Built in the 18th century, The Black Swan is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the enchanting village of Pease Pottage. Quality and comfort are the attributes upon which this restaurant prides itself, and the great food and drink offering – as well as the excellent customer service – is everything you would expect from an esteemed country pub.
The fine selection of ale, lager and wine serves as a fantastic accompaniment to the range of dishes on offer. We found plenty of dishes that took our fancy from the well-thought out menu. I eventually plumped for the classic prawn and avocado cocktail, while my partner chose a delicious vegan dish of smoked paprika- and maple-marinated tempeh, cherry tomato and red pepper skewers, which certainly hit the spot. Next came beautifully succulent lamb medallions served with Dauphinoise potatoes, and an inimitable homity pie – a classic open pie of cheese, leeks and potatoes with a herb crumb top. Both dishes more than satisfied and amiable staff were attentive throughout, ensuring our every need was met.
An ever-changing specials menu, burger menu, and the broad range of vegetarian and vegan options is a refreshing addition to the choices on offer, and the famous Sunday roast is a huge draw too; it’s no wonder The Black Swan is such a hugely popular venue. If you’re dining with a small party, be sure to check out the list of sharing platters, with options including a seafood plate and a bread board.