The White Swan is a lovely little gastropub in the midst of the city, stumbling distance from Chancery Lane. Part of the renowned ETM group who have ten sites all over London, The White Swan draws influences from British and European cuisines, but this night was most definitely British – a five course game dinner with wines matched by the ETM group sommelier Guillaume Mahaut.
Guillaume told us about the evening ahead as we nibbled on a rich game bird liver paté accompanied by warm toast and crunchy radishes. He explained that the wines he was pairing with some of the dishes could be seen to be a little daring but for us to go along with him and give them a chance.
Smoked venison carpaccio was served with hazelnuts, watercress and just enough punchy horseradish cream to cut through the richness of the smoky meat. It was paired with a 2012 Framingham Pinot Gris from New Zealand; off dry with notes of apple and pear, it complemented the dish perfectly without overpowering it as a heavier red wine would have done.