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The White Swan

$$ - $$$, British,
26 Old Palace Lane, Richmond TW9 1PG, England
+44 20 8940 0959
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“bream” (3 reviews)
“sticky toffee” (3 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
26 Old Palace Lane, Richmond TW9 1PG, England
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1 - 10 of 292 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

We dropped into The White Swan for some lunch before a meeting in Richmond town centre. The food was certainly acceptable and would probably be termed 'gastro' - certainly not the pub grub of yore. Service was bright, friendly and attentive and - although both...More

Thank Diptych
Reviewed 14 December 2017

Met up with an old friend for a pre-Christmas drink or two ( or even three ) and a bite to eat here last night. Nice, busy, Christmassy atmosphere and very friendly staff turning out decent plates of posh pub grub with easy-going professionalism. We...More

Thank simon r
Reviewed 5 December 2017

Booked again for a Christmas dinner for a party of 18. Food and service was excellent again. Great atmosphere and staff could not do enough for us. We'll be back !

Thank Teddingtoniers
Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

I’m afraid the Sunday Lunch is disappointing. I could be so much better, average pork and lamb and a poor starter. A load of poorly cooked green beans and carrots which nobody seems to eat and average meat. The place is lovely and buzzy and...More

Thank Graham F
Reviewed 6 November 2017

My husband and I had dinner at The White Swan with some friends and found the food extremely poor. We both had the lamb, which consisted of a few miserable bits of gristle and fat, on a bed of raw green beans. I like 'Al...More

1  Thank Swamprocker
Reviewed 25 October 2017

This place was really buzzing, it cost £3 per hour to park even on a Sunday. I'm sorry the food was not as good as the pub. We had three roasts and a trout en croute. My meal was luke warm the 2 delicious things...More

Thank Terrie F
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Don't be fooled by the exterior - and when walking it is a little off the beaten path. Thanks to other TripAdvisor reviews we chose to eat here whilst staying at a local hotel in Richmond. We enjoyed everything! From the friendly greeting upon arrival,...More

Thank ex-Toledoan
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

Although I've lived in Richmond for over 40 years I have only been to this pub twice-and once was a very long time ago. Tucked away off the Green, you'd miss it walking along the towpath as it does not front the river. It is...More

1  Thank liz_croft
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

This little gem with outside space, but sadly backing onto a railway, is really very good. The menu is small but varied and has something for all tastes and types. The deserts are very good. All of which is complimented with some very nice and...More

Thank Paul F
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

A nice and quirky put hidden down the back of the green. Good service and a nice atmosphere. Good ale

Thank T13gav
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19 November 2015|
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Response from Pags46 | Reviewed this property |
I think booking is a requirement especially when busy and when we went a couple who interacted with staff like regulars had their dog with them so I would assume no problem?
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$22
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:30 PM
12:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 26 Old Palace Lane, Richmond TW9 1PG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Greater London  >  Richmond
  • Phone Number: +44 20 8940 0959
  • E-mail
Built in 1787 the White Swan has seen many changes as a public house and restaurant but has always maintained its friendly and warm atmosphere. If you are looking for a light bite, business lunch or something more formal, the White Swan can accommodate – or just pop in for a drink and choose from an extensive list of wines, spirits, lagers and cask ales or whisky's.
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