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The Old Swan Uppers, Cookham - pub details

Old Swan Uppers
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Address: The Pound, Cookham, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 9QE [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 22047) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Cookham (0.2 miles), Bourne End (1.4 miles), Furze Platt (2 miles)

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Lovely place to stop by on a stroll from Cookham rail to the river. Plenty of knicknacks to look at, low wonky beams and plenty of character, friendly vibe. I gave this pub an 8, although can't rate the real ale as I don't drink it. ... Fellow behind the bar at opening time was a nice chap, assume he was the landlord but they were very nice to us on our 2 visits in the same day. ... Like purplelizzy, I knew nothing about swan-upping until I visited this pub, now I certainly do! (Word of warning, don't get staggering pissed here, the pavements outside are single-file, so if you fall in the street you will get mown down by an SUV by some posh snob from Cookham driving too fast down the narrow road. Or if you make it to the river, likely to fall in there too! ... So mind your jars if you don't want to be buried in the nearby 15th century church cemetery).
londonhalo - 15 Jul 2010 20:01
Very nice, friendly, traditional pub and lots of info about swan upping.
purplelizzy - 14 Jul 2010 13:08
This place has changed hands a couple of times since Statto's comment below. Generally four or five well kept ales from the likes of Sharps, Adnams or Fullers. Great old interior, with a wood burner in the front bar and low timbered ceilings.
tpfirt - 24 May 2010 16:00
The new landlord here has a real attitude problem.

I was served a pint which wasn't right. When I complained to the landlord he got very defensive and said he was "sick of people complaining about his beer when they know jack sh*t". Maybe he'd had a bad day, but it's not the way to speak to customers.

It's a shame as it's a lovely pub apart from him, and the week before the pint I had there was excellent. I won't be back.
anonymous - 27 Sep 2009 20:17
A simply lovely historic place, old gnarled timber beams and posts support the very low ceiling in the bar area, two inglenook fireplaces including an old wood burning stove, stone flagged floor, old leaded windows, hops wound around the bar, just gorgeous. Seating comprises upholstered wooden benches and settles, plus stools, cribbage board and shove h'penny board available, a few books on a shelf although one is entilted "Memories of Slough".....John Betjamen not a former patron then?
A rear room was set for dining, bench style seating to the front also.
Point to note.......if you need the gents its called "Cobs".
As for the name, it seems "Swan Upping" relates to the annual census of the Mute Swan population on various upper reaches of The Thames, a ritual since the 1200's.
The beer.... 5 on handpump, Pride, Bombardier, GK IPA, Doom Bar, and Brakspears Bitter. Hmm, could be better and a lovely pub like this could have gained a top range rating with a better range plus a local guest. I would however comment that my pint was brim full with no need to request or argue a top up. 2.85 for Doombar is ok to me for here.
Maldenman - 25 Sep 2009 20:59

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