Gourmet review: Blyth’s White Swan Inn serves up a burger treat

The White Swan, Blyth  (w120214-3a)
The White Swan, Blyth (w120214-3a)

You know a pub has served up a decent burger and chips when the conversation immediately turns to TV show Man v Food.

This was the case one lunchtime recently when myself and a colleague visited the White Swan Inn at Blyth.

We both opted for a White Swan Burger, and when a towering portion of food appeared we were instantly reminded of the US TV show where presenter Adam Richman takes on crazy food challenges across America.

The White Swan is tucked away off the main road through Blyth.

In a village well blessed with appealing looking country pubs, many will miss the White Swan as it is less obvious to passing drivers.

But the pub benefits from this distance from the main road, which gives it a quieter feel.

The White Swan looks like the best country pubs usually do, with plenty of white paint and some tables outside.

It was a nice day on our visit, but as all the outside tables were taken we headed inside to order at the bar.

The pleasant lady took our drinks order and found us a couple of menus.

I was slightly disappointed with the range of beers on offer as in a country pub I always like to try some real ale.

But Peroni is one of my favourite lagers, and as this was on tap we both ordered a pint, which came in tall Peroni glasses.

We both quickly decided from its description that a White Swan Burger was the way to go.

But there were a good range of other options on the menu, as well as a specials board and a list of freshly made baguettes.

Other options included all the usual pub classics like fish and chips, scampi and a tasty sounding range of pies.

There were also plenty of other burger options, but the White Swan burger sounded much the tastiest.

We took a seat in the corner and although the pub was quiet it still had a warm and friendly atmosphere.

There were plenty of adverts around the pub for the many music events which are held regularly at the pub.

These include jazz and acoustic performances throughout the year.

The White Swan also clearly has big plans for the New Year with a full four course meal and live music being promised.

I had been tempted to try a starter as there were plenty of appealing options on the menu. But I was glad that I had resisted when the White Swan Burger arrived.

It was one of those burgers which appears on the table and you’re not quite sure how to tackle it. Piled high on a soft bread bun was a juicy burger with cheese, bacon and salad.

The burger was cooked just right and the generous quantities of crispy salad and melted cheese complemented it perfectly.

There weren’t a massive number of chips, but they were nicely cooked and crispy.

Plus the burger was such a challenge in itself that you wouldn’t have wanted piles of chips as well.

And so the Man v Food style challenge began and I’m ashamed to admit that in my case food narrowly came out on top this time.

Overall I was impressed with the quality of the food at the White Swan Inn. It also benefited from a friendly atmosphere - with the bar staff offering a warm welcome on our arrival.

The only slight shock was the final bill, which at £37 for two pints and two burgers was a bit more than we were expecting - especially as the pints of Peroni were £4.50 each.

Four Stars