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The Swan, Cheltenham

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
37 High Street
GL50 1DX
Phone: 01242243726

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Leased (Marstons)

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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Swan

A traditional looking stone built pub surrounded by several other decent hostelries, this is a good size internally extending back some considerable way from the front including a conservatory at the rear.

Décor wise it’s fairly traditional, with dark wood flooring in most of the pub along with some quarry tiles at the very rear. Dark green painted wood panelling was on the lower part of the walls, with shades of mustard yellow and salmon pink elsewhere. A number of old fireplaces were dotted around, some with attractive glazed red tiling and at least one was lit. High tables protruding perpendicularly from the wall were on the right hand side opposite the bar counter, with regular tables and chairs and some old sofa’s completing the seating arrangements. The rear bar was probably the cosiest and included what was perhaps an old bread oven or some type of range cooker, and this had a selection of board games piled on top. Light fixtures were an unusual pineapple design.

The menu consisted of Indian Street food, and my Dilli Murg Lucknowi was a decent and tasty dish. Also rather unusual was the whole Dilli Pani Puri which were dough balls filled with potato and chickpeas to which you poured in a mixture of tamarind sauce and aromatic water and then ate whole. Not your typical pub food perhaps, but something different and quite enjoyable.

Beers on tap were Bristol Beer Factory’s White Desert and Notorious, Stroud Brewery’s Tom Long and Arbor’s Massive Azacc. The solitary ciders meanwhile was Iford New Tradition. All in all, a very pleasant pub and well worth popping in.

On 28th February 2022 - rating: 7
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hondo . left this review about The Swan

Quite a large characterful interior with a courtyard area to the side. 5 real ales.

On 14th March 2017 - no rating submitted
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Oggwyn Great left this review about The Swan

Pub well described in the previos review , not much has changed , 4 beers from the Marstons range , my Boondoggle was fine , very busy on a Thursday evening , mainly the younger well to do crowd , with service a little slow mainly to most people paying by card , even if just for a pint !
A lot friendlier than the nearby Spectre and Old Restoration

On 17th October 2015 - no rating submitted
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Swan

According to posters behind the bar The Swan was the local CAMRA branch pub of the year between 2005 and 2007. Must have been thin times for local CAMRA members back in the day then, as although the bar supports five hand pumps , the available ales of Hobgoblin, Ringwood Boondoggle and Best, Brakspears Oxford Gold and Jennings Cumberland Ale isn’t the most adventurous choice for a Town centre pub. And as these are the same beers as shown on the pubs website, they would appear to be permanent offerings.
However that aside the Swan was a very pleasant pub for my visit.
It doesn’t look much from the outside, sandwiched between residential shops in the East end of the non-pedestrianized section of the high street. But inside it’s a long thin pub that stretched back inside through several distinct areas to a large glass ceilinged conservatory type section and outside garden area that can also be reached by a courtyard entrance at the front.
It’s a bit of a modern décor internally but had a bit more character for me than some of the other nearby options, especially as there are the several different distinct areas, with a mixture of Chesterfield sofas in one, plainer wooden tables and chairs in another and then plenty of bench seating in the brick walled garden area.
My pint of Cumberland Ale was perfectly OK and I have to say I felt a lot more comfortable here than in the nearby Spectre, Vine and Strand for example.

On 20th May 2013 - rating: 7
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