The White Swan
Low Prices Traditional Local Pub
A real Yorkshire pub in the heart of Hebden Bridge, just opposite the old packhorse bridge after which the town is named. Landlady Liz has been running the White Swan for over 30 years.
Order at the bar, then take a seat in the dining area or the ‘secret’ beer garden which is reputedly one of the last places in the valley to hang onto the evening sun.
The food is very good value (starters c.£2.70, mains c.£5.25) and the bar is a proper locals’ bar. Choose the Swan for a genuine English pub experience, with friendly down-to-earth staff. Though it can get busy on weekend evenings and holiday lunchtimes, this is one of the few places where you can almost be guaranteed to get fed without having to book.
Options include mixed grill, gammon and egg, steak, fish and chips, vegetarian tart or risotto, or a choice of curries. In our experience the basic favourites are best. You can’t go wrong with melt-in-the-mouth haddock, filling gammon steaks, home made meat pies and classic scampi. Veggie dishes are not a speciality but there’s a decent choice and the veggie starters are good – we recommend piping hot lemon and pepper mushrooms, hearty soup and generously cheesy garlic bread.
Children are welcome and there’s a kids’ menu with fish, meat and veg options for around £3.
The Swan also has a good selection of desserts, including traditional, treacly puddings such as spotted dick and sticky toffee (with custard, of course – or cream or icecream if you prefer). The ginger is the best of the sponges; not too heavy and not too light, rich but not overly sweet.
Well kept real ales and all the other drinks you’d expect in an English pub are available at the bar.
The ‘Tea Time Trembler’ is a fantastic bargain: three courses for only £5, available 5-7.30pm.