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Ye Olde Swan, Thames Ditton

Summer Road
Thames Ditton
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Malden man left this review about Ye Olde Swan

The pretty riverside location had certainly brought the crowds out on a sultry summer day with the large riverside terrace teeming with people drinking and eating.
The pub itself is clearly of great age and would appear to be formed from a number of buildings, probably cottages, knocked through. It is a rambling place, despite being on the road clearly with a main aspect to the river. The bar area has a stone flagged floor, boarded elsewhere, but with many modern furnishings which feel at odds with the building. A side room to the left of the bar had sofas, bucket chairs, a wall mounted TV and paintings for sale of iconic London landmarks. Around to the right are two more rooms, one with old wooden beams and posts and a low ceiling, exposed brickwork and an inglenook fireplace then up a few steps to a more formal restaurant section with a wood burning stove.
As you might expect, food is important here, plenty eating outside where surprisingly the outdoor barbecue had not been fired up on a hot day. Weekend specials included a 16oz T bone steak with all the trimmings for £18.99. rack of ribs £10.99. Unusually there is an ice cream fridge in the main bar which unfortunately was a source of a couple of tantrums from over-tired, too hot toddlers.
This is a Greene King outlet but one with a guest beer policy, there was IPA, OSH, Abbot plus 1648 Brewery Signature, Oxfordshire Ales Pride of Oxford and Red Squirrel Legally Blonde. Beer quality was good.
A pleasant if rather busy spot on a hot afternoon, entertainment provided gratis by some foolhardy chap deciding to dive fully clothed into the river off the adjacent footbridge. Thankfully without any harm occurring.

On 20th July 2014 - rating: 7
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Graham Coombs left this review about Ye Olde Swan

Part of Greene King Old English chain, however benefitting from an enthusiastic (and friendly) manager who has brought in a constantly-changing and interesting range of SIBA beers alongside the GK regulars. As described below, it is a splendid rambling old building with a good riverside area. Parking can be tricky however.

On 14th July 2014 - rating: 8
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Old Blue left this review about Ye Olde Swan

Quite a foodie Greene King pub by the Thames, as at last night serving St. Edmunds as their seasonal ale along with the usual regulars. Drinks service was helpful and efficient. They have also installed an ATM that doesn't charge the customer, something I've not seen in a pub before.

Since my last visit they have turned most of the rear car park into extra seating, so there is now a lot of outdoor seating all the way from the back of the pub to the river boardwalk. I get the impression they are trying to corner more of the outdoor riverside custom locally. I hope they succeed in this, not least because they do seem to be better than others in the area in terms of maintaining a genuine pub feel and real ales, albeit from GK, rather than just concentrating on the food side. A good place for a drink by the river on a warm day, in my view.

Above review was on 15th June. Been here again twice since, and eaten here - again good service, and our meals were very nice. They have also added Ruddles County as a guest on one of their 6 handpumps, at £3.00 good value for the area.

On 3rd August 2011 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Graham Coombs
Thames Ditton, 0.49 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Hampton Court, 0.96 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Surbiton, 1.67 miles, 32 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Ye Olde Swan, Thames Ditton
20th Jul 2014, 16:06
Review submitted by Malden man
20th Jul 2014, 09:17
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 14 July 2014 by Graham Coombs
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 14 July 2014 by Graham Coombs
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 14 July 2014 by Graham Coombs
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 14 July 2014 by Graham Coombs
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 14 July 2014 by Graham Coombs
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 14 July 2014 by Graham Coombs
  • Jukebox : No last updated 14 July 2014 by Graham Coombs
  • Pinball : No last updated 14 July 2014 by Graham Coombs
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 03 August 2011 by Alan Hurdle
  • Real Cider : No last updated 14 July 2014 by Graham Coombs
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 14 July 2014 by Graham Coombs
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