We made a reservation for 2.30 on Saturday the 4th of July which turned out to be a gloriously hot and sunny day and Lavenham was looking lovely.
The Swan is right in the centre of the village and is a hotel and restaurant in a beautiful old timber-framed building. Inside, although the building is hundreds of years old, the decor finds the right balance between modern and traditional.
On arrival, after a short wait in the bar, we were shown to our table in the lounge area. We were given a menu so we could make our selection from a long list of teas and were offered a glass of champagne which was a perfect start on a hot afternoon!
Tea arrived shortly afterwards - English Breakfast for P and Strawberry and Mango for me.
After a short wait while we relaxed on the sofa with some newspapers our food arrived.
To start with we had four types of sandwiches - cucumber and black pepper, ham and mustard, salmon with cream cheese and egg mayonnaise - all delicious. We followed those with the scones (traditional and apple with walnut) with plenty of jam and clotted cream.
|Jam first then cream of course|
Finally we had three cakes/pastries to choose from...
...a lemon drizzle cake, a chocolate tart (my favourite of the afternoon) and a meringue swan.
Despite years of practice I made the rookie mistake of eating all the savoury things first when really I should have saved some for later to balance out the sweetness of the cakes. Hardly a great problem though and I had no problem finishing it all off (Phil, however, had to save one for later - amateur!).
The afternoon was everything we'd hoped before with the Swan providing both delicious food and excellent service.
We finished the afternoon off with a quick look around the Guildhall (a restored National Trust property) before heading home.