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Pub Of The Month - November 2021 with rpadam on the Pub Forum

The Swan & Mitre, Bromley

260-262 High Street
Phone: 02084605617

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John Barras (Spirit Pubs)

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Rex Rattus left this review about The Swan & Mitre

I thought this pub fell neatly into the OK category. The ales were all Greene King except the Doom Bar, and the Starry Night was the best of the bunch at £3.60 a pint before the 10% CAMRA discount was applied. Being a GK pub they do food, but I didn't make any notes regarding the food. It's bound to be pub grub though.

The mirrors around the place, apparently gifted by Marie Lloyd from her dressing room at the Gaiety Theatre, are quite a nice feature. The place has clearly been knocked about over the years. I saw mention of a lost skittle alley on a board at the back; a partition between two erstwhile rooms at the front looks long gone, and it has clearly been extended at the rear and to the right of the original building.

It was comfortable enough in there on a Wednesday afernoon, but I don't think I would go out of my way to re-visit a Greene King pub that had Doom Bar as a guest.

On 3rd December 2017 - rating: 5
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Malden man left this review about Swan & Mitre

An old building with claims to date from 1665 however I very much doubt this date relates to the current pub. The ceiling over the central island bar is very low indeed, the same area has a flagstone floor with there being other floor treatments elsewhere. The place is fully opened out inside and as a result has lost any real semblance of history, the orangery type area to the rear looks to be an addition, there is a small garden beyond here.
The pub is apparently named after a Joseph Swan who apparently invented the electric light bulb, various mirrors are said to be donated by a music hall singer called Marie Lloyd and more interestingly to me David Bowie had his wedding reception here in 1970.
Mixed seating of all types, a fireplace has seating in front but another on an end wall looks usable.
GK beers, IPA, Rocking Rudolph (already) plus one called Starry Night, probably another Christmas themed name.
I wasn't especially thrilled by this pub despite there being nothing really wrong with it and if I visit Bromley again I doubt it would be on my list.

On 28th November 2017 - rating: 5
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Alan Winfield left this review about Swan & Mitre

The Swan and Mitre is a nice looking pub with a long frontage which is situated at the top end of the high street.
Once inside there is an island bar to the right,there is a pool table to the rear right,there are different types of seating in this area,the left side is down one step,there are normal tables and chairs in this area.
There were three real ales on the bar,i had a drink of London Pride which was a decent enough drink,the other beers were Doom Bar and Bombardier.
The TV was showing the England v Italy rugby game,the pub was quite busy on my Saturday afternoon visit.
I thought this was quite a smart pub.

Pub visited 14/2/2015

On 14th February 2015 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Swan & Mitre

Nice looking building at the north end of the High Street. Much altered inside, leaving an island bar with various seating areas and two side rooms. Fairly basic furniture, and decor dominated by OPC promotional material for cheap food and drink offers. Two handpumps, offering Spitfire and Solebay (i.e. Adnams) Santa's Spirit at £2.90 (although it would have been less with a Camra discount if I had been a bit more attentive when ordering...). Overall, the place obviously has a few issues - given the notices taped to the toilet doors - but it was quiet when I called in

On 3rd January 2013 - rating: 5
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Roger Button left this review about Swan & Mitre

This old coaching Inn dates from around 1840 and is Grade II listed. Whilst the exterior has probably not changed much since it was built, the interior has undergone several transformations.

There are remnants of walls and ceiling layouts that suggest the pub was once divided into 3 sections although it is all now largely knocked through and centred around an island bar. One side of the pub has some low propped ceilings and a kind of side room that seems to be a bit more peaceful set away from the hoardes who congegate around the bar. There are some old pictures of town but these are outnumbered by the Live Sports adverts. At the rear is a conservatory with Pool table and outside, probably the pub’s best feature, a large patio with plenty of space and seating that was quite popular during my visit thanks to the unseasonally warm evening.

There is a basic selection of mass market beers and 1 Real ale pump offering Greene King IPA which doesn’t exactly set the pulses going for a return visit even at just £2.50 a pint. Food is also cheap and cheerful with get what you pay for meals between £3-£6, silly price breakfasts and the now ubiquitous grill/burger/curry and pint nights. The whole pub is clearly aimed at the lower end of the market and unfortunately it is probably better known for its unsavoury incidents than its merits as a pub although I didn’t feel particularly uncomfortable or threatened even though the place was quite busy with a youngish Saturday night crowd.

The pub is hardly an essential stop and is basically only of any value to completist pub tickers, crawlers or anyone who thinks that an evening in Bromley is great fun.

On 28th April 2011 - rating: 4
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