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The White Swan, Covent Garden, WC2

14 New Row
Covent Garden
WC2
WC2N 4LF
Phone: 02030771129
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Nicholsons (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Bucking Fastard left this review about The White Swan

A Nicholson's house,quite small with the usual dining room on the first floor.A traditional curved frontage,the open plan tap room is modest with a few tables by the front window,drinking shelves around the bar area and a square rear seating area,with a large round table with stools in the centre,bench seating to the side.There is wood panelling,a low ceiling and some period charm,but when busy it's hectic.The muzak was very loud but at least the BT Sport/Sky screen were off.
There are 8 handpumps but some were reversed,other unclipped leaving a choice of London Pride,Doom Bar,Old Rosie cider,Bedlam Turtle Recall and Sadlers Peaky Blinders Black IPA (NBSS 3 ) which saved my visit.
I assume the local CAMRA branch saw 8 handpumps are so awarded this pub 2020 GBG entry.With just 2 guest beers this is hardly a real ale destination,keep going to The Harp nearby if that's what you want.Little reason to revisit.

On 9th November 2019 - rating: 6
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Ian Mapp left this review about The White Swan

Now a Nicholsons....

An unexpected pint of Orkney Dark Island. Decent too.

Not many in as we got close to the ungodly hour of 10:50.

A typical LDN pub experience that didnt stand out in any way, despite being a GBG entry.

Visit blogged at http://bit.ly/2kkezym

On 2nd February 2017 - rating: 5
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The White Swan

A traditional and attractive looking pub, it is perhaps slightly less appealing inside than might be suggested from the outside appearance. It has an old wood strip floor and a black painted ceiling, along with some dark wood panelling on the walls at the front of the pub, but other than that there was little of any note. The door at the front of the pub had Saloon Bar etched in to the glass. A plasma screen was showing a sports channel whilst the music was playing perhaps just a tad too loudly for easy conversation.

First impressions on the beer front looked promising with plenty of beer mats tacked on to the wall behind the bar and a bank of eight hand pumps. However, closer inspection revealed that no less than five of these had either run out or were coming soon, leaving just Truman’s Runner, London Pride and Pedigree. The solitary cider was a rather disappointing Aspall’s Suffolk, although there was also a hot mulled option.

On 26th January 2016 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Bucking Fastard
London Charing Cross, 0.3 miles, 5 min walk (show)
London Waterloo, 1.09 miles, 21 min walk (show)
London Blackfriars, 1.96 miles, 37 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The White Swan, WC2
9th Nov 2019, 14:45
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard
 
9th Nov 2019, 14:37
Pub map correction submitted by Bucking Fastard approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 09 November 2019 by Bucking Fastard
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 06 October 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 06 October 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 06 October 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 09 November 2019 by Bucking Fastard
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 06 October 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 09 November 2019 by Bucking Fastard
  • Karaoke : No last updated 09 November 2019 by Bucking Fastard
  • Live TV Sports : Yes - Sky and BT Sports - last updated 09 November 2019 by Bucking Fastard
  • Micropub : No last updated 26 January 2016 by Blackthorn _
  • Pinball : No last updated 06 October 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 06 October 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 09 November 2019 by Bucking Fastard
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