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Restaurants in Swindon: things to know before you go

Discover scrumptious food in your city with our answers to the most commonly asked questions on restaurants in Swindon.

Which are the most popular traditional British dishes?

We all love to try something new whenever we’re dining out, but sometimes nothing beats the best of British. From fry-ups to fish and chips, these foodie favourites are a mainstay on any menu.

  • Sunday roast. A weekend essential. Roast meat, served with potatoes, seasonal vegetables, gravy and often a Yorkshire pudding. Just the ticket!
  • Fish and chips. A familiar takeaway food, deep fried fish in batter with chips is a great seaside treat, particularly paired with that fresh sea air.
  • Bangers and mash. A firm favourite consisting of grilled sausages with mashed potato, gravy and peas.
  • Shepherd's pie. Not strictly a pie, but minced lamb with vegetables and gravy topped with creamy mashed potato.
  • Full English breakfast. The quintessential breakfast fry-up with bacon, sausage, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, baked beans and fried bread.

Where is the best place to get a steak in Swindon?

There’s a number of dedicated steakhouses in Swindon, so our advice would be to try a few different ones and see which really take your fancy. Whether you like your steak cooked through or so barely cooked that a skilled doctor could still save it, take a look at some of the best places to find your preferred prep.

  • Miller & Carter. Expect a prime sirloin steak with seared tomatoes, mushrooms and chips.
  • Helen Browning's Chop House. Experience tasty cuts of prime beef, and six varieties of smoky bourbon, in lush Old Town surroundings.
  • The Bear Inn. Look forward to a juicy fillet steak accompanied by salad and fries.

What makes a good afternoon tea?

There are some essential ingredients to a traditional afternoon tea which makes it a special way to enjoy a little light lunch. A practice that developed in wealthy social circles in the 1840s, the afternoon tea has evolved into an indulgent treat enjoyed in fine cafes with a certain sense of ceremony. Take a look through our guide to afternoon tea.

  • Presentation. Usually served on a tiered stand, the sandwiches and sweet treats are carefully and beautifully presented in bite-sized portions.
  • Finger sandwiches. Dainty slices of sandwiches with no sign of a crust and fancy fillings like smoked salmon and cream cheese, cucumber, and egg mayonnaise and cress.
  • Sweet treats. A selection of exquisite cakes and elegant pastries together with scones, preserves and cream.
  • Refreshments. Choice of speciality teas, and often a glass of Prosecco or even champagne for those more special occasions.

What is the best restaurant in Swindon?

There are many great restaurants in Swindon. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you'll find plenty of amazing foodie experiences to enjoy.

  • Rios Brazil Churrascaria is the place for barbecue. Experience the best of Brazilian with the famous rodizio-style service, offering succulent choice cuts of meat and a splendid salad bar.
  • The Jewel in the Crown offers great Indian food at great prices – and the poppadoms are crunch-tastic.
  • Michelin-recommended restaurant Esseborne Manor delivers a seven-course tasting menu that really will entice your taste buds. Perfect for date night!
  • New Calley Arms serves up brilliant pub grub in a warm, welcoming atmosphere.