Swan Inn

4.4
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143 reviews
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£25 and under
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British

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With beautiful gardens including a bridged stream meandering through its full length (great for playing Poo sticks) this historic 16th Century pub restaurant offers a traditional and casual drinking and dining experience, serving a superb range of classic cask ales and fresh British food.



Guests can enjoy a relaxing meal or drink in a truly special environment that combines traditional and modern design. Guests can warm themselves in front of our wood burning stoves or dine alfresco and take in the tranquil gardens with the soothing sounds of the stream.



We welcome dogs and their well behaved owners in our garden and bar areas and it's a great place to start or end a day out with a lovely meal and refreshing drink.



Situated in the village of Newtown just outside Newbury 5 minutes drive from Highclere Castle and conveniently located close to the A34 and Newbury Racecourse.
What 143 People Are Saying
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j
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

this is a strange one....as the building and setting is lovely so should be 5 stars, but the food is for me lack luster, and is really rather average....and so there is always a reason why we only seem to go back every 5 years or so. Shame really, the food isn't awful but certainly not for a special night out

JK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

You need to sort out your booking form, as it is giving me the wrong name

ME
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I have been several times to The Swan and I can honestly say I have never had a complaint. Would recommend to family and friends.

A
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

When we got there our table had been given to someone else so we were put in a corner right next to another table within earshot for the whole evening...
The starter and main was lovely but the dessert, a simple Eton mess was inedible... A bowl of mush with cream and a strawberry on top... They took it back and took it off the bill but it ruined the experience of a romantic meal.

J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pub food, good atmosphere and friendly staff.

SM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Large portions, so value for money. Highly recommend

RA
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet table where we could chat with friends. Service was outstanding and even though there was a couple of mistakes with orders these were rectified quickly. It did take a while for our food to arrive but it was delicious when it did. Would definitely recommend to friends. Having a voucher from our Christmas meal helped with the cost.

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely & cosy on a winter evening, excellent food & service, a very nice evening.

B
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Very good place to catch up with friends and a friendly efficient experience

MC
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always, food was amazing and the beer well kept

DD
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Had the roast lamb, meat was tough and fatty.
Will stick to main dishes in the future. Pie was good and so was the scampi

OT
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have visited The Swan many times as a great halfway point to meet some friends for a Sunday lunch. It never disappoints, the food and service are always excellent

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Went here for Sunday lunch which was absolutely lovely. Huge portions. Great service by the very friendly and attentive staff. Only negative was that it was pretty cold where we were sat.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Evening out with the wife, all round good experience

TR
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Nice venue and food was good. For January we found the place too cold and the furniture not very comfortable but all round a nice experience.

JS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Meal was good people were also very good although food was good it was a bit slow, we had a table of 4 and the fourth person was always waiting for there food for some time after the other 3.

OT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the meal and venue. This was a dinner for my partner’s birthday which she thoroughly enjoyed. The steak was delicious.

A
London
8 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service as always. Good location friendly welcome and energetic atmosphere.

L
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The tables were too close together so it was difficult getting in and out.
The Beef Bourguignon looked like a big black splotch with no structure to the meat but the other three people with me were happy with their food and spoke highly of the Bread and Butter pudding.

MA
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First went to Swan Inn 50 years ago, and the premises have changed dramatically. Food was good and staff attentive.

J
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was quite slow but the restaurant was very busy. Otherwise a very pkeasant mea

JP
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service .... just a great place would highly recommend

ME
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent value for money. Most of the staff were young waiters or waitresses but they were very polite and attentive. Couldn't do enough for us :-) I

MC
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food, great service, will definitely be back

HP
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I use a wheelchair. Many staff were extremely helpful and considerate of my needs.

AS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Lovely pub and service but the food was nothing special and massively over-priced in my opinion.

RA
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Arrived and seated to table but there was a noisy party next to us so asked to move and relocated to a quiet alcove which was much better. Service very good and food was superb. So good we have booked again for a Christmas Meal. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.

T
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere and superbly kept beer. Nice, friendly staff but the whole experience let down by poorly cooked and sourced food (veggie and fish).

K
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The roast beef was more gristle than meat.
We ordered a small glass of wine but got given a medium, and then got charged for a medium as well.
We asked for the dessert menu, half an hour later still no menu !

Sadly we didn't tip, we did not feel the meal or the service justified it.

JG
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We booked the Swan for a Friday lunchtime. It's a very pleasant atmosphere and both the service & food were good. I'd recommend the sausage & mash. Will definitely eat here again.

JK
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely Sunday lunch. There are four choices of Roast meats. I chose beef and the plate was full of vegetables and two Yorkshire puds, all delicious. Lots of food.
We will go back for seconds!👍🏻😊

G
London
127 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice lunch at the Swan which is well worth a visit

MT
Shropshire
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I dined with my elderly mother. Staff were very kind to my mum - happy to do a small portion for her, the offer of an arm to walk to the loo and even an offer to cut up food if required. We were both impressed with their positive attitude.

I
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great food and considering there were 8 of us the service was very efficient and courteous. This was a great place for us to meet as we came from Oxford, Portsmouth and Staines. Will do it again soon.

SC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, friendly empathetic staff, divine menu...puddings sublime

SP
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Highly recommend to anyone.

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely venue for Sunday Lunch. Staff couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. Food was plentiful, excellently cooked and tasty! Only negative was the prices: £3.80 for a pint of coke! Will go again though, triple roast was delicious!

SP
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food very good service excellent. Have been two weeks running.

l
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a lovely meal, great service and yummy food....recommend

SP
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The ambience and service was very good. Felt it was a little more expensive than other pubs for the same food.