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The Swan Inn, Tockington - pub details

Address: Tockington Green, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS32 4NS [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 13777) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Pilning (3 miles), Patchway (3.6 miles), Filton Abbey Wood (4.7 miles)

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Such a real shame as on first appearances we thought we were in for a real treat. Reasonablly priced bar and the menu look varied and interesting. Great care has gone into the decoration and the wood burning stove was lovely.
It was all down hill after the arrival of the starters though unfortunately! The staff had advised that the soup of the day was mushroom so when 3 bowls of green coloured soup turned up we were slightly concerned - however after the waiter confirmed this was infact pea soup, we carried on regardless. The 4th of our party opted for the scallops which can be described as over priced and over cooked.
The mains were even more of a let down and its not often we complain but on this occassion all 4 mains had to be sent back. The 10oz rib eye steaks (�12.95) were ordered as medium rare and came out well done, and were most definitley not rib eyes (more like stewing steak), the Steak and Kidney pudding was ICE cold in the middle and the Vegetable Wellington was a disappointing empty mass of puff pastry with one slice of courgette and a smearing of tinned tomatoe.
When theses issues were pointed out the very rude and surly waitress, asked 'what was she supposed to do about it' with no apology or attempt to make amends.
Due to the waitresses attitude we sent back and cancelled all of the mains and then overheard the waitress having a very loud conversation with the bar staff about the 'awkward table sending back meals' - very professional!
On settling our drink and starters bill at the bar we were offered no apology or compensation, but the sarcastic waitress did say she 'hoped we enjoyed our meals'.
The Swan Inn is most definately trying to be something its not, the food can not match up to its setting.
We then went on and had an absolutely fantastic meal at The Priory in Portbury, which we would highly recommend to anyone!!!
KJF - 25 Oct 2010 12:24
Agree with Blackthorn's review, it does lack many elements despite so many positive points such as location, layout etc, etc.

They want it to be a restaurant and *not* a pub and that's where (IMHO) they are going wrong. It might be a GK pub but they can use the facility of a guest ale if they were so inclined so no excuses on their part. Such a shame because they are half way there but don't seem interested in making it a whole and the real deal it could and should be!
MisterX - 25 Mar 2010 12:08
This has got many ingredients to be a great country pub, but somehow doesn't quite manage to pull it off. It�s right by the village green, there�s the low beamed ceiling, suitable d�cor and a real file (actually a real fireplace with real logs, but I could smell smoke so I assume it�s lit on occasions!). However, the large chrome carvery stand assaults you as soon as you walk thorough the door (to be fair, maybe they move it when it�s not in use, I�m not sure) and there�s a large plasma on the wall in one of the cosier lounges which seems rather out of place. Fortunately it was turned off.
It�s a Greene King pub, so nothing very exciting in terms of beer � their IPA and Abbott Ale on hand pump and Old Speckled Hen straight from the barrel, plus Courage Best. They also had Stow ford Press cider.
Their seemed to be a decent selection of food available with the aforementioned carvery, a good choice of pub grub on the regular menu and a small specials board. Unfortunately it was served off-putingly quickly, I�d hardly had time to take the head off my pint before it arrived. It would probably have taken me longer to get served in a McDonalds. The food was what you would expect for something that turned up so quickly � essentially a supermarket ready meal. I never buy them, and don�t expect to be served them when I go out.
The staff were pleasant enough, but presumably on some type of bonus structure. The guy who took our food order was keen to �recommend� some side dishes, and the waitress who cleared our plates was keen to �recommend� some desert or coffee.
So, in summary, worth popping in for a pint if you�re passing, but don�t bother with the food. Unless you like supermarket ready meals, that it.

Blackthorn - 18 Jan 2010 10:08
This is an old and well established pub which had a very good, well earned reputation even just a few years ago. Sadly our experience of extremely poor food, which was apparently reheated, over cooked and frankly inedible means that we wil not be revisiting this establishment.

The environment is nice enough, the staff polite and there was a steady trade. However, both the "special" from the board (Cod loin with chorizo susage) and an old standard beer battered cod, chips and mushy peas from the printed menu were inedible - a first for me...and I was starving...
Gast1 - 31 Aug 2009 13:56
Had a nice meal and a couple of pint yesterday. Very friendly and good food even when the kids decided to remodel the boules courts it didn't phase the chap who ran the place we will be back, with buckets and spades for the boules pitch
Slurpy - 20 Apr 2009 13:59

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