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The Swan, Hammersmith, W6

46 Hammersmith Broadway
W6 0DZ
Phone: 02087481043

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Nicholsons (Mitchells & Butlers)
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Swan

A landmark Nicholson's pub with an imposing and excellently-restored interior, including many interesting features from wood carvings to arts and crafts fireplaces. Several different rooms and areas provide corners to retreat to and we found a couple of nice leather armchairs in the sun by a window, which were almost too pleasant to leave. An acceptable range of ales, with Long Man Old Man, Ghost Ship, London Pride, Hobgoblin and the house brew from St Austell in good condition. well worth a visit.

On 30th October 2019 - rating: 8
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Swan

A Grade II listed building built in 1901. This pub certainly ticked all the boxes for me, I thought the interior was stunning. Eight pumps on the bar, all in operation on our Saturday lunchtime visit. So we went for the Phesantry Golden Turtle and a Plum Porter.

On 23rd June 2019 - rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Swan

This is a large, ornate pub close to Hammersmith tube station and handy for the Hammersmith Apollo. The pub is currently run by the Nicholson’s chain and in keeping with many of their London pubs, a good job has been done in retaining the character and historical details whilst still being able to cater for a contemporary market. You enter into the large main bar area with a high decorative ceiling and large ornate pillars through the centre supporting a series of broad arches. The servery is over to the right and has a typically traditional dark wood counter and canopy plus a smart mirrored bar back. There is a lot of high stool seating in the centre of the room with comfier banquette and chair options around the perimeter. Windows along two sides have some really good semi-circular stained-glass panes which I thought looked particularly good with the light flooding in from outside. Several TV screens were showing a live rugby match which had drawn a pretty large crowd on a Saturday early evening, but the sound was off, so the intrusion was fairly minimal. The pub runs through to a plainer rear room beyond the far end of the servery, which has exposed floorboards and a few standard tables and chairs. Large display cabinets full of glass ware and topped with old editions of the Good Beer Guide take pride of place back here and there was another Tv screen showing the same match, this time with the sound on, although ironically, no-one seemed to be watching it. A few more ornate pillars, bits of stained glass and other bits of nice trim could be found back here, but the effect was diminished having come from the far more splendid main bar. A great staircase leads up to a first floor dining room, although I didn’t get to have a proper look up there.
The bar supports a wide ale range, far surpassing the offerings in many Central London Nicholson’s pubs. Options on this occasion were Fullers London Pride, Hog’s Back TEA, Rudgate Instant Pleasure, Hobson’s Mild, Sharps Doom Bar and Nicholson’s Pale Ale. I tried both the Mild (excellent) and the Instant Pleasure (middling) and we also decided to grab a bite to eat here and found decent portions of traditional pub fayre.
This is a pretty nice pub that is worth a quick look round just to enjoy the interior, but merits a longer visit thanks to a good ale selection. The pub will remain on my radar thanks to its prominent location but must rank up there as one of Hammersmith’s finest pubs regardless.

On 17th July 2018 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about The Swan

Rebuilt in 1901, this is an enormous late Victorian/early Edwardian edifice, named after former brewers Stansfeld & Co's Swan brewery in Fulham. Indeed the pub's exterior is bedecked with S & Co roundels and stained glass. Cavernous inside with arches of a wide span and partitions along with a grand staircase - this really is a gin palace.
Largely packed on our visit and very noisy indeed, the very friendly barmaid served me with a very good half of Koma's Off The Wall. I forget the price but I'll be it wasn't cheap. There were many other interesting ales but it was too busy for me to record them.

This place is worth a look just for the interior alone, but it's packed and noisy. It's also not in a great place as the area outside tends to attract many who are less fortunate in life.

On 22nd April 2016 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Swan

Previously the anonymous Edward's, this pub has now reverted to being the Swan with a tasteful refurbishment of the interesting by M&B's Nicholson's chain. Ten handpumps in the busy main bar (which features various different seating and standing areas separated by glazed screens), plus another three in the slightly more relaxed upstairs bar / restaurant (with intermittent table service and annoying tea-lights on the tables). Real ale sometimes served in traditional 'jug' glasses. Some intersting choices as well as the usual NPA, Pride, Doom Bar and Windsor & Eton Knight of the Garter. Beer quality now seems fine after a bit of a shaky start.

On 19th February 2014 - rating: 8
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john gray left this review about The Swan

This is the best pub in Hammesmith for beer choice.Nicolson seasonal range but always something drinkable. Can get very busy after work but worth the hassle.

On 20th February 2013 - rating: 7
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Malden man left this review about The Swan

Superbly restored and rescued from Edward's clutches by Nicholsons, this pub is architecturally pleasing both inside and out. Prominent at the confluence of two roads entering the Hammersmith roundabout, the exterior displays a high up magnificent mosaic swan, there are stained glass windows with the S&Co motif included which goes back to the once Stansfield & Co Brewery of Fulham.
Internally the ground floor has an L-shaped space with a central bar, attractive carved wood and glass partitions separating areas with the same detail extending along the bar, the ceiling is spendidly ornate with gilded raised sections, decorative plastered arches with an "S" motif are carried on angled wooden columns, feature fireplaces have mirrors above, a curving elegant staircase rises to the upper dining room. I don't know how much is original and how much has been restored but this is Victorian pub architecture at it's best.
Seating is a bit mixed, there are a trio of high tables directly in front of the bar and a pair of sofas around one of the fireplaces but most of the rest is traditional with some decent benches along the outside walls. Walls are mostly covered with a dark patterned modern wallpaper which works with the dark wood, sadly a cheapish tatty laminated wood floor lets the side down a bit.
Being a Nicholson's you expect a reasonable ale choice, here it is first class; ten handpumps were dispensing regular beers Pride, Windsor and Eton Knight of the Garter and Nicholson's (St Austell) Pale Ale; other offerings were Yorkshire Brewing Co Yorkshire Lager, Inveralmond Ossian, Itchen Valley Dana, Orkney Brewery Dark Island, Robinson's Unicorn, Moorhouse Pride of Pendle and Thornbridge Jaipur. What a line up, I just wonder who would walk in and choose Pride. Beers are listed on a chalkboard behind the bar including those in line to come on next. Standard Nicholson's menus on the tables.

On 4th February 2013 - rating: 8
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hondo . left this review about The Swan

Next to Hammersmith tube station. Large ornate old style pub spread over 2 floors. 10 real ales and food served.

On 1st March 2012 - no rating submitted
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BobOs . left this review about The Swan

A large Victorian pub opposite Hammersmith underground / bus station. It is very impressive on the outside and equally impressive on the inside with high ceilings, copious amounts of polished wood, etc. Remanants of (original?) partitions divide the space into various seating areas and there is a fine upstairs bar / dining area reached by a superb winding staircase. Most impressive, from my perspective, are the ten handpumps dispensing a range of standard Nicholson's regulars - Pride, Timothy Taylor's Landlord, Adnam's Broadside, Sharp's Doom Bar, etc. as well as guests. With this pub on the corner, why on earth would you go to the dingy William Morris 'spoons just along the road?

On 5th August 2011 - rating: 7
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John Bonser left this review about The Swan

Visited in June 2010

Prominently situated at the junction of King Street and Hammersmith Broadway opposite Hammersmith Tube Station, The Swan is an imposing Victorian pub that has, pleasingly, now come into the Nicholsons stable.

Previously a typical town centre "Edwards" pub appealing to the less discerning and more youthful pub goers, it has now reverted to its original name of The Swan. Do take the time to look high up on the outside of the building and note the splendid swan depiction on the decorative brickwork. Note also the date shown in the plasterwork - 1901.

Inside the pub, the usual Nicholsons framed information print tells us that an earlier pub - a coaching inn known as The Old Swan , functioning as the first stop for horse drawn coaches from the City of London in the 18th Century - had to be demolished when the railway arrived, and that this pub, close by, is its direct replacement.

In true Nicholsons style, their restoration has brought out the best of the pub's Victorian heritage - high ceilings, several solid looking arches, impressive pillars, chandeliers and some frosted stained glass mini-windows up above the main tall plain glass windows. There's polished wood in abundance, which enhances the traditional feel of the interior, although I suspect that much of it is not original. There's a number of different seating areas, including an attractive carpeted room around the back of the main bar area. Upstairs is a "Bar and Dining Room" , although the downstairs bar is obviously used for dining and condiments were on most of the tables.

On the real ale front, there's 10 handpumps downstairs, of which 9 were in use on my recent Sunday lunchtime visit. Beers on were Wadworths 6X, Brakspears Bitter, London Pride, 2 Timmy Taylors beers ( Landlord and Best ), Adnams Broadside, Sharps Doom Bar, Cropton Dutch Wink and Castle Rock Harvest Pale Ale. The Brakspears was not particularly good, but the Castle Rock HPA was in excellent form. Both beers were priced at £ 3.10p.

There's a certain similarity here with The Falcon at Clapham Junction - both externally impressive Victorian pubs occupying prime street corner positions at busy road junctions, yet, until "rescued" by Nicholsons, neither being particularly good pubs at all, if the truth were known.

The Swan is a very welcome addition to the West London pub scene

On 18th October 2010 - rating: 6
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