Seabass at the Swan

With the return to work after maternity leave and the arrival of childcare costs, not to mention a general increased cost of living, finding money to eat out can be tough. Before Baby G arrived we used to eat out on a fairly regular basis – it was our way of keeping “date night” going after the honeymoon period of being newlyweds.  Nowadays dining out is a rare treat so we try to make sure we go somewhere which serves freshly cooked good quality food which doesn’t hurt the finances too much.

When I heard about Sea Bass and Creme Brulee night at The Swan in Stafford it seemed like the perfect solution. I’ve dined a few times at The Swan and have never been disappointed, in fact you can read a review from an earlier visit here. The promise of two of my favourite foods for a bargainous price of £12.95 per person was ticking all the boxes.

So with date night set for this weekly event at The Swan, grandma booked for babysitting duty, all I had to do was decide what to wear. And then it happened …. hubby stood me up! He had forgotten that he had put himself down for the pub quiz and couldn’t make it. Not wanting to miss out I asked the next best man in my life to go with me … my dad.

After arriving and being shown to the table, we were greeted with a menu offering a choice of 4 ways to have our Sea Bass. Decisions made, wine picked and then it was time for some father and daughter quality time.

In addition to the expected two courses there was also a starter of Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella bruschetta.

Tomato and Mozarella Bruschetta

This was a tasty little appetiser and a great way to begin. I know it’s not exactly a unique dish or one you couldn’t create at home, but when creating a starter for all to eat – well who wouldn’t like this tasty combination?

For my seabass dish I opted for the Pan seared seabass and roasted fennel topped with tapenade and sauce vierge. 

Pan seared seabass and roasted fennel
The fish was filleted correctly, cooked beautifully and even the skin was crispy. I liked the salty tapenade as a contrast against the sauce vierge and the roasted fennel was a nice addition.

My dad chose the Grilled sesame crusted sea bass, vegetable and noodle salad with chilli and soy dressing, and whilst I managed to snap a quick photo before he dived in, I didn’t have a taste myself, so can’t describe how it was. What I can say though is that dad devoured the lot and seemed to enjoy it.

Grilled sesame crusted sea bass, vegetable and noodle salad

To accompany the mains we both had a dish of perfectly cooked vegetables including red cabbage, carrots and broccoli.

The third course of the evening was a classic crème brûlée served with shortbread biscuit and cream. Now I love a good crème brûlée and this one did not disapppoint, in fact even my dad who doesn’t really like them, enjoyed this.

Creme Brulee

We rounded the night off with a coffee which was served with a lovely square of fudgey, gooey chocolate.

The food was good, the service was good and for £12.95 a person I don’t think you can ask much more. I shall definitely be returning – dining out may be easier to do more regularly with offers like this, and who knows maybe hubby will join me next time?

I received the food courtesy of the Lewis Partnership – The Swan. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Thanks also to James Day of Leisure Marketing (Midlands) Ltd and Eat the Midlands

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