The Black Swan Ockham

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£26 to £40
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British
The Black Swan Ockham nestled in the idyllic Surrey countryside is the local culinary hotspot, offering an inventive British menu using some of the best in fresh local & seasonal produce.

A delightfully eclectic eatery the pub & restaurant presents a stunning international wine list, a great selection of real ales and a cosmopolitan décor with open fires and plenty of comfy seating. During the summer months enjoy one of Surrey"s finest Al fresco dining experiences in our beautiful gardens.

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J
Surrey
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and Service, but had to remind them about their 30% off food in January offer as bill came fully priced!

W
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Members of Esher RFC get a 30% discount- so good value!
Great parking and reasonable service

HV
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was our first time visiting, we had a lovely meal and will definitely return.

M
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere... very pleasant staff.... food service excellent..... food and beverages of quantity and quality... enjoy the atmosphere and ambience of this beautiful setting

C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Confusing experience with the Black Swan on Sunday 5th January. We arrived at 11.30am into the wonderful pub which is a favourite. We asked for a table for only to be told, absolutely no tables available until after 4.30pm.. end of term.. etc.etc. I said are you sure, happy to eat whenever.. answer categorically NO. We therefore left and I check another local pub where we secured online a table for 4 at 12 noon. I then, checked The Black Swan with open table, and low and behold - a table for 4 at 12.15 was available online. Terribly disappointed by this. I have spoken to the restaurant who have explained the blame lies solely with Open Table.

T
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Another very good meal with excellent service. Never lets me down. Well done!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good, quick meal before Glow at RHS Wisley

SG
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Have used this pub previously because it’s halfway between us and family. It’s a great pub, the food is exceptional, plus there’s a little kids play area outside which keeps my two entertained. Found it purely by chance, but have now been there half a dozen times. If I were to be critical, I would say a lack of a chocolate fudge brownie with vanilla infused ice cream is my only gripe. Awesome pub, lovely staff, amazing pork belly 👍🏻👍🏻

MB
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere, friendly staff and very child friendly. Would highly recommend

M
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The staff were very helpful and attentive. The venue was a good mixture of a traditional exterior and modern interior. The food was great but some of the portions a little small for the price. Some vegetables included with the pork belly would have helped. Toast with the mussels was unexpected and fresh bread or a choice would have been preferred. The position of our table was a little awkward for others passing by and a little draughty, being near the kitchen doors but otherwise comfortable. It was a shame that, while some cocktails were offered, the bar staff couldn't make another that was requested.

OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great great great!

s
Surrey
6 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really lovely place, great location for friend & I too meet off the M25 for post Christmas lunch. Big car park! Staff extremely friendly & polite. Good choice of menu (friend is veggie).
Only thing that let it down was serving creme brûlée dessert cold!

EF
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress (Jo) was so nice and couldn’t have been more helpful. Food was great and service fab. Will definitely be back!

J
Surrey
26 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely warm and welcoming service. Good pub food in great setting.

AM
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Black swan is near to where we live but service in the past was very hit and miss. Amazing lady manager (I assume she is manager) was there this time. Second time she’s been there when we ate there and she makes it all work and looks after customers so well. Thank you. Will be back.

FH
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We’re never disappointed by the Black Swan. The food and service are excellent and we’d recommend from the current lunch menu, the Prawn Linguine and the roast duck. Also the brownie’amazing as is the orange & cardamom crime brûlée. Definitely recommend to all.

GP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely fab, service friendly and efficient. It’s a beautiful pub/restaurant, have visited many times

NR
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always love our lunches at the Black Swan, we were so well looked after and the front room is nice and light and airy for a group.

JM
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Disappointed to be honest. Waiting service good but food quite poor.
The duck for my friend was sent back and replaced with an alternative dish. My monkfish rather over cooked but I did not want to make a fuss.
Would not return readily.

DC
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An excellent meal and we were very well looked after by our waitress, Sienne

KS
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love the atmosphere here at the Black Swan. It has a nice buzz but is not so noisy you can't hear each other speak. The food is always very good and the service is excellent.

AC
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reunion every 6 months at The Back Swan and wouldn't keep coming back if it wasn't good.

JW
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Stood waiting to be seated for around 10 mins with staff passing back and forth and not one person asked if they could help.. Finally got seated and had to call a waiter over after around 10 minutes to get drinks ordered... I ordered bone in ribeye steak which came with no bone. I queried this and was told the bone in rib had not arrived from the supplier!!! So, would I have been charged for a bone in steak if I hadn't queried it?? I did not want the steak I had been given as a replacement and ordered a burger instead. Whilst waiting for the burger I was told the steak was on the grill being cooked.... they had arrived but nobody knew?? The steak was ok but very thinly cut and was more bone than steak. Definitely not worth £27. Overall, disappointing.

MS
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and excellent choice for us non meat eaters

T
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food , service was extremely good as it was very busy, staff were friendly and helpful totally recommend this restaurant

AF
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The lamb tasted terrible unfortunately (roast)
There was also very little gravy we kept having to ask for more and it was quite weak.

The service is great and it’s a beautiful pub. Must book. It’s rammed!!!

PB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great venue and food. A little noisy in the run up to Christmas with a couple of large tables!

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Went for Sunday lunch and intial concern it was busy so would have to wait for food, thankfully we were proved wrong and had hot freshly coooked dinner within 10 mins. Service was excellent, the only niggle is that thyey add 12.5% service to the bill as standard which is a habit I dont like ............. and who wants to ask it to be removed. I would rather reward service

SS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Had a Sunday roast. We waited a long time for the mulled wine as we had just missed the last lot so had to wait for a fresh one. If they had said 30 minute wait I would of just had a glass of something else. However staff were lovely so didn’t say anything.
Roast came to the table without Yorkshire’s so we had to remind them. The lamb was lovely but beef was a bit stringy.
Puddings were delicious. Was nice but wouldn’t go back to eat as not worth the money.

MG
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lovely restaurant but it could have been warmer and we were sat next to a very loud table

FA
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the mussels to start with which were faultless so tender cooked perfectly, main was the roast turkey with all the trimmings which again was cooked very well. Highly recommend.

NO
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been before for work related lunch but went with my family on Sunday, it was great, especially the service.

LH
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience1

Despite having has The Black Swan Ockham recommended to me I will not be going back in a hurry!

The place looked and felt very festive which was nice. I booked online but saw no mention of a tribute night which frankly ruined our evening Whilst the service was fabulous it was completely let down by the 'okay food'. Lamb was requested 'pink' but arrived overcooked with very little shepherds pie accompaniment. The rest of the food was nice as was the first half of the evening.

Once the tribute night entered it's 2nd half we couldn't hear the person sat opposite us so conversation was impossible. Other diners had complained so we didn't bother but the staff seemed to be well aware as didn't charge us any service.

Overall a very disappointing evening.

SL
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

We like the pub and the food but I have to say our visit was ruined by a very public and VERY LOUD private party. Live dance music and 100 people talking over the music made it close to impossible for our little group of five friends to converse at all.

I think we should have been warned of this party in advance.

LH
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal, I'd only ask if we could have a plate rather than a wooden board. I had cottage pie, beautifully cooked but it was a faf to eat from the tin it was presented in. Only because it was pulled beef rather than mince and I needed to wrap the meat around my fork in bigger mouthfuls than I'd have liked. But it was delicious.

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Very long wait (more than 30 minutes) between starter and main course even though this was simply soup of the day. Restaurant about half full so I shudder to think what it would be like when full.
Would not recommend for this reason.

T
London
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Room was spacious,quiet and comfortable. Reception was distant and not welcoming. The kitchen was obviously flummoxed by our request for a list of coeliac-compliant dishes and took 25 minutes to arrive. The waiting staff were inattentive; we had to find someone to place our order with. The food then took 40 minutes to arrive even though the restaurant was only half full. The one vegetable side dish arrived another 15 minutes later. The food did taste freshly home-cooked, but some portions were small. It was hard work getting attention whenever we needed something, even the bill. Overall, it was not service with a smile and it all took far longer than it should have done.

SK
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Have been here several times with my elderly parents. Great atmosphere, food is generally great. Not so great this time, sadly. I didn't feel well after the meal and my parents only ate half their plates. However, we may have been unlucky and will come back here agin, maybe not as soon as normal though.

SC
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff were great however wait time for food very slow.

RC
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, location and service
The avocado fritti is a must with your first drink
I'm unsure why the live singer was there though, he was good, but not necessary IMO