The White Swan

“High-quality food close to the M1”



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Between Rugby and Lutterworth, in the pretty village of Shawell, this pub, run by Rory McClean and Samantha Laye, is full of character and just a few minutes from the M1, making it a perfect place to stop for a pint of local Dow Bridge Gladiator ale or Aspall cider. Rory’s stylish and considered modern British food is definitely worth a detour. Begin with yuzu salmon tartare, or breast and Scotch egg of marinated quail with roasted garlic and herb puree, followed by breast of Gressingham goose, or roast turbot with seaweed potatoes and clam beurre blanc. Dessert might be rhubarb pithivier with rhubarb and stem ginger ripple.

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AA Pick of the Pubs
The White Swan
Main Street,SHAWELL,LE17 6AG


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Free Wifi
  • Parking available
  • Coach parties accepted
Prices and payment
  • Main course from: £20
Opening times
  • Open all year
Food and Drink
  • Micro Brewery Ale

About the area

Discover Leicestershire

Leicestershire is divided between the large country estates of its eastern side and the industrial towns of the East Midlands to its west. Coal mining was an important part of the county’s industrial development in the 19th and 20th centuries. This is reflected in its heritage, including a reclaimed mine near Coalville, now divided between a nature reserve and Snibston Discovery Park, where families can learn about the mining industry. Meanwhile, agricultural areas are concentrated around the pleasant market towns of Market Harborough and Market Bosworth.

The county’s administrative centre is the city of Leicester, and other major towns are Loughborough, which includes bell-founding among its many industries, and Melton Mowbray, home of Stilton cheese and a particularly English item, the pork pie. One shop in Leicester has been specialising in this meaty delicacy since 1851. Northeast of Melton Mowbray is the lovely Vale of Belvoir, beneath which are large deposits of coal.

Charnwood Forest, with fewer trees than one would expect, provides a wild and rugged landscape conveniently situated for escape from the city. It lies to the northwest of Leicester extending to Loughborough and Coalville, with some interruptions.

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