Dining out at The Old White Swan & Giveaway

Old White Swan York Review
Old White Swan York

Another day, another lovely lunch spot. I was back in my home town of York over the Easter weekend to celebrate both my birthday (the big 2-5 in case you’re wondering) and to head into the sunny centre and eat all of the delicious food on offer at The Old White Swan. I was there not only to do review their menu but also to take over their Instagram story which I did with great enthusiasm. Unfortunately my mum (AKA long-suffering plus one), stared at me with hunger in her eyes as I photographed everything from all angles for their Instagram, my Instagram and snapped a few photos for my blog too.

The struggle is real for a blogger parent – if they want to sit back and enjoy dinner for free, they need to wait for the photos to be taken before they can tuck in!

We arrived at 1pm and the pub had bended the rules slightly to allow us a reservation as usually they don’t take bookings on weekends. This was really lucky for us as the whole place was full of families and groups of friends enjoying lunch and drinks. It didn’t take us long to decide what to have as we’d both sat analysing the menu online the night before – it’s important to weigh up what you fancy vs how it will photograph plus will it leave you with room for dessert. Tactical decisions were made.

The Old White Swan has a new ‘Best of British’ vibe which includes their ‘Sausage and Chop House’ – basically the most amazing sausages known to mankind in Yorkshire plus a whole load of chops. I was tempted and the decision was difficult, but I opted for the slow-cooked steak, amber ale and mushroom pie which is served with creamy mash, honey roasted carrots and seasonal greens. This is an unusual choice for me as my default when I go out is either something with chicken or a burger, but this sounded too good to miss. My mum chose the ale-glazed Shropshire chicken which came with triple cooked chips, lemon aioli and crunchy slaw. The chicken was absolutely huge (think the same size as a Nandos half chicken) and was full of flavour, plus who doesn’t love triple cooked chips and slaw?!

Old White Swan York Shropshire Chicken

Old White Swan York Onion Rings

Old White Swan York Steak and Mushroom Pie

We both had dessert (obvs) and all in the name of research, I chose the ‘trio of desserts’ which was lemon tart, chocolate brownie, salted caramel profiteroles and vanilla pod icecream, and mum went for the chocolate brownie and icecream. My favourite out of the three I tried were the salted caramel profiteroles – again, not a dessert I’d usually pick. I also absolutely loved the icecream as it was ‘proper’ icecream. I’m sure you’ll know what I mean, but when it’s thick and creamy and not at all synthetic? Like that.

Old White Swan York Chocolate brownie

Old White Swan York trio of desserts

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  1. This.Looks.So.Yummy.
    You can't beat original. Basic. British food. The stuff that proper fills the belly! Both your choices look yummy and the desserts, YES! With a big YES to having a trip of desserts choice! :p


  2. I love it when you can choose to try a bit of a bunch of desserts, as picking just one can often be a very difficult decision! x

  3. That sounds brilliant! So many great pubs in York, it can be hard to decide where to go! Definitely going to check these guys out though - that ale-glazed chicken sounds tasty as. X