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The Swan, Stafford

46 Greengate Street
ST16 2JA
Phone: 01785258142

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Swan Hotel

Now run by the Coaching Inn group, this is a smart modernised hotel, brasserie and coffee shop with an elongated seating area in the covered-over former courtyard. Features two bars, both on the right-hand side, usually with a reasonable of different real ales on handpump if you check both parts. Separate dining rooms on the other side of the passageway, and altogether a very unusual layout.

On 2nd December 2018 - rating: 6
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Quinno _ left this review about Swan Hotel

Hotel that has opened-out the ground floor in a modern manner for the weekend fun seekers. Long and narrow with a runway effect (former corridor I suspect). There’s a bar area to the left as you enter which is stark and modern with a few stripped beams in the mix. Surprised to see four pumps clipped; Banks Sunbeam, Thwaites Wainwright, Hobgoblin and Joules Blonde (unsparklered) which was fine. I didn’t make much effort to explore the rear area but it sounds like I should have done as others report a further bar here with different ales on – but then again if the place can’t be bothered to inform of me this at the first bar, should I (and you) really be bothered? Pretty quiet inside apart from a bunch of goons who were trying to cram in as many pints as possible before time. So – perhaps worth a punt for a crawling wildcard.

On 14th December 2017 - rating: 6
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custodian 42 left this review about The Swan Hotel

Happily I had read the reviews below and went to the higher up bar to be rewarded by Owd Roger at 7.4% ABV. Decent enough place in all fairness.

On 3rd January 2017 - rating: 6
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Aqualung . left this review about The Swan Hotel

I wished I had taken a closer look at the details below before coming here as I too missed out on the other bar and the CAMRA discount. As noted below it's a modernised hotel bar with rooms for coffee and food on either side as you enter. After this the first bar is on the right having four hand pumps with one unused and the rest having Marston's beers. I went for the Oxford Gold which was well kept but unexciting. For the first pint of the day it went down well. It's GBG 2015 listed but isn't really my sort of place.

On 6th August 2015 - rating: 6
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Soup Dragon left this review about The Swan Hotel

A large terraced bay-windowed Georgian styled hotel, restaurant and bar, with rear patio

The interior is an interesting use of space if nothing else. To theft is a coffee-shop, to the right the bistro, laid out for food. The actual bar area is the old coach entrance and passage way to the stables at the back - even the internal windows are also bays. The bar is in two parts, a sofa area at one end, while the more standard tables and chairs are at the other. The serving bar is half way down on the right. The decor is a mix of white, cream, red, with white and beam ceiling and some undressed brick. There is some abstract art on the walls as well. The service was fine and the clientele mixed. They do food in the bar area as well, but i haven't eaten there as yet.

Beer; tap stuff along with four handpulls - GK IPA, GK St Edmunds, Slaters Queen of Hearts and a hoppy Lymington Einstein were on at the last visit. Had a decent Spekky Hen the time before.

This is a hotel and restaurant, but the bar area does have a decent selection and thus i feel warrents inclusion here. It may have improved it's selection since ETA last visited. I would happily pop in for a look on a crawl, it just isn't so homely as other places.

On 24th February 2011 - no rating submitted
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E TA left this review about The Swan Hotel

The Swan is a former coaching inn which has been renovated and transformed into a first-rate modern business with two large bars, a restaurant and a large out-door function/barbecue area, all in keeping with the rest of the historic City centre. The upper floors have spread into neighbouring buildings to make a rambling establishment with a lot space and a traditional feel. The bars sell Speckled Hen on draught and Slaters Top Totty in bottles. Also sold are Freedom organic beers. The food is extremely good and a decent selection of wine is available. The staff have always been exceptionally pleasant and helpful, making me feel at home whenever I stay here (it's my preferred hotel in Stafford).

I wouldn't suggest including the Swan on a crawl, as there are many better real ale pubs nearby, but I strongly recommended it for a meal, a party or a relaxing evening.

On 8th June 2010 - rating: 6
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