Our charming little pub could almost be in the middle of the English countryside. Tucked away in one of the most idyllic settings for any pub, The White Swan is well worth a visit when you’re in this neck of the woods. The building sits above the shallow slope to the Thames and enjoys both a sunny veranda off the bar and a pretty paved garden right on the river. Come at the right (or sometimes it’s the wrong) time and you might have a gentle tide lapping around your garden table.
Built in the 17th century, the pub has been extended once or twice over the years but it’s essentially still a simple traditional pub building that remains relatively untouched. Festooned with flowers and plants outside in summer and warmed with log fires in the winter it’s been a very special local in Twickenham for many years.
We’re actually quite close to Twickenham centre despite our discreet location and only a few minutes walk from the train station and bus stops. You can walk to Richmond or visit the world-famous Eel Pie island from here. Marble Hill House and the wonderfully larger than life naked ladies of York House are a few minutes away. If you’re looking for something slightly out of the ordinary there are rowing boats for hire in Richmond. We find The White Swan is just about the right stopping distance for refreshment!
Here’s a short comedy film (2.20 minutes) shot in our garden last summer.