The Most Amazing Sunday Lunch at The White Swan, Stratford-Upon-Avon

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When we recently spent the afternoon in Stratford-Upon-Avon, we always knew we’d have lunch at The White Swan, the moment we walked past it from the car park to the town centre. You can immediately tell it’s a Tudor building and not only is the exterior full of character, once you step through the door, it’s like a traditional country pub – my favourite. As well as a Fuller’s pub, The White Swan is a hotel with 41 rooms and I would definitely be inclined to stay, should we ever return for a weekend.

Upon arrival, I grabbed a table, while Ash got the drinks in (a large glass of rosé for me!). We sat at the nearside of the bar, which was perfect for people watching along that stretch, as well as across that particular section of the restaurant. The dining area is split into two, with benches and cubbyholes. Despite being family-friendly (we were surrounded by large families and friends enjoying Sunday lunches), with a children’s menu, highchairs and baby-changing facilities; there’s also a level of intimacy for those couples looking for a relaxing or romantic meal. On a Sunday, there is the usual a la carte menu, with the addition of roast dinners.
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Ash and I both chose the Cornish Orchards braised South Coast pork belly (£15.50) from the Sunday menu, which came served with apple sauce, roast potatoes and a giant Yorkshire pudding. We shared a selection of vegetables: roasted carrots & parsnips; cauliflower cheese; sticky red cabbage; green beans, sugar snap peas & green cabbage. It sounds a lot, but it was a spoonful or two of each – a nice mixture. We were in agreement that we could have done with more cauliflower cheese (one floret each just wasn’t enough). But the highlight for me was the sticky red cabbage – most definitely underrated when it comes to accompaniments of a roast dinner. Typically fatty, the pork belly was cooked really well and fell apart on the fork and in the mouth. Unfortunately, I couldn’t manage it all, or all the potatoes (which weren’t crispy enough for my taste), but Ash managed to finish. It’s fair to say it’s up there as one of the best roast dinners I’ve eaten out.
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We ordered Alfie a meal from the children’s menu (£7 for a main course; £2.50 for a dessert) and chose sausage, mash & peas. As you can see, the dish was huge and obviously aimed at those 5+, so there was no way Alfie would have been able to eat it all. In fact, he managed one of the two sausages and left over half the mash and peas. It’s a shame I was so full from my dinner, or I’d most definitely offered some help... the sausages were so plump and meaty!

Needless to say, we didn’t have room for dessert and I struggled to finish my wine as soon as we finished eating, Alfie wanted to get down from the highchair and wander around the bar. I thoroughly recommend The White Swan if you’re looking for somewhere to eat in Stratford-Upon-Avon and like I say, we will definitely return if in the area.

Love, Lucy xx

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