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The White Swan
The White Swan

The White Swan Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thewhiteswanlondon.com
  • Phone: 0207 242 9696
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00PM - 3:00PM;
    Dinner: Monday - Friday 6:00PM - 10:00PM

    Open for private hire only on Saturday and Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European
  • Executive Chef: Lee Coulston
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Underground: Chancery Lane
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is free parking outside and all around after 6.30pm
A word from The White Swan
Formerly the Mucky Duck and located in Fetter Lane, EC4, The White Swan Pub and Dining Room reverts to its original name and is spread across three floors, housing a ground floor pub with a mezzanine level and a first floor dining room. The dining room is a sophisticated and stylish restaurant space with tables laid with crisp white linen. Serving the best in Modern British Cuisine, dishes include crispy pork and crackling salad and salt mash lamb rump with caponata and anchovy butter.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Value
  • Diners' Choice WinnerModern European
Diner Reviews
  • "The service was excellent, not overbearing, good food at 50% discount from al la carte"
    dined on 05/08/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our evening here at the White Swan. Food was good, with a nice menu, was difficult to decide what to have. Service was great also. Would definitely recommend and come back myself."
    dined on 05/08/2014
  • "Excellent food, service and atmosphere at this city gastro pub. More of a gastro experience than pub. The amuse-bouche was a lovely surprise. The lamb as divine. Excellent wine menu. And with the Open Table deal it was good value for money."
    dined on 31/07/2014
  • "Dined on a hot Thursday evening, nice and cool in the WS. Fresh pea veloute was excellent with lovely consistency not weak and runny. Turbot was superb and hosts Cod was as good."
    dined on 17/07/2014
  • "The bar downstairs is a good place to start the evening. It was hot, so a lot of people were outside, but the fans were turning and the atmosphere was good inside. Upstairs the restaurant is surprisingly sophisticated, the service is very professional and the menu excellent. The portions are quite small but the dense flavours ensure a satisfying meal. I would recommend with the 50% discount on food (we paid £44 each for 3 course, half a bottle of wine, coffee and service). Good value."
    dined on 17/07/2014
  • "A 'class act'. Service just the way it should be everywhere, but hardly ever is. Professional yet friendly, attentive yet unfussy. We were treating our daughter, who works in the city, to dinner. She's a veggie and was catered for well by the menu. The turbot my husband and I ordered was delicious - cooked to perfection. The prices would normally make the White Swan too much of an extravagance for mid-week dining, but the 'Open Table' offer of 50% of all food, allowed us to enjoy its fine dining with a clear(ish) conscience."
    dined on 10/07/2014
  • "I entered the White Swan to be greeted by a traditional city boozer, complete with World Cup on the screen. Not a great start! But the upstairs dining room is a little secret hidden gem of a restaurant. A small room of only about ten tables, it's intimate, cosy, stylish. The menu is excellent, the wine list also; the staff great, and with the Open Table Discount we left extremely happy. Highly recommended."
    dined on 09/07/2014
  • "High quality food in lovely restaurant, in a surprisingly calm room above a usually busy pub. Great attentive service and fantastic value with the offer."
    dined on 09/07/2014
  • "Fabulous wine, lovely atmosphere, friendly, and informative staff, beautiful looking good that tastes fantastic. Not your standard pub at all!!"
    dined on 09/07/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and Christophe our waiter was a pleasure. Highly recommend."
    dined on 01/07/2014
  • "Excellent food, extensive wine list and attentive service."
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • " We went for a meal for 4 with our friends from North. On first look it is not as impressive as it is the upstairs restaurant of a city pub, but our guests were not put off by that. We were amazed at the beautifully presented food, even though we are used to fine dining.. The food when it arrived on the plate was sometimes difficult to recognize from the menu order and as soon as you put it in the mouth and the explosion of flavours made it very clear the Chef's take on the menu. We specially recommend it on 50% offer as it makes it very good value otherwise the prices are really for the city bankers due to its location."
    dined on 20/06/2014
  • "As usual, innovative, grown up food with great service. Ambience is always a bit hit and miss for me here but not sure there's anything they can do about that! Anyway, definitely worth a visit if you haven't ben."
    dined on 20/06/2014
  • "Been meaning to visit for a while as am a fan of their sister restaurant, the Chiswell Street Dining Rooms. Was slightly put off as I approached - looks like a standard pub from outside, people standing on the pavement drinking, large screens just inside blaring out the football. But as we climbed the stairs and entered the dining rooms at the top, the relief was palpable. The service was faultless - attentive yet unintrusive, as it should be. The food was delicate and flavoursome, and my friend and I left very clean plates after each course. Would visit again if they run the 50% off food offer - as lovely as it was I felt the menu pricing was a tad on the high side otherwise. Definitely recommended!"
    dined on 20/06/2014
  • "The food at the White Swan is outstanding, and we like our food!! There is good taste in everything. If there is a criticism it is that the portions LOOK small, but in fact do not leave one hungry.We would come again"
    dined on 13/06/2014
  • "This is genuinely one of the best places I have eaten at through toptable. Food, service and wine were all outstanding. With a 50% off deal the value is fantastic."
    dined on 11/06/2014
  • "This is a lovely restaurant above a pub in the city. Lovely dining room and the food and service really is excellent. I found the dining room just a little old school formal and really lacked any ambience or personality. Food is pricey but good with 50% off food offer. I would return"
    dined on 11/06/2014
  • "Took some clients here and was impressed. Great, good value menu, food was superb, wine delicious. Service unassuming though sometimes they looked too busy. Was full of business lunches when I went. Will definitely go again. You need to book as dining room is small."
    dined on 10/06/2014
  • "I took a group if 8 with guest from out of town and from Europe. We were impressed with the fabulous food served and service. There was a nice ambience."
    dined on 05/06/2014
  • "We had a really lovely meal here. It was based on the special offer food deal so was particularly good value. The staff were very friendly and attentive but not intrusive. The food was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed it and the wine list is very good too. I would have no hesitation recommending this to others."
    dined on 03/06/2014
  • "Service was fabulous. I was less thrilled by the food, but I think this was because I chose badly & nothing tastes quite right because I'm pregnant, rather than the food not being good. My friend's meal was excellent. Would recommend, particularly on the Top Table 50% off food deal, which makes it great value for £."
    dined on 22/05/2014
  • "We needed a quiet environment to hold a business meeting. The White Swan was perfect. Staff are attentive but discreet in their timing. i would definitely recommend it. Food was delicious. "
    dined on 21/05/2014
  • "Wonderful staff, wonderful food, we love this place."
    dined on 16/05/2014
  • "This was a meal to celebrate my birthday with a group of 8. We got a great 50% off food offer from Open Table and unlike many it was not limited to 6 people. The staff were welcoming and helpful, one of our group got held up at work and they could not have been better, swiftly serving him when he arrived. The food was really excellent - I had the pea veloute followed by the duck - both cooked to perfection, extremely tasty, beautifully presented. The dessert was equally rewarding and with a little teaser before the starter and fresh made truffles with coffee, it was fantastic value. The restaurant is quite cosy and so a bit noisy when full, but very bright and a lovely environment. Great service, with friendly staff."
    dined on 16/05/2014
  • "We had a fantastic dinner. The quality of the food was outstanding. The service was great, paying attention to details. The White Swan is a place where you get outstanding value for the money and I can only recommend this restaurant. Looking forward to our next dinner at The White Swan, which unfortunately won't happy very soon as we are living in Germany."
    dined on 15/05/2014
  • "Gorgeous intimate dinning area, lovely menu choice, interesting but varied. Wonderful presentation and portion sizes just right. Pity extras such as veg/chips etc were pricey, they should be included - this was the only thing that stopped me giving it outstanding."
    dined on 15/05/2014
  • "Great food, friendly service, warm atmosphere and good value for money with Toptable. Can highly recommend! "
    dined on 08/05/2014
  • "Not enough room here to write a full review, but in short the food was fantastic, absolutely excellent, but the service was a long way short of this. I recommend going here, but the proprietors need to really pay attention to what the staff do and how that feels for the customer. I'd would be happy to discuss further with the management team if desired because the menu and food is amongst the best I have had (I eaten in many top establishments), and it would be a shame if people didn't return here because of how the staff have been trained. . "
    dined on 08/05/2014
  • "I was very happy with the overall experience at the white swan. Doesn't look much from the outside and initially is a bustling city pub on the inside, but once you get to the restaurant area things become rather more civilised. Food was seasonal, British and excellently prepared, not oversized, service was professional and friendly. The 50% off deal is great, will go back in the future. Try the banana souflee with peanut butter icecream without having a guilty smile afterwards..."
    dined on 07/05/2014
  • "The restaurant is up 4 flights of stairs and definitely worth the climb. The service and food were very good indeed, the menu is small but just right (not everything was available when we went - shows that they use fresh food and that is good to see). The English Asparagus starter was excellent as was the cod. Good wine list again not too extensive but all good and at reasonable prices. We would go again, recommend that you book as table numbers are limited."
    dined on 06/05/2014
  • "I chose this restuarant for its proximity to my client's offices for a business lunch. Beautifully presented, delicious food - portions not huge but very adequate and tasty; nice dining room with table cloths and attractive settings makes for just the right amount of formality; attentive, discreet service; good wine list across a broad price range (we chose a lovely Chablis which was not over chilled); good value for money. "
    dined on 06/05/2014
  • "Met up with some friends and had a great chilled out evening in unpretentious surroundings. Service was relaxed and unhurried and the food was well cooked & presented. Good selection of wines starting at reasonable prices and with the 50% offer for the food element made our evening out reasonable."
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "Excellent service and great food... no need to say anymore"
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "The staff were extremely accommodating around my friends and I changing the time of our reservation. The service was very good. I enjoyed my meal and my two friends thought the food was outstanding. There are some lovely flavours and my sea bass was cooked to perfection."
    dined on 10/04/2014
  • "Wonderful restaurant near Fleet Street. Great for work lunches and early business dinners. Very relaxed but with upmarket food and service. Definately worth a visit."
    dined on 08/04/2014
  • "Great food. A good (and sensibly priced) wine list. Knowledgeable, efficient and friendly service. A most enjoyable place to spend some quality time. A visit is strongly recommended."
    dined on 07/04/2014
  • "Great service, food and value for money with 50%. A well thought through wine list too. Highly recommended"
    dined on 01/04/2014
  • "I had eel terrine (which was wonderful, even though the portion was microscopic) and mutton (which was first class). Margaret had onion soup (very fine, if a touch too salty) and cod (delicious, but the sauce was way too salty). I am not complaining, but I consider myself a perfectionist. My favourite restaurants are Defilippi in Gassino Torinese and Aquavit in New York."
    dined on 28/03/2014
  • "My first visit to the White Swan, I was very impressed and will certainly return. We had a table for two, both of us enjoyed the food and the wine. Service was top notch too. Hard to find fault. A little pricy perhaps. Bottom line is if the service and food are good, you don't worry too much about the cost."
    dined on 27/03/2014
  • "We had a very good meal at the White Swan. The dining room was pleasant and the food of a good standard. We had a drink in the bar beforehand but it was very noisy as it was very busy."
    dined on 27/02/2014