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The White Swan, London,

The White Swan

4.2
4.2
958 Reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
Formerly the Mucky Duck and located in Fetter Lane, EC4, The White Swan Pub & Chophouse reverts to its original name and is spread across three floors, housing a ground floor pub with a mezzanine level and a first floor dining room. The dining room is a sophisticated and stylish restaurant space, serving the best in Modern British Cuisine.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary British
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–12:00 am Fri 11:00 am–1:00 am
  • Phone number
    020 7242 9696
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Neighbourhood
    Chancery Lane
  • Parking Details
    There is free parking outside and all around after 6.30pm
  • Public Transit
    Underground: Chancery Lane
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

What 958 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

958 Reviews
  1. Goodfoodfans

    Kent

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good little spot for unfussy well done pub fayre

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  2. Muncher

    London

    105 reviews

    3.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We’d dined here a while back and it was fantastic. Things seemed to have changed with the food being a little more average. It’s a lovely dining room though and service was nice.

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  3. PeterW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    An amazing light dining room above a traditionally dark pub offering a excellent selection of food and wine. Not only is the menu good but the days specials are brilliant ... if you get there early enough to order as they are limited ... The service is just right .. helpful but not obtrusive .. my American guest was bowled over by the whole meal

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  4. Anon

    London

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely traditional but upmarket London boozer which also does good food. You can eat downstairs in the bar or upstairs in the restaurant where it tends to be quieter. Good steak and helpful service.

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  5. PeterC

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Busy Friday lunch, but we were looked after just fine. Food main course very good (pork chop excellent), although beans were a little crisp for my taste. Good range of beers and other drinks. Desserts were disappointingly miniscule, the cheeseboard at £9 was simply outrageous (even for central London), 3 tiny pieces of cheese and 3 small crackers with chutney. Overall good, but I would not stay for desserts again.

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  6. SeanH

    London

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service as always. Looking forward to the next visit already.

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  7. Tamsin

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had been the day before for a work lunch and was so impressed that I booked dinner for a date night with my husband the next day. We were not disappointed. Fabulous food and very friendly service. Shame there was a rather noisy hen party in the corner and ladies loos out of order but these were compensated by the exceptional food. My husband nearly passed out the sticky toffee pudding was so good - no kidding! I also did not know it was actually possible to make a pork chop so succulent...

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  8. RogerD

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    First time in a while, and what a disappointment. Previously it delivered very good quality cooking at sensible prices in its lovely upstairs dining room. The lunchtime my guests and I visited was quiet, but service was slow nonetheless and when it eventually was served the food was unimpressive. The pie of the day was particularly poor. It wasn't a pie, it was a stew with a pastry lid. As for the stew, so devoid was it of substance I had to ask for a spoon to consume it. Never again.

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  9. ChrisW

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent. Service could be better. The host/server on duty that evening seemed a bit put out at our arrival, even though there was only one other table seated in the restaurant the entire time we were there.

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  10. NickH74

    London

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Lunch with a colleague. I was slightly disappointed by my main course, and the restaurant was freezing, but otherwise a good meal
    The White SwanResponded on October 21, 2019
    HI NickH74, I am so sorry the restaurant was so cold. I have passed your feedback to the management team to address. I do hope you we see you back again despite this. Best wishes

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  11. smiles

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food wasn’t up to its usual high standards - fish and chips - batter was so soggy it was inedible and chips didn’t feel fresh - Sweetbreads were excellent Cauliflower soup was bland tasted of cream only Toad in the hole was good Pork was good Service wasn’t as good as usual
    The White SwanResponded on October 14, 2019
    Thank you for your review, I am so sorry that we let you down with the standard of food and service. We would like to understand better where we went wrong. If you have a few moments, could you possibly drop me an email gemma@Etmgroup.co.uk Many thanks Gemma

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  12. BrettS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely business lunch! Food was really really good!
    The White SwanResponded on October 14, 2019
    Thanks BrettS

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  13. PETERO

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Its a very good venue- could of done with a bit more beef in my pie, but everything else was excellent.
    The White SwanResponded on September 30, 2019
    Thank you so much for your review, I will ensure your comments are passed on to the team.

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  14. TomH

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great, thank you for a lovely lunchtime. The fish and chips in particular were delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The White SwanResponded on September 30, 2019
    Great to read! Thank you!

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  15. repeat

    Greater Boston

    72 reviews

    2.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Can’t comment on the pub downstairs but the restaurant upstairs is not worth the trip up the two flights. Desultory service, odd responses to requests (when asking for a burger medium rare, the answer was “Can’t do that; the come medium well done”) and uninspired versions of standard pub fare.
    The White SwanResponded on September 10, 2019
    Hi, I am so sorry to read your experience was such a bad one, we hate the idea of any of our guests leaving unhappy. Please do get in touch. Many thanks Gemma gemma@etmgroup.co.uk

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  16. Major

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I go to this restaurant regularly, and it’s normally very good. Today however the service was very slow and below par. They are short of staff and it showed!
    The White SwanResponded on September 10, 2019
    Thank you for your review, I am sorry that your visit wasn't a fantastic one. Please do get in touch as we would like to understand where we went wrong. Thanks Gemma gemma@etmgroup.co.uk

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  17. MartinB

    Berkshire

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very pleasant venue for afternoon lunch. Our group of four was well looked after and the food was lovely.
    The White SwanResponded on August 22, 2019
    Thanks so much for this, so happy to read the review

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  18. Gangof4

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Met a friend for dinner. Good food and attentive but not over-bearing service in a quiet restaurant where we could hear ourselves speak. Remarkable value with the 50% off food offer.
    The White SwanResponded on August 22, 2019
    Thanks so much for the review

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  19. ravih

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the bar area, food was excellent and the lock and feel on the 3rd floor is very nice. All in all I had a very relaxed time. One note though, the food was great, exceptional. However we did wonder if the mash was smash mash.

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  20. WilliamR

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The White Swan is excellent.I will continue to recommend it to others.Excellent in all aspects. Will return soon.

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  21. LadyL

    London

    46 reviews

    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The steak was a little tough, but the meal deal is good value.

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  22. RM2018

    London

    149 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    149 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The white swan is a surprising find in an area with not very many restaurants. Food is good, service is fine and the setting is lovely.

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  23. paulH

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great service, nice beer and a varied menu. Had the fish and chips and my friend had the lamb and both dishes were very tasty and good size portions. Would definitely go back.

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  24. figgs

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Tasty food and not bad pricing for a city restaurant (around £15 for a main). I am saying restaurant rather than pub since the bookable dining room definitely feels like more of the former. I arrived around 1215 and the place was empty, but by around 1240 it was heaving. Service was a little slow by the time the place was busy, so if you need a quick meal, book an early slot, and order quickly.

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  25. Marty

    Charlotte

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were looking for a dining establishment near the Holborn Underground Station and I was thrilled to find the White Swan. Downstairs and on a mezzanine there is a fine English pub. Also on the mezzanine were four tidy toilets—not always a guarantee in a pub. Upstairs there is a beautiful restaurant that on Monday evening was blessedly quiet. We were there for a farewell dinner with my daughter and son-in-law, who live in London. We live in the U.S. We appreciated the calm atmosphere, so we could have a pleasant conversation. Everyone’s food was excellent, served at the proper temperature and in ideally-sized portions. The service was just the right balance of attention and privacy. This restaurant-pub is a keeper!

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  26. Howard53

    New York City

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I had a great lunch with a business colleague. The food and service were excellent and the venue very pleasant.

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  27. Disappointed

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Busy lunchtime restaurant serving good comfort food, including excellent nocellara olives.

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  28. kevtur

    London

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Small menu, but some nice options. Good quality meals that were very tasty.

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  29. CJT1983

    London

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great pub downstairs and lovely restaurant upstairs. Excellent "pub grub" - ask about their offers, they don't assume that you know about them!

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  30. TomQ

    London

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food is ok. Acoustics are bad so not easy to hear everyone. Service was poor - kitchen understaffed apparently. Disappointing.

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  31. SallyS

    Hampshire

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    As ever a really lovely meal, clearly freshly cooked and served with lots of smiles. Worth booking as it is always full, whcih is a great sign!

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  32. EmmaD

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Booked this place as wanted somewhere local to work and where my friend and I could have a darn good catch up. Service and food were excellent.

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  33. bish

    London

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A great meal. Met a friend for lunch. Terrine, Short rib steak (extremely good/recommended). Very reasonable french red. Pint downstairs.

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  34. MichaelaH

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good lunch as ever and post lunch drinks in the bar. Service always good too.

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  35. alanatcroydon

    London

    238 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    238 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The White Swan is on the top floor of a building about 100 metres off Fleet Street. We have been before, though not for a couple of years. The restaurant has an old world feel about it, with lots of wood. Service at lunch today was attentive and pleasant. The food is traditional with me having breaded scampi, and toad in the hole, and my friend chicken livers on toast and then fishcakes. All very filling and I could not finish mine. A smooth syrah deakin red wine. We will go again but with a larger appetite or fewer courses!

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  36. Michelle

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very much enjoyed our lunch at The White Swan. We all had fish & chips (it was Friday after all!) and the portions were huge! The chips were nice and chunky and the fish was cooked to perfection and the batter was not greasy! Very good wine list. The White Swan has a very traditional feel about it and it's décor is very on trend. I would highly recommend this three-storey pub and would say this is a good place for visiting tourists as it's a far cry from those runoff the mill other pubs.

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  37. Bumble

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2018

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Gave the place another chance because although the service was very slow last time the food was ok. This time the service was no better (still very inattentive) and the food was very poor. Not so much a lamb chop as a lamb bone, would have been better using it for stock rather than serving as a main. Not planning on going back.

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  38. Bumble

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Second visit and poor service on both occasions. Food has been good both times and it would be a great spot for a business lunch if the service was better (or perhaps just had more staff on to cover the shift)

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  39. JohnBob

    West Palm Beach

    39 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2018

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    My lamb was raw on one side and burned on the other.

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  40. Cosmickitten

    London

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Normally like the Swan but maybe an off day? Slowish service and disappointed re food.

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The White Swan is rated 4.2 stars by 958 OpenTable diners.

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108 Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1ES

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Chancery Lane
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–12:00 am Fri 11:00 am–1:00 am
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary British
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    There is free parking outside and all around after 6.30pm
  • Public Transit
    Underground: Chancery Lane
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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