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The Swan Inn, Bristol

Tockington Green
Tockington
Postal town: Bristol
BS32 4NJ
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Old English Inns (Greene King)

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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Swan Inn

This has got many ingredients to be a great country pub, but somehow doesn't quite manage to pull it off. It's right by the village green, there's the low beamed ceiling, suitable décor and a real file (actually a real fireplace with real logs, but I could smell smoke so I assume it's lit on occasions!). However, the large chrome carvery stand assaults you as soon as you walk thorough the door (to be fair, maybe they move it when it's not in use, I'm not sure) and there's a large plasma on the wall in one of the cosier lounges which seems rather out of place. Fortunately it was turned off.
It's a Greene King pub, so nothing very exciting in terms of beer – their IPA and Abbott Ale on hand pump and Old Speckled Hen straight from the barrel, plus Courage Best. They also had Stow ford Press cider.

Their seemed to be a decent selection of food available with the aforementioned carvery, a good choice of pub grub on the regular menu and a small specials board. Unfortunately it was served off-putingly quickly, I'd hardly had time to take the head off my pint before it arrived. It would probably have taken me longer to get served in a McDonalds. The food was what you would expect for something that turned up so quickly – essentially a supermarket ready meal. I never buy them, and don't expect to be served them when I go out.

The staff were pleasant enough, but presumably on some type of bonus structure. The guy who took our food order was keen to “recommend” some side dishes, and the waitress who cleared our plates was keen to “recommend” some desert or coffee.

So, in summary, worth popping in for a pint if you're passing, but don't bother with the food. Unless you like supermarket ready meals, that it.

On 18th January 2010 - rating: 6
[User has posted 1771 recommendations about 1701 pubs]

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Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 09 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 09 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 10 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 09 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 10 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 09 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 10 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Darts : Yes - Never likely to be used - last updated 09 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 12 June 2017 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Function Room : Yes - separate areas that can be a function area - last updated 10 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 09 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Jukebox : No last updated 09 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Karaoke : No last updated 09 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Live Music : No last updated 10 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 09 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Micropub : No last updated 09 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pinball : No last updated 09 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pool Table : No last updated 09 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 10 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 09 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 09 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • WiFi : Yes - The Cloud - last updated 10 December 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
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