Your tummy is making familiar noises and your thirst needs quenching. You don't want to travel too far and want something local, say an out of town eatery that serves as both a cocktail bar, pub, with great food to boot? Well enter The White Swan – a Mitchell's and Butler's owned pub, but you'd never guess.
It looks pretty on the outside; a white and cream colour scheme make for a luxurious yet modest exterior. The White Swan is a marriage between rustic and urbanity; an ideal 'in between' suited to both its location (between Birmingham city centre and Harborne), and the fact that most customers head there before a night out. The White Swan boats a beautiful patio area with seating and parasols. It is understated and classic with a rustic twist. Whether you choose to sit inside or out, this gastro-pub is a modern, you-would-think-its-independent with large windows, bare bricks and a deer skin rug with wooden and carpeted floors.
Upon entering the airy, yet cosy pub, you're greeted with faint music and a smile. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and mirror the relaxed vibe. Each customer appears calm and unhurried, basking in the easy-going atmosphere with a desired beverage in hand.
Now, like any good restaurant these days, The White Swan's menu changes with the seasons. Their current menu features an array of British classics and Mediterranean dishes.
To start with, try the sharing plate of Mediterranean mezze: a board of rustic breads, baba ghanoush, hummus and goats cheese. It's ideal for when you're in a couple and like to dip, tear and share your food.
The starters are equally impressive; green lipped mussels are served with pancetta, Parmesan and chargrilled watermelon - a great option for the brave. While the starters are exciting plates of food, it's the main dishes which showcase an exceptional level of food that will have you coming back for more.
If you're feeling like you want something better than the standard pub food, The White Swan does not disappoint. Try the fresh lobster salad or the favourite prawn linguine. These dishes are delicious, but the pork fillet is ideal for those keen on a British dish. The meat is seasoned to perfection, and is melt-in-your-mouth good and with the seasoned potatoes. it's an elevated classic.
Don't fear vegans, those following a kosher diet or Dukan - The White Swan are more than accommodating with customers food choices. If you're vegetarian, gluten-intolerant, or suffer with celiac disease, The White Swan puts you first and will tailor their meals to your taste.
To make that butternut squash cannelloni go down smoother, The White Swan has an arsenal of wines, ales and cocktails to compliment your meal. Ask your waiter who will suggest drinks based on your taste and your dish.
Moving onto what is arguably the most important dish in any restaurant, dessert. The puddings are all home-made, delectable treats that truly will have your mouth watering. The apple and blackcurrant crumble for example, is a sumptuous classic. The crumble is crumbly, the apple is tart, and the blackcurrant with the pastry and ice cream is pure joy. You could quite easily visit The White Swan just for dessert and leave a happy customer.
This pub is a definite must that boasts the ability to satisfy their regular clientèle and attract passers by. The general 'feel' of the pub is one of relaxation but is modern in its approach to food, and service, while still retaining a country charm. It could be the surrounding greenery that gives such an affect that makes it a homely go-between when you want a better-than pub food - but not too pricey you only share a starter.
The White Swan is your ideal, go out and enjoy it.