The Old Swan Inn
The Old Swan Inn is situated on the main road in the scenic Dales village of Gargrave. We received a warm welcome from staff, and the lovely open fire burning in the hearth created a relaxing atmosphere. It was thriving for a Thursday lunchtime, with locals and visitors passing through for a bite to eat. The menu varies from baked potatoes and sandwiches to homemade pie and tempting specials. I picked one of the seasonal specials: pan-roasted duck breast on a bed of braised red cabbage with rhubarb sauce, accompanied by turmeric potatoes, green beans and roasted cherry tomatoes. It was fresh, tasty and wholesome. There were lots of other interesting specials on the board, such as pan-fried sea bass and tomahawk steak. My partner plumped for the pie of the day – a delicious wedge of steak and ale pie with golden shortcrust pastry, served with chips and peas. The dessert menu featured hearty classics. I opted for warm chocolate brownie, which was wonderfully rich and gooey, while my partner had sticky toffee pudding, which had a satisfying wobble to the sponge. Both were served with sauce, ice cream and fresh berries. Other options included lemon tart and crème brûlée. The inn serves Black Sheep and Timothy Taylor ale alongside guest tipples such as Moorhouses’ White Witch, while an extensive gin menu is also available.