Table Talk: Where roger parry eats ..

I usually discuss pressing issues at breakfast, and save lunch for more relaxed 'state of the nation' stuff. I'm chairman of Shakespeare's Globe Trust, the body that funds London's Globe theatre, and the Swan at the Globe has just the hospitable atmosphere for that kind of long, laidback chat.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

The restaurant was refurbished last year. The two guys who now run it want to make it a destination. But it's not kitsch tourist catering, and there's not a whiff of 'Merrie Old England' and no Olde English menus.

With big picture windows on three sides, you get a view of St Paul's Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament or Canary Wharf. It's on the South Bank, so people in the City sometimes think it's a difficult place to get to. Over the coming months they may have more spare time on their hands.

As well as the more adventurous City types, diners are mainly visitors to the theatre and people working in Southwark. And the actors from the Globe tend to go there more now, too.

The food is modern British, and their particular shtick is sourcing local ingredients. I normally go for the scallops for starters, and the fish or pie of the day. They make shepherd's pie with duck, which has gone down well. They also do good soups, an undervalued part of the menu these days. My only criticism is that it would be good to have a bigger wine selection and white tablecloths.

The Swan may not be right for 'closing' meals, but it's perfect for chewing the fat.


Shakespeare's Globe, New Globe Walk, London SE1, 020 7928 9444,

Average price: £30 per head, without wine

Favourite dishes: Soup £6.50 Scallops, braised lentils (starter) £8.50 Pie of the day £12.00

- Roger Parry is chairman of Media Square.

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