Our first blog post! We may be new to blogging but we are by no means new to lunching.
For our first review we chose The Mute Swan in Hampton Court. Located opposite the entrance to Hampton Court Palace, with pay and display parking out front.
Upon entering we were immediately drawn to the spiral staircase. We settled on a table upstairs and loved the airy space with views over Hampton Court Palace and the River Thames.
Staff were knowledgeable and polite. There was no need to ask someone to come take our drinks or food orders. Our waiter was familiar with the menu and able to make recommendations. The drinks arrived almost immediately and there was a nice amount of time between ordering and the food arriving.
Lynn and Ann opted for the Pan fried king scallops with pea purée, crispy parma ham and caper and herb dressing from the starters menu with a tomato, rocket and parmesan salad and chunky chips for side dishes. In our excitement over the beauty of the scallops’ presentation, we completely forgot to take a photo of them. Instead they were quickly devoured. Along with a side bowl of some of the best chunky chips we have ever tasted – super light and fluffy inside and crispy on the outside.
Heavily influenced by the bright blue Mr Clucky’s Chicken Van we passed on the way to the restaurant, Marie’s menu selection was not as wise. She opted for the roast chicken and tarragon mayonnaise on granary bread, which wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t special. Although the radishes in the accompanying salad were a delightful addition.
Then we looked at the dessert menu. Mmm mmm mmm. We could not resist, we wanted it all. After much indecision we opted for two lemon and passion fruit meringue pies with warm berry compote and one hot waffle with caramelised banana, toffee sauce and salted caramel ice cream (they were happy to do substitutions.) And this time we remembered to take photos.
Sadly our meal came to an end. The décor and ambiance were so lovely we could have quite happily sat there all day.
The Mute Swan surpassed our expectations, it is definitely the best place to eat near Hampton Court Palace. We would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone, for dinner or lunch. In fact Ann has already reserved to go back on Easter Sunday.
3 Palace Gate, Hampton Court, KT8 9BN www.brunningandprice.co.uk/muteswan