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“Excellent food in atmospheric surroundings”
Review of White Swan Hotel

White Swan Hotel
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Pub, British, Gastropub, Bar
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Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
stratford upon avon
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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“Excellent food in atmospheric surroundings”
Reviewed 27 August 2013

The White Swan Hotel ( This is not the Dirty Duck as referred to in a recent review) has recently had a major refurbishment and is owned by Fullers. We have used it as a local for many years but not eaten there. We decided to try the food as the new menu looked very interesting and reasonably priced. We were completely amazed by the quality and standard which is fine dining at pub grub prices. The menu is conservative but inventive, exciting and interesting. If I sound like a food critic I make no apologies. The service the first time my husband and I went was poor due to staff shortage but we decided to take some very special guests as the food and experience was so good. We were not let down. There were more staff working and the waitress remembered us and thanked us for returning. One of our guests said the scallops were the best he had ever had and he had eaten in some of the best restaurants. The wild sea trout with savoury panacotta is amazing and the trio of mixed quail gorgeous. We all tried each others starters and mains as we couldn't make our minds up which to have. There is a Fix Prix menu for £15.00 for two courses or £19.00 for three. I hope visitors and locals use this little gem and make it successful in a town where we have too many over priced ostentatious restaurants which do not offer good value for money.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank theresa h
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English first
Budapest, Hungary
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55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Charming place to stay”
Reviewed 25 August 2013 via mobile

Chek in v friendly. Room 105 quite small but in that old building the floor apace is limited. Great use of space in the room. Nice shower gels, teas etc. Bed slightly springy. Door very thin: you can her EVERYTHING happening in the corridor. Phenominal breakfast - beautifully presented English brek.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank budapestguy
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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A nice place to stay”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

I stayed at the White Swan for one night in a recent visit to Stratford-upon-avon and I was extremely happy with the service. One of the managers Sarah was very friendly and helpful, giving great advice on what to do in the area. Definitely worth a visit if you are ever in Stratford-upon-avon!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Scott P
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Kontich, Belgium
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21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Theatre menu”
Reviewed 30 July 2013

On our first night we noticed this restaurant and it's theatre menu. Because we were going to see a performance the night after we decided to try it out the next day. Dinner was good but we had to hurry to get to the theatre in time, although we mentioned we had to be there by 6.45 and we placed our orders around 5.15, our main course didn't arrive untill 6.15 and dessert, because i went in and asked for it, at 6.40. Not exactly the calm meal we hoped for.We expected that, if you offer a theatre menu, you'd be ready for it to come out on time.

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank Tine V
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Downhill!”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

After staying at your establishment for our Wedding Anniversary two years ago, my husband and i were very much looking forward to revisiting today for a spot of lunch. However, after ordering a drink before browsing the menu, we were taken aback by the snobbish attitude of the staff. After no willingness to converse with us ( this was not due to you being busy as there were very few people there ) and numerous 'dirty' looks we decided to go elsewhere.

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