It has been many years since we last visited The Swan Inn in the quaint estuary village of Lympstone in East Devon. So, we were intrigued to hear that it has recently been taken over by the team from the Exe River Café. Keen to offer a stable working environment for their seasonal staff, the new owners have upgraded The Swan to provide a more ‘gastropub’ offering for diners.
Regulars need not worry though, as the pub still retains its original areas for drinking and although River Exe Café Head Chef, Chris Dayer, will feature in occasional ‘pop-up’ events, Head Chef Darren Newman is still at the helm, producing a seasonal menu to cater for all diners.
Here’s a glimpse of our recent lunchtime visit in photos:
Our thoughts on The Swan Inn, Lympstone
From the outside, we weren’t exactly sure what to expect from our visit to The Swan Inn. The pub looks much the same as it has done for years, which is fine but nothing particularly inspiring. However, we really enjoyed our lunch and can definitely see why so many people have been singing the pubs praises in recent weeks. The portions were generous and the overall quality of the food we sampled was very high. What’s more, the staff were all extremely polite and the ambience was laidback and unpretentious. Rather than departing from pub grub altogether, The Swan’s new direction sees them opt for a pub-friendly menu of familiar dishes, presented in a much more refined way. We certainly wouldn’t hesitate to return for lunch with friends.
Book: 01395 270403 / www.theswaninn-lympstone.co.uk