Wednesday, December 14, 2005

White Swan review

The White Swan is reviewed on BBC Leeds website:

BELLY RATING: Five out of five

NAME: Mark Best


RESTAURANT VISITED: The white swan, Aberford

LOCATION: Aberford, between Leeds and York

DATE OF VISIT: 24/01/05



WHAT WAS THE FOOD LIKE? I had two racks of lamb which was very nice and the portion was massive. My girlfriend had chicken kiev which she says are the best she has ever eaten. The portions at this place have to be seen to be believed.

WHAT WAS THE BOOZE LIKE? A nice pint of Tetleys . Wine is very reasonable from £5.50 a bottle

WHAT WAS THE SERVICE LIKE? Because the food is so nice the place is always busy so be prepared to wait for a table and orders to be taken. Unusually, you pay the bill when ordering food but I didnt see this as a problem.

WHAT WAS THE ATMOSPHERE LIKE? It was good. the smoking policy was smoking allowed everywhere. As a smoker I would have prefered a no smoking area for the non-smokers as I felt my smoke was annoying non-smokers sat around me, but I suppose if they feel that way they should have gone to one of many non-smoking restaurants.

VALUE FOR MONEY? Very good value, huge portions and wine at £5.50 a bottle cannot be beaten. The food bill for 4 people was £49. Y

OUR COMMENTS: Worth a visit . The menu also does chinese food, curries etc as well as the usual pub food. The pub is easy to find on the main street at Aberford



  • The White Swan is the epitome of english village pub life... full of character and charm with a fantastic welcome from all the staff.

    Added to this charm is the most amazing value menu I have ever encountered.... You will need to allow sufficient time during your visit to peruse the enormous variety of food from all around the world which is all cooked to absolute perfection.... Doggy bags are always essential as the portions can be very satisfying... try the 'Belly Buster' mixed grill if you dare or share!

    My partner and I love to visit whenever we have any excuse for a 'special occasion' and, despite the place always being busy, the service is second to none and the chef must be superhuman to turn out such a huge range, tasting consitantly so good, and without too much of a wait.

    Particularly worth the visit is the Sunday Lunch which is to die for... But it can be busy! Better to visit for early lunch or later in the afternoon... Avoid twelve till two if you can, but you can always relax in the ample beer garden whilst you wait during the summer.

    Set in the picturesque village of Aberford, it is the perfect setting to walk off the ample meal, along the river,

    So all in all this place certainly ticks all the right boxes... I am slightly hesitant to give away Yorkshire's best kept secret but I suppose everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy such fine dining at least once, with great ales to match.... Enjoy!

    By Anonymous Scott Dow, at 8:42 PM  

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