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Swan at Forton, Shropshire

Swan Restaurant

Swan Restaurant

We are very lucky in Shropshire to be surrounded by so much beautiful countryside. The Swan at Forton is bedroom_photos_1_v1situated in a pretty rural village on the outskirts of Newport and is a lovely traditional country pub with an added touch of elegance.

As soon as you step inside you see the impressive oak bar area with comfy leathers chairs and the restaurant area is a lovely rich burgundy red with smart pinstripe high backed chairs and lots of gilded gold mirrors.

During the last year the pub has undergone quite a few changes since John Duncan (previously of the Countess’ Arms) has taken over as Manager – not only has he revamped the décor and taken on a new head chef Mark Benson but he has also introduced a new exciting menu full of a variety of exciting dishes with many pub classics.

After ordering a glass of Pinot Grigio and a pint of Fosters Extra Cold we were shown through to our table in the conservatory which is very light and airy. It took some time to decide what to order as there were so many good dishes to choose from.

I finally decided on the Grilled Lamb Skewers and Nik ordered the Spicy Crab Cakes. My lamb skewers were perfectly cooked and were served with a lovely cucumber and mint dip and fresh salad. The spicy crab cakes were fresh and moist on the inside while the golden breadcrumbs gave an extra texture to bite into and the sweet chilli sauce had a really nice tang to it.

For my main course I chose the Cod & Pancetta Fishcakes and Nik was tempted by one of the vegetarian meals which was the Braised Leek, Spinach & Goats Cheese Frittata – the vegetarian options for both the starters and mains were all very good, not the normal boring choices. My fishcakes were coated with crunchy breadcrumbs and the combination of the cod and pancetta filling worked beautifully together, they were served with a bowl of proper homemade chips and salad. Nik’s frittata was loaded with leeks, potatoes and spinach all held together with melted cheese and eggs, served on top was a rocket and parmesan salad which added a lovely extra taste to the dish.

There was a tempting list of homemade desserts to choose from and the White Chocolate & Vanilla Panacotta with Mixed Berry Compote immediately caught Nik’s eye – he said “the panacotta was luxuriously thick and creamy with a hint of vanilla; the sharpness from the berry compote completed the perfect pudding – one of my favourites”. I decided on the Baked Strawberry Cheesecake – the delicious moist biscuit base was topped with a thick creamy layer and a rich strawberry glaze and served with fresh strawberries.
The Swan at Forton has always been popular for its Sunday Carvery which is served between 12-8pm, the Carvery area has recently been revamped and extended. Fresh Carvery lunches are now available Monday to Saturday lunchtimes between 12 – 2.30pm for £5.95 and £8.95 for 2 courses. With a choice of local meats and a range of fresh vegetable available every day I’m sure the Carvery will be a popular choice. There is also a lunchtime menu available with a variety of dishes to suit everyone from a Sandwich to Sausage & Mash as well as daily specials. The A La Carte menu is served Monday to Saturday between 5.30pm – 9.30pm. Children are well looked after here with a varied choice of smaller meals available which include a free ice-cream for dessert!

There are 11 bedrooms available should you fancy staying the night for a special occasion and during our visit we were allowed a peak at one of the luxury rooms – we were surprised at the extremely high standard of the décor and furnishings – it was like something you would expect at a boutique hotel.
The Swan at Forton has a great relaxed atmosphere with friendly staff and quality food. If you fancy trying the new lunchtime Carvery then don’t forget to take your voucher below to receive a free starter or dessert!

Total food bill for this 3-course review: £38.60 (Gourmet Life Dining Discount -20% = £30.88)
(see www.gourmet-life.co.uk for more details)
Food Style: Honest pub grub, freshly prepared using local ingredients.
Most Popular Dish: Pan Fired Sea Bass Fillets and Steak dishes are always popular too.
Worth knowing: Lunchtime carvery Mon-Sat for £5.95
Accommodation – also available from £35 per night B&B.Restaurant Review
The Swan at Forton
Eccleshall Road • Newport
Shropshire • TF10 8BY
T: 01952 812169
www.swanforton.co.uk

Reviewed by Fleur & Nik Abel
In & Around Magazine

Swan at Forton

Swan at Forton

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