Friday, 22 June 2012

jun, 22nd - the swan in wedmore....

[lamplit sky at The Swan]

day 865:

it was my birthday yesterday. yay. i had a brilliant few days of celebration and went to this lovely London restaurant with a bunch of friends, it was a favourite of this blogger when he lived in London. love birthday festivals.

over the weekend in Somerset, my sister introduced us to another fantastic restaurant, The Swan, in the small village of Wedmore. it's mainly a pub/ restaurant but also has a few beautiful rooms upstairs that somehow remind us both of home (South Africa).

the food is excellent at The Swan (in fact we went twice in one weekend) and the provenance of their ingredients is obviously something that is important to them. on their menu they give a wonderfully detailed description:

'Our organic beef is sourced from the Story group, who raise traditional, slow-growing British breeds (Aberdeen Angus and South Devon). The cattle graze the Chew Valley & Wrington Vale and when slaughtered the meat is then hung for 21 days. They also supply our organic eggs, and Bishop Vale Chicken.
Our pork couldn't be more local, reared by Wedmore butcher Jim Baker a few hundred yards up the road. 
All our fish comes from British waters. It is supplied by Samways, a family business based in Bridport, who commit to a 24-hour 'port to plate' policy. 
Vegetables are seasonal and wherever possible, organic. Our velvety yogurts come from Brown Cow Organics in Pilton, and ice creams and sorbets come from the award winning Mendip Moments, based near Wells. All our bread, burger buns, cakes and biscuits are baked daily on the premises, using Shipton Mill and Doves organic flour. Gluten free bread is available on request.'

both times we went, the place was packed with locals. it's definitely a favourite and a basket of toys made for a very happy Limi.


  1. that vintage lampshade pendant!! What a fantastic diy project that would be! LOVE!

    Check out Limi's hair! She's all grown up and as gorgeous as ever xx

  2. What a gem of a place. I always speed through Somerset on the way to my family Devon but this is one to remember, thank you!

  3. Happy birthday Dee x.
    By the way, have you bought the sourdough bread from St John's?

  4. Oh Happy (belated) Birthday Dee, I would love to visit St John .... and The Swan looks amazing (another Dee to do list add on for our next UK visit !!!)


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