Charming 16th-c pub known for fresh fish, good beer and an attractive garden
The good pub guide review
Long known for its excellent cooking, particularly its fish dishes and renowned Sunday lunch (best to book in advance), this pretty white-painted cottage suffered serious flooding in 2019 but is back and in great form following renovations including a new dining room and a kitchen upgrade. The dining conservatory is suavely modern in style, while the pub interior remains snug and cosy, with latticed windows, very low dark beams, timbered walls, antique coaching and other prints, ancient oak settles and log fires. Marstons Bitter on handpump with a couple of guest beers such as Wincle Waller, a thoughtful, varied wine list with several options by the glass, 30 gins and 15 malt whiskies served by courteous, friendly staff. The front terrace has teak tables, while another two-level terrace has further tables and steamer benches under parasols. The pub is handy for walks in the relatively unfrequented north-west part of the Peak District National Park.
The good pub guide food review
As well as tip-top fresh fish dishes such as Scottish scallops with celeriac purée, black pudding and pancetta, baked truffle and parmesan macaroni cheese with garlic tiger prawns, bouillabaisse, fillet of turbot with jerusalem artichoke purée, shiitake mushrooms and a truffle and brown butter, and chilli crab linguine made with Cromer crab, you'll also find restaurant-quality vegetarian, vegan and meat dishes including teriyaki, tamarind and chilli aubergine chargrilled in the new Josper oven, aberdeen angus steak with field mushrooms, vine tomatoes and blackcurrant mustard, venison three ways and veal, black pudding and mushroom suet pudding, plus open sandwiches and puddings such as raspberry and apricot trifle and salted caramel chocolate torte.
Swan, Macclesfield Road, Kettleshulme, High Peak, Derbyshire, SK23 7QU
Weekdays: 12-11.30 (closed Mon)