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“Great location; wonderful atmosphere and very good food”
Review of The Swan

The Swan
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Ranked #2 of 19 Restaurants in Pangbourne
Price range: $10 - $35
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Private Dining, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Private Dining, Reservations
Reviewed September 16, 2013

During the course of a leisurely Saturday afternoon trip along the Thames as we entered Pangbourne and as evning dinner time loomed we found ourselves studying the comprehensive and varied menue of The Swan.
The Swan is a lovely cosy 17th century bar and restaurant in a lovely location on the edge of the Thames. As you enter though the small low door you immediately become aware of its low slung ceiling and beams. There are cosy snug rooms to your left and open fires add to the atmosphere; and it simply oozes atmosphere. You know that this is a nice place to be.

Even though we had not booked we were immediately greeted by a friendly waitress who showed us to our table and in less than ten minutes we were served with our starters and a bottle of wine.
Within a very short time of finishing our starters we were served our main course.

The starters ranged from smoked duck and orange sauce to home cured Cornish Mackerel while the main course ranged from Sea Bass to Rose veal and pork to Pan fried corn fed Chicken & Chorizo. It included Grassland beef steak and Beer battered Haddock.
All the food was of a high quality, very well cooked and very well presented.

The wine list is compact yet still includes wines from France and Spain; South Africa and New Zealand and Italy.
The restaurant area is a nice cosy room with a gas fired coal effect fire and that was very welcome as the evening had turned chilly.

Whereas the service could not be faulted up to and including the main course it took a bit of a nosedive when it came to desert time and drinks time.
The delay did not impact on our enjoyment to any great extent as we were content to spend the time chatting in front of the fire.
All in all it was a very good experience and we are looking forward to a return visit in the not too distant future

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Thank TNNKY
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

Nearly didn't go because of dodgy reviews, but am so glad we did. Our party was a family of 12 on a Sunday evening and we were well looked after. The food was good, if not the cheapest, but the position adjacent to the river was excellent. We were on a boat and had arranged to moor there, but in the end took a quieter mooring on the meadows just downstream. Clearly improved over recent times, don't be put off!

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Thank Ian B
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

This is the first time I had been to the Swan for several years as the last time I came I was treated so badly I swore I would never set foot in the place again. What a transformation! Contemporary warm decor, really friendly staff, great service and fresh tasty food. Great to see someone making a proper go of this place at last. as it is in such a lovely location. Re: parking it is a bit snug in the car park but there is a road almost opposite leading up to the station where you can park, just be careful of the busy main road when crossing.

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Thank Fish1873
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

Had a great meal after mooring up with the hire boat we had for the day. Had the burgers, which were very nice.

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Thank gazburns
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

I came to the Swan for lunch with my family, waited 45 minutes to get the wrong order, then another 30 minutes to get the rectified order. This meant that my wife and I ate at different times, as they did not offer to re-heat hers. We asked for a small glass of milk for a baby, for which we were charged £0.75! And when settling the bill, we were even asked to leave a tip. I understand that orders can get mixed up, and that during busy times it might take longer to cook meals, but an apology would have been appreciated. It's a shame service is not up to scratch, as the pub is set in beautiful surroundings.

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4  Thank Reddy18
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