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Swan Inn, Birlingham

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user reviews of Swan Inn, Birlingham

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Food-dominated pub in a nice village setting. The speciality appeared to be fish. Most tables were taken and many were eating outdoors on our Saturday lunchtime visit. Just a couple of real ales were on. Although, they were not the standard fare. In this instance, it was Goff's Cheltenham Gold & Clavell & Hind Wicked Lady. There were also a number of craft beers, including one from Tiny Rebel.
blue_scrumpy - 20 Aug 2019 20:41
Nice little pub, with great character. Thatched roof, quaint location. Lovely.

3 beers on offer, plus some great food, especially the fish dishes. Service was excellent, friendly and very helpful.
boozyfi - 19 Mar 2015 20:03
So we were going to be passing thru the area so I checked beerintheevening for rated pubs in the area and saw the Swan had a high score. We arrived about 1230 in early February (about 2 C outside) and were lucky enough to get a table for lunch. Most of the other tables were already occupied - a good sign.

The inside of the pub was warm and clean, with a modern feel in a lovely old thatch-roofed building. First choice was the drinks and there was a good selection available - I wnet with Mad Goose.

The staff were friendly and a good variety of food including a separate specials board with half-a-dozen or so fish dishes. It all looked tasty but we decided on bangers and mash, steak sandwich and chicken pate. The kids were also well catered with a selection of kids size options of your standard fare: burger or fish fingers or nuggets with chips and salad.

The food came quickly and was tasty and well presented. All in all we agreed the Swan Inn had been a good find and the ideal place for lunch on a cold winters day.

Plus as a rough guide I reckon you can judge a lot about a place by the cleanliness of the loos. The gents loos at the Swan were clean and tidy and relatively new so all good.

I got chatting to the publican who told me he had bought the pub about 6 months ago, made a few upgrades, and was now making a go of it. He certainly seems to be doing a much better job than a lot of other pubs we've been to over the years. I can't wait to find an excuse to get back down that way in summer so we can enjoy a drink in the beer garden out the back.
UK.will - 7 Feb 2015 23:10
Beers is good - i have Thornbridge Jaipur IPA - in excellent condition.
Food is bit more expensive - i guess thats what you get with such a superb location and a full of character pub.
Very friendly staff and I'm sure we will be going again.
beerychris - 3 Oct 2010 11:06
accourding to the local paper the landlord is planning to start brewing his own beers only wish i still lived in the area not devon!
guestale - 11 Sep 2008 23:03
I could not agree more with the other opinions, an extremely warm and traditional public house with a friendly atmosphere and fine food. To top all this off the bi-annual beer festival weekends are a great way to merry make with the locals and experience this pubs culinary delights such as locally produced Sausages and their pies de resistence Spanish Paella !
(beer fest 17.05.08).
DIRTBOY - 15 May 2008 12:11
Fantastic little pub good beer and lovely atmosphere which will improve now has smoking ban.
zatopek - 4 Jul 2007 20:26
Lovely little pub this. Good beer (plenty of weird and wonderful real ales, and a draught cider to boot) and a cracking ploughmans. As the fella below says, visitors are welcome (you get the impression from the setting of it that everyone inside will stop talking and turn to stare at you when you walk in. They don't). Bit out of the way, but if you're in the area, check it out.

It's in the Good Beer Guide too.
ElDickster - 1 Aug 2006 21:37
A rare example of a small,local,traditional village pub the like of which has almost died out.Visitors (like the writer) are welcomed as much as the locals.Visit and you should not be disappointed
seanr - 15 Jul 2005 12:01
500 year old black and white thatched independant freehouse serving over 200 different real ales a year, and traditional freshly prepared home-cooked food
anonymous - 3 Apr 2005 21:39

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