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The Swan Inn, Milton Keynes Village - pub details

Address: Broughton Road, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK10 9AH [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 25346) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Bow Brickhill (2.9 miles), Woburn Sands (2.9 miles), Fenny Stratford (3.2 miles)

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Went here again for a drink for the first time in about 20 years. I understand that they'd had a major fire and a big rebuild but it still looked olde - and must have been refurbished well. The decor was smart but comfortable.

The beer was excellent - I had Timothy Taylor Landlord and it was very well served - pleasant and efficient. Seemed very much a foody pub, but there was no difficulty in finding a table for just a drink. Menu looked good, if a little on the pricey side, and the food I saw served looked appetising - the people eating seemed to be enjoying it anyway!

All in all very pleasant, and I intend to go back again well before another 20 years has expired!
Grumpy_Old_Man - 6 Jul 2013 18:23
This is a quaint looking thatched roof pub that was apparently in the original village of Milton Keynes, long before it was surrounded by the concrete metropolis. Consequently it’s one of the few pubs in the area that looks as though it might have some character, although if you’re expecting it to be located in a quaint old village you’ll be disappointed. It seems to have been pretty much swallowed up, and is largely surrounded by cheap looking housing, although there is still an old church just behind it.

Inside the country pub theme continues, with the main bar at the front having a pleasant and cosy ambience. The floor is partly attractive flagstones and partly some pine boards. There’s a low ceiling with plenty of black beams, and a large, brick built fireplace that had some logs burning away. To the left is a snug with some bench seating with plenty of scattered cushions, and a few pictures of swans on the wall as befits it’s name. There was also a fireplace here with a wood burning stove, and a small bar counter, although neither were in use on a recent visit. The lighting might be described as atmospheric or dark depending on your point of view; suffice to say that if it hadn’t been for the lights from the Christmas tree I would have been unable to read my menu.

The main bar seemed to be busy, with mixed groups stood around chatting. At the rear is a larger area that looks to be more geared up for dining, although I didn’t check this out. Staff were all friendly enough, although service was somewhat haphazard – I was waiting at the bar for some time with numerous staff walking passed and ignoring me, and when I did get served they didn’t seem to have much of a clue, like not knowing if they’d started serving food yet, or what the pie of the day was. As I said, pleasant and friendly enough though.

Food tended more towards the gastro-pub side of things rather than your traditional pub fayre, and most of the main courses were in the £12 - £15 bracket. Whilst there were a few more traditional dishes such as Sausage & Mash, Pie of the Day and a Burger, even these were all priced at over a tenner. Some of the dishes were really off the wall – I spotted a desert of Lemon Possett with a Raspberry Compote and Popping Candy! What on earth is that? That said, what I had was pleasant enough though.

Beers on tap were Brains SA Gold, Bombardier, Young’s Bitter and Hydes Owd Oak. The solitary cider was Symonds Founders Reserve.
Blackthorn - 30 Nov 2011 21:49
One of the nicer pubs in the Milton Keynes area (ie one that does not hhave the feel of an artificial lego-brick building, as with most pubs in the viscinity). Friendly and attentive service.
The toilets are an area of concern. I am deeply suspicious of public houses/bars which have only one cubicle (in the gents). I find this totally inadequate for the needs of a well populated innery, and a gross representation of the commercialised forces of modern pub 'gastroism'.
The price of pints is also absurd. Starting from £3.40 for a real ale, up to £4.30 for a strong lager resembes Mugabe inspired inflation. Not acceptable.
Albeit, a most pleasant innery for a quiet drink with the misses (don't complain about the price when she asks for a large though).
docmartin - 28 Sep 2011 21:16
We went again last week: I'd still say it's good, but no longer excellent. The food was good, but you can't say more than that. Service was present and pleasant, but not especially attentive.
The sparkle is missing.
TNC - 2 Jun 2010 15:59
I went here yesterday evening with a friendly but important customer. Friends had been the evening before, and my wife and I are going on Saturday with the same friends.
The food was excellent, the service was excellent. It's all I've ever known here. I was amazed and disappointed to read the bad reviews. It sounds like they hit a bad patch. Thankfully, it all seems to be back to normal again.
TNC - 22 Jan 2010 15:14

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