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“Whoops a daisy....”
Review of The White Swan

The White Swan
Ranked #3 of 9 Restaurants in Belford
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 10 July 2012

My wife and I were travelling to the Holy Isle of Lindisfarne, and we had booked an overnight stay at the Farmhouse Guest House in Belford, just off the A1 north to Edinburgh. Anne the owner/proprietor of our accommodation suggested we ate in the White Swan, Warenford a couple of miles back down the road. I'm so glad we did. On our arrival, 20 minutes early, were greeted and shown to a seating and served drinks, and offered menus to study and discuss. I spoke to an elderly gentleman who was seated in the same area, but failed to make any contact, possibly because of my funny southern accent or because he didn't wish to speak to me.I opened the door at one point as he was having difficulty popping outside for a puff. Shortly afterwards, a member of staff arrived to show us to our table and took our largely filled drinks and placed them on her tray. Just as she did, the gentleman returned from outside and threw himself into his former chair. The result..................drinks all over my lap! The manager quickly left the bar and tried to dry me down, apologising profusely for what had occurred. I just burst out laughing as the perpetrator was oblivious to what had happened. Apparently, he was a widower, and had recently lost his licence to drive at 87 owing to poor sight, as well as being profoundly deaf. We were shown to our table, and enjoyed one of the best meals that we had had on our journey. So well done, White Swan and well done Anne Murdoch for her recommendation!

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3  Thank jollyrobert
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Reviewed 29 June 2012

We are regular visitors to The White Swan and have always been impressed by the quality of the food and the excellent service provided by the hosts.

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2  Thank farmhouseguesthouse
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Reviewed 25 June 2012

We had 3 meals while we were staying across the road at Waren View.The first 2 were very good,but the 3rd was a disappointment as the ribeye steak was a very poor quality cooked ok but just a mass of gristle.On complaining to the owner he apologised and did not chrage for the meal.

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1  Thank netvigator1
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Reviewed 24 June 2012

During our stay at Market Cross Guest House in Belford it was recommended to try the White Swan at Warenford. As we were staying for 8 nights our intention was to try several different places to eat. As we loved the White Swan so much we ate there 4 times in all. The food and service was brilliant and such lovely staff one of our holiday highlights.

1  Thank James I
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Reviewed 21 June 2012

We (my wife, her parents and myself) were recommended the White Swan by Neil and Tracey who run the Coach House B&B where we were staying a couple of miles away in Brownieside.

The White Swan is just of the A1 at Warenford, Belford, but don't expect to see it from the A1 as you drive past as it is completely obscured from the main road so watch out for that Warenford signpost or you will drive straight on past.

There is a large car park to the rear so parking is not a problem if you go by car with a "designated driver".

Entering the establishment you go into the bar which was a seating area and some bar stools along the bar front. There is a widescreen TV on the wall in the corner which was switched on later in the evening as England were playing in the Euros. The volume was kept at a low level so as not to interfere with the diners.

Behind the bar is the restaurant area that has quite a few tables. We didn't book but as it was a Monday night and fairly early, we got in no problem.

The two waitressess on duty were very friendly and showed us to a nice table and took our drinks order and left us with the menu.

The menu was quite extensive and apparently changes regularly based on availability of local sourced ingredients. One minus point here is that the menu was just a (well thumbed) printed sheet of paper and would have looked much better presented in a menu book or cover.

There was a very wide selction of starters and main courses, all of which looked tempting on the menu.

We each ordered a different strarter and main course. Unfortunately, the waitress returned after a few moments to advise us that one of the starters was not available and we had to choose an alternative. We would have thought that the waiting staff should have been briefed about anything not available but perhaps we could put this down to the fact we were very early diners. We later overheard another table of diners being advised that this starter wasn't available as they were handed their menus so this had clearly been noted and sorted by the staff.

Starters arrived and were duly consumed and were very nice in terms of both presentation and taste.

Main courses followed within a reasonable period of time and again, they were well presented and tasty. Portion sizes were also very generous.

Once the mains were done with, the waitress aske dif we would like deserts and brought us the desert menu over (again an even more well thumbed sheet of paper). As with the starters and mains, there was a very large selection of deserts and all except the cheeseboard were priced under a fiver. We selected our choices and when they arrived we were pleased to see the generous portion sizes extended to deserts too!!!

All in all, The White Swan is a great place for reaonably priced good food with friendly service. Well worth a visit but please guys, invest in some covers for the menus!

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Thank Richard_Tocher
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