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“Consistently Good”

Swan Inn and Bistro
Ranked #7 of 35 Restaurants in Olney
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Oundle, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Consistently Good”
Reviewed August 12, 2012

We've been going to the Swan for many years now, mainly for lunch but sometimes for an evening meal so it's about time we wrote a review. Food, staff and atmosphere are all consistently great and unlike some other restaurants we never have any worries introducing friends to it. The only problem we have with this place is choosing from the menu as it's all good! Our favourites are Chilli (which they will serve with chips if you ask them nicely) and the liver & mash. Fish is delicious and steaks superb.
Great real ales including those brewed in the village and the Pinotage has the real South African buzz to it.

  • Visited August 2012
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Cambridge
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“Good food in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere”
Reviewed June 28, 2012

In response to the one negative review on here (from Alice) the owners say: “We do include 'pub grub' on our menu as we have a very broad range of customers with varying budgets and tastes”.

Well whilst there were some inexpensive main dishes they all seemed a cut above the average pub meal and well cooked and presented – so do not expect fast food. Tempting big bowls of soup of the day, interesting salads, fresh fish and large steaks. I had lambs liver on mash accompanied by sausage and a tasty sweet sauce and my friend an interesting salad. Wasn’t sure about having room for the bread and butter pudding but it really did melt in the mouth - excellent.

The old pub is comfortably old but wasn’t sure about the chipboard floor – probably was a lot cleaner than many carpeted floors but it just seemed grimy and I think the place deserves something better, though the tables were clean. Good family or friends venue rather than a romantic evening then perhaps.It was half full on a Thursday lunchtime and service was good – I would certainly go back to eat there. Good choice of beer too. Maybe not a 5 star establishment Alice – but much closer to 5 stars than 2 in my opinion.

  • Visited June 2012
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, Manager at Swan Inn and Bistro, responded to this review, June 29, 2012
Thanks for your review and we're glad that you enjoyed your visit. We do intend to replace the floor that you mention with wooden floor boards shortly. We're currently working on freshening up the entire pub. The front of the building has been painted and some upholstery is being undertaken for example. More improvements are on the way. Hopefully we'll get onto the floor soon.
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Aussie in England
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“Great place to take visitors to Olney,to show how it should be done.”
Reviewed June 16, 2012

Whenever I have friends visit me in Olney, I take them to the Swan for a meal, because you can guarantee they will have a good feed. My friends tonight visiting the UK from Oz, said it was the best meal they had eaten out in the two weeks they have had on their holiday. 10 out of 10 was their vote! So glad because I hyped up how good it was, and the Swan did not let me down!

  • Visited June 2012
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The world
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97 reviews
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“Good, food in a relaxed atmosphere”
Reviewed June 10, 2012

The Swan Inn & Bistro in Olney is the most consistently good food pub I've ever been to. Good choice of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, the portions are generous. Sweets look good but I rarely test them as I'm full up from the main course! The only disappointment is the coffee - better to go home for this!
Always busy yet a pleasure to go to - this relaxed "gastro" pub is well worth booking up for.

  • Visited June 2012
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Milton Keynes, UK
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“Excellent. Delicious food, good ales, bustling pub and friendly staff..”
Reviewed May 28, 2012

We live locally and this is the place we choose for dependability, good food and a very warm welcome. We will often take visiting family and friends here, and have never been disappointed. You will not get a table in here over the weekends unless you have a reservation. Ok the menu may not have changed in a very long time, but why change something that works for everyone? Plenty of choice, scrumptious food and decent portions. Excellent place for a Sunday roast too.

  • Visited April 2012
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