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The White Swan Hotel
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Reviewed 15 August 2012

Stayed for one night 27th July. Room was outstanding, exceptionally clean, fabulous decor and all the facilities you could possibly need. We ate in the dining room that evening, food was also outstanding. Breakfast - fantastic choice and portions were good and very tasty. Throughout our one night stay the staff were so polite, friendly and helpful - well done to them all. The title of this review says it all. We will be returning.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

Ate here tonight, awesome food, staff very friendly. Setting is stunning and restaurant was lovely, fantastic ambiance. Little pricey for pub style food but didn't mind in the end as was so good. Eat here!

Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

A bright sunny day in Stratford and we wanted to eat a light lunch outside, so we spotted that The White Swan was offering a range of salads, on their outside billboard and there was a table free in a bright sun drenched position. The hotel has recently been renovated to a high standard, but has retained all its many15th Century characteristics. The outside tables are shielded from the busy pavement and roadway and one can sit and watch the world go by and the overseas tourists surging into Shakespeare's town.

You order at the bar and the waitress serves you at the table. I ordered the Chicken Ceasar Salad and my wife the Salad Nicoise supported by two glasses of white wine and sparking water. The food arrived promptly, but to our surprise each dish included an undercooked poached egg hiding in the centre of each dish. So undercooked, that the gluttonous egg white lay like frog spawn in the centre of the plate. A mackerel in my wife's salad was also unexpected, as tuna is the norm in salad nicoise, but nevertheless it was fresh with a tasty flavour, though slightly undercoloured for a pan fried fish. My chicken, anchovises and bacon were firm and juicy. Every component of the meal was well received but the undercooked poached egg undermind each dish. We should have complained at that point, sadly we did not, but tried to scrap the eggs into our servettes and eat on.

My wife's pleasure from her dish was clearly marred by this egg 'feature'. Surely, salads call for quartered boiled eggs, not undercooked poached eggs. (Just a tip for the chef - a lttle vinegar added to the boiling water helps to 'set' the white of a poached egg!). For me, it was an experience I would not want to repeat, particulaly when our bill for two salads, two glasses of wine and water was £37.

We mentioned our concerns to the manager on our departure and he apologised, but the chef should know he should not send out to customers such undercooked poached eggs. Neither dish needed a poached egg!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 August 2012

This is a lovely hotel which has been renovated to a high standard and keeping the old style beautifully. We stayed in a Grand Room with a big bathroom and roll top bath. Our room was at the back of the hotel so it was very quiet, we didn't hear any street noise at all although the hotel is in a great location right next to Shakespeare's Birthplace. We had dinner in the restaurant one night which was really good. I would very much recommend this hotel for a stay in Stratford.

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the back - the views not great, but it is very quiet.
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 August 2012

Stayed at the White Swan for one night. Our overall opinion of the hotel was that it was nice and very reasonably priced.
On arrival the reception area is very impressive with a beautiful chandalier and lovely staircase.
All the staff at the hotel were both friendly and professional.
The rooms were very clean, although they were on the small side. Tea and coffee facilities were available. My only disappointment was that there was no bath in our room, a shower only. Not sure if this is standard but next time we visit will definitely request a room with a bath if possible.
We had a light meal in the restaurant on the evening of our stay but I have to say the food was disappointing and over priced. Stratford is such a lovely place and we noticed lots of nice places to eat out, we wish we had tried a restaurant in the town. However saying this, breakfast the following morning made up for the night before!!! Fab breakfast, loads to choose from and really nice. Although it was myself and my husband staying at the hotel, I would not hesitate to return with our little girl next time. We were given a 10% discount whilst checking out for our next visit which was a nice touch.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a bath!!!
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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