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Swan with Two Necks, Stockport Central, Stockport

36 Princes Street
Stockport
SK1 1RY
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Pub SignMan left this review about Swan with Two Necks

Walking through Stockport's retail district, the last thing I expected to find was this marvellous old Robinson's pub - a real survivor in a heavily redeveloped area. The pub has a classic lobby bar set-up, with a nicely tiled porch leading you through into the lobby where the bar appears over on the left hand side. There are three or four small tables opposite served by low stools, under some excellent wood panelled walls. The bar has a short, smart counter and rather unusual, blocky bar back with a clock set into it. The front porch has a second door which leads you into the front left vault bar which is a cosy carpeted room with standard tables and chairs, an upright piano, a large poster detailing the pubs of Manchester and Stockport and some more excellent wood panelling. Beyond the bar there is a Smoke Room - arguably the nicest room in the pub with its worn carpet, padded banquettes, fully panelled walls decorated with salvers, jugs, clocks and the like and a very attractive fireplace which breaks things up nicely. A corridor runs to the rear of the pub past some old whisky mirrors to a rear door with a fine stained glass pane depicting the eponymous two headed swan. From here you can access a rear patio garden and the outdoor toilet block.
There are five handpulls on the bar, but just the one ale was available on my visit - Robinson's Unicorn - with Old Rosie cider occupying a second pump and Robinson's Old Tom still conditioning 24 hours after the main PuG crawl passed through. I tried the Unicorn and thought it was in fine shape. I'd pulled up a stool at one of the tables opposite the bar and after a few minutes I was joined by an old boy who told me I was sat at 'his' table - it's that sort of pub. We chatted about pubs in Stockport for a bit and the cheery barman chipped in occasionally between serving customers.
I thought this was a very pleasant little pub that deserves to have survived the threat of redevelopment and has flourished into one of the town's top pubs. The staff and clientele were very friendly and welcoming and the beer, whilst not anything out of the ordinary, was certainly kept very well. A real treat this one and an ideal bolt-hole if you find yourself being dragged around the shops.

On 10th January 2018 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about Swan with Two Necks

A CAMRA heritage Robbie's pub (naff battleship grey exterior paint job excepted) which was slated for demolition for a shopping centre previously. A porch entrance with a room to the left, lobby bar and a wonderful lounge (‘smoke’) room beyond this, naturally lit by a skylight. Vast amounts of light varnished oak wood panelling, clock-inlaid bar back, bell-pushes and traditional seating, a real museum piece (“last refurbished in the 1920s” proclaims a sign). Upright piano spotted. Four pumps with one ale – Unicorn – (the Old Tom was sadly still conditioning) which was in great shape. There were also two pumps for (unavailable) cider. A shame that given the timing (Friday), only one beer was on, surely a bit of pump mismanagement there. Would have been a higher mark otherwise. 7.5

On 1st December 2017 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Swan with Two Necks

The fine exterior of this splendid Robinsons pub has been given a slight makeover in battleship grey which might suggest some gastro-pubification inside but fortunately nothing could be further from the truth. The entrance corridor leads to the drinking lobby in front of the main part of the bar counter, with the attractive Smoke Room beyond. A separate 'vault' at the front features an old piano and has its own counter from the side of the central servery, and all three rooms have very atmospheric wood panelling. We found three of five handpumps in use, offering Unicorn (£1.57 half) plus Old Rosie and Rosie's Pig ciders, with a clip for the seasonal Old Tom which was undergoing conditioning on the fourth. So, despite the limited beer choice, this one is well worth a visit.

On 25th November 2017 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Will Larter
Stockport, 0.57 miles, 11 min walk (show)
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10th Feb 2018, 11:23
Review submitted by Quinno _
 
10th Jan 2018, 20:35
Review submitted by Pub SignMan

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 10 October 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 10 January 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 10 October 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 10 October 2017 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 10 October 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 10 October 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 10 October 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 10 January 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 10 October 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 10 October 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes - Lunchtime only. Not Sunday & Monday. - last updated 10 October 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 10 January 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 10 January 2018 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : No last updated 10 October 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 10 October 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 10 October 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 10 October 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Pool Table : No last updated 10 October 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 October 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 10 October 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 12 February 2018 by Quinno _
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