Swan and Rushes – less is more?

October 24, 2009

Sometimes you want a gastro pub. Sometimes you want hot, stomach-lining pub grub.

By no stretch of the imagination is the Swan and Rushes a gastropub, but last night it offered up a just- right  Friday night supper. It’s long been a beer drinker’s pub, offering a big range of draught real ales but recently a friend recommended it for good value food. Turning up at 6.30pm on Friday evening I struggled to find a menu – asking the barmaid I got the response   “It’s Friday, we do Fish and Chips”. And that’s it. For a round fiver, we got a huge piece of fish, freshly cooked in a crisp batter, decent chips, a dollop of mushy peas.  No fuss, friendly staff, comfort food  – a good start to the weekend.

Thinking about it, I don’t know why more pubs don’t do it. Why try and produce a big range of Brakes Bros finest, when you could  do one dish and do it well with minimal demands on the kitchen?  The Swan has historical links to the Criterion, another pub that concentrated on a short menu – basically pizza – and doing it really well.


2 Responses to “Swan and Rushes – less is more?”

  1. Simon H said

    Aah. You should try the pizzas in The Criterion. More no nonsense, home cooked food. Best pizzas in Leicester…


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