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Review: Salute at the White Swan


Leeds, United Kingdom

21 Gun Salute

  • By SilverTraveller pb52

    208 reviews

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  • Jul 2013
  • Rothwell, Leeds
  • Casual
  • Italian

133 people found this review helpful

Most Italian restaurants it seems to me, are much of a muchness and this can lead to unimaginative everyday cooking which can be presented with a shrug of the shoulders.

The former pub premises of the White Swan at Rothwell, between Wakefield and Leeds, were spotted by current host Justine and her late father in 2004 as being ideally situated for a new venture.

Only ten minutes by car from Leeds City Centre and a short drive from the M62, it now attracts diners from much further afield, having had very positive reviews locally.

They have succeeded in turning a tired pub into a gleaming gastronomic outpost of rustic Italian cooking which has gained a huge reputation and a loyal following of regular customers.

This classy neighbourhood Italian bar and restaurant is built on the concept of a relaxed atmosphere where friends can share and enjoy each others company whilst experiencing creative and well presented food of high quality.

The car park is on the small side but is supplemented by further free parking just across the road.

The entrance steps are guarded by two tall flaming towers which guide you into the bright and breezy bar. Unfortunately there is no area in which to take your drinks, it is a sit at tall buffets or take it straight to your dining table. Another little niggle with me is the absence of real ale, the only two beers on offer being 'smooth' varieties, but there are any number of up-market lagers to slake the thirst. Small matters on the whole.

There is a small terrace area to the front of the restaurant, tables which are especially sought after on warm evenings.

No matter what night you visit, there is always a buzz about this place, as its' reputation means that you will rarely find a quiet night.

The waiting staff are lively and a very friendly bunch, taking a pride in their work. They are an asset to the business, having been very well trained.

There is no compacency about the cookery here.

The bread is baked daily and many of the ingredients are locally produced and supplied.

Without detailing the menu, which can be found online, there are great selections of fish, meat, pizzas and pastas, all beautifully cooked and immaculately presented with carefully thought out unique twists and flavours.

There are always events and promotions here, from the 2 courses for £15 deals to special offers under the loyalty points scheme.

Live jazz makes an appearance every other Saturday.

As an alternative to being with the crowd, the beautiful Cygnet Suite offers private dining for 10 to 25 people, whilst for more informal celebrations they can cater for up to 45 guests for finger buffets.

Justine has done a great job and the end result fully justifies the original aims. This is a great place for that special occasion or simply as a treat of a meal out.

A group of friends I took recently, were all impressed and plan return visits. It is that sort of place.

Further details can be found at and this place is well worthy of a 21 gun salute.

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