“One of the best
Welcome to The White Swan. A proudly independent pub tucked away by the River Thames in Twickenham.
A liTtle about us
The White Swan is a traditional free house right on the banks of the River Thames, Twickenham. The pub dates back to the 17th century. You can see us in a 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. We have about 12 tables of various shapes and sizes inside, 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 the sun brollies 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’ve bought from about 40 breweries this year so far. We always have DoomBar (named after the dangerous Doom Bar sandbank in north Cornwall) and 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, or sometimes reinvented, London breweries like Kew, Park (Kingston), Portobello, Truman’s, Thames Side and Southwark alongside long-established brands like Fuller’s. Lagers on draught include Signal Pale Ale, Camden Hells, Birra Moretti and Pravha. A favourite right now is Hazy Hog cider from the Hogsback Brewery in Surrey. Our if you want to try something different we have Freedom Organic Helles Lager.
It’s not all beer here though. Over the winter months we sell lots of Mulled Cider, Hot winter 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.
We’re taking bookings for Christmas now and planning our Christmas programme in the pub and under the heated tent in the garden (from 13 December). Whether you want to have a three course Christmas lunch or dinner or just get together with friends over a few drinks and something good to eat, The White Swan’s the place to get cosy and celebrate the season.
Chestnut and roasted butternut squash soup with truffle oil (v)
Roasted beets, burrata, pistachio and orange dressing (v)
Potted Devon crab, pickled fennel, watercress toasts
Confit of duck and goats cheese quesadilla, chipotle and cranberry salsa
Roast turkey pork, sage and cranberry stuffing, festive vegetables, red wine and rosemary gravy
Slow-cooked shin of beef, horseradish mash, festive vegetables, stout jus
Roasted Scottish trout, creamed celeriac, fennel, leeks and gremolata
Wild mushroom risotto, seared baby spinach, tarragon (v)
Christmas pudding trifle
Panettone bread and butter pudding, eggnog custard
Lemon tart, clotted cream
Cropwell Bishop Stilton, quince jelly, oatcakes
£21 per person for two courses £27 per person for three courses
So everything goes as smoothly as possible for you we ask for menu choices one week before your booking.
Please let us know of any allergies or dietary requirements in advance. We'll do our best to adapt our dishes.