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Swan Inn, Arborfield

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Stumbled upon this whilst visiting nearby Lockey's farm. Very nice, traditional inn (established 1661). We were there on a Thursday lunchtime and were only customers. Landlady friendly and talkative. Had Doombar. 2 rooms to pub. Can imagine it wouldn't take many to get crowded. Food spot on and all home made. Unfortunately, tenancy changing on January 13th due to increased rent. Didn't get positive "vibes" about new landlord coming but 2 sides to every story I suppose. Hope they don't change it too much
johnwarkstache - 6 Jan 2014 12:43
Visited yesterday evening, musician Roland Chadwick playing live in the front bar area. Busy enough for a good atmosphere but not shoulder to shoulder. Doombar reasonably priced. Pleasant friday evening in a traditional pub.
dannyboyuk - 26 Oct 2013 13:49
A swift half when passing through. The pub has hit the buffers big time, which is surprising as I thought this would be the last place to struggle in the downturn.
It was closed for a while after, it was rumoured, the new owners "ran it into the ground".
However it is back open and being looked after by Dave, the ex owner/manager to transition the pub to new owners.
A really historic pub, and deserves the local's custom. The beer when I popped in was excellent, and from a chat I had with some diners, t he limited menu was fine quality and taste wise.

anonymous - 11 Jun 2013 12:00
Had a lovely meal with family. Very nice staff, cosy traditional pub, food tasty and plenty of it. If you're looking for something terribly posh and twee, this isn't it. If you're looking for a really nice old fashioned pub with lovely people, head here fast.
featherways - 12 Mar 2013 14:28
Recently popped in for a swift one after moving out of the area. The change of landlord does not seem to have altered the place much, but it does seem to be trying more, with various events, takeaways etc.

The London Pride is excellent, a bit cliquey, but it is a village boozer.

anonymous - 13 Mar 2012 17:05
Stopped in for a few pints after zorbing-sphereing down a hill inside a large inflatable nearby, friendly locals, food was respectable. landlord dave insitu, regulars from dubai and locally. good choice
popeye321 - 14 May 2010 12:39
I suspect mick7895 is probably the landlord of the Brams as he appears to be quite interested in the place and the name of the landlord is - erm - Mick.

No matter. Interesting to see the Swan and the Brams competing for the favours of the X factor contenstant. Read the Reading local paper and Daniel is a Brams regular, read the nationals and Dave and Babs are proclaiming him the best punter ever.

Very amusing.
anonymous - 14 Dec 2009 14:32
>> morons and animals are promptly booted out! <<

The Brams must be desterted then.
anonymous - 9 Dec 2009 16:05
Sorry to burst the bubble. The Bramshill Hunt is now run as a tight ship and morons and animals are promptly booted out!

mick7895 - 15 Nov 2009 14:16
The centre of Arborfield life. Regulars are reasonable, but can get cliquey. Dave/Babs run a tight ship so any morons or animals are sent packing to the Bramshill Hunt down the road.

Beer is good. The Pride is uniformly excellent, and the Courage Best is v good too. Wine a tad limited.

Dave and Babs are a hoot and really friendly. Massive function room, showing Al Jezera premiership footie.

The Car park is challanging when busy, and kids might find it far too boring. No garden as such and on the busy A317 so not child friendly.

Best pub in the village.
anonymous - 19 Jun 2009 16:09
Recent revisit, pretty much unchanged, including Millionaire quizzer - Chris has got even greener with the passing of time. Wants to pay out on the two-player option.

Car park is pretty tight, go careful on the clutch.

Think I counted 5 ales this time (Hogsback TEA being an addition to previous). My first pint of Broadside was long on the turn, but got changed without fuss. TEA was a much better pint.

Enjoyable place, if the ale quality is consistent.
Quinno - 25 Aug 2008 16:25
Friendly staff and locals. Great, very reasonably priced food. V.good real ales. Unusual specials on the menu that I can never decide which ones to have! Small but cosy. Definitely worth a visit!
panlay - 16 Jun 2007 15:49
Oh and there is food available too - the Tia Maria and Wild Mushroom pie sounded pretty good, shame I had already eaten!
Quinno - 1 Dec 2006 11:41
Really lovely country pub 10 minutes drive from Wokingham. The interior is split into two fairly small (can get pretty cosy when there are more than a dozen people in) drinking areas, with beams, pub dog, and tankards and most of the boxes you would expect to be ticked, plus a real fire for the winter. Big marks.

Four real ales on (Broadside, Pride, Deuchars IPA and Courage Best) and the two I sampled were in good condition.

Also has an ancient Millionaire quizzer, where the screen has gone green with age.

Well worth the effort to visit.
Quinno - 1 Dec 2006 11:15

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