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The Black Swan Ockham
A delightfully eclectic eatery the pub & restaurant presents a stunning international wine list, a great selection of real ales and a cosmopolitan décor with open fires and plenty of comfy seating. During the summer months enjoy one of Surrey"s finest Al fresco dining experiences in our beautiful gardens.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
After we were sat at table - we waited 25 minutes and then we sought waitress to take order!! Our first choice of the pie - we was told not ready and to order something different!! And it was at least 45 minutes until we had our meal. Once again at end of meal we had to seek waitress to get the bill.
Unfortunately despite booking we had to wait 20 minutes for a table. TheN unfortunately the food took a really long time to arrive. Once it did one main along with all of the sides were served but we had to wait 15 minutes for the remaining mains. All in all the service was a bit of a disaster and the dinner less enjoyable as a result. Our booking was at 5.15 and the restaurant reasonably quiet for most of the service. We got a big sorry for our troubles but nothing else.
Amazing Sunday roast dinner & was very pleased by the service & cleanliness of the pub. The place is stunning & feels like your miles from it all which is just what’s needed right now.
Had a fantastic meal at the Black Swan. The staff were really great - superb service by charming and attentive waitress called Jo. We were really made to feel at home and comfortable in what are very trying circumstances for hospitality at the moment. Everyone at the table was really pleased with their food (which is unusual) and the choice of wines by the glass is brilliant. Also wonderful to be able to get Champagne by the glass rather than just prosecco. We don't live nearby but will make an effort to go again because it was worth it.
Enjoyed the Sunday roast, with starters and a very good cheesecake dessert. Decent kids choices and a well poured pint of Landlord. Service attentive but lot overbearing.
Most enjoyable lunch in pleasant surroundings and good distancing. The fresh fish was cooked perfectly all leading to. A good Saturday and agreement to return
I ordered the egg, avocado on sourdough from the lunch menu. It was very tasty but rather small for its £9 price tag. 2 eggs and a few slices of avocado on only one thin piece of toast. Was still hungry.
Really great pub with friendly service, good food, nice decor and ambience. We enjoyed a lovely birthday lunch here and will be back again soon.
Nice atmosphere and decor, close to a nice walk. Pub was quite busy when we went but COVID safety measures were in place. Food was very average especially onion soup But bill was still very high. Service was good though.
We had a wonderful meal, made all the better by the attentive staff. Nothing was a problem and they went out of their way to look after us. The food was absolutely delicious and we'll definitely be coming back!
Lovely meal with friends. The children liked the lanterns, the service was great and the food was really good.
Lovely cosy pub with great staff and food. Log burner is especially welcoming.
Best local pub food experienced since lockdown. Great menu, well cooked; plus friendly, prompt service
Lovely meal but main took a long while to come- unusual as we have eaten here twice before.
My first visit but I will return. Very warm welcome and friendly staff.
Another excellent Black Swan meal. Pity we had to eat outside. Excellent nonetheless.
Michael (Mikel) was lovely and very attentive, great service and great food and cocktails.
Simply very good. Great fish and chips served by polite, friendly staff. Proper Covid caution too. Thank you Black Swan.
Due to the fact that’s this pub is in Tiers 2. The staffs did everything to look after us , we had to sit outside due to two bubbles ! Great food
We were all asked to give our phone details not to the NHS app but for the restaurants own database. Only then were we allowed to be seated outdoors. I had requested a table on the verandah but was shown a very windy table. We eventually were given a table on the sunny side out of the wind. We were handed incorrect menus from their Sunday lunch as well as their lunch menus. Once ordered the food came quickly (hardly anyone there) and was good.
The service charge of 12.5% was a bit steep given our experience. It’s just a pub!!!
Doubt we will return even though we are fairly local. It’s just a money-making machine.
Unusual circumstances as start of level 2 lock down
Fantastic personal service! Food was delicious. Although we could do with a view more options on the children’s menu, please.
Food and service was absolutely brilliant. Best Sunday roast I’ve had out in a long time.
Very friendly and helpful staff. Was busy but all safety precautions in place and tables were placed well apart.
Food was tasty and well cooked using fresh ingredients but was disappointed at menu choice. I'm allergic to shellfish/crustaceans and don't eat red meat. I have also recently discovered an intolerance to gluten that is health-related so need to avoid wheat products.
Basically there was only 1 menu item I could have: roast chicken - and that was without the Yorkshire pudding and stuffing. The majority of side items (that I didn't already have as part of my meal) contained gluten and the only dessert option was ice-cream. If I was vegetarian and gluten-free then I wouldn't have been able to eat anything.
So ... lovely pub but won't be going back for a meal until they expand their menu a bit more.
Excellent food and service if a little pricey.
Surprising good meal - excellent soft shell crab and unusually good rib-eye steak. Excellent and friendly service
Not quite as special as we remembered but still a good meal out. Soggy burger bun replaced with no question. Mayonnaise was not good - straight out of cash and carry jar! But these were small details. Service was very diligent and timely. We will go back for sure.
Great food and wonderful service from our waitress, Joanne.
We'll definitely be going back.
Lovely countryside pub with great local walks. Had the fish and chips, and it was delicious, as well as the cheesecake for dessert which was as delightful. The ambience is very chilled and welcoming and the decor is beautiful
Lovely setting and great food
I just want to say that your staff were excellent. In these difficult times we received excellent, courteous, friendly and attentive attention!!!
We felt safe too.
We enjoyed a lovely lunchtime meal outside. All the staff we engaged with were friendly & helpful. Lovely environment too. Will be returning soon.
A large pub with good parking facilities. The service was excellent and the food was lovely. I would certainly visit again. We were seated inside near the bar, however there is plenty of both indoor and outdoor seating.
Lovely dinner and drinks with friends. We had the Chicken, ham and leek pie which was a good size and very tasty.
The food wasn’t great but not awful in the summer we had wonderful delicious food and felt great value not so this time
A reliable favourite, great menu, good size portions - very helpful staff.
Slow to serve and couldn't find someone to give us the bill.....staff busy chatting.
Came for a birthday meal but very disappointing and can’t help but feel this restaurant has lost its way from a food, ambience and service perspective. The Sunday menu selection was really poor. Starters seemed to be from a completely different menu theme (soft shell crab with kimchi and avocado) compared to mains (standard roasts, burger or fish and chips). The roasts were ok albeit that the Yorkshire’s were dry and had been kept warm for hours and the presentation was poor, burger also ok but patty’s were dry. Fish however was good - a well sized portion and seemingly freshish still. However the thing that massively ruined the experience was the smell inside the restaurant. Something was wrong with the drains in the toilets and the smell inside the restaurant was appalling. They’d left the doors open to try and get rid of it but it was too cold so they were forced to close them. But no apology or mention from the volumes of waiting staff who were sitting around chatting or playing jousting games with cardboard tubes. Just a casual mention at the end of ‘oh yes there’s a problem with the drains’ as we left. In all honesty the restaurant should not have been open with a problem like that.
First visit -mid pm Sunday lunch- at recommendation of relative who had been a while ago. Very busy but plenty of room. Excellent ' greeting-host', explained Covid safeguards - offered good inside table in a window and not disappointed; great service, excellent food, good value.
Venue is not local to home but would certainly make a point of visiting again. lovely experience - thank you.
I had stopped coming to the black swan after a very bad experience but what a turn around staff could have done more food was excellent and as we got the bay window we were just delight to be able to bring my well behaved dog inside was a big bonus thank you for a lovely lunch
The Black Swan Ockham is rated 4.3 stars by 1309 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.