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The Swan, Salford - pub details

Address: 2 Wavendon Road, Salford, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK17 8BD [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 3432) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Aspley Guise (1.7 miles), Woburn Sands (2 miles), Lidlington (3.6 miles)

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other pubs nearby:

Red Lion, Salford (0.3 miles), Wavendon Arms, Wavendon (1.7 miles), Station Hotel, Woburn Sands (1.9 miles), Weathercock Inn, Woburn Sands (1.9 miles)

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A good sized village pub that looks to have had a recent makeover, and is now very firmly in the “gastro” category, even to the extent that a blackboard at the rear or the pub name checks the chef and gives a short résumé of his career. Judging by the Range Rovers, BMW’s and other prestige vehicles in the large car park, it’s does not appear to be at the budget end of the gastro scale either.

It’s essentially a square pub with a central bar area dividing it in to two halves, although you can walk all the way round. The larger area to the left is very much the dining room with all tables laid up for food and a view in to the kitchen via an etched glass window, but to be fair to them the bar on the right does look to be more suited to drinkers with brown leather arm chairs. There was a fire-place at each end, although at least one of these was clearly decorative rather than functional with just a pile of logs in an otherwise empty grate. The other one had a wood burning stove and may perhaps be used in the colder weather. Décor wise it’s the usual gastro-pub shade of brown with wooden strip flooring either side and some colourful tiles in the middle giving it something of a Mediterranean feel. There is also a pleasant garden at the front of the pub with plenty of seating, and this was full to capacity on a recent warm summer’s evening.

The menu offered a reasonable selection of dishes and was divided in to a few sections such as mains, chargrills, salads and rice and there was also a specials board with a few additional choices. My earlier assumptions about their pricing structure was proved correct with the cheapest main course (ham, egg & chips) coming in at £12.50 and the majority being somewhere around the £15 mark. If you were feeling extravagant, you could spend £29 on a steak, plus a further £3.50 on top if you wanted chips with it. My Salmon Fishcakes with a Niçoise Salad and Basil Mayo was a decently cooked dish with plenty of salmon, and was one of the cheaper options at £13.50. If I was being critical I would say that it could have done with more flavour, but that’s probably personal preference more than anything else.

Beers on tap were slightly uninspiring with just Greene King IPA and Doom Bar. The solitary cider was Aspall’s Suffolk. Be aware that the beer supply can be somewhat erratic – I have been in previously when both had run out.
Blackthorn - 17 Jul 2013 08:51
A pub that looks to have been recently refurbished and very much in the gastro category. Unfortunately I am unable to leave a detailed review at this time, as despite two hand pumps on the bar (Greene King IPA and Doom Bar), they apparently didn't have any beer on. The only cider was the cloyingly sweet Aspall's Suffolk (although whether they actually managed to have this in stock I'm not sure) so I swiftly departed and went elsewhere.
Blackthorn - 2 Jul 2013 22:27
Soulless pub full of posh villagers and unfriendly staff. Avoid.
jjsint - 2 Mar 2011 16:19
Another one of those over priced food pubs.
bignose1977 - 24 Oct 2007 17:09
Nice gastro pub. A little pricey I suppose but I enjoyed my lunch there.
keyser_soze - 9 May 2007 18:49

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