The Swan With Two Necks, Blackbrook

the swan with two necks starterThe Swan With Two Necks is part of the Paragon Pub Group, the same ownership as The Orange Tree in Newcastle Under Lyme, so it’s no wonder the food and atmosphere in this place is so good! No matter what day of the week you visit, this place will be full, which is a good indication of quality.

Although part of the same ownership as The Orange Tree, it’s completely unique and offers a very different, and in my opinion better, menu; offering classic dishes with a modern twist sourced from local ingredients.

With such a varied menu, it’s difficult to know what to choose, so I tend to go with sharing dishes that offer a few more choices. My recommendations is to take the artisan cheese deli sharer for two to start with (pictured above). This includes spiced brie in spring roll parcels with mango chutney, deep fried halloumi, buffalo mozzarella salad with coriander salsa, smoked cheese dip with garlic bread and homemade pastry straws. Everything on this dish tastes great, especially if you’re a cheese lover like me!

swan-with-two-necks-mainFor main, there’s plenty of choice from meat, to fish, to vegetarian, however the slow cooked dishes at The Swan With Two Necks really stand out for me so I usually go for those. The menu changes seasonally so you won’t always find the same dishes, however this was a recent trip where I tried the 8 hour braised beef with garlic mash, roasted veg and bone marrow croquette which was delicious.

 

For dessert it’s easy: the sticky toffee pudding or the chocolate brownie of course! Home-made, served warm with melting ice cream- a fantastic way to finish a meal!

swan with two necks dessert

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