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A liTtle about us
The White Swan is a traditional free house right on the banks of the River Thames in Twickenham. The pub dates back to the 17th century. You can see us in the Samuel Scott print, dated 1760, that hangs above the fire in the bar. The pub is made up of two rooms, a terrace-balcony and a garden right on the riverbank. Inside we have about 12 tables of various shapes and sizes, a couple of window seats and a few stools at the bar. It’s a very cosy pub in winter, especially when we light the fires. In summer we open the doors to the balcony and put up sunshades in the garden. Sometimes, at high tide, the garden is IN the river but never for long. Everyone who works here knows what it's like to wade through the water with a few plates or glasses in hand.
Call 020 8744 2951 from 9am for same day bookings or book online with OpenTable. So everyone gets a chance of a table in the garden or on the balcony we don't take bookings for these. Please make sure you book if there are more than 6 of you (to eat).
We are a genuine free house and take pride in offering a great range of drinks. We stock tried and trusted brands alongside some of the newest names around. We like to support our local and local-ish breweries but Kevin – our lucky beer chooser – will go further afield for a good beer if it’s the right taste and quality. We have 5 hand pumps and up to 8 draught lagers and ciders. We always have one from Twickenham Fine Ales such as Naked Ladies. The other pumps change every few days or even within the day. We support the new, local and London breweries and many of the best from the South West. Lagers on draught include Twickenham Pale, Camden Hells, Birra Moretti and Pravha. A favourite right now is Hazy Hog cider from the Hogsback Brewery in Surrey. Or if you want to try something different we have Lilley’s rhubarb cider.
It’s not all beer here though. Over the summer months we sell lots of Aperol spritz, Pimms and bottle after bottle of Belvoir traditional pressé and ginger beer. We have a great selection of wines chosen by our wine merchant Stan. He fills our cellars from his stocks in an old chalk mine in Berkshire and every so often comes to do a very informal wine tasting for our customers. That’s a popular day.
We're only a 10 minute walk from Twickenham station, about 20 minutes away from Twickenham Stadium on foot and there are loads of bus routes nearby. Richmond, and the tube, are a few minutes away by bus or a delightful half hour walk along the river.
If you’re making a day of it, you could visit Orleans House Art Gallery, stroll along the river to Marble Hill House or walk towards Twickenham town centre past the wonderfully larger than life Naked Ladies of York House.
From My Richmond App 30 July 2019: “This Community Tuesday we want to share with you the wonderful local environmental initiative, In the Drink. https://inthedrink.org.uk/ Founded in 2018 by Paul Hyman of Active360 and Alison Baker, two Richmond borough locals, In the Drink’s objective is to reduce the amount of single-use plastics ending up in our waterways. The scheme is currently calling on Richmond and Twickenham pubs to dispose of plastic cups on busy rugby days in favour of reusable ones to help protect marine life and the environment. The White Swan Twickenham, one of our favourite pubs in the borough, is leading the way - they introduced the reusable cups last year and deployed an effective deposit scheme that helps to raise money for the RNLI! In a press release, In the Drink said that “If other Richmond borough pubs can follow this example and make the switch, our stretch of the Thames could raise the bar for other riverside boroughs to step up to the mark. With plastic cups currently accounting as the 4th top items of detritus collected in the Thames, it is high time for last orders on this increasingly unappealing throwaway item.”