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The Black Swan, Alnwick

26 Narrowgate
Alnwick
NE66 1JG
Phone: 01665600835
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Black Swan

A fascinating old building, extending back down several levels, with some impressive roofing to the rear. The front room is a little more constrained, with a low ceiling and an excess of black paint, but does have some splendid stained glass windows. The tidy tables, candles and reserved signs make it all a bit restauranty, but it gets slightly pubbier behind, including a courtyard area right at the back. The bar in the middle had Sharp's Atlantic and First In Last Out Reivers on handpump.

On 24th July 2022 - rating: 6
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Rob Hunter left this review about The Black Swan

Visited earlier this week. Three hand pulls at the bar offering two beers by Firebrick, with the third pump unclipped. I had a half of the Firebrick Pagan Queen which was £1.55 for a half. It was perfectly drinkable without being anything special.

The pub has a real fire in the front room (not in use at the time of my visit), food is served and menus are on the tables. There is a sign up asking you to wait to be seated, but as the pub was almost empty and I was just there for a drink I just went straight to the bar. I think I would have looked rather foolish stood at the front of the pub waiting for the barman to tell me I could sit down. The front area has worn banquette seating. Beyond the bar there are steps going down to a lower level with more seating and a separate entrance/exit, presumably to the street behind.

Presumably accommodation is available as there was a door labelled Bedrooms. I couldn't help but notice a slight smell of farts partly covered up by air freshener. However the toilets themselves were fine and fresh, so I don't think dodgy blames can be blamed.

Nice to try but not one I would go out of my way to visit again.

On 15th January 2020 - rating: 7
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Will Larter left this review about The Black Swan

A more traditional pub than the nearby Dirty Bottles, with the pub sign incorporated into a first floor bay window. There are two hand pumps on the bar, with a choice of Black Sheep Bitter and the almost local Blaydon Brick Cowen. I went for the latter which was ok but nothing special. Another Alnwick pub that was good without being highly recommended.

Date of visit: 12th March 2018

On 27th April 2018 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Alan Hurdle
Alnmouth, 4.01 miles, 1 hr 17 min walk (show)
Acklington, 9.47 miles, 3 hr 2 min walk (show)
Chathill, 9.72 miles, 3 hr 7 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Black Swan, Alnwick
24th Jul 2022, 07:14
Review submitted by Graham Coombs
 
18th Jul 2022, 08:48
Picture submitted by S Armstrong approved

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 15 January 2020 by Rob Hunter
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 24 July 2022 by Graham Coombs
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 24 July 2022 by Graham Coombs
  • Beer Garden : Yes - courtyard - last updated 24 July 2022 by Graham Coombs
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 24 July 2022 by Graham Coombs
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 24 July 2022 by Graham Coombs
  • Darts : No last updated 24 July 2022 by Graham Coombs
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 15 January 2020 by Rob Hunter
  • Jukebox : No last updated 24 July 2022 by Graham Coombs
  • Karaoke : Yes last updated 17 May 2015 by Dave McNally
  • Live Music : No last updated 24 July 2022 by Graham Coombs
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 24 July 2022 by Graham Coombs
  • Micropub : No last updated 24 July 2022 by Graham Coombs
  • Pinball : No last updated 24 July 2022 by Graham Coombs
  • Pool Table : No last updated 24 July 2022 by Graham Coombs
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 24 July 2022 by Graham Coombs
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 09 May 2014 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 27 April 2018 by Will Larter
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