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“Friendly and comfortable” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Freke Arms

The Freke Arms
B4019, Swindon, England
01793-76-22-97
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Ranked #69 of 322 Restaurants in Swindon
Cuisines: Gastropub
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Friendly and comfortable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We visited the Freke Arms on Saturday 12-10-13 with my parents for a meal we had pre booked for 7.30pm. From the initial welcome right through to the quality of the food we cannot press how impressed we were. The landlord was entertaining and the staff were all polite and courteous. I would not hesitate in recommending this quality pub to any of my friends and will be using it again. Nick.Derby.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
London
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Underwhelming”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Booked for dinner with family. Advertises itself as a gastro pub. Most certainly not. Tired place, sticky tables.. you know the kind. Staff behind bar were very unfriendly, got pointed in general direction of the table. After 5 mins we figured out that was going to be the extent of it so back to get menus etc. Food was fine but in an pub grub sense, large potions attempting to overcome indifferent cooking. Table staff had much more friendly demeanour, bar staff and what I presume was owner/manager successfully maintained a sour face for the whole evening. Overall view? Disappointed as a simple smile and some friendly service is all that's needed.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“good food, excellent value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Dropped into Freke Arms in Swanborough on Saturday 14th Sept. Had a lovely lunch. Went back on Thursday evening with some friends and had an even better meal. There were 5 of us and all had a very enjoyable meal. Prices were excellent considering the quality, and quantity of food. It was excellent. Beautifully cooked, good menu choice and a nice bottle of wine for under £12.00. Will be back

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Lovely food, friendly staff.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We enjoyed two evening meals over one weekend. Both times the food was delicious, beautifully cooked and presented. We will eat there again.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Oxford, Mississippi
1 review
“Everything was too much trouble!!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

We preordered and when we got there we were told the menu had changed that day and 4 of us had to order from this one. They didn't bring out starters and told us we hadn't ordered any when we had. The mains were a mish mash of sizes, mine was cold and my partners fish was under cooked. The waiter knew nothing about the food he was serving and failed to answer simple questions. Four people asked me what flavour ice cream we wanted and they still brought out the wrong amount! The owners/managers seemed to want to hurry us out of the way and were generally rude. These rude people do not have a clue, avoid at all costs!!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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