Restaurant review - The Black Swan, Lower Withington

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STYLE OF VENUECountry chic at its best. The pub reopened recently following a six month renovation. It has been taken on by the team at the Swan Hotel and Spa at Newby Bridge in the Lakes. During the summer you might enjoy the outdoor terrace or a game of boules. In the winter you’ll enjoy sitting in front of the fire. The Black Swan is set in some of Cheshire’s most beautiful countryside.

ON THE MENUIt was a fresh, crisp evening when we visited and the menu perfectly suited this. We opted for a shared starter of rustic breads served with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, �3.95. and belly of pork, �15.95, and lamb skewers served with couscous, pitta bread, pomegranate, tzatziki, hummus and harissa, �15.95.

D�CORDiners can congregate around huge rustic oak tables, enjoy an intimate dinner in one of the quiet corners, or lounge on a comfortable sofa. Interior styling from design house St Vitus combines well with bold floral prints from Ralph Lauren to create a cool but casual feel.

AMBIENCEWe went on a busy Saturday night – I’d advise booking – and the pub was bubbling with conversation and activity.

SERVICEEfficient and friendly. You write your order down and take it to the bar – a nice, quirky touch.

COSTA shared starter and two very generous mains, along with a couple of alcoholic drinks, came to just over �50.

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The Black SwanLower Withington, SK11 9EQTel: 01477 571770www.blackswancheshire.com

Emma Mayoh

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