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Enjoy a traditional British dinner at the White Swan

The Victorian institution of the chophouse, stretching back as far as the 16th century, has been revived for 21st-century palates at the White Swan. Though times have changed, this venue retains the key characteristics of a traditional chophouse, with abundant plates, fine ale and wine, and a superb atmosphere

Sally McIlhone,

While you’re visiting London, one experience not to be missed is enjoying a traditional British meal. Where better to immerse yourself in British dining culture than at a classic pub and chophouse?

You enter a world of Dickensian England made modern as you ascend to the first-floor dining room of the White Swan. Vintage touches, taxidermy and exposed brickwork provide a quirky backdrop to enjoy, whether you’re visiting for lunch, dinner or a swift snack accompanied by a pint of Jugged Hare pale ale. The White Swan’s menu is particularly appealing to carnivores; the pub revives heritage dishes and experiments with offal to create delectable plates that hark back to days gone by.

All the meat served at the White Swan is sourced from small British producers, including kid goat from Devon, White Park cattle from Dorset and wild deer from Suffolk. Sumptuous starters range from pheasant, mallard and rabbit terrine with prune chutney to faggots with fried offal and pease pudding. When it comes to main courses, cuts change daily; when you visit you might be able to sample Iron Age pork chop and belly with garlic mash, or traditionally garnished Yorkshire red grouse.

Seafood fans will also be sated here, thanks to starters like Whitby scampi and main plates such as Cornish mussels, white wine, garlic and cream with big chips or St Mary’s Bay lemon sole served meunière (dusted with flour and fried) or grilled (we can particularly recommend the former). Pub classics such as toad in the hole and the time-honoured pairings of fish and chips or pie and mash are equally tempting, with sides such as black pudding mac ’n’ cheese and battered onion rings. All of which means you’ll have to come hungry to make the most of this hearty and comforting menu.

If you only have time for a tipple and a nibble, never fear. Small bites such as haggis Scotch egg, black pudding croquettes and crispy pig’s ears pack a powerful yet delicious punch. If you’re going all-out, be sure to sample a meat-infused cocktail. These beefed-up beverages reward the daring drinker, so do not be afraid to order a Bloody Meaty Mary or a Meat Juice to accompany your meal. For types and cuts of meat you’re unlikely to find anywhere else, look no further than the White Swan.

The White Swan Pub & Chophouse, 108 Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1ES, +44 (0)20 7242 9696



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