10 Feb ’18: Moor Breakfast at The Swan

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The Swan, Bampton: Open for bookings!

Voted Best Trencherman’s Pub 2016 and now winners of Visit Devon Pub of The Year Gold Award…

The Swan, which is an AA Four Star Inn and the oldest pub in Bampton, has scooped a plethora of awards for its food including being voted Best Trencherman’s Pub 2016. It has two AA Rosettes for Culinary Excellence as well.

Last year the pub was named (March, 2016) as a Highly Commended winner in the national tourist board VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence 2016. This Award places The Swan in the top five businesses for excellence in the pub category in England.

It is set in the idyllic, historic, market town of Bampton, which still boasts a vibrant high street with a traditional butcher, baker and greengrocers. The area is hugely popular with ramblers and cyclists alike. 

The team has a passion for food and embraces the use of produce from the area to create some real pub classics, as well as some more modern English dishes.

The Swan’s menu is created from fresh, seasonal ingredients, sourced from nearby, on a daily basis by chef patrons Paul and Donna Berry and their talented team.

Donna said: “We try to keep our dishes simple, yet bursting with flavours and imagination. Our kitchen produces everything we serve here at the pub.

“We are dedicated to using all the local or regional produce available to us, needless to say we are so lucky living here in the Westcountry, we have local farmers supplying us with their beef, pork and lamb and the fishing communities providing us with the freshest cod for our classic cod and chips.”

This traditional country pub with a modern twist was originally lodgings to accommodate the masons and other craftsmen who were hired in 1450 to enlarge St Michael’s church, which is just behind the pub.

To add to all its awards, it has recently been renovated to a high standard with a new solid oak bar giving it a contemporary yet traditional feel.

The original fireplace and bread oven dating back to the fifteenth century were kept and now include a wood-burning stove, which guests can sit by in comfortable easy chairs. 

The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, there is a focus on Westcountry beers and real ales. There is also an extensive selection of wines from around the world.

Paul and Donna look forward to welcoming you to The Swan…

2 courses for £12.50 / 3 courses for £17.50

The Exmoor Food Fest deal is available:
Lunch & Dinner:  Wednesday & Thursdays
(Excluding Valentine’s Day)

The Swan
Station Road
Bampton, Devon EX16 9NG
Telephone 01398 332248
Email:  info@theswan.co
Website:  www.theswan.co

Three #ExFF17 restaurants listed among the Top 50 Gastropubs

Today, in the Top 50 Gastropubs Awards, three Exmoor Food Fest gastropubs found out their ranking:  We would like to congratulate The Swan, Bampton, Tarr Farm Inn and The Mason Arms for making the finals of these prestigious industry awards.

The Swan came in on rank 50, Tarr Farm rank 27 and The Mason Arms on rank 15.  We are very proud that these outstanding restaurants are part of the Exmoor Food Fest.  While The Mason Arms have now sold out all #ExFF17 places, get in touch with The Swan and Tarr Farm before they are booked out as well!

Here is some background info on the Top 50 Gastropub Awards:

16406742_639119626276029_8146631059750780189_nThe “Estrella Damm” Top 50 Gastropub Awards are voted for by top foodies and hospitality experts. These include gastropub operators (who can’t vote for their own pubs), food writers, pubco catering development managers and executive chefs, celebrity and top hospitality industry chefs, pub guide editors, industry chiefs and food operators. The voting criteria ensures the list really is decided by the industry.

To find out more, please have a look at the Top 50 Gastropub Awards website.

Award winning Gastro Pub The Swan in Bampton signs up again for the Exmoor Food Fest

The multi-award-winning gastro-pub will be joined by other top pubs and restaurants offering specially priced menus on selected days during February to encourage diners to eat out as part of the Exmoor Food Festival.

Patron chef Paul Berry, who co-owns The Swan with his wife Donna, who is a chef too, said: “We’re very excited once again this year to be part of the Exmoor Food Festival, which runs from February 1 until 28.

“It’s an event to showcase the very best the region has to offer diners and it is a celebration of all local produce and the culinary expertise we have here on our doorstep.”

The Swan will be running special menus as part of Exmoor Food Festival on Tuesday to Friday lunchtimes and Tuesday to Thursday evenings, excluding Valentine’s Day, during February with two courses priced £10 and three courses £15.

Paul and Donna will also be cooking at a special launch dinner for the 2017 festival at the Luttrell Arms in Dunster on January 26. They will be one of sevenaward-winning chefs including Olivier Certain from the Taste of the West top award-winning restaurant, Clavelshay Barn, joining the Luttrell’s Head Chef, Barrie Tucker to cook seven courses.

Paul added: “It’s a privilege to have been asked again to cook at this special event and we’re delighted to be working alongside some of the areas most talented chefs like Olivier. It promises to be a fantastic evening out for everyone who comes along.”

The Exmoor Food Festival runs throughout February and is organised by Elke Winzer who is also behind Exmoor4all, an online platform for all things Exmoor related, including an online shop, and the Exmoor Markets.

Elke said: “The Exmoor Food Festival helps local businesses in the hospitality sector to show off their skills. The festival deal of two courses for £10 tempts many people into restaurants at a time of year when business tends to be slow.

“For the first time this year all participating pubs and restaurants will also take part in the Taste of Exmoor Awards. Customers will be able to vote online for their best dining experience – the winners will be crowned at an awards ceremony at Butlins in Minehead at the end of March.

“Tearooms and village shops are also encouraged to sign up for the Exmoor Food Festival.”

The Swan, which is an AA Four Star Inn and the oldest pub in Bampton, has scooped a plethora of awards for its food including being voted Best Trencherman’s Pub 2016. It has two AA Rosettes for Culinary Excellence as well. 

Last year the pub was named (March, 2016) as a Highly Commended winner in the national tourist board VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence 2016. This Award places The Swan in the top five businesses for excellence in the pub category in England.

The team has a passion for food and embraces the use of produce from the area to create some real pub classics, as well as some more modern English dishes.

Donna said: “We try to keep our dishes simple, yet bursting with flavours and imagination. Our kitchen produces everything we serve here at the pub.” 

The Swan’s menu is created from fresh, seasonal ingredients, sourced from nearby, on a daily basis by Paul and Donna and their team. 

Paul, who is a leading chef with more than 30 years’ experience in the industry, explained: “We are dedicated to using all the local or regional produce available to us, needless to say we are so lucky living here in the West Country, we have local farmers supplying us with their beef, pork and lamb and the fishing communities providing us with the freshest cod for our classic cod and chips.”

To find out more about The Swan, please call 01398 332248 or visit www.theswan.co.