Southrop, Lechlade, GL7 3NU
An award-winning village pub, The Swan sits in the heart of the picture-perfect village of Southrop. The pub is part of the historic Cotswolds estate, Thyme, which also boasts a luxurious hotel, cookery school, spa and a new restaurant open from autumn 2018. The Swan’s wonderful menu celebrates the ingredients and flavours of the Thyme farm and kitchen garden. Anything that can’t be grown at Thyme is carefully sourced from suppliers in the area, with principles of sustainability and a handmade, home-grown ethos underlining the menus. Distinctive local beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks make up a pleasing drinks menu; every wine is available by the glass, carafe or bottle and the delicious house wine is on tap. A blackboard bar menu lends The Swan a country-pub feel, while the seasonal table menu features a good choice of simple, rustic dishes. The Sunday roasts are legendary, particularly the lamb, which is reared on Thyme’s farm, and the sharing pie is a real favourite. There’s also a tempting selection of bar bites, such as salt cod croquettes, Welsh rarebit and plates of charcuterie. Recently refurbished, The Swan retains its old charm with a traditional bar and low ceilings, and the spacious garden room opens out onto two courtyards – perfect for lazy, long summer lunches. Relax with friends on a comfy sofa by the fire or sit in the snug for an intimate dining experience. However you choose to spend your time at The Swan, you’re sure to have a wonderful experience.