This pub is now being run by new management.
The Swan re-opened at the beginning of march, after the old management left suddenly. The lease holders have refurbished the bar (still refurbishing it by the looks of it), but it hasn’t worked.
The layout of the pub has changed, and has been divided up by lots of new walls - this leads to the place feeling either claustrophobic - or completely empty. It kind of ruins the atmosphere as well as the pub can be quite busy, yet everyone is sitting in there own little corner behind a wall - as if on their own. Why they decided it needed changing in the first place is a little odd.
The TV is on all the time in the bar area showing some random channel or the news, which is quite distracting...I even saw a horror movie or clip showing at one point, not good considering the pub was full of children too.
Most of the original staff have gone - including the chef. I haven’t eaten there - so can't comment on the quality of the food – the kitchen didn’t seem that busy though. The menu looks OK, but edging back towards your traditional pub grub...fine if you like that sort of thing.
The managers seem quite rude, and don’t really talk to anyone but the staff whilst there wandering through the pub with their dogs. The bar service is quite slow, often there is no one behind the bar to serve you.
The bar prices are higher than all the other pubs in the local area. The choice of beers is good though, including West Berkshire breweries Good Old Boy which was surprise to see on in a Green King pub – however they didn't have IPA on which is odd for a Greene king pub ??
The mountain of used blue hand towels in the corner if the toilets needs attention.... before it wanders off...
All in all a bit of a disappointment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Compton Swan, set in the idyllic West Berkshire countryside, offers a welcoming and relaxed environment in which to spend quality time with family and friends. With our Michelin guide award winning team, we offer a wonderful menu ranging from wonderful organic steaks all the way through to vegan dishes. At the bar you can find a fantastic range of beers, including a specially brewed house bitter, alongside a great range of wines to suit every palate, never mind the cocktails. We have 6 luxury rooms available, all en-suite with breakfast included to suit all dietary requirements. Fantastic walks and log fires await you. Simply irresistible. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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