I’ne now been to the Swan at Walton a grand total of three times. So this post is a kind of collaboration of all of these. I’ve been once with family, once with friends and once just for drinks. My first observation – its a very busy, very popular pub! Every occasion I’ve been it’s been packed to the rafters of drinkers, diners and people having a lovely time. It’s actually a sister pub of the The Bull’s Head in Repton which we have only been to once, but really enjoyed. Like The Bull’s Head, the Swan also has a wood fired pizza oven which is a great addition.
Cocktail and Gin lovers, this is a great place to drink, with a huge range of gins and interesting cocktails, including sharing ones in bath tubs!
Alongside the Pizza Menu, the other menu at the Swan is quite varied, with dishes from many different cuisines on offer, they also have a ‘stick’ menu! Bear with me while I try and explain this! Essentially they have a long list of sticks/skewers that are individually priced and you can choose to have one or two as a starter, a few more as a main or just order a load between friends. They also then have large ‘sticks’ which are for main courses and are essentially like your traditional ‘hanging kebabs’.
On our first visit we shared a few sticks for a starter between Lee and myself – the Tiger Prawn and Mango Salsa Stick, Vegetable Samosa and Chilli Falafel Stick and the Goats Cheese Stick. I liked these a lot more than Lee did – I think the mixing and matching just appeals more to me than him. Second time around I choose to have 4 sticks as my meal – trying out the Cajun Chicken, Chorizo, Halloumi and again the Goats Cheese Sticks.
On my first visit my Big Yakatoir Jalepeno Fillet Steak stick was less of a success, with some bits been horribly tough and overcooked whilst some bits were raw. Probably an issue caused by uneven slicing of the steak before cooking. The flavours were nice however. On my second visit several friends ordered the Big Yakatori Cajun Chicken Sticks which they all raved about so maybe the chicken ones are better than the steak.
Jump back to my first visit and both Lee and Imogen had the Chicken and Leek Pie which they both enjoyed a lot!
Family friendly? In terms of welcoming children, friendly staff and decent facilities then yes. If you’re bringing a pram then it might be best to advise them in advance as it can be a bit cramped.
Overall, it’s a really lovely pub with a great vibe and a atmosphere. I love the drinks, enjoyed most of the food, and although wasn’t blown away by it, it’s enough to make me want to try a bit more
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