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The White Swan, Holborn - pub details

Previously called: Mucky Duck

White Swan
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Address: 108, Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1ES [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 1379) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Chancery Lane (0.2 miles), Farringdon (0.4 miles), Blackfriars (0.4 miles)

Nearest train stations City Thameslink (0.3 miles), Farringdon (0.4 miles), Blackfriars (0.5 miles)

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5 most recent reviews of 17 shown - see all reviews

Busy pub, popular with local workers. Very small choice of cask beer, but not had a bad pint. Pleasant enough, but could do with a bit more atmosphere. Tennis themed menu today - apparently there's a well known tournament on.
JBanana - 3 Jul 2015 15:23
This is a great little pub. It is, as has been said, very busy at lunch and for post work drinks, but a little later in the evening it's the perfect place for a drink if in the area. Definitely one of my favourites in the City.
Mittsy - 16 Feb 2010 22:19
When this was the Mucky Duck in/around late 2000, this was the location where the ubiquitous "panel" was formed. During the final of a routine game of spoof, Orf and Reilly went head to head. It was clear Orf had lost, but in a last minute attempt to escape the penalty, he feigned a distraction (by pointing at the ceiling) and dropped one of the coins from his hand to the floor, cushioning the coins fall with his feet. He nearly got away with it but Buzzard saw it. To decide the consequence from the bluff, the panel was formed, consisting of Rat, Swan and Buzzard. The penalty issued is lost to history, as too (these days) is Orf.

Now called the White Swan (and not connected to the panel member Swan), this is a nice quiet little boozer, certainly one for ladies as they have a good wine selection.
buzzard1 - 23 Oct 2009 13:50
This isnít the biggest pub, but it is done up well with a nice bar and balcony area as can be seen from the picture above. Pride, Adnams and Broadside were all available on my visit along with a selection of premium lagers and Carlsberg.

There were a couple of groups of blokes in whilst I was there that acted and spoke like they were big cheeses and it is the first time a barman has called me darling without mincing away to get my pint.

This place is a little too expensive and pretentious for me and I wonít be rushing back.
Strongers - 8 Oct 2009 10:32
Went there for the first time today with 4 business colleagues and am compelled to leave instant feedback.

Despite this appearing to be a pub, upon entering barman demanded to know whether we would be eating or just drinking. If only the latter he would be requisitioning the table for diners.

We decided to eat. Menu looked good, not cheap, but clearly some thought had gone into it.

3 x fishcakes (£11.50 each), 1 x Aberdeen Angus Burger (£10.50), 1 x Cheese Ploughmans (£7.50).

The four hot dishes were excellent and tasty. Advice for future customers - never order a Ploughman's. It was the most miserable, meanest, excuse for a dish ever seen. 2 modest pieces of cheese, half an apple, various pickles and HALF yes HALF a slice of bread.

Unbelieveably, when pointing this out to same barperson he said that despite this appearing on the menu as a main couse, as it was nearer in price to starters this was reflected in the portion size!!! We asked if more bread could be made available. Certainly but this would be charged as an extra.

Whilst a fascinating insight into their pricing/portion control procedure the general demeanour of the barman was pretty unpleasant/abrasive and did rather spoil the overall experience.

Times are tough for the pub/restaurant business. Judging by previous postings it looks like we are not the only ones who would not return.

Dan91 - 6 May 2009 16:13

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