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The Swan

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Floors marked for social distancing
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Updated 07/31/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from The Swan
Updated 07/31/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Food and ambience

Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
Reviews (958)
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I came here with my grandparents and it’s the first time we’ve been. We were greeted by lovely staff, the food was delicious and came out in good time. I even saved room for dessert. I would highly recommend the chocolate brownie! We will definitely...be returning soon to enjoy some time in your lovely beer garden.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Greene_K1ng, Manager at The Swan, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

We are looking forward to seeing you again soon Rose, Many thanks for the review. Best wishes James and the team

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Once ordered on Greene King app, drinks arrived in less than 5 mins and food in less than 10 mins! Impressive - all outdoors seating lovely picnic tables with umbrellas - perfect for sunny afternoon

Date of visit: May 2021
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Greene_K1ng, Manager at The Swan, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the lovely review, It was a glorious weekend in the garden. Our team really appreciate the fab feedback. Hope to see you soon. Many thanks James and the team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were booked in on Sunday lunch time. We were welcomed by lovely staff, the atmosphere was brilliant. It’s nice to be back inside. We all felt safe and all Covid rules were followed. Service and food was brilliant with a great selection of drinks....We will definitely be returning and recommending to friends and other family.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Greene_K1ng, Manager at The Swan, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words, we are glad you enjoyed your visit with us and hope to see you again soon! Kind Regards, The Swan Team

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Checking in with my son was easy and we were attended to fairly quickly. Food was nice and service good. Will come again.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Greene_K1ng, Manager at The Swan, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you Terry for the review, we are pleased you liked it. Hopefully see you again very soon. Many thanks James and the team

Reviewed May 14, 2021

What a glorious lunch. My partner and I found this little gem of a pub from a Google search whilst in basingstoke and will definately be back. We were greeted by Lily, a lovely friendly welcome. Lily was our waitress throughout and she was fab....Talkative, courteous and accommodating. She was marvellous. The food was unbelievably good, we had the camembet starter, salmon florentine and signature hunters chicken for main and apple pie and crumble for dessert. All was perfectly cooked, tasty and presented well. The atmosphere was pleasant and the view across the field from our table was scenic. Would definately recommend a visit and a pay rise for Lily 😊 she was brill.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Greene_K1ng, Manager at The Swan, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2021

Thank you for the lovely review, We hope you will return on your next visit to the area. I have passed your thanks on to Lily. Kind Regards James and the team

Reviewed April 27, 2021

We (6 of us) managed to book a table for Saturday afternoon (many thanks to James via Messenger for his help), we had a great time. Friendly greeting and great table service from all the staff. Nice and relaxed, will be looking to repeat in...a couple of weeks. Thanks MandyMore

Date of visit: April 2021
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Greene_K1ng, Manager at The Swan, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2021

Thank you Mandy for the great review, Im glad I could help get you fixed up with a table. Looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks. Many Thanks James and the team

Reviewed April 26, 2021

Operating under the lockdown restrictions, the Swan has ample car parking, a good garden to enjoy, tables well spaced and a relaxed country atmosphere. The staff are attentive, and make a great team, whilst the food is well prepared and presented and good value for...money. The menu has been expanded since earlier in the lockdowns and there is an excellent choice. The 'order at table' app works very well but you can use a conventional menu too and give your order to a staff member. The only downside currently is the English weather so I'm looking forward to the next relaxation of restrictions when, regardless of the weather, I can enjoy a more extensive meal inside, where I'm sure the staff will capitalise on the ambience whilst continuing to maintain their high standards of customer safety.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Greene_K1ng, General Manager at The Swan, responded to this reviewResponded April 27, 2021

Thank you Mike for the really informative review, I think we have got things just right with the garden only service. Talking to other guests I have been getting some great feedback about the team and service they have been giving. Thank you so much...More

Reviewed April 26, 2021

Had a lovely day with great friends after Wedding. Anne was very friendly and great service. Food and drink was always to s high standard. Felt very welcome and safe.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Greene_K1ng, General Manager at The Swan, responded to this reviewResponded April 27, 2021

Thank you once again for the review, It was lovely chatting to you this afternoon. We were all so pleased you chose the our pub to spend your Wedding afternoon in. Hopefully see you many more times during your time off. Congratulations from all the...More

Reviewed January 5, 2021

WOW what a fabulous Christmas Day lunch. James & his team went to so much thought to really make sure we enjoyed our selves. Placing an extra table next to our friends but at a safe distance. The food & service was excellent with huge...portions. Although the pub wasn't particularly busy due to cancellations with Covid the staff made a great atmosphere I would definitely recommend a visit when possible. Thanks again for a great time.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Greene_K1ng, Manager at The Swan, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2021

Thank you Susie for the amazing review, we had a great time on Christmas Day and the entire team enjoyed serving yourself, Alan and all our other guests and friends. Can’t wait to see you all again as soon as it is safe for us...More

Reviewed January 1, 2021

I have regularly visited the Swan over a number of years and seldom been dissatisfied but James and the team he has pulled together have raised the bar. The Covid restrictions have been dealt with and applied yet the Swan retains a great ambience, is...always spotless (and looked lovely decked out for Christmas). Food is served hot and is well presented with excellent service. The quality is high and good value for money and very much at the high end of 'Pub Grub'. This year we chose the Swan for Christmas dinner too and that really was the icing on the cake. I look forward to when restrictions can be lifted and have no doubt that we will see the James and the team deliver yet more! I have no hesitation in recommending the Swan for a great dining experienceMore

Date of visit: December 2020
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Greene_K1ng, Manager at The Swan, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2021

Thank you Mike for the fantastic review, thank you also for your continued support throughout such a difficult year. We are all looking forward to opening as soon as is safe to do so and continue to make the village proud of our pub. All...More

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Hi John we are a family friendly pub, that’s the best description I can give. Have a great day James
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Yes went yesterday where part of the pub dogs can be in. They actually sat next to us whilst we ate 😁
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Yes, The Swan is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

The Swan is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5