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Olde Swan Hotel, Chertsey

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user reviews of the Olde Swan Hotel, Chertsey

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Worn looking town pub with some shades of junk shop with the interior. The Thames Harrier Bitter was drinkable enough.
Snarling_Mallard - 31 Mar 2019 02:03
The Olde Swan is fairly centrally situated in Chertsey. But it's a pub I had not previously visited. A few people were enjoying a dinner. The interior had mismatched furniture. But the ambience was nice. Ales were Thwaites Wainwright, Windsor & Eton Mandarin, Tring Side Pocket For A Toad & Sharp's Doom Bar.
blue_scrumpy - 1 Feb 2018 20:19
Nice olde worlde character pub that, despite being fairly local to me, I'd never visited before. I like it. Good range of ales and - although I didn't try them - a nice selection of meals all reasonably priced.
Trev - 6 Jan 2017 18:13
This pub has lovely, friendly, new managers. It has a light, characterful interior with plenty of space and the great, home-cooked food which was on offer with the previous managers. The pub serves a choice of 4, well kept, real ales and puts on entertainment at the weekends.
ElaineSamuels - 20 Mar 2015 17:54
Under new management. Very friendly staff. Good beer and food. Regular live music.. Nice crowd of punters too. Nice atmosphere
cliverturner - 22 Feb 2015 10:24
not at all bad, barmaid is a right touch, i was this close to taking her in the pissers with my old mate crunt for a proper creme anglaise spit roast,still does not hold a torch to any of the pubs in molesey, anyone fancise a pint there, come over its great fun in molesey..... honest.
lucas_sidewinder - 25 Mar 2011 12:37
great little rub a dub, i will be here with the rabble on the 2nd April, for an infamous/famous pub crawl

the gatorade and san miguel is on me

britspic_at_britvic - 24 Mar 2011 17:43
Great pub, Lots of characters in here, going to sneak down here for the arsenal vs west ham game cup final, telling the boss I'm having my liver seen to at St peters: too much ale. My boss never lets me watch the games especially cos he's west ham, knows I'm a gooner, he won't stop banging on about how good Wayne bridge is going to be.

Nonce sense!
metalize_this - 14 Jan 2011 14:08
Hello buddy, That should have been poupon smeared not potion, hello buddy
oliphant - 28 Dec 2010 18:21
Hello buddy,Went in here looking for a guy called crazy dave, he owed me a monkey for boat, apparently snuffed it ironically with a monkey on his back,hello buddy, so whilst in here I had executive set menu A - G, when I arrived at ashford St peters. Doctor told me as they were going to open me up again, they might as well install a zip feature for easy access in future. Apparently my liver is like potion smeared foie GRAS, hello buddy.
oliphant - 28 Dec 2010 18:19
well its christmas eve, and as usual i will be meeting up with my chertsey rabble. i love this pub. always great night out here, cant wait to meet up with old mates such as the tinker brothers and the brothers johansson and maybe muscle popping super copping dc welcome. owe alot to him he turned a blind eye to my shinanigans
andy_kilometrepork - 24 Dec 2010 15:40
i see andy mileham has commented on this pub or "The Mouth" as we used to call him. i also have fond memories of this place, came here with neil morrisey once, he loved it, i thought there were too many paintings of pots in there, the staff were friendly drinks werent too pricey, although one time i went to the gents and someone had left some bangers and mash in one of bogs and were kind enough to put some up the walls, when i told the staff they were not that fussed about cleaning it up.
mr_boon - 23 Dec 2010 13:40
Oh the memories! Used to drink all the time here back in the day. The main attraction in those days was a lovely little thing behind the bar called Alison ( she could pull more than pints I tell you!) . Unforunately the pub died a little when it's most famous patron" Crazy Dave" kicked the bucket. He used to let me ride on his back around the bar.... What times!
AndyMileham - 24 Oct 2010 10:21
This takes me back to old Macclesfield. Went with the wife last week. Lovely people. She was chatting to the owner terrence. She couldn't believe she was speaking to an old kray associate! I had a lovely chat with a sweet little man. I told him I supported Macclesfield and he said his team was west ham! Try the bombardier. It's the best I have had!
Thethirdman - 6 Sep 2010 16:02
All in all probably the best Nulear Sub in Chertsey.

Nice garden too.
charlesfox - 2 Nov 2009 13:13
I think I should update my earlier review, as the place has changed so much.

Since it was taken over by new management, the place has improved drastically. Garrett the bar manager is a nice bloke and the bar staff are friendly. Good selection of beers, although they need to learn how to pour the Caffrey's without taking 20 minutes about it.

The food in here is now excellent and fairly priced. The Sunday lunch is a bargain at £7.50 for a huge plate of tasty and well cooked grub, and I think they do the best burgers of any pub in the area.

They have also been putting on some really good special events, with the "Summer of Love" event in July being a good example, an all day event with live bands and DJs to coincide with the Black Cherry Fair.

This has probably now taken over from the Crown as my favourite pub in Chertsey. However, please bar "Big Mark" from the pub as his elephant-like waddling around and oafish loud mouth just get on everyone's wick.

Isaac_Hock - 7 Sep 2009 19:20
Like the proverbial phoenix rising from the ashes, the Olde Swan has shaken off its reputation as a poorly managed, unimaginative Chertsey ‘boozer’, and now rivals the Crown as the town’s premiere watering hole.

In the old days you would enter this establishment only to be confronted with tables overflowing with dirty glasses, a long-wait to get served (despite the fact the pub was empty), and a local tramp named Pierre having a conversation with himself at the bar.

These days are well gone; the bar-staff are now plentiful and efficient so that it never takes too long to get served even when busy. The bar area itself has also had a makeover and appears modern and spacious, and accommodates large numbers well.
It is also now the only pub in Chertsey where you can watch the football on Sky Sports without someone trying to sell you counterfeit DVDs, or a local asking you if you fancy arm-wrestling for money.

All in all, a massive improvement – let’s hope it lasts.

as_johnson - 6 Jan 2009 13:25
I recently visited the UK and stayed at the Olde Swan Hotel, during my stay my friend and I drank in their bar "The Yupping Lounge" on a couple of evenings. We enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere and the friendly and attentive service!!! We also ate dinner there one evening and the food was very tasty, well presented and good value for money. The current Management and staff are doing a excellent job, keep up the good work.
DeeKerry - 11 Oct 2008 11:52
From the outside this pub looks promising, but you're soon disappointed by the stark bright interior, hard uncomfortable seating, and bland beer. Maybe they're trying to compete with the Prince Regent around the corner which is equally dire.
Mothroy - 16 Jul 2008 12:38
a good pub run badly beer flat and the regulars think they own the place
gareth28 - 27 Jun 2008 09:07
My first time in Chertsey, and I must say that it was made even more pleasurable by finding this wonderful establishment! The manager and staff made us so welcome, the food excellent, not over priced and fresh, and it is so nice to be able to get a good pint of beer that is not flat! It was a fantastic eating and drinking experience and would definitely go back.

eano - 15 Jan 2008 15:27
As mentioned previously, I think there may well be a stigma attached to this establishment which for any business in the service industry is hard to break, however, most of the reviews since the changeover of ownership seem positive. I believe that this is testament to what is becoming one of the better places to frequent in the local area. I also travel at least five miles to drink at the 'Olde Swan' and have had no complaints with service, product quality or the atmosphere, if anything the new management have succesfully attempted to alter the what had become a desolate drinking hole into a vibrant, prefessional and warm environment to spend a few hours (or sometimes the whole evening!). Previous reveiwers may well have been going to the wrong pub!

rmjoc - 20 Dec 2007 17:19
Had Sunday lunch last week, delicious roast, good value for money, friendly service. Looking forward to going back with friends and family.
vanderwatt - 14 Dec 2007 18:47
I am absolutely astonised at the reviews above. I think maybe those people have a grudge against The Swan and it's management. I live in Windsor and travel all the way to Chertsey because I like the place so much. It has a really good atmosphere, the people are friendly contrary to the previous comments above. It has been refurbished and looks wonderful. The food is great and reasonably priced and the staff are attentive and polite. I have never seen any empty glasses hanging around for long that's for sure!! Highly recommend the place.
YEX7454 - 14 Dec 2007 14:08
Due to the change in management, this pub is now finally friendly, efficent and very welcoming. We had gone in for one drink and ended up there for alot longer than intended. So thankyou bar staff for your attentive pleasant personal touch. We will be back
cyprus - 10 Oct 2007 16:06
This pub has definately changed for the better. The menu was surprisingly good value and tasty. Service was vey friendly, and the smoking area was very clever! It would seem to be under new management. I would recommend it to anyone.
anonymous - 2 Oct 2007 12:33
One of the worst pubs in Chertsey... dead, no atmosphere, always empty. Dunno how they afford to keep the place going. Avoid.
Isaac_Hock - 4 May 2007 22:40
Who thinks that a couple of white tins of paint can make a place look any better.

An unfriendly experience and a terrible pint means I won't be rushing back.
mike2004 - 2 Jun 2006 16:15
Jesus christ, the last punters review must be sarcastic.

Where to start? The locals certainly don't make you feel welcome. They were all crowded around the bar, making it impossible to get to the bar to order, despite the rest of the pub being empty. They visibly didn't try to make room either, even for a lady, the rude bastards.

The girl behind the counter couldn't pour Guinness properly. This was after she finally got round to serving us our drinks. After a local, who I guess perhaps had some ownership connection with the pub, butted in and ordered drinks for him and his mate, barking orders at the barmaid who I felt a little sorry for by this time.

The interior is tatty - Some superficial efforts at making the place look classy and like a posher hotel had been made, but failed miserably, mainly due to the tatty carpet and white vinyl sofas (nice!).

3 hours later, went past and my empty pints were still on the table and hadn't been collected. The worst drinking experience I have had in a long time, christ knows what the actual hotel must be like!!
TheGP - 27 May 2006 13:05
What a fantastic establishment. The staff are in a class of their own, the environment is aesthetically delightful with 'regulars' who make you feel welcome like it was your own local. In addition to this, the accomodation is warm, inviting and sumptous and a chef with culinary skills to tempt every tastebud! I cannot sing the praises more highly. A real breath of fresh air.
aspitman - 19 Oct 2005 19:10

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