The Swan, a charming, traditional village inn full of character, has a picturesque location in…
The Swan Inn
“Cosmopolitan food and drink in stylish village inn”
Rebuilt in the 1880s, the Swan today offers weary travellers a friendly and relaxed welcome. Located among the Surrey Hills, The Swan is typical of the coaching inns that once served customers travelling to or from the south coast. In the bar, temptations include local ales such as Upham Brewery's Punter, and from an international list, there are 18 wines served by the glass. The daily-changing menu has broad appeal; a typical meal might kick off with chicken and foie gras terrine, apricot chutney and pickled mustard seeds. That might be followed by a main course of crayfish linguini, chilli, garlic and spring onions. For dessert perhaps choose banana bread and butter pudding with poppy seed ice cream, or the carefully sourced cheeseboard.
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About the area
Surrey may be better known for its suburbia than its scenery, but the image is unjust. Over a quarter of the county’s landscapes are official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and along the downs and the greensand ridge you can gaze to distant horizons with hardly a building in sight. This is one of England’s most wooded counties, and has more village greens than any other shire. You’ll find sandy tracks and cottage gardens, folded hillsides and welcoming village inns. There’s variety, too, as the fields and meadows of the east give way to the wooded downs and valleys west of the River Mole.
Of course there are also large built-up areas, mainly within and around the M25; but even here you can still find appealing visits and days out. On the fringe of Greater London you can picnic in Chaldon’s hay meadows, explore the wide open downs at Epsom, or drift idly beside the broad reaches of the stately River Thames. Deep in the Surrey countryside you’ll discover the Romans at Farley Heath, and mingle with the monks at England’s first Cistercian monastery. You’ll see buildings by great architects like Edwin Lutyens and Sir George Gilbert Scott, and meet authors too, from John Donne to Agatha Christie.
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