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The White Swan

#4,443 of 17,958 Restaurants in London
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$$ - $$$
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The White Swan 108 Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1ES, England
+44 20 7242 9696
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11:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 00:00
Fri 11:00 - 01:00
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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80 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This pub is a solid place to go in the Fleet Street area. The food is good, solid pub fare. I go here after work some times to catch up with colleagues. It is reliable, friendly and pleasant.

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful night having hired the White Swan for a joint birthday with about 50 people. The service was outstanding- coats collected from people as they arrived, glasses topped up, empties cleared promptly, all arrangements checked and tweaked when needed. Food was tasty - we had canapés and bowl food. Lovely ambience. Happy for us to bring a... More 

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Axminster, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First Pint was great, Second was end of barrel and should have been picked up by the barman. Ordered a burger and fries. Burger was actually very tasty but the fries were burned to a crisp. The staff were very apologetic but I cant recommend this as a good place to rab some lunch.

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Thank Steve H
GemmaETM, Manager at The White Swan, responded to this review

Hi Steve Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for The White Swan. I am really sorry that you were not very happy with your visit. We take customer feedback very seriously and for this reason I would love to talk with you in more detail regarding your feedback. Please feel free to drop me an email... More 

London, United Kingdom
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130 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

shame about the food, the service was impeccable. I think the place is going in the right direction but along way to go on the food front. The pub is nice enough a proper pub. The food we ordered the confit duck leg started (cold). I guess I was expecting more. The steak was ok not great nothing on cau... More 

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Thank nazt666
Gemma E, Manager at The White Swan, responded to this review

Hi Nazt, Thank you for leaving a review for the White Swan. I am disappointed to hear that the food you received was not up to scratch. I would like to apologize for your less than satisfactory experience and would love to discuss the events on the night with you in more detail. Please feel free to drop me and... More 

London
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165 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

A very friendly welcome to this pleasant restaurant. Menu short but interesting. Service excellent and staff happy to cater for different dietary needs. Fish delicious. Great value with 50% off food. Will be back.

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Thank Flower1783
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Nice atmosphere in dining room Nice setting & interior all staff were all polite, friendly & efficient. Food arrived well prepared. I had Woodland mushroom soup which was great, would have been nice to be offered some bread (why provide side plates?) Main was Devonshire kid, very rich and I couldn’t finish the pappardelle. Veg side dishes were very small... More 

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Thank maverick2000
Gemma E, Manager at The White Swan, responded to this review

Hi Maverick, Thank you very much for your feedback. We really appreciate you taking the time to send a comments and glad to hear you had an enjoyable time at the White Swan. We look forward to you returning for another great experience, please do contact me directly if we can do anything more for you. Kind reards, Gemma gemma@etmgrou.co.uk More 

London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Had a very tasty meal but so disappointed About my order of Devonshire kid goat with pasta and curds . There was literally no meat That a fork could stab and only a very few shreds Would have needed a DNA examination to have determined the type of meat let alone the age and provenance of the goat . It... More 

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Thank John P
Gemma E, Manager at The White Swan, responded to this review

Hi John P, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for The White Swan. I am really sorry that you were not very happy with your visit. We take customer feedback very seriously and for this reason I would love to talk with you in more detail regarding your feedback. Please feel free to drop me an... More 

London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Just before going to the White Swan I'd read one or two negative reviews and almost cancelled. I'm very glad I didn't as, although there were one or two minor glitches, the food was delicious with very generous portions. I had 3 courses and each one was memorable. Mushroom soup with tortellini, cod with mussel veloute and the quince dessert... More 

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Thank hermione2015
Gemma E, Manager at The White Swan, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you very much for your feedback. We really appreciate you taking the time to send such lovely comments and delighted to hear you had an enjoyable time at the White Swan. We look forward to you returning for another great experience, please do contact me directly if we can do anything more for you. Kind regards, Gemma gemma@etmgroup.co.uk More 

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Everything that could go wrong went wrong. It started with my colleague asking for sparkling water and being offered a diet coke. When informed of his mistake, the waiter indignantly took the Diet Coke away. We ordered lunch at 12.25 and still had not received our food one hour later (the restaurant was far from full). When it did arrive,... More 

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Gemma E, Manager at The White Swan, responded to this review

Hi Stuart, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on your recent visit to the White Swan. I am really sorry to hear that you had a less than satisfactory experience. I would love to talk to you in more detail regarding your visit. Please send me an email at gemma@etmgroup.co.uk with your best contact details so... More 

North London
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70 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017

Four of us visited the White Swan to celebrate Twelve Night. They called my number a couple of hours before to confirm, left a message and I called back, spoke to someone to confirm. All normal... On arrival, the person at the bar said that I gave them the wrong number and I only spoke to them a couple of... More 

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Thank Wanony
Gemma E, Manager at The White Swan, responded to this review

Hi Wanony, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for The White Swan. I am really sorry that you were not very happy with your visit. We take customer feedback very seriously and for this reason I would love to talk with you in more detail regarding your feedback. Please feel free to drop me an email... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
British
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 00:00
Thursday
11:00 - 00:00
Friday
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The White Swan 108 Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1ES, England
  • Public Transportation: Underground: Chancery Lane
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > City of London
  • Neighbourhood: City of London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7242 9696
Description
If you don't believe in fairytales, perhaps a visit to The White Swan will change your mind. Tom and Ed Martin, the brothers who run the Swan's umbrella company ETM Group, have applied their magic to transform the former Mucky Duck into a charismatic gastropub. The groundfloor houses a beautifully restored pub packed with traditional features and serving classic pub favourites. Above this is a mezzanine area perfect for after work drinks or a casual drinks party. The first floor dining room meanwhile is an oak-floored, mirrored ceiling restaurant serving tasty British food from the best suppliers and carefully selected produce. The wine menu has been carefully selected from the world's finest vineyards but you are never too far away from a real Ale from the downstairs pub.

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