Monday, 19 October 2015

The Swan

After our lovely tour and wine tasting experience at Chapel Down Winery we went for a late 3pm lunch at the restaurant on site The Swan. Again, reservations should be made as the restaurant was completely full on arrival. They have indoor and outdoor seating as well as a really cosy bar with sofa's and a fireplace for a pre-dinner drink.

On a Sunday they do a three course lunch for £24.50 per person, which is very reasonable in comparison with some of the a la carte prices. As you can see everything looked delicious so it was very difficult to choose a dish! Also the salt came in a little pot, I couldn't resist taking a photo and the bread and butter was soft and crusty at the same time and plentiful too!


For starter we chose the prawn and crayfish salad as well as the mushroom spelt risotto. Both were really tasty and a generous portion.

For main course we chose a roast beef and a roast lamb, both are served pink unless otherwise requested. The roasts come with carrots, kale, cauliflower cheese, parsnips, roast potatoes, extra gravy and best of all a giant Yorkshire pudding to share between two! The beef was served with mustard and the lamb with traditional mint sauce.

For dessert we tried a rice pudding with caramelised pineapple and a chocolate brownie with crushed shortbread. Both were great and neither of us left even a crumb on the plate.

After three courses we were satisfyingly stuffed! Tap water was unlimited and we added two cokes and a glass of rose (£5.50 per glass) along with 12.5% service charge making the bill £67 for two people. We thought for the quality of food this was a reasonable price for a three course Sunday lunch with no washing up. The toilets were spotless and the staff friendly and helpful, if not a little rushed off their feet.

All in all we would both recommend a trip to Chapel Down Winery finished off with a lunch at The Swan, it made for a really lovely and relaxing Kent countryside day out.