The weather this week has picked up a little from the rainy days we’ve been having, hasn’t it? Let’s hope it stays!
Even if it doesn’t, we can always hide inside at The Swan Salford and enjoy their spring menu in pure obliviousness to the typical British weather outside.
I’ve been to The Swan Salford a few times now, both for evening meals and also for MK Blogger Network meetups (like this one, which was our first meetup). It’s a really pretty destination in the village of Salford.
So it was lovely when an email landed in my inbox inviting Ian and I down to the Swan at Salford, to check out their spring menu. We headed down there on Saturday last weekend, the day when the sun finally shone brightly and surprised us all with the feeling of warmth. The perfect day to enjoy the new spring menu!
The Swan looked as beautiful as ever, both outside and in. If you watched my Instagram stories (follow me on Insta by clicking here), you would have seen how I loved the décor of the dining area. Beautiful calm green colours and the most gorgeously designed wallpaper with birds and foliage. It’s just so easy on the eye in there, so calming and relaxing.
I have to say, as soon as we arrived we were greeted by what is a really wonderful team. They all seemed like genuine, lovely people who actually enjoy what they do. Our server was such a lovely guy and he took us through all the specials, asked if we had any questions and catered for our every need on the night with a smile on his face. What more can you ask for?
Spring at The Swan is all about the most gorgeous and freshly sourced ingredients. Whether that’s the earliest and best asparagus from Wye Valley or the scrummiest Yorkshire rhubarb, they’ve really put thought into their menu.
Drinks – Prosecco (as always) for me and a Peroni for Ian. A great touch, was the bottle of wine that was placed on the table (each table had one) as a suggestion to go with your meal. There was a cute little label attached to it, telling you all about it. A great way for the Swan at Salford team to suggest a great wine option!
Before the meal
We were offered a warm mini bloomer served with garlic butter, and a side of Campagnola olives as a little something to kick start our meal, and I’m so pleased we accepted. Now, I’m not an olive person. I used to absolutely hate them with a passion, and now only recently have I tried to give them another go. However, these olives were perfect. I actually enjoyed eating them and I believe this is the first lot of olives I have actually enjoyed, rather than just feeling like I had to eat them. The bread had a nice thin crispy edge and a sumptuously soft and warm inner. So easy to eat and enjoy.
Ian and I both had our eye on the same starter, we just had to have it. Clonakilty black pudding, pan-fried native scallops, apple crisps and apple dressing. I even heard others on the evening ordering this same starter, and with good reason. What a gorgeous combination of flavours and textures. It was SO good! Presentation was not forgotten about either, as you can see. What I loved about this dish, is how juicy and succulent it was. Not drying in the mouth at all. So moreish!
As I’m trying to be a little healthier at the moment, I opted for the pan-fried salmon which came with broccoli and a very tasty béarnaise sauce. The fish was cooked perfectly. A lovely crispy skin, which was a real treat and the fish just came apart like a dream. The broccoli was a great accompaniment to the dish, as it offered a light, refreshing and different texture to the rest of the dish. Beautiful.
Ian went for the duck wellington which was one of their specials on the night. And just look how beautifully presented this was too! This went down a treat, and tasted lovely – I can vouch for it as Ian very kindly offered me a little piece to try. Baby carrots and creamy mash completed this gorgeous dinner, and you just can’t go wrong with those on the side.
One thing I love about the Swan at Salford menu, is the little section of dishes where you can choose whether you’d like it as a starter or a main. What a great idea to provide you with even more choice – great when you’re indecisive like me! You can have a little plate of something yummy as a starter and still enjoy the other dish you like the sound of for your main. Doesn’t that sound great?
I recently ran a poll on my Instagram and asked who liked custard tarts and who doesn’t. It was quite split as I expected, but custard tarts (rightly!) won. I love them! So when I spotted the warm custard tart on the dessert menu, I just knew it had to be a contender. It’s true, it was super hard to choose what to have! But I ended up choosing this delightful dessert, which came paired with a scoop of Jude’s vanilla ice cream. Actually writing this out now is making me want another!
Ian had the other dessert I had my eye on too… the dark chocolate cheesecake which came with roasted peanuts and caramel sauce… I did nick a corner of this to try, along with some of the nuts and yummy sauce, and oh my, this is divine.
Bellies full from all the wonderful food. It was time to take a little rest. We ended our evening with a peppermint tea (for me) and a little double espresso for Ian. I love a peppermint tea after a dinner, it really helps to refresh you in a comforting way. Just perfect. Oh, and the little bowl of Smarties that they always give you at The Swan is always welcome. How cute!
Thank you so much to The Swan at Salford for a gorgeous meal and absolutely brilliant service. Your team are just so fantastic at their jobs.
If you fancy booking a meal at The Swan Salford, do pop over to their website at www.swansalford.co.uk or give them a call on 01908 281008.
*This meal was provided free of charge, but our thoughts are ours. We loved it, we’ve been to The Swan before off our own accord and would not hesitate to go back again very soon and try out more on their lovely spring menu!