I’m usually grumpy when hungry and any arguments I have ever had with my husband have usually been when it’s dinner time and there is no food in sight.
So it was as a matter of urgency that towards the end of one particular weekend lunch time, Payat hustled me into the Swan at Lamport for a late lunch.
I was looking forward to the experience as not only does the menu look lovely but the restaurant is elegant and everything a good gastro pub should be.
Entering through the front door we hovered by the desk not sure which way to go and the person behind the counter did not look up to greet us. After walking to the end of the counter a member of staff noticed us and took us to the table, handing us menus.
Our drinks orders were taken quickly but then followed a wait of about 20 minutes before our food order was collected. Everything sounded gorgeous but as a starter we opted for one of the tasty sounding sharing plates, involving a baked, rosemary studded Camembert with red onion chutney and a selection of baked breads (£9.95).
After our order was made, the food took another 25 minutes to arrive so by the time we received our Camembert I was ready to gnaw on a table leg for sustenance.
What confused me was that a couple who came in after us and ordered fish and chips were half way through their main course by the time our Camembert arrived.
Service aside, the food was absolutely delicious. The Camembert was baked into gooey perfection and the rosemary added some wonderful flavour to the meal. As well as a small mountain of fresh bread there was also a heap of fresh salad which went down well with the creamy cheese.
Service had thankfully become faster by main course and I tucked in to a portion of spring pea, broad bean and asparagus risotto, made with crumbled goats’ cheese and truffle oil.
There was an option on the menu to pick a small portion, so I chose that, priced at £6.95. I also opted for a side of fat chips (£2.95).
Meanwhile, Payat chose the local sausages, wholegrain mustard mash, beer battered onion rings and baby onion gravy (£10.95).
Although I had cheese for a starter I thought the goats’ cheese on my main would just be crumbled on top but the resulting dish was extremely cheesy all the way through. Luckily I am a total cheese fiend and thought the risotto was wonderful with its perfectly cooked asparagus spears.
Payat also happily scoffed his sausages and mash, declaring them to be very good.
When doing a restaurant review, I always try to have a pudding but after the huge and very cheesy meal we just couldn’t manage one at all. This was gutting for me as I had been looking forward to trying the peanut butter parfait, caramel sauce, nut brittle and Chantilly cream (£5.95).
To sum up, I would say the Swan needs to sharpen up on its speed of service but I was pleased to say that the food was worth the wait.
RATINGS AT A GLANCE
VALUE: Reasonable, not cheap
FOOD:Excellent and plentiful
DISABLED ACCESS: Yes
PARKING: Large car park
COST OF OUR MEAL
FINAL TOTAL: £37.10 (including pint of guest ale and an orange and lemonade)
Anna’s star rating: 7/10
The Swan at Lamport
Harborough Road, Lamport
01604 686555; www.the swanatlamport.co.uk