REVIEW: The Swan, Woburn Sands


Set in the picture perfect village of Woburn Sands, The Swan offers the ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, where you can drink, eat and relax with friends or family. I had heard great things about The Swan previous to visiting, so my expectations were high (sneak preview: I wasn’t disappointed!)

The Swan is located in the centre of the village, and offers a great place for lunch, dinner, or drinks. It’s a high-end gastro pub, with bar at the front of the building, offering relaxed drinking environment, and then towards the back of the pub, and outside, there is seating where you dine on an array of food including burgers, Thai or even a scrumptious Sunday roast, with all the trimmings!

The Swan is a lovely pub with classic yet modern decor throughout since its refurbishment. They’ve decorated well ensuring the contemporary feel makes you feel at ease, and style is at the forefront with candlelit tables, tones of rose gold, and roaring fires to make it feel like home. They outdoor space is ideal for a spot of al fresco dining on a summer’s day, so grab an ice-cold drink in the sunshine the next time it’s sweltering!

Me and Theo headed to The Swan one Friday evening after a long week at work, and a few weeks back when the weather was scorching! We opted for a table inside, so we didn’t over heat and then headed outside later on for pudding.

The menu offers a tempting array of delicious dishes that have all been expertly prepared by the talented chefs, using only the freshest and finest ingredients, including a lot of local ingredients. To start I opted for the crispy Karaaga Chicken, with cucumber ribbons, mooli, grain salad and warm katsu sauce which was amazing, and Theo went for the Salt & Szechuan pepper squid with aioli sauce, which smelt fresh!

After having our starters we were raring to go for the mains, where I opted for the buttermilk Southern Fried Chicken stuffed with ‘nduja sausage, with sweet potato fries, apple salad and lemon aioli. This dish was a stab in the dark for me, but I was extremely pleased. Lots of flavour and I loved the spicy nduja sausage accompaniment. Theo, as usual, opted for the steak – but went XXL sized. He ordered the 15oz 28-Day-Aged Rib-Eye Steak On The Bone, with bone-marrow butter, twice-cooked chunky chips, crispy onions, grilled mushroom, confit tomato, baby kale and beef dripping sauce. I have to admit… I was jealous – he let me try a little bit!

Then we headed outside for pudding in the sunshine, with a bottle of wine. I opted for the warm Belgian chocolate brownie with bourbon vanilla ice cream and Theo went for the butterscotch & nut crumble bar with Dulce de leche and whipped cream. Both were light, yet flavoursome and paired well with our bottle of sav wine.

We left feeling very full, and content; ready to lounge in front of the television back at home for the rest of the evening.