Fullers Chiswick, Fullers London Pride, and Guest Ales,
Space in the Square Mile is in short supply, which probably explains why the Swan is squeezed into a passageway. The ground floor bar is narrow, barely deep enough room for two standing drinkers, not a place for claustrophobics. The bar upstairs isn't exactly large, except in comparison, and it too uses every inch of the 'bridge' it occupies across the passage. Itís the quirkiness of buildings like this that make the City of London such an interesting hunting ground for pub goers.
The lower bar has a stone floor and dark oak panelling, is softly lit and obviously cosy, or cramped, depending on your point of view. A huge and finely decorated advertising mirror dominates the marginally wider part of the bar. Upstairs itís traditionally furnished with an Edwardian lounge style, carpeted and comfortable.
Drinkers here are unsurprisingly from the many offices nearby with lunchtimes and early evening the busiest times. Food choice is limited by kitchen space, but the bar snacks compliment the well kept ales on offer.
Many of the City's streets, courts and passages are named after long gone pubs and inns, emphasising their importance as landmarks, as well as their sheer number. There's a Ship Tavern in Lime Street but it's not the original from which the passage was named.
This is a lovely little pub tucked away off a busy street. It was nice to walk in here and be offered a great range of real ales. We had a pleasant visit in this small yet characteristic pub and would definitely visit again.