The Swan Inn, Swineford - pub details
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|As Rex has pointed out below, this is an attractive Bath Ales pub on the main A431 between Bristol and Bath. Itís a good sized pub being divided in to three separate areas, and there is also a decent sized beer garden alongside as well as a couple of tables out the front.|
The central part of the pub has old farmhouse kitchen style red tiles on the floor, cream wood panelling on the ceiling and mustard colour paintwork on the walls with some green wood panelling lower down and a few old pictures of the local area. Up a couple of steps to the right is a wood floored area with otherwise similar decor, and to the left an area perhaps more geared up for dining. Again, the decor was similar but this time there was carpet on the floor and there were chunky wooden tables. Beyond this up a couple of steps was a slightly cosier room with wood flooring and a sloping roof.
I didnít check the menu, although the specials board looked to have a few tempting options chalked up on it, and I may well return to check out the food. The barmaid was friendly and helpful, and as is often the case in Bath Ales pubs, there was plenty of their merchandise around for you to buy Ė bottles in gift packs, mini beer barrels, even a Bath Ales branded hat.
Beers on tap were all from the Bath stable with their Summerís Hare, Gem and Spa. Ciders were again their own Bounders and Bounders Traditional.
Blackthorn - 23 Jul 2012 22:45
|A Bath Ales (sorry, I refuse to spell it bath ales) pub, it had Gem; Golden Hare; and SPA on when I visited it on Wednesday lunchtime. I had the Gem, which was absolutely superb, and at £2.55 a pint seemed very reasonably priced to someone used to paying London prices. There were only a handful of other drinkers in there Ė a couple of hikers plus two or three others who looked as if they were passing trade. I suspect it is a different story during the evening.|
The pub itself looks very attractive from the outside with some well tended hanging baskets, but the inside has a more functional appearance. There are some attractive floor tiles in the front bar; to the right it is bare-boarded with a few normal tables coupled with banquettes and stools; and the bar to the left looks slightly more comfortable being carpeted and is probably used by diners (although no-one was eating when I was in there). My overall impression of this pub is that it is welcoming and functional, but not luxurious, and is a pretty decent place to enjoy a few excellent ales in reasonably comfortable surroundings. Definitely worth dropping in for a pint if you are driving past.
RexRattus - 15 Aug 2009 19:05
|This pub has everything I need ... Bath Ales, a sunny beer garden, and imaginative, tasty food.|
The bar staff were very familiar with the regulars but I wouldn't say it affected the attention they gave us.
Some good walks around the area too.
NellySays - 4 Jul 2009 17:03
|Not bad. Staff very familiar at the bar with regulars though,to the point of not being over keen to serve mere mortals. Probably more atmospheric than some other BA establishments.|
Bath Ales times 4 with Butcombe bitter as guest(how adventurous!) was the ale range,Gem was ok but not earthmoving. Menu looked good and food coming out was attracting. Pleasant tidy garden.
Will return. 332 bus stops nearby.
an_ecunemical_matter - 13 Jun 2008 10:33
|One of a growing number of Bath Ales hostelries, this is a pub with a traditional face but a modern heart. The interior has been redecorated to a high standard, in the similar vein to the earlier BA acquisitions (smart, but not minimal and without spoiling the original character of the building). The accent is on contemporary takes on good European food made with sound ingredients, but this is not at the expense of the drinker who is not hungry. 5 ales on dispense, including a guest, served to peak condition. |
A pleasant burr of conversation adds to the rather upmarket but not poncey environment. This is a place one can enjoy either with friends, family or as a couple.
TWG - 23 Oct 2006 18:00