REVIEW: The Swan Woburn Sands

Set in the picture-perfect village of Woburn Sands, The Swan Woburn Sands 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 gastropub, with a 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 Woburn Sands offers the ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A great place for lunch, dinner, or drinks, when you choose to dine at The Swan, you’ll be able to tuck into a tempting array of delicious dishes that have all been expertly prepared by their talented chefs, using only the freshest and finest ingredients.

Whether you pop in for a scrumptious Sunday roast, a cold pint after a long day in the office, or a celebratory three-course meal, you’re sure to find a dish on the menu that will satisfy your appetite.

The Swan Woburn Sands

The Swan Woburn Sands offer a wide choice of freshly cooked pub food through to an excellent selection of real ales, wines, and lagers, The Swan is perfectly equipped to accommodate all of your dining needs. 

Step inside this recently refurbished pub and discover a whole host of traditional and contemporary interiors carefully chosen to create the ultimate stylish dining setting. From candlelit tables and roaring fires through to stylish seating and spacious dining areas, The Swan should be your first port of call for great food in a great atmosphere. They’ve also got a lovely outdoor space that’s ideal for a spot of al fresco dining on a summer’s day. After all, there really is nothing better than an ice-cold drink in the sunshine!

If you’re travelling by train, the town is served by the Woburn Sands station. Alternatively, there are around 35 local bus services providing routes in the area, including the 10E, 17 Bletchley to Kingston, 49 Brogborough to Leighton Buzzard, and the 300 Milton Keynes to Woburn Sands. Please see local timetable information for further details. Woburn Sands is handily located within close proximity to the M1 motorway.

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!

We 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 overheat 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 flavours 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!

The Swan Woburn Sands

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.


Example Menu

The Swan Woburn Sands are welcoming the change of season with a delicious range of brand-new dishes. Their top-quality, seasonal menu includes premium grill dishes, such as prime steaks cuts from selected British & Irish farms, hand-cut by skilled butchers and expertly aged for superb tenderness and flavour, four-bone lamb rack with chorizo, chimi churri and butternut squash or maple glazed pork belly with pig cheek. With fresh fish delivered daily, there’s everything from wild Atlantic scallops and King prawns to sea bass fillets. 

It’s the perfect time of year to kick back, relax and treat yourself to a little indulgence – but we’ve also got plenty of healthier choices, vegetarian and vegan options too. So, gather your friends, family or colleagues, because we’ve got everything you need to make your visit exceptional.

Whether you’re in the mood for a catch up with friends, a candlelit meal for two or a family treat, their All Day menu features a superb selection of dishes that have been prepared to the highest standard by their talented and passionate chefs. With a delicious array of starters, sharers, pizzas, steaks, salads, and mains.






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