Ideally positioned between Esher Common and Sandown Park Racecourse, The Swan Inn has recently been taken over by celebrated chef, Claude Bosi. Under new management, this beautiful country pub has been modernised, and the stylish interior retains all of its grand old features. The spacious bar area is light and welcoming, and is fully stocked with all the most popular spirits, as well as some more unusual choices. A striking decorative tree branch hangs from the ceiling, and large windows allow light to pour into the space. The dining area is equally impressive with its clean decor and relaxing ambience – you’ll find yourself starting to unwind as soon as you enter. To complete the offering, there’s a renovated patio area that’s perfect for al fresco dining.
The menu changes with the seasons and includes tempting starters like cured Loch Duart salmon with kohlrabi slaw and dill, as well as honeydew melon accompanied by air-dried ham and Sussex Charmer cheese. Follow with the likes of Barbary duck breast with smoked duck hearts, spring onions, and potato terrine. Seafood-lovers might opt for the pan-roasted Cornish cod served with fennel, squid ink taramasalata, salsa verde and a pork crumb. The menu changes throughout the year to make the most of each season’s produce. Those with a sweet-tooth won’t be disappointed with the delicious yoghurt cake served with thyme-roasted apricot and vanilla ice cream, or the white chocolate and coconut delice complemented by pineapple, white rum and brown sugar– each mouthful is full of subtlety and nuance. On Sundays, alongside the usual à la carte offering, diners can also enjoy a hearty roast dinner with a choice of nut roast, corn-fed chicken or Herefordshire roast beef.
The Swan Inn prides itself on its wine list. Working tirelessly with trusted suppliers, the team ensures that the tipples on offer cater to a variety of tastes, and the offering features organic and biodynamic wines. Aperitifs include a delightful asparagus Martini, comprising Wye Valley asparagus-infused vodka, Noilly Prat vermouth and Hill Farm rapeseed oil and served elegantly on the rocks. Once you’ve visited The Swan Inn, you’re sure to keep coming back. Fabulous food, a gorgeous interior and simple accommodation make this a top destination.