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The White Swan, Richmond

26 Old Palace Lane

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Steve of N21 left this review about The White Swan

We came here specifically for the food and Sunday lunch in particular. The pub bar area is well described by previous reviewers but there is a separate smaller restaurant section upstairs which is quieter than the main pub if you are only interested in dining.
The Sunday roasts were very good but as others have commented, this is still a decent pub just for a beer, especially as it is a short walk from the river. Same usual four beers on for our visit and the Otter and TT Landlord were in good form for us and we had a beer in the bar area before going upstairs to the dining room. However it is fair to say that on a Sunday lunchtime it doesn’t take too long before every table in the bar area is reserved for people eating, so for that beer only pub experience probably better to visit mid-week..

On 24th March 2017 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The White Swan

Just up from the Thames,beware if parking your car further down the lane when there is a spring tide !This is a charming little local in an upmarket area.The ceilings are low,you enter into a front room with modest bar to the left,a few traditional tables and chairs,sadly just a coal effect gas fire and a seperate bar with a large coffee machine.Beyond the central pillars,there is a small back seating area with a larger rectangular banquette then doors that open onto the pub garden.
Food is a major draw here ,and beware that tables will be marked as reserved but thankfully with a time slot,so you maybe able to pitch down for a beer up to a certain time if the kitchen is going to be busy.However the pub is drinker friendly,and can't be described as a gastro food outlet.
4 handpumps serving Doom Bar,TT Landlord,Otter Bitter and St Austell Tribute (rather tired) were the somewhat mainstream real ale options,but I enjoyed the ambiance and would return.

On 16th December 2016 - rating: 7
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hondo . left this review about The White Swan

Tucked away just up from the river. Interior as described by Malden man below. 4 real ales and food served.

On 2nd October 2015 - no rating submitted
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Malden man left this review about The White Swan

Close to the riverside, this is a pleasant spot down an attractive quiet street away from the bustle of the town centre. The bar is in a boarded L-shaped room with a low beamed ceiling, the curved corner bar has an exposed brick front, a separate food servery is adjacent. I arrived after the lunch rush and the chalkboard menu had been wiped clean although some people were finishing their lunches, mostly in the attractive rear garden which has some nice planted shrubs. There is a conservatory area between the bar and garden (as is usual!)which is a bright and airy space with a wall full of Guinness advertisements. The other décor in the pub is limited to a mirror or two and a couple of pictures of Richmond Bridge.
Regular seating throughout, nothing vulgar or ostentatious here, a couple of fireplaces had candles on top, I noticed a nice swan motif on the entrance door. Papers on a table, this is a quiet sedate place, no signs of a TV and no music playing.
It may be a bit foody, the timing of my visit outside normal dining hours can't verify or deny this but that is the impression I got. Despite this several contented customers were quietly quaffing pints, so it isn't one of those places where you feel marginalised as a drinker. Six handpumps, four shared across, Tribute, Doom Bar, Timothy Taylor Landlord and Otter Bitter. A barrel went while I was in and how refreshing to see it changed straightaway and properly pulled through. Certainly one for a revisit.

On 29th September 2014 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The White Swan

This is a smallish pub tucked away down a side street leading from Richmond Green down to the river. It’s at the end of a terrace of small houses, and doesn’t impose itself on its surroundings by its size as some slightly larger pubs would do. The main part of the bar looks fairly old, with its low ceiling giving it an intimate feel. There are about half a dozen tables and chairs in this part of the pub, plus a few stools round the bar. It has been extended at the back with a small conservatory containing another half dozen tables and chairs, leading to an outside patio area at the back, with some picnic benches. Without the conservatory it would be a very small pub. I saw a ciggy machine, but no one armed bandits or games machines, and there was some piped music playing some pop songs not too loudly. I didn’t notice a TV.
They had three real ales on – London Pride, Timothy Taylor Landlord, and St Austell Tribute. I went for the Tribute at the approximate going rate of £3.20 a pint, and it was OK without being close to the best pint of Tribute that I’ve had. But this pub is all about the food. I wouldn’t say that it is an out and out gastro pub, but their raison d’etre seems to be food, and they provide table service. Mains were in the region of £8 - £12 – Mrs R and I had the home made burger and chips at £8.50 a throw, and it was pretty good. It didn’t strike me as a local drinkers’ pub, but looked a decent enough pub to stop for just a couple or so pints, without having to eat if you didn’t want to. I quite liked it actually.

On 4th March 2010 - rating: 7
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