As the days lengthen and the sunshine returns, it’s time to set aside the heartier dishes of winter and look ahead to the lighter, fresher tastes of spring. One of my favourite pubs to visit in my local area of Milton Keynes is The Swan at Salford and this month they launched their spring menu. I’ve been here many times before for Sunday lunch with the family, to blogger brunches for MK Blogger Network. The team at The Swan asked me if I’d like to try out their new menu which of course I said yes to!
If you head over to The Swan at Salford in the next few months you’ll find the best of the new season’s offerings served fresh daily, every day of the week, as well as a glorious garden where you can once again look forward to sitting outside with a plate of something delicious and a glass or two of something chilled.
Swan head chef Simon Harris has used the freshest and best seasonal produce to create his new spring menu. That means the earliest and best Wye Valley asparagus, day-boat fish fresh from Brixham, Yorkshire rhubarb and superb farmhouse cheeses like Rosary goats’ cheese on the pub’s spring cheese selection.
I headed to The Swan after a fun morning at Woburn Safari Park with Arabella and decided to try out some of their mouth-watering dishes over lunch time. To start we opted for the beetroot-cured salmon with horseradish crème fraîche and sourdough croûtes and Ham Hock Croquettes with Pea Purée & Sauce Gribiche. Both were stunning and left me feeling ready for my main course!
We couldn’t wait for our mains to come; Theo ordered cannon of spring lamb, with fondant potato, peas and broad beans served with lamb jus, which was silky and smooth, with amazing flavours, whilst I had the Sunday roast beef, with roast potatoes, vegetables, red cabbage, yorkshire pudding and extra greens.
And as if we weren’t full enough already, we then indulged in a pudding. I very nearly opted for the lemon parfait with black sesame meringues offset by zingy lime curd however, I got entrapped by the Warm Apple Custard Tart with Jude’s Vanilla Ice Cream and Theo went for the rich dark chocolate cheesecake topped with roasted peanuts and biscuit straw. If you prefer savoury, go for a full cheese board to share (or not), with Camembert Gillot AOC, Wookey Hole Cave Aged Cheddar and Organic Cropwell Bishop.
We really love going to The Swan to eat and everytime we return we are impressed with both the food and the service from the staff. There’s no better way to spend your Sunday than with a beautiful glass of the pub’s Côtes du Rhône Red and a top-notch roast.
Make a bee-line for The Swan this spring and enjoy the best of what this gorgeous gastropub has to offer. The Swan is only a short drive from Milton Keynes and just one mile from junction 13 of the M1, making it the perfect destination for some good food and drink and a warm welcome, any day of the week.
The Swan, 2 Wavendon Road, Salford, Milton Keynes, MK17 8BD Tel: 01908 281008