The Mute Swan in Hampton Court opened this week, so to show our dedication to new local businesses (and to eat lots) we popped along for dinner last night.
They describe themselves as an “English-dining-pub-meets-wine-bar” and we found exactly that.
Downstairs is quite an informal, comfortable area that’s ideal to have a drink before your meal and enjoy their selection of bar snacks. Upstairs has more of a restaurant feel; the menu is available throughout the whole place so it’s up to you where you choose to dine.
The décor downstairs has the feel of a proper English pub; slightly old fashioned and authentic. In the middle of the pub is a large swirled staircase which leads you up to the main dining area.
Outside, there is a big terrace. Although probably not the ideal time to sit out there, it’s the perfect place for some al fresco drinking and dining in the summer months. Just opposite Hampton Court Palace; the view is unbeatable.
The food is varied and has a sophisticated feel while there are dishes to cover all moods; from baked fillet of hake, to chicken and leek pie, to spicy Vietnamese king prawn and rice noodle salad.
We each opted for something quite different. The ham, egg and chips – a classic pub dish – was fantastic. A generous portion of everything; they made a simple dish quite delicious. The only slight criticism of the whole experience was slightly undercooked chips.
The Char Siu pork belly starter was perfectly cooked; the pork was succulent and melted in your mouth. The burgers were also sizeable and cooked well.
Wine was also reasonably priced at just £3.55 for a Sauvignon Blanc. There are over 50 choices on the wine list as they admit: “Hand on heart, we put a lot of research into that one, and have left no wine stone unturned.” That’s dedication.
The service was friendly and attentive; the waitresses were extremely helpful and smiled at the same time.
If you’re looking for a quiet drink in a comfortable atmosphere, a family meal out or drinks with friends, we found that the Mute Swan is suitable for all occasions where good food is a must.
Written by Olivia Cripps
Photos by Accomplish.co.uk