Imagine this. You’ve just been to the Tate Modern, and it’s lunch time. You want something more than the busy canteen style food they serve, and fancy something a bit more sophisticated. That’s when you’ll want to pop round the corner to the Swan.
The Swan is the bar & restaurant of Shakespeare’s Globe theatre. I’d heard good things about this place, so I suggested to P that we give it a go. The bar downstairs is dominated by long wooden sharing tables, but we headed upstairs to the restaurant. Our table had beautiful views of the Thames, especially as it was such a gorgeous day.
I loved the decor here. It was simple but effective. Books of plays covered in dripping candle wax, bare light bulbs with tiny white wings attached and these light jars, which reminded me of catching fireflies. The tables were thick slabs of wood and the banquette on which I sat was covered in squidgy velvet cushions.
We ordered a gin & tonic each whilst we perused the menu which was the pre-theatre menu. At three courses for £26.50 a person it isn’t cheap, but it’s worth it for a special occasion, such as a trip to the theatre.
We assumed that you had to choose one starter to share, but actually, you get all three! So we began with breakfast radishes & hummus, potted salmon and a salad of green beans & fennel.
With neither of us liking fennel we were a little unsure of the salad, but it was very delicate, and the lemon, thyme and honey dressing took the edge off the fennel.
I loved the little Kilner jar that the potted salmon was served in! The salmon was delicious spread over the bread. It was still chunky so didn’t feel like a paste, and had a lovely lemony flavour. The hummus was smooth and rich with a nutty tang to it, perfect for dunking the sweet radishes into.
For main course, I chose the breast of chicken with lemon and thyme, served with a fondant potato, spinach and roasted salsify. P went for the seared salmon with leeks & Jerusalem artichoke purée, which she said was beautifully soft but with a crispy skin.
The chicken was delicious, incredibly succulent and the flavours were divine. The salsify (a parsnip looking veg, with a similar bite but an oystery flavour) was a lovely accompaniment to the chicken. Unfortunately my fondant potato was a little on the undercooked side in the middle but that is a common curse when it comes to cooking potatoes this way.
It’s safe to say the champagne was a lovely addition to our chatting but unfortunately for the waiter, there was no dancing involved (that would have required the whole bottle!)
We had a lovely meal, and it was really great to catch up. The waiters were attentive but not intruding, I think they sensed we would be chatting for a while! So if you’re at the Tate Modern or popping along to the Globe to see a play, then do book a table at Swan, you won’t regret it.
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