The Swan Inn, Milton Keynes Village, Buckinghamshire
This 13th Century thatched pub features flagstone floors, an open fire set in an inglenook fireplace and a sheltered orchard garden. Sympathetically renovated, the interior is an eclectic mix of traditional charm and contemporary chic with warm fabrics and clever use of natural finishes. The dining room overlooks a terrace set in the garden and is ideal for summer dining.
Real ales feature alongside an extensive wine list boasting over 20 wines by the glass and the range of soft drinks include a selection of organic fruit juices and lemonades. An open plan kitchen prepares a simple yet creative menu, changed monthly in line with the seasons, based on excellent value and local ingredients, including herbs from its own garden.
Sunday lunch is a traditional affair with a selection of succulent roasts and plentiful veg and potatoes. Daily changing specials plus a selection of lighter lunch items complete the food offer.
Service is brisk and friendly by the knowledgeable staff who herald from around the globe. The atmosphere is always lively given the core group of locals who support this warm and welcoming pub in the heart of the original Milton Keynes Village. A real find.