The Mute Swan
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
The Mute Swan should be on your itinerary if you’re visiting the resplendent Hampton Court Palace and Bushy Park. This characterful building is located opposite Hampton Court Palace’s gates and dates back hundreds of years. Inside you’ll ﬁnd a buzzing, lively downstairs bar and a reﬁned dining area upstairs, which is where we settled at a cosy table to enjoy some of The Mute Swan’s sumptuous fare.
The food is presented beautifully and tastes as good as it looks. The menu changes daily in keeping with the local, seasonal ingredients available, promising diners fresh and ﬂavoursome cuisine. My starter of chicken liver pâté paired with rhubarb and apple chutney and toast was exceptional. My companion’s grilled asparagus was similarly satisfying, served with a poached duck yolk, chorizo and ciabatta. Both dishes’ subtle marriage of ﬂavours demonstrated just how talented The Mute Swan’s chefs are. From the tempting selection of mains on offer, I plumped for succulent honey-glazed duck breast accompanied by conﬁt duck leg croquettes and heritage carrots, while my companion opted for the outstanding braised lamb shoulder with creamy Dauphinoise potatoes, greens and rosemary and red wine sauce. The fruity Karu Carmenere went perfectly with both dishes.
For dessert, we recommend the dark chocolate and hazelnut praline tart with salted caramel ice cream. It was light but oh-so-moreish and a ﬁttingly indulgent end to a ﬁrst-class meal.