The Swan, Ash Vale - pub details
Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 1600) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras
- Food served, Real ale
- Canalside location
- Outside seating, Car park, Smoking area
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|The Swan is a Chef & Brewer establishment hidden away along the canal, a little way off the main road through Ash Vale. With its location, it was predictably popular on a nice bank holiday Sunday, especially the outdoor area. Not everybody was there for their meals. Drinks were expensive and I've been to Chef & Brewer pubs with better selections. Nevertheless, they did have Courage Directors, Greene King IPA & Mucky Duck & Hop Art Hoppy Blonde. I later discovered a handpull with Westons Old Rosie just around the side. Service was very slow. One barmaid who was serving walked off after I had been waiting for 5 minutes. She obviously something more important to do. But then at least she could have at least apologised for having to walk away. Perhaps a little training is in order. Nice enough chain pub spoiled by poor service and high prices.|
blue_scrumpy - 31 May 2016 20:14
|It's a Chef and Brewer so one would expect standards to be pretty good. The beer choice was good too, with 5 ales including an offering from the local Hop Art Brewery (Hoppy Blonde) Staff were friendly and attentive. Food was tasty and not overly expensive. Great location alongside the Basingstoke Canal|
triumph - 30 May 2016 11:40
|I visited this pub for a meal and a pint, the beer (6X) was nice and my friends enjoyed their Bombadier however, it was quite expensive when compared with some of the other local pubs in this area. The staff were very attentive and accommodating, the service was quick even though the pub was packed to the hilt with people eating meals and there was a large group having a leaving drink. My burger was OK, not quite what I expected for the £9.50 that it cost and my friend scampi was rather a mean potion for what it cost. |
george3 - 26 May 2011 18:15
|Now taken over by Chef & Brewer. The beer choice is dull and predictable (Doom Bar, London Pride etc. - no more TEA), the previously querky interior has had a bland corporate makeover in a horrble shade of grey/green and all the prints and ornaments removed. More serious thouh is that the number of staff seems to have been cut down. As a result, what used to be the best service in the area is now very slow. On our last visit, we walked out after 5 minutes without having been served and there were people who had been waiting longer than we had. Definitely not what it was under the prevous owner and it will take a lot of work to get back there. My firm used to take clients there for lunch. Not anymore.|
Dan137 - 2 Apr 2011 19:47
|This is an ok pub but I am always disappointed when I visit - perhaps because it is hyped up so much by others. Yes, it has 6 handpumps for real ales but these invariably serve bitter, so no choice of beer styles! I have also often found my first choice is not available, but the pump clip is not turned nor is there any other indication the beer is not available.|
Food is over-priced for what you get. This is something people rave about but I've had meals which look like they could come from any chain pub, where you could buy the same thing for half the price!
The pub is often very busy. I have generally found staff at the bar cope well with taking orders as quickly as possible, but sometimes there is a delay in receiving the food.
pinga - 30 Dec 2010 18:04
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