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Swan Hotel (JD Wetherspoon), Leighton Buzzard Central, Leighton Buzzard

High Street
Leighton Buzzard
LU7 1EA
Phone: 01525380170
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J D Wetherspoon

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Real Ale Ray left this review about Swan Hotel (JD Wetherspoon)

The front of the pub was finished in a mixture of light pastel coloured painted walls. The area was extremely hot and sticky, predominately where people were eating on our lunchtime visit, plus there was a pungent smell of food. The main back room along with the bar situated down the right hand side was fine. I especially liked the barley twist pillars along the bar counter, which supported the pot shelf and the panelled sections along the bar front, all of which was finished in oak. The parquet floor in front of the bar and old pewter tankards hanging from the ceiling beams was another decent feature. There was also a small conservatory area leading off the main room on the left hand side. Beer wise nothing outlandish, so settled on the Theakston Old Peculiar.

On 3rd November 2019 - rating: 6
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Aqualung . left this review about Swan Hotel

This was my first visit to a Spoons hotel. It seemed much the same as others but being an old building and not a shop allows it to be split into small areas. On my lunchtime visit it did seem that a lot of people were there for the food.
On the bar there were ten pumps with the predictable 2 GK beers, Doom Bore available soon and Adnam's Broadside. More interestingly there was Cotleigh Commando, Hook Norton Flagship, White Park Kelly's Stout, Red Squirrel London Porter then Elgood's Cambridge and Concrete Cow Fenny Popper both available soon.
I went for the Red Squirrel Porter which was in very good nick. This is GBG 2015 listed so three beers being unavailable was unfortunate. Despite that it's a reasonable sort of place but think it unlikely I would return partly because the town is so far from the station.

On 5th October 2014 - rating: 6
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Swan Hotel

A large Wetherspoon’s directly opposite the Market Place, the pub also offers accommodation as it’s name suggests and was full to capacity on a recent Tuesday evening visit when I just managed to bag the last table. As a consequence, food service was somewhat slower than is usual in their establishments with a 20 minute wait, although to be fair this was pointed out to me when I ordered.

The pub consists of a number of interconnected areas, although the front half feels perhaps a little more hotel like with a cream and pale blue colour scheme, whereas the rear half which includes the bar counter is more traditional. Flooring is predominantly carpet with some parquet wood around the bar area and there were some old light fittings as well as a number of beams on the ceiling, some of which had old pewter tankards hanging from them. The bar is presumably an original feature being curved and made of ornate carved wood.

A number of old black and white photographs showed the local area, including the market place in the 19th Century, the nearby Grand Union canal and the Leighton Buzzard sand quarry. A long list of previous licensees suggests that it has been a hostelry for some time, unless Wetherspoons have an unusually high staff turnover. A small courtyard looked pleasant enough and included an old brewer’s dray as well as a covered area for the inclement weather.

The food menu was extensive and divided in to several sections such as wraps, salads and pasta, pub classics, chicken and ribs, burgers and dogs, fresh from the grill and even an under 500 calories section. I went for a Chicken Tikka Masala which as well as rice came with naan bread, poppadums and mango chutney. It was ok, although nothing special, and I thought that at £7.50 it was perhaps a little pricey, particularly as there didn’t seem to be a massive amount of chicken in it.

Beers on this occasion were Doom Bar, Abbott Ale, Adnams Broadside, Fenny Popper and Old Bloomer from the Concrete Cow Brewery in nearby Milton Keynes, Ruddles Best, Cotleigh Hoofing Commando, White Park Kelly’s Stout and Red Squirrel London Porter. Ciders were Strongbow, Thatcher’s Gold and Mr. Whitehead’s Beetroot on tap as well as a couple more options from Mr. Whitehead boxed up behind the bar.

On 1st October 2014 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Graham Mason
Leighton Buzzard, 0.73 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Cheddington, 4.87 miles, 1 hr 34 min walk (show)
Bow Brickhill, 7.81 miles, 2 hr 30 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Swan Hotel (JD Wetherspoon), Leighton Buzzard
3rd Nov 2019, 13:23
Review submitted by Real Ale Ray amended by Real Ale Ray
 
3rd Nov 2019, 13:00
Review submitted by Real Ale Ray amended by Real Ale Ray

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 01 October 2014 by Blackthorn _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 04 October 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 04 October 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Courtyard - last updated 01 October 2014 by Blackthorn _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 04 October 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Car Park : No last updated 04 October 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 01 October 2014 by Blackthorn _
  • Darts : No last updated 04 October 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 04 October 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 01 October 2014 by Blackthorn _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 01 October 2014 by Blackthorn _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 04 October 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Live Music : No last updated 04 October 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 04 October 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Pinball : No last updated 01 October 2014 by Blackthorn _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 01 October 2014 by Blackthorn _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 04 October 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 01 October 2014 by Blackthorn _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 04 October 2014 by Aqualung .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 01 October 2014 by Blackthorn _
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