Dining with a View at Swan Restaurant & Bar at Shakespeare’s Globe, Southbank
August 1, 2016
Summer has finally graced London with its presence (better late than never) and a prime spot to soak up the warmer temperatures is at on the Southbank. It was a balmy evening when my friend and I made our way over to Swan Bar & Restaurant at The Shakespeare’s Globe for dinner and a much overdue catchup! The gorgeous restaurant features stunning panoramic views of the River Thames and St. Paul’s and any restaurant with a lovely view is always a winner in my book! We headed in and were greeted with smiles by the hostess who lead us to our table on the first floor. Much to our merriment, we were given a table right by the window and we could take in the beautiful view of some of London’s prettiest architecture.
The restaurant itself is set over two floors, the ground floor being a bit more casual with an upscale pub-vibe downstairs and fine dining upstairs. I particularly loved the decor, which features plush light blue banquet seating and rustic light tables throughout. There is also a large marble-topped bar that would be ideal for pre-theatre tipples. There was a great atmosphere and both floors were buzzing with patrons enjoying post-work libations and dinner.
Our lovely server promptly came over and and greeted us with two glasses of crisp and refreshing champagne as well as a menu that features an array of delicious-sounding dishes made with locally sourced British produce that changes seasonally. My friend and I toasted to the amazing weather in London and had a look at the menu. My friend ordered the Isle of Wight Tomato Gazpacho while I opted for a fresh crab salad. Our server had expertly paired two glasses of wine to accompany our dishes – a sweet sherry paired with the Gazpacho and a delicious Chenin Blanc to go with my crab salad. The crab was perfectly seasoned, served with rocket and a delicious red pepper aioli that brought all the flavours of the dish together perfectly. The Gazpacho was also refreshing on a sweltering day, though my friend had preferred if it was a bit more chilled. Nonetheless, both dishes were delightful to start off our lovely dinner with.
I was definitely glad that I started off on a lighter note, as for my mine, I decided on the Beef Wellington, savoy cabbage, carrots, madeira and a truffle jus bursting with flavour. I wanted to enjoy a quintessentially British dish because after all, we were dining at The Shakespeare’s Globe and it doesn’t get more British that that. The beef itself was cooked medium rare and was perfectly pink in the middle, just how it should be. The truffle jus added even more depth to the already flavourful dish and I thought it was all outstanding. I didn’t leave a single bite on the plate! My friend, being vegetarian, opted for a vegetable salad filled with fresh veggies and a balsamic vinaigrette, which she greatly enjoyed. We both sipped on Malbec with our dishes, which was the perfect accompaniment with my Beef Wellington and went on chattering away until we both had finished.
My friend has a real sweet tooth so I already knew going into dinner that we were in for some wonderful desserts! We ordered the Lemon & Almond Cake with lemon curd and pistachio ice cream as well as the chocolate mousse with gooseberry compote. Wow – the lemon and almond cake with the pistachio ice cream was definitely the star dish of the evening for me. The pistachio ice cream was so creamy and delicious, that we each ordered another scoop! The chocolate mousse with gooseberry compote was a little on the sweet side together, but being the chocolate-fan that I am, I demolished every last bite. We definitely ended our incredible dinner on a high note with these two decadent desserts.
Swan Restaurant & Bar at The Shakespeare’s Globe was a fabulous all around. I really enjoyed each dish and must say that the Beef Wellington was outstanding. I thought the restaurant itself was beautiful and the views cannot be beaten. For me, it was brilliant to eat at one of the most iconic theatres in British history and overall, it was a really lovely experience and I highly recommend dining there the next time you’re near The Southbank.
Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Colleen Monoghan