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Black Swan, Woking

Old Lane
Ockham
Postal town: Woking
KT11 1NG
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Pub SignMan left this review about Black Swan

This is a large gastro pub in a small village conveniently positioned just off the M25/A3 intersection and a short drive from RHS Wisley. Film buffs might better know the pub as ‘The Slaughtered Lamb’, as it was used for interior shots of the rural boozer in the movie ‘An American Werewolf in London’, although the interior is unrecognisable from the old-fashioned inn shown in the movie, having been opened out and smartened up in a bid to appeal to Surrey commuter-belt types. Pentagrams were also conspicuous by their absence. Nowadays, you enter through one of two sets of front doors to some large, open-plan seating areas. The left side is perhaps set up a little more formally with tables and chairs in rows down either side, supplemented by a few benches. Meanwhile, the right-hand side feels a bit more homely, or at least as much as that is possible in a pub like this. Comfier furnishings with a few bits of partitioning make this spot perhaps the best bet for those not wanting to eat and there is also easy access from here to the bar which runs down the back wall, with a long counter and modern bar back, both rather devoid of character. Décor throughout involves lots of white walls, smart floorboards (which have replaced the characterful cobbles that once used to skirt the bar area), bland paintings and a few decorative ornaments but not all that much that you would deem inherently ‘pubby’. Perhaps the pub’s best asset these days is its huge garden with ample parking, tonnes of picnic benches and smart garden furniture dotted between well maintained hedges, table tennis tables, bar and BBQ area and outdoor DJ booth. There were also signs for a ‘Bubble Garden’, which appeared to be a grassy space filled with a set of small domes, ideal for socially distanced private dining.
There were three ales on at the bar – Taylor Landlord, Greene King IPA and Surrey Hills Shere Drop, the latter in good shape. We stopped in here for some food with friends and found the food was good quality but overpriced and the waitress forgot about our desserts order which meant we were sat around for ages waiting for food that the kitchen didn’t know we wanted!
This place seems to be very popular, at least judging by our Saturday early evening visit, and I would say if you’re looking for somewhere to break a journey with some good, if rather pricey, food in a nice garden setting, you could do a lot worse. As a pub in its own right, it doesn’t quite work despite the decent beer quality, although I suspect this isn’t a problem for most of the pub’s current patrons.

On 25th September 2020 - rating: 6
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Colin Walker left this review about Black Swan

The Black Swan interior before its refurbishment achieved its fame in the film 'An American Werewolf in London'. In the film the exterior was actually a cottage located in small village of Crickadarn. In the film the pub was called The Slaughtered Lamb.

On 15th December 2019 - rating: 10
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dave stray left this review about Black Swan

The last few visits in 2011 have been a little disappointed and the last visit in Decemeber 2011 leaved a fair bit to be desired. The service was amazing slow and the staff in general seemed uninterested and not that friendly. The beer was however a bright spart of the pub with Hogs Back beers being especially good. Lacks a warmth however which it used to have. 45-50 minutes for a main course seems excessive.

On 6th December 2011 - rating: 3
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25th Sep 2020, 16:47
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Review submitted by Colin Walker

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