The White Swan

4.2
20 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Gastro Pub
With beautiful surroundings, and a stylish interior, The White Swan in Birmingham is a classic meets modern pub, a perfect setting for any occasion. Our chefs take pride in preparing fresh, delicious tasting food using the finest ingredients. Signature dishes include spit-roasted chicken with lemon & garlic confit, slow cooked pork belly with seared scallops, salmon supreme served with thyme-roasted butternut squash, and our home-made British beef burger. For a lighter bite, our spiralised carrot salad and Mediterranean mezze are both delectable, or for some sweet indulgence our melting golden chocolate bomb with caramel ice cream is sure to please!
You’ll also find a range of daily-changing specials and a carefully selected drinks list, including beautiful wines, ales and lagers, cocktails, and bubbles. So, whether it’s for a drink at the bar with family and friends, a special dining experience or a relaxed afternoon with great food – you can sit back and unwind, and we’ll take
What 20 People Are Saying
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DW
Birmingham
18 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

It's a pricy place that promises a lot but it just didn't work for me. The staff that were working were great but there seemed to be a few too few of them to facilitate great service. The food was OK, no complaints but my sense is that they were trying to be too fancy (reflected in the prices) but couldn't pull it off. Little things like staff carrying plastic tubs of dishes through the restaurant let it down. I'm not rushing back.

OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant Mother’s Day meal staff very polite and helpful

a
Birmingham
22 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had a lovely quite family meal. Food and service was good

MR
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It’s was my Christmas night out with friends had a wonderful night I would come again 😄😄😄😄😄

ZW
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very poor vegan options.
Interesting that all chips/ potatoes are cooked in the same oil as all fish. I would have expected a high end gastro pub to provide vegan friendly fries!

p
Buckinghamshire
4 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent but I thought the service was a bit rushed!

DG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

We've been coming to the White Swan on and off for years but this time we felt let down by the experience, especially the quality of the food. The seafood linguine was overpowered by chilli making it superhot, while the duck was dry in the duck salad. Service was pretty perfunctory as well. Disappointing, as we had taken guests with us.

T
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, food and wine in really well Decorated old pub

SS
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been dining at the White Swan occasionally over the past 10yrs and across that time the standard of food and service has remained commendably high.
This occasion was business as usual, lovely food, pleasant ambience and attentive service. Value loses a star as the bill very quickly gets expensive when adding drinks, but otherwise this place offers a great restaurant that is worth the journey.

K
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Nice place but had to ask for the music to be turned down so we could talk (we were having an early lunch so very few people in there). Food nice but they opened the double doors while we were still eating, still a nice experience, will still go back

JA
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We needed a venue in Harborne to meet a friend for Sunday lunch. We arrived early but were able to go straight to our table. The service was brisk, efficient and friendly but not rushed. The food was excellent and there was a wide but not excessive choice. This was not our first visit and we have never been really disappointed with the food but on this occasion it was excellent. The bar and restaurant can be crowded later in the afternoon but the service doesn’t deteriorate. The selection of draught cask conditioned beers is limited but well kept and there is a reasonable wine list. We would certainly recommend it to others.

OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice meal perfect service

LO
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely brilliant experience on a busy Mother's Day -the service was excellent and the food amazing -

t
Birmingham
16 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, attentive service and relaxed atmosphere.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Best roast I’ve ever had!!
Cookie and salted caramel ice cream for pudding was just delightful!
Can’t wait to return!

T
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

I went with my family for dinner on a Saturday night at The White Swan. Although the food was mainly good (except for the complete absence of any lobster in my lobster, king prawn and chorizo linguine), the service was far from acceptable. Firstly, one starter was forgotten, then the very young waiter brought the main courses before clearing the table of our starter plates. Finally, one of the desserts was also missed. This is the worst service I think I have ever experienced in a restaurant, very disappointing, and it spoilt the overall dining experience

CM
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food much improved and would definitely return.Very friendly staff.

EM
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Another good visit. Only thing my first option was not available,

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

the location, ambience, service and value for money were all good, however we felt let down by one key factor and that was the food!
The food wasn't terrible by any stretch, in-fact the Wine and Desert were very good.
However when my wife had ordered the Sunday roast (pork) it fell short of the mark, the dish was very well presented, but the pork amounted to two dry small slices of pork, the crackling amounted to a tiny piece of soft fat, and the mention of the apple sauce on the menu clearly didn't exist!
Myself I had cod and chips, again disappointing, the cod was a square shape, clearly came out of the freezer and not battered on site. the chips were a very dark colour which indicated the oil used to cook them in was clearly dirty/over used.
The front of house were very helpful, did there best and kindly didn't charge us for the roast.
We have eaten there in the past and the food was fine then, hopefully this is a temporary glitch and the White Swan will return to it's previous standards soon.

HM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable evening for a dinner with friends. The food and drink was good value and the service was attentive without being intrusive.