Top Chef Joins White Swan in Cambridge

Tyche Inns announce appointment of Paul Johnson as Head Chef at The White Swan
May 5, 2012 - PRLog -- Tyche Inns Ltd, the Suffolk based pub company today announced the appointment of Paul Johnson as Head Chef for their flagship restaurant The White Swan at Stow cum Quy near Cambridge.

Mr Johnson was previously head chef at The Crown & Punchbowl gastro pub and has also worked at the Hotel Felix. Paul trained in Jamaica and then the USA before moving to the UK in 2009. He has built a great reputation since moving to Cambridge and his food is well regarded by experts and "foodies". The White Swan restaurant is a small but beautiful restauarant on the outskirts of Cambridge, close to Anglesey Abbey, a local house and garden operated by the National Trust.

At The White Swan Paul has designed three main menus catering for local customer needs. His lunchtime menus are aimed at both bar and restarurant diners with absolute classic dishes such as Atlantic Haddock and Handcut chips, local Sausages with a selection of mash and sauces and wonderful handmade pies served with seasonal vegetables or handcut wedges. Vegetarians are catered for with a range of dishes including a Mille feuille which is already receiving rave reviews. He has also developed a light bite menu for quick and tastsy dining which includes home made fillings for jacket potatoes, smoked haddock fish cakes, welsh rarebit with mature cheese and Guinness.

The Swan is now introducing a full restaurant menu offering fresh fish, meat and vegetarian options. The Home made chicken liver pate is locally reported as being the best in the area, the pan seared, hand dived, king scallops and poached quail egg is both delightful to taste and beautifully presented. The Swan is also offering Venison, Lamb and Chicken dishes.

The new dessert menu includes a sharing platter or assiette of white chocolate parfait, soft rich brownie and lemon sorbet. Apple Tartin and Fruit crumbles are also included for those with a sweet tooth.

The White Swan have also introduced "Steak Nights" where prime cut steaks are served and a starter or dessert from the steak night menu is available free. This offer will run from April to September 2012.

Sunday lunch at The White Swan is fast becoming a local institution with local prime meats and vegetarian options resonating well with locals.

The White Swan pub and restaurant fills a gap between fine dining and affordable food where prices reflect the quality of food and preparation but are not priced too high making it possible for everyone to enjoy great food.

Commenting on the appointment Gerry Skews, Director of Tyche Inns said, Paul joins our team at a fantastic time, we have recently introduced a full range of Real Ale to the pub, our spirit and whiskey bar is up and running and Paul brings a wealth of experience to the restaurant." He added, Tyche inns is planning to expand its operations in the Cambridge area and is looking for additional venues that will provide an opportunity to bring great new real ales, fantastic food probably in a classic blues and jazz environment. Cambridge currently lacks a venue for this type of lunchtime and evening entertainment. With Paul Johnson in the driving seat for food and Martin Read leading the bar and Real Ale side of the business we have a great operations team and are looking forward to an exciting future.

The white swan can be contacted on 01223 811821 or by email at, their website is

Further information about Tyche inns is available on request.
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