The Swan With Two Nicks

For all the Cheshire/ South Manchester foodies out there, you’re about to see a whole lot of restaurant reviews coming up from this Summer!

From my recent move to Altrincham, I’ve been on a weekly mission to eat out at all the highly recommended restaurants to get used to my ‘regular’ lunch & dinner spots.

Going back to my country girl routes, I’ve come across a recent find at a family & dog-friendly country pub called The Swan With Two Nicks. This place is situated near Altrincham’s no.1 tourist attraction – Dunham Massey.

Serving real ales and fresh locally sourced home-cooked food, I just knew it was my kind of pub with the rustic interior, low beam ceilings, open log fires and a spacious beer garden for the Summer; ideal for all seasons.

As it was a glorious Summer’s day in July, a bottle of the chilled House White was the right decision. ☀️


There were four of us seated at our table/sun spot outside and overwhelmed by the wide array of options on the menu, we went for several starter dishes to share. The first dish that came out was the satisfying bruschetta topped with ripe chopped tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, fresh herbs & a red & white onion salad.

My second favourite dish was the popular South Mexican guacamole, spicy salsa, sour cream & melted cheese Nachos; all topped with hot chilli beef 🙌

The tortilla chips surrounding the dish were slightly over-cooked, however, I found the extra crunch & flavours of the sauces made up for this so I wouldn’t hesitate from ordering the Nachos again.

Fresh Fish – Main Courses:

Being the weekend, we were offered the ‘Fish Specials’ menu in addition to the daily menu offering decent locally sourced food.

I was very impressed to see a whole Sea Bass was up for grabs. And as you can see from the picture below, it was an entire fish which was cooked to perfection.

Fish always goes down nicely with white wine so everyone around the table had this same idea.

My friend went for the Plaice below – the famous flat fish which was super tasty & good enough to stand alone with no fancy condiments necessary. This is served with buttered fresh veg on the side.

Another successful fish story, along with the next special ordered – the Monk Fish 👌

As expected, the firm texture of the meaty monk fish lived up to its high expectations and was seasoned well with fresh herbs, a squeeze of lemon & parsley and accompanied with a selection of flavoured potatoes.


There’s always one in the group who orders steak! Served medium rare with a classic Diane sauce, the steak was as much as a success as the fish ordered at the restaurant that day.


Dessert time is always that moment when you’re not quite ready to go home – so I ordered a latte and sticky toffee pudding without even looking at the menu, (I know, wild!)

I found the sponge a little dry but luckily the sticky toffee sauce saved the moment. The secret to any standard recipe is nailing a good sauce!

Overall it was a very pleasant experience and perfect location for a good day out. Within walking distance there’s even Altrincham’s number 1 tourist attraction on TripAdvisor previously mentioned, Dunham Massey.

This area is ideal for a good old walk around the grounds of the country house of the National Trust; there’s even deer spotting in the open fields so you can end your day trip out with a touch of deer spotting!

Having worked up an appetite around the area, this local pub is the perfect solution for that nearby food find where you can enjoy a comfy seat & fresh, locally sourced food at The Swan With Two Nicks.

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