The Mute Swan - Hampton Court
On those summery British Saturdays, nothing can beat a lovely walk and a fabulous pub lunch. One of the best London walks and pub lunches has to be in Hampton.
A fantastic walk, with Hampton Court Palace on one side and the glistening River Thames on the other. The sun beaming down on you as you walk leisurely along the footpath, utter perfection.
You can walk as far as you like, spotting the swans and the rowing club. You can even ride boats from the Bridge to Kingston or Westminster. Then once you feel you have worked up an appetite, head back to Hampton Court Palace and over the road into The Mute Swan.
This pub looks beautifully inviting from the outside. Its small and lovingly presented, with seating outside for those hotter days. When entering it has a warm country pub feeling. A lovely long bar on one side and a spiral staircase in the centre heading upstairs to the 'posh' dining area. There are rustic blackboards on the walls displaying the wines and specials and the inviting and attentive staff always there to welcome and help.
🐕 We always take our dog here as she loves the walk along the river, and the pub and some of the 'posh' dining area are dog friendly, another selling point for us dog lovers. It's getting harder to find dog friendly restaurants.
We arrived just before lunch and sat and had a drink whilst we waited for the days menu to be printed. They change and print the menu daily here which means that we never tire of their food. However, they do keep some of their favourites on so there is always something to fall back on.
On previous visits I have had their chicken and ham pie and that is FAB! Not one of these pies with a lid, but a whole encased 'proper' pie. Their quiche is always a lovely light lunch option too. Today though, we opted for the charcuterie board and sausage and mash for Harriet (toddler).
Now, the charcuterie board needs its own paragraph. Its HUGE, and filled with lots of little delights. Continental meats, such as serrano ham and chorizo. Olives, pickled onions, cornichons, sun-dried tomatoes, piccalilli, goats cheese balls, red pepper hummus, a big chunk of pâte and enough buttered toast to feed the family. Just check it out! All of this for less than £20 and it fills us up for the day (and we can eat, a lot).
When in or near Hampton, this is always our go to lunch stop and if they continue providing their amazing food and lovely atmosphere, it always will be. So if you are ever visiting Hampton or Hampton Court Palace, this is the place to book in for lunch.