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Submitted on Thursday, 13th March 2014
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The Swan, Wakefield Central, Wakefield

156 Westgate
Wakefield
WF2 9SR
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aleand hearty left this review about The Swan

The Swan was once a fine old Tetley’s house, before suffering a spell as an execrable Scruffy Murphy’s, followed by several years as a soulless vertical drinking barn. Finally, the Swan feels more like a traditional pub again.

Internally, it has a horseshoe shaped layout and is quite plain overall, although the walls are broken up by photos of various pop bands and two large screens for sport. Seating is largely based on wall benches around the perimeter, with cast iron tables, though there are some high stools at the bar. To the rear of the pub there is a beer garden for fair weather drinking.

My visit was prompted by the local beer bush telegraph stating that the Swan was committed to real ale again, so it was quite disappointing just to see two of the four pumps being used. Unfortunately, the choices were fairly prosaic as well in Marston’s ‘Pedigree’ and Wychwood ‘Toasty Oasty’. Opting for the latter, it proved to be yet another dull amber beer from the extended Marston’s stable. However, in fairness, it was in good condition. Service from the barman was friendly and welcoming, but the place was dead on a Wednesday evening, with only two other punters in the place. Even allowing for the sleety showers, I would have expected a little more custom. I suspect the place is a little busier at weekends when the Westgate runners come out to play - and probably needs to be if it is to survive. Overall, I found it too subdued and uninspiring, with little to entice me back again, particularly with competition such as The Hop, Harry’s Bar and Henry Boon’s close by. Disappointing.

Visited 11.02.14

On 26th June 2014 - no rating submitted
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Map location is best guess
Wakefield Westgate, 0.36 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Wakefield Kirkgate, 0.85 miles, 16 min walk (show)
Sandal & Agbrigg, 1.93 miles, 37 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Swan, Wakefield
16th Jul 2017, 16:16
Picture submitted by Will Larter approved
 
16th Jul 2017, 16:16
Picture submitted by Will Larter approved

Pub Details

Pub details supplied by members of this site to the best of their knowledge. Please check with pub directly before making a special trip.

  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 12 February 2014 by aleand hearty
  • Karaoke : Yes last updated 12 February 2014 by aleand hearty
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 12 February 2014 by aleand hearty
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 12 February 2014 by aleand hearty
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 11:30am
Monday12noon - Midnight
Tuesday12noon - Midnight
Wednesday12noon - Midnight
Thursday12noon - Midnight
Friday12noon - 1:30am
Saturday12noon - 1:30am
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
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