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The Swan, Great Chart - pub details


Address: The Street, Great Chart, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3AN [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 33382) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Ashford International (1.9 miles), Pluckley (4.1 miles), Charing (5.2 miles)

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> Current user rating: 4.6/10 (rated by 10 users)
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i visited this pub at the weekend and im sorry i totaly disagree with some of these comments. The couple that own this pub are quite new to the swan and i have seen they have made a great effort to create a great atmosphere and lovly enviroment for friends and families. service was fantastic and food was great with a new menu offered with bar snacks and traditional meals they cater for all. the back garden is now not a dumping ground it now has a beautiful decking area in the sun with a climbing frame for the children and a fenced area with friendly ponies and goats chickens and rabbits it really was fantastic. the front garden was having a bit of work done to it but the landlady said it is yet to improve. everyone was friendly and the couple who run it now were very welcomeing and we had a great convosation with them i even got a drink on them. When the front garden has been finished i would definetly rate this pub as a 10 definetly are families new local, (the children have told me so).
familypoints - 28 May 2012 14:15
Popped in to this pub to see if it might be a good place to go out for a meal without the kids. Very quickly decided against this idea as the pub can only be described as neglected and 'spit and sawdust'! Friendly service but they had no cold white wine - only rose on offer and the coke was very watery due to a glass literally full of ice. The decor is very 'rough', out of three women's toilets only one flushed which created an unpleasant environment in which to take children to the toilet on a busy afternoon! The plantpots in the garden were growing weeds and dead plants, and my favourite seemed to be growing the up-ended contents of a former hanging basket. It reminded me of the places visited by "The Hotel Inspector", very much in need of a tidy up.
ordinaryfamily - 2 May 2011 17:28
It’s eighteen months since I last reviewed this pub here, but I have been passing the pub from time to time. And in that time nothing about the place has changed my opinion of it.
It may well be the most wonderful pub in the world. It may well serve the world’s finest food, accompanied by the world’s finest ales in the company of the world’s finest people. But I will never know.

Take yesterday’s visit for example. Despite freezing temperatures and snow on the ground, at 1.30pm the beer garden had a dozen assorted thugs and thug-ettes standing around in it. They were all obviously drunk on lager and were shouting abuse at passers-by. In the past they’ve been content to be screeching at each other. Now they’ve turned on the general public.

So there I was, faced with two pubs within ten yards of each other. One has a garden filled with yobs screaming abuse at the world, one does not. I suppose this pub fills a useful niche for those who like to shout whilst necking lager by the gallon.

MankyBadger - 5 Dec 2010 10:45
At the risk of getting into a petty "oh yes it is - oh no it isn't" squabble....
A group of us cycled into Great Chart on Sunday afternoon. Now I don't doubt that the people in the beer garden are decent folk. I expect every one of them is a stirling chap, someone with whom I would quite happily share a pint or two, were I to meet them socially.
However they looked and acted scary. Sorry - they did. And when you are faced with half a dozen on one table in the garden, and another half a dozen on another, all screaming abuse at each other, you don't stop. You just keep going ten yards down the road to a place which doesn't look anywhere near as scary.
I don't deny for one minute that the pub down the road might very well be filled with axe-murderers, but the pub down the road looks safe to enter.
And that's what I for one look for in a pub. Sorry.

MankyBadger - 6 May 2009 18:30
This site is all about opinions of course and it's good to hear the other side of the argument. Having said that, I stand by my previous comments that I wouldn't expose my daughter to a bar full of blokes shouting "f"s and "c"s at one another which is how I found the pub on my own, admittedly brief, visit . If you have a different set of values, that's fine of course and I would agree that the fund raising, which I'm sure is true, is highly commendable.
Having said that, I can't help noticing that the 3 users who have commended this pub so highly in the last week are all first (and only) time reviewers who have exactly the same style of writing and almost identical arguments about the pub's strengths . I will draw my own conclusions from that.
Nothing to do with not wanting to mix with a variety of people (I pride myself in being able to share a beer with anyone)....but I still won't rush back if I have my family in tow.
Cover_Point - 6 May 2009 16:48

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