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The Swan, Kingston Upon Thames

22 High Street
Hampton Wick
Postal town: Kingston Upon Thames
Phone: 02089772644

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Malden man left this review about The Swan

An attractive looking wedge shaped pub following the junction on which it sits, the upper floor has structural looking timbers with herringbone brickwork between the uprights. Inside there is a large opened out area, a bit spartan really, with a central squinted bar. Black wainscoting and white plus some mustard coloured upper walls.
Three visible handpumps of which two were on, offering Spitfire and Whitstable Bay, part of the rear had a curtain across so perhaps there is more but I reckon the open and barren feeling interior might be due to space making for New Year's Eve. The open to view kitchen was functioning though with Thai food coming out, the Pad Thai noodles looked to be the regular punters favourite choice. The lunch menu is very good value, dearer later or a la carte.
Not a bad spot, it felt a bit clinical and functional inside and I confess to not being the greatest fan of SN ales but I could be persuaded to return, maybe for some noodles and a pint.

On 31st December 2016 - rating: 5
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John Bonser left this review about The Swan

A short stroll away down the High Street is the Swan, a pub that, at first sight, externally, reminds you of The White Hart Hotel, with its diagonal brick built, timber framed mock-Tudor exterior.

A large blackboard outside lists an extensive food menu and the food emphasis is confirmed by several large blackboards above the bar listing meals and wines. The pub interior is rather featureless in that clean and bright modern style and features pastel shades and the usual mixture of traditional seating, high perches and sofas. The seating area snakes round the side of the bar and leads out to a quiet secret fenced garden which is a real sun trap. There’s also seats outside on the pavement area at the front. Here I noticed an iron plaque bearing the name of Hodgsons Kingston Brewery Co Limited stating that under The Rights of Way Act 1932 that the “Land is private. No public right of way”.

Live music ( jazz, rock etc ) is advertised for Friday and Saturday night

On my recent lunchtime visit, despite the clear food emphasis, there were only a few locals supping quietly at the bar.

It’s a Shepherd Neame pub, which, notably, in addition to Spitfire, was serving Kents Best and Bishops Finger. The Kents Best, which is a pint ordinarily well worth sampling, was in excellent form.

This is a fairly average place in my book, not specifically worth seeking out

On 28th April 2011 - rating: 5
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Swan

A Shepherd Neame pub so expect the usual ales – they had Spitfire, Bishop's Finger and Kent's Best on when I was in there at Saturday lunchtime. The Kent's Best was pretty good. The pub is clean, comfortable and bright. They have an open view kitchen, and the food we had was good enough and reasonably priced, if not cheap. No discernable smells from the kitchen, which is good. Both the chap behind the bar, and the lady doing the food, were friendly and helpful. Basically I though that this was a decent enough pub – nothing very special about it and nothing wrong with it either. I would be happy to drop in again if I was in the area and fancied a pint of Shep's beer.

On 8th March 2009 - rating: 5
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train man left this review about The Swan

Off-map, but played joker en route to Lion. Not totally unlikeable, but the entrance does carry something of a hotel-bar feel & smelled of cleaning product on this Sat pm. Mostly carpetted, winds away to the right, more wooden seating, pool table & good dartboard out of way to rear, 2 decent plasmas quietly showing skysports news. Sheps, so Spitfire, Kent's Best, Late Red, beer in good condition.

On 15th December 2008 - no rating submitted
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