The Dirty Duck / The Black Swan Restaurant and Bar
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
The pub is a hit with the Royal Shakespeare Company, which is just a stone's throw from the front door. Many famous actors have visited including Peter O'Toole, Laurence Olivier and Lord Attenborough and the pub is now a thriving haven for enraptured tourists and thespians alike with fabulous views across the river and gardens.
Once inside take your pick from interesting, low lit and cosy bars. One is literally covered with signed black and white photographs of many a visiting star, while the other leads you through to a lovely flagstone eating area nestling quietly behind.
All the food is sourced from local suppliers, with dishes combining the traditional with the adventurous. The sumptuous goat's cheese fritters with apple chutney were mouth-wateringly wonderful, and my partner sampled the lovely old English 'smokie' - a ramekin of smoked haddock fillet in a rich tomato and cream sauce topped with Parmesan.
I enjoyed smothered chicken with sweet cure bacon with wonderfully fresh and light vegetables, while my companion loved the tenderly exquisite lamb shank served on the bone with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and minted gravy. We then enjoyed the prettily presented clotted cream ice cream and fabulous chocolate torte. Whether a lover of the theatre, fine foods, or both, I would suggest that you make your way to The Dirty Duck.