AL­LAN PICK­ETT GOES UN­DER THE SPOT­LIGHT AT SWAN

Jes­sica Way heads to the Swan Bar & Restau­rant, lo­cated at the iconic Shake­speare’s Globe with stun­ning views of the Thames and St Paul’s.

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GAZ­ING OUT OF THE RESTAU­RANT win­dow over­look­ing the il­lu­mi­nated bank­side walk­way run­ning along­side the River Thames, with a glo­ri­ous view of St Paul's Cathe­dral set against the bustling Lon­don cityscape, makes for the per­fect din­ing set­ting. The ex­pe­ri­ence of­fers a sense of es­capism from the city while still be­ing con­nected to the en­ergy which sur­rounds you. Look­ing out of the smaller side win­dow, pretty night-lights twin­kle over the im­pres­sive ex­te­rior of the world-fa­mous open air the­atri­cal venue Shake­speare's Globe. The sub­tle Art Deco ele­gance and am­bi­ent light­ing gives this im­pres­sive up­per floor restau­rant a re­lax­ing so­phis­ti­cated feel in con­trast to the more lively bustling at­mos­phere of the ground floor bar. Swan has been a proud part­ner of the iconic Shake­speare's Globe The­atre for over a decade look­ing af­ter the Globe's bar, restau­rant and events spa­ces, as well as the the­atre's cafés and tap houses –the two venues are in­trin­si­cally linked. Swan and Shake­speare's Globe share an en­trance and main foyer with book­ing of­fice and other visi­tor fa­cil­i­ties, in ad­di­tion to hav­ing their own sep­a­rate en­trances. Ex­ter­nally they work to­gether as well, with those host­ing an event at Swan, Shake­speare's Globe help­ing to sup­port the ed­u­ca­tional and artis­tic work of the Shake­speare Globe Trust - a char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion set up to fur­ther the ex­pe­ri­ence and in­ter­na­tional un­der­stand­ing of Shake­speare in per­for­mance. Fea­tured ex­ten­sively in Ex­clu­sively Bri­tish mag­a­zine, and es­pe­cially so last year dur­ing the 400th an­niver­sary of Shake­speare's death in 2016, I am cer­tain most of you are al­ready fa­mil­iar with William Shake­speare, de­scribed as Eng­land's na­tional poet, the "Bard of Avon", play­wright, and ac­tor, widely re­garded as the great­est writer in the English lan­guage and the world's pre-em­i­nent drama­tist. Shake­speare's Globe was founded by the pi­o­neer­ing Amer­i­can ac­tor and di­rec­tor Sam Wana­maker, and, through the con­nected means of per­for­mance and ed­u­ca­tion, keeps Shake­speare's great­ness alive to­day by cel­e­brat­ing Shake­speare's work and the play­house for which he wrote. The the­atre, ex­hi­bi­tion and tours of­fer fan­tas­tic visi­tor ex­pe­ri­ences, with out­door the­atre in the Globe, and can­dlelit in­door the­atre in The Sam Wana­maker Play­house, ac­cessed through the shared main foyer. Cur­rently show­ing at The Play­house is the new mu­si­cal, Romantics Anony­mous, part of their Win­ter Se­lec­tion se­ries, as fea­tured in our Cul­tural Agenda pages p17. I en­joyed that Shake­speare's legacy had been in­cor­po­rated into Swan with in­scrip­tions of quotes from Shake­speare, and other pop­u­lar play­wrights, on their in­te­ri­ors and sta­tionery, such as Os­car Wilde's ap­pro­pri­ate quote “Af­ter a good din­ner one can for­give any­body, even one's own re­la­tions,” and “One can­not think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well” – Vir­ginia Woolf. I also like that they cel­e­brate Bri­tish artists, with strik­ing works on dis­play in­clud­ing a mar­ble sculp­ture of Venus and Cupid in the bar by Theo Crosby, the ar­chi­tect who de­signed the re­con­struc­tion of Shake­speare's Globe, and in The Bull Room (a pri­vate din­ing space for up to 12 guests) Her­ak­les the Blue Bull, by Polly Hope, is an im­pres­sive wall-sized mu­ral spread across 345 tiles and hand-painted in cobalt glaze. Bri­tish, lo­cally-sourced pro­duce is at the heart of their restau­rant menu. Ex­ec­u­tive Chef, Al­lan Pick­ett has a wealth of restau­rant ex­pe­ri­ence, most re­cently he led the kitchen at Pi­quet restau­rant in Fitzrovia, where he won phe­nom­e­nal crit­i­cal ac­claim. Prior to Pi­quet, Al­lan cooked at Plateau in Ca­nary Wharf and at Or­rery and Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, both in Maryle­bone. He also worked un­der chef Marco Pierre White at L'es­car­got in Soho. The theme that pulls all of th­ese restau­rants to­gether is their com­mit­ment to fine French cui­sine, made with the very best of Bri­tish pro­duce. The menu re­flects Al­lan’s abil­ity to marry to­gether his clas­si­cal French train­ing and un­ri­valled knowl­edge of Bri­tish in­gre­di­ents to cre­ate a pa­tri­otic menu of Bri­tish dishes made from the best of what's in sea­son. For starters I chose Hand-dived Mar­i­nated Raw Scal­lops with Granny Smith Ap­ple and Squid Ink May­on­naise. The com­bi­na­tion was de­li­cious and trig­gered my ap­petite for what was to come. For the main course I was tempted by the Cor­nish Fish Stew with Saf­fron Nor­folk, Po­ta­toes, Gar­lic May­on­naise but in­stead opted for the Pavé of Hal­ibut, Sauté Mush­rooms and Purée, Kale, Roast Sal­sify. The fish was suc­cu­lent and the com­bi­na­tion of the purée and kale for each ful­some mouth­ful was sapid. Fin­ish­ing pro­ceed­ings with the Au­tumn Berry Pavlova Rasp­berry Marsh­mal­low with mint syrup – de­li­cious! The restau­rant is open for break­fast, lunch, af­ter­noon tea and din­ner, so there is al­ways a good time to dine at Swan. Their A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream Af­ter­noon Tea has in­spired me to re­turn! The restau­rant is also avail­able for pre and post-the­atre din­ing, pri­vate din­ing, par­ties and wed­dings (reser­va­tions@swan­lon­don.co.uk).

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