Quick bites: The Swan, Long Melford

PUBLISHED: 15:05 16 December 2010 | UPDATED: 18:16 20 February 2013

Quick bites: The Swan, Long Melford

Quick bites: The Swan, Long Melford

Richard Bryson visits the Swan in Long Melford

Richard Bryson visits the Swan in Long Melford

The Swan? Not one of the best known eating out venues in this village?

Well, its always been known as more of a drinking pub rather than one that specialises in food and there is stiff competition nearby. This is the village that can boast Scutchers, The Black Lion, the Crown and, once upon a time, Chimneys.

What prompted you to go?

A call from a contact suggested EADT Suffolk should try it and since I was passing through the village decided to call in. Its easy to find on the high street almost opposite the Bull Hotel.

So now it is worth trying for a meal and a pint?

It could be the food has always been good but it seems to be promoting itself better these days under new ownership. It certainly has a nice stylish feel to it now, a mix of the modern and, with its antiques, the more traditional. There was a lovely warming fire going when we walked in the Hall Street side of the pub but we retired to a table at the back.

What did you have?

It was a while back and because the company was so good and, generally speaking, the meal too, Im trying to recall it all. But thats usually a good sign the places where the food is cold/unedible or the service painfully slow, tend to stick in the mind for the wrong reasons

That said and it is coming back to me my pea and ham soup was very good though my calves liver and bacon lacked a little. The bacon draped over the liver was limp and not at all crisp and the liver a little bland. Tasty bed of mash though!

Across the table ,however, my colleagues chicken dish was getting lots of approval. Service was speedy and very polite so even if my main course wasnt everything I hoped I would certainly go back.

You can get two courses here for 15 or three for 18 so its good value.

What did you pay?

For some drinks, two starters and two mains plus coffees it came to around 40.

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