderflower plate’. I was not really too sure what to expect, when it arrived it was essentially a glorified deconstructed eton mess with meringue, fruit, strawberry moose and elderflower jelly. Delicious and light following our starter and main.

We would 100% recommend to Swan to anyone wanting a delicious and classy feeling meal. If you do happen to go to the Swan at Chapel Down, be sure to try all of their delicious English wines and book a tour of the spectacular vineyard!


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