REVIEW: Fine-Dining at The Swan in Salford

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I went back again! That’s right, I went back to The Swan last week but this time I went for dinner and some drinks after a long week.

The Swan at Salford is a great little pub located just outside Milton Keynes in a small village. The pub is well-known across Milton Keynes for offering great food, a vibrant atmosphere and traditional pub experience. The pub also has a lovely beer garden to the side of the building where you can sit outside in the summer months and listen to live music and grab a bite to eat.

Me and Theo went on a Friday evening so it was busy and the atmosphere had a serious ‘Friday feeling’ about the air, with people in suits drinking beer, couples grabbing a meal out and families getting together after a week at school.

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Me and Theo were seated and we both ordered drinks, I had a Mojito and Theo had one of their local beers they have on tap. We then scoured the menu looking for something to fill up our hungry bellies and for starters I ordered free-range chicken & ham hock croquettes, green bean salad, herb aioli (£7.00) and Theo ordered potted Devon crab, tarragon butter & toasted ciabatta (£8.75). The ham hock croquettes weren’t what I would usually go for but they were really tasty and Theo thoroughly enjoyed his Devon crab.

28 Day Dry Aged Rump Steak, Roast Field Mushrooms, Garlic & Thyme Plum Tomatoes & Beer Battered Onion Rings 1


For mains I decided to go for a 28 day dry-aged 8oz rump steak (£19.75) (as usual, I always get steak when I go out!) and Theo went for the free-range chicken breast, classic Caesar salad, crispy bacon and anchovies (£15.25) which looked divine when it arrived, full of fresh salad and crispy bacon! The steak was perfectly cooked and the peppercorn sauce was really creamy, whilst the side I ordered, buttered courgettes, peas & beans (“3.75) was tangy and tasty!

The Swan / Salford

Finally, as if we weren’t already full enough, we decided to go for a desert and try out a few things off the menu. I managed to demolish a Valrhona dark chocolate and raspberry tart, with white chocolate and honeycomb (£5.75) and Theo indulged in a vanilla panna cotta, gooseberries and shortbread (£5.75). The chocolate and raspberry tart was like nothing else I had ever eaten and was so rich, full of flavour with a hint of the sour raspberry.

We had a wonderful meal at The Swan and we are actually returning next week to try out their recommended Sunday Roast – keep your eyes peeled to see how we got on!

*I was invited to The Swan as part of a review but as always all opinions are my own.

The Swan, 2 Wavendon Road, Salford, MK17 8BD

Tel: 01908 281008