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The Swan Inn and Bistro, Olney - pub details

Address: 12 High Street South, Olney, Buckinghamshire, MK46 4AA [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 21805) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

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In here last Saturday and just as described by Blackthorn below.
By far the best pub in the town. (Try to avoid the Two Brewers (not on this site) I was charged £3.85 for a pint of Black Sheep Bitter there)
5 hand pulls for London Pride (£3.10) Young’s Bitter, Adnams Southwold and Spitfire all @ £2.90 a pint.
There was also a guest ale – Whittlebury Amarillo which was 5.2% and sold for a bargain £2.70 a pint and very nice it was too.

bjbrummiejohn - 8 May 2013 07:53
Despite describing itself as a bar and bistro this in fact a friendly and popular pub that seems to welcome drinkers just as much as diners. Located towards one end of Olney town centre, it has quite a pubby feel to it, and was fairly full on a recent mid week visit.

Its divided in to three sections with the main room at the front being set up for a mixture of drinkers and eating. This has a cosy ambience with a low, mustard ceiling, a wooden beam or two as well as some wooden upright supports and some low wooden partitions to break up the space a little. There is a brick fire-place at one end, and various old prints on the walls. The part nearest the bar is largely open space with a just couple of tables in the window. To the right its more geared up for dining with the tables all laid up for food and quite tightly packed in.

A separate, wood panelled room off to the left is the main dining area, and this too looked pleasant enough with more pictures on the walls and another brick fireplace. At the rear of the pub is the main drinking area with wooden boards on the floor and some exposed stone walls. Many of the locals seemed to be gathered around the bar which served both the front and rear rooms. Beyond this is a good sized courtyard garden.

The food is a step up from your basic pub grub, and there was an extensive selection of a dozen or so dishes chalked up on boards in the bar. Vegetarians were well catered for with a separate board for them and there were also a couple of fish specials. Prices ranged from around 8 - 15 for a main course. My choice of Beef, Mushroom & Guinness Pie was a decent dish, and whilst not cheap at 11.95 I had no complaints for what I got. Puddings were slightly less successful, with a Toffee Apple Pie having rather soggy pastry but these were reasonably priced at 4.

Beers on tap were McMullen Country Bitter, Spitfire, London Pride, Youngs Bitter and Adnams Southwold. The solitary cider was Strongbow, unfortunately. All in all, this seems a decent pub and well worth a visit. They lose a point for a slightly disappointing pudding and poor cider choice, and whilst the barmaid was pleasant enough, the two ladies serving the food could have done with smiling occasionally.
Blackthorn - 3 Jul 2012 22:09
Not so much a bistro as the name implies. There is a set eating area to the left as you go in but the rest of it is pretty publike. That's where the good part ends - they have 5 ales on (and even the threat of the local MP working behind the bar - on expenses ?) I tried a pint of the guest ale, Wadworth's Farmers Glory which was garbage and I ended up leaving it.
Olney (pronounced as in a rhyming couplet of Olney the Lonely) has a decent off licence to make up for it's lack of decent ale establishments.
anonymous - 7 Aug 2011 00:18
Been coming here for a fair few years, when we visit my mum who lives locally. One of my favourite pubs in the area, especially in the winter time when the log fire is crackling away merrily in the back bar, and the low beams and low lighting make it a seriously cosy place to hide from the shoppers outside! Good selection of beers, last time I was there I think there was an Adnams, London Pride and the guest was Bateman's 'Rosy Nosey'. I opted to steam into the guest brew, and got a 'rosey nosey' of my own ;0)

Daytime food consists of home made sandwiches, baguettes and some other hot choices, all of which are very nice indeed.

Evening meals here are always lovely. I can heartily recommend the Piri Piri Prawns starter (seriously spicy!) and the steak, mushroom and ale pie at this place is the one that I measure all others by. It tastes amazing, just try it!

Staff and management always pleasant and welcoming. A very nice pub.
PMA - 7 Sep 2010 17:04
Although this pub seems to be 'clicky' there are alot of friendly faces, as long as it's not the weekend!!!It's an ok little pub really.
Thunder - 30 May 2007 20:32

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