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Swan Inn, Bridgnorth – Review

Swan, Bridgnorth Restaurant, with view

Swan, Bridgnorth Restaurant, with view

Despite Bridgnorth being set atop a hill, surrounded by river and valleys, there are very few places you can relax, and enjoy the views we are afforded with.

The Swan at Knowle sands, just  a mile out of town, is an exception to the rule, and not only offers ample seating on its relatively new decking with panoramic views, but this is matched by the quality of accomplished chef Jamie Bailey’s cheffing.. Jamie’s range of dishes, amply supplied by local producers, including Keith Alderson meats, is one of Bridgnorth’s best kept secrets – alongside the decking!

A wide selection of dishes, including 9 starters, 7 mains, plus grills, and Jamie’s daily specials means you are never spoilt for choice. We were welcomed by Jamie’s partner Louise who offered us drinks on the patio, as she handed us the menus. We chose a bottle of Australian Shiraz and in between admiring the view, we perused the menus. We went for Pan fried black pudding, apple and smoked bacon, layered and drizzled in red wine and balsamic jus (5.25) and Jerk chicken, which is Jamie’s take on this classic Jamaican Summer dish of fillets in a tangy marinade with a coconut and pineapple coulis (4.95). For mains Roasted Pangasius Fillet with pancetta, catfish fillets wrapped in pancetta served on a bed of chorizo mash with a fruity tomato and Madeira sauce (9.95). and for me, a Bridgnorth sirloin steak £13.95

Swan View

Swan View

Our conversation was in full flow, and appreciation of the view, when Louise arrived with a basket full of fresh bread, and invited us to settle at our table – The panoramic conservatory meant the view continued – the food shortly followed. The precession of staff to our table, was led by a proud looking Louise, smiling knowingly, we were presented with the dishes, perfect structure and rich in colour.  So what of the flavour? Equally perfected, each dish was clearly created with passion, and focus. My Jerk chicken was a mix of the sweet coconut and pineapple adding the bitterness, and the marinade wrapping the dish with a sweet after-taste. The rich black pudding was lightly crisp, but still rare in the middle, which added to the deep flavour.

Mains did not disappoint either. My steak was perfectly cooked Medium – and as importantly, clearly well ‘rested’ before being served. The catfish was also cooked with TLC, retaining its tender flavour, and texture, and the chorizo mash was a well made choice with the paprika adding to the flavour of the fish.

A trip to The Swan is thoroughly recommended especially on a Summer’s evening for pre, and even post dinner drinks.

By James Day of

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The Swan Inn, Highley Road, Bridgnorth WV16 5JL
Tel: 01746 763424

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