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“Excellent addition to the food scene”
Review of The White Swan

The White Swan
Ranked #33 of 576 Restaurants in Huddersfield
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Excellent addition to the food scene”
Reviewed 22 August 2014

I'd noticed that the Swan at Outlane, as it's always been known, had reopened this year and popped in last Saturday afternoon to suss out the menus. They read very well and I went back during the week for an early evening meal with family members. We were not disappointed.

Wednesday to Saturday (not open Mon-Tue) the Swan offers an early bird menu for £9.95, between 5pm and 7pm. Sounds too good to be true? Well, it is worthy of some serious attention. There's a choice of about 5 starters, 5 or 6 mains, and a few puds for an extra couple of quid or so. Beautifully served and plenty of it!! The chef's background in fine dining is obvious - but without the fine prices!

There is an a la carte menu, too, and a burger menu, with sandwiches and light bites also on offer. Some pub food staples - lasagne, battered haddock, gammon and steaks - but also less commonly seen dishes, eg sea bream.

There is also a good children's menu available (and high chairs should you need one - unlike other local establishments). The staff were friendly and helpful. Although my party and I were there early, quite a goodly number of people arrived soon after us - clearly they had heard about the £9.95 menu.

We had creamy garlic mushrooms on toasted ciabatta - gorgeous sauce and beautifully presented; deep fried battered haddock, chips, peas and tartare sauce - pronounced excellent, the batter was crisp and dry and the fish was giant flakes; and smoked Cheddar and mozzarella sausages on creamy mash with green beans and a tomato sauce - I'm not a veggie but this was delicious. My little granddaughter made a fantastic effort with a huge portion of battered chicken nuggets (fresh breast fillet), home made chips and beans - any adult would have struggled! We shared one portion of a very delicious sticky toffee pudding, served with clotted cream and toffee sauce - yummy!

The wine list is very modestly priced - a nice Chilean sauvignon blanc is only £10.95, and the most expensive wine listed was, I think, £14.95.

This business really deserves to go well - they've made a great start, in my opinion.

I feel sure we will be going again soon; there's much on the menus that I want to try.

Just two points to make: the pub currently operates two tills, for food and drink separately. This means that you cannot run a tab for your evening there; drinks have to be paid for at the bar when you order them. Secondly, there is no sign outside which gives opening hours and food times.

The owner, Gerry, has made a great start at the Swan and I wish him all the best in a tough industry.

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6 Thank SukyH
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“The Most Stunning Sunday Lunch we have had”
Reviewed 22 August 2014

We are your typical Foodys, travel anywhere when we hear the good news of a good food joint.
So off we set Sunday 17th from Doncaster to the White Swan to make our mind up about the noise i'm hearing far and wide about the food quality.
One Word Utopia, Sunday Lunch Utopia.
Scallops firm to the bite, No water, Cooked the way Scallops should be.
The Lunch, stunning mouth watering meat,Home Yorkshire puds, Gravy well it makes a Sunday lunch and this didnt let down.
The Sauce to accompany the meat perfectly balanced.
Love it, Stunning, we going to go for the evening menu soon, well worth the 90 mile round trip......
Im struggling to remember the last time i said that about food served with passion...... oh and for 2 meals, 2 courses with drinks for less than £30 really, these guys got it going on.
Shane Fox

  • Visited August 2014
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4 Thank Poxyfoxy
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Huddersfield
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Perfect Sunday lunch”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

Had a beautiful roast beef dinner. All the staff were attentive and friendly and the manager/ owner checked our satisfaction after the meal and was informative about menus and offers that we were interested in. Great child friendly pub with lovely fresh food and staff that genuinely care if you're having a nice meal which is refreshing!

  • Visited August 2014
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5 Thank Mackers80
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Huddersfield
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great food, lovely atmosphere”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

My friends and I visited The White Swan this evening, we were served great food in a really warm atmosphere with a lovely welcome from the owner and staff. Will most definitely return, many thanks to all for doing a great job.

  • Visited August 2014
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4 Thank Francesca G
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Halifax, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fabulous”
Reviewed 15 August 2014 via mobile

Called in on spec and decided to eat, the food is to die for and two courses for less than a tenner. What's not to like? The sea bream was perfect.

  • Visited August 2014
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4 Thank Alison R
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