To put it simply, the White Swan in Fence is a local pub that serves food, real ales and fine wines. Nothing more, according to the owners. Yet to the keen observer, this is a statement that reeks of modesty. This year’s highest new entry partnered by Bibendum launches into the list at an impressive 19.
The pub is backed by brewer Timothy Taylor’s, those clever chaps behind the likes of Timothy Taylor’s Landlord, and fronted by fantastic foursome Gareth, Laura, Liv and a mischievous-looking Tom Parker in the kitchen.
Wit surrounds an elegant menu and interior at the White Swan, which is apparent from the pub’s website that describes chef Tom thus: “This is Tom. Tom cooks your food. Tom has no social life. Don’t be like Tom.”
Tom’s apparent lack of a social life clearly means he can devote all his attention and energies towards curating a handsome and clever menu at the Michelin Bib Gourmand-accredited pub.
Though the White Swan will never be able to say exactly what is on its menu until you arrive, previous dishes have included: lobster soup, salmon, fennel and tarragon; Whitewell partridge, roast celeriac, smoked bacon and onion; and Valrhona chocolate soufflé in a hot chocolate sauce.
How much will a three-course meal like that set me back, we hear you ask? Be prepared for a pleasant shock.
Two courses cost £20 and three £25 (not including a rare additional charge for some more expensive courses, of course).