The Swan at Carp

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108 Fall­down Lane, Carp. 613.839.7926 or www.theswanat­carp.ca.

Of course, there is also much to do and see if you ven­ture out­side of ur­ban Ot­tawa – less than thirty min­utes west is the de­light­ful vil­lage of Carp. If you’re ex­plor­ing the Ot­tawa Val­ley, shop­ping at the Satur­day morn­ing Carp Farm­ers’ Mar­ket, cy­cling through the coun­try­side or tour­ing the Diefen­bunker Mu­seum, The Swan at Carp is the per­fect spot to re­fuel.

With a well-stocked bar that in­cludes cask-con­di­tioned real ale and friendly, knowl­edge­able ser­vice, the Swan also delivers a con­stantly-chang­ing menu that takes pub fare to a new high. Sig­na­ture dishes in­clude tan­ta­liz­ing prepa­ra­tions of game meats, in­clud­ing veni­son and duck, says chef and co-owner Joe Thomp­son, who de­scribes his culi­nary phi­los­o­phy as a pas­sion­ate and cre­ative adap­ta­tion of clas­si­cal French cook­ing. “Peo­ple are con­stantly telling us that what we serve goes miles be­yond what you’d ex­pect from pub food,” he adds.

Also a force to be reck­oned with in the kitchen is Joe’s wife Shun-Na Na, who, like her hus­band, is a grad­u­ate of Ot­tawa’s Cor­don Bleu culi­nary school. De­li­cious in­flu­ences from her na­tive Korea add an ex­otic touch to the menu in dishes like spiced bar­be­cued pork. Shun-Na’s skill as a pas­try chef is ev­i­dent in the desserts for which the res­tau­rant is fa­mous. The scrump­tious crème brûlée changes flavours with the sea­sons; par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar is the multi-lay­ered choco­late supreme, a sin­fully spec­tac­u­lar con­fec­tion.

The Swan at Carp’s gor­geous tree-shaded deck of­fers a se­cluded view of the farm fields be­low and it’s al­most bug-free, says Shun-Na. “Our goal was to of­fer a re­lax­ing and un­pre­ten­tious spot,” says Joe, “so we are re­ally pleased when peo­ple linger to en­joy the food, drink and coun­try at­mos­phere of our lit­tle pub.”

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