Swan Inn

4.3
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110 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 110 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SP
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Highly recommend to anyone.

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

l
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

SP
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

JG
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and friendly and efficient staff, in pleasant surroundings. Much enjoyed.

TS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice lunch good quick friendly service considering it was a very busy Sunday lunchtime.

JB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food loverly pub staff fantastic. Will be visiting again soon

HW
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice pub, food was superb and even better service from a warm friendly team.

M
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food excellent and staff very attentive and friendly

SL
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We were put into a small area with three tables looking out into a stream and a beer garden. On sitting down there was another table occupying four ladies. It was extremely noisy. We ordered our food which was pretty average and decided to share a dessert. We ordered Rocky Road Cheesecake and two coffees. When our dessert arrived we were quite shocked at the size of the portion for £6.50. We are not greedy but thought it was taking the for the portion size. We paid and left and don’t think we will return.

AB
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely place and the food was excellent. Only slight issue was the wait between the starter and main courses, which was over 45 minutes, but as we weren't in a rush, didn't cause us to many problems.

SH
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely Waitress nothing was to much for her.

CC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very easy to book online, immediate welcome and seated. Taken to a lovely table overlooking the stream at the back.
Asked if we’d like drinks straight away and given a menu.
Good choice of food
Drinks and order taken promptly
Food arrived, well presented, good amount, very tasty.. could t fault it
Only fault I have was, I ordered a large glass of dry white wine and soda, which at £8 ish I thought was rather steep

N
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Lovely place. Brilliant staff. If I had to say one thing against this place it would be the portions are too big but that might suit others

S
London
14 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely family Sunday lunch, great to spend some time in the pretty beer garden too

OT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff and great food. A very nice pub.

RL
London
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Business lunch meeting, so there for 3.5 hours.

Firstly, we were told that we could not run a tab if we wanted to eat outside. Nor could this be overcome by leaving a card behind the bar - a great welcome!

Starters of salted squid were over deep-fried and, I imagine a Brakes Bros standard buy in.
My sea bass comprised two small and very thin bits of fish - dry and over-cooked.

IW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always, great food and friendly staff

JK
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a celebration for 8 people. It was lovely. Food and service very good. Everyone enjoyed their meal.

TR
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Lovely meal and perfect setting only slight negative was that felt a bit rushed to eat up

JT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great pub, fantastic food, good service. I would definitely recommend it for indoor or outdoor dining.

K
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a very pleasant time!! Staff were very nice & attentive!! Lovely garden.
Would have liked more gluten free options.

SM
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Booking system stated that all tables prior to early evening were booked. When we arrived, there was only one table in use. No atmosphere. But great staff and food.

AG
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal out for our anniversary. Very quick service and food was outstanding. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.

LB
London
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking for something a bit special for a night away. We found it at The Swan. The staff were excellent, very friendly with prompt service but without being intrusive. The food was delicious, once we had chosen from an extensive menu. If you're looking for a lovely place to eat without it being over the top I definitely recommend The Swan.

AG
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited for my husband’s birthday and we had a lovely evening. Booking was easy online and they even wished my husband a happy birthday as we arrived. Service was quick and the food was delicious and amazing quality. Only slight issue was it took a while for our drinks to arrive from the bar. Will definitely be visiting again soon,

RO
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

friendly staff and the food was well presented and very good.

JR
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Worst Sunday lunch I have ever had. The beef was very good but it was laid across a pile of veg and damp roast potatoes, covered in a thick black gravy and then topped with two huge and inedible Yorkshire’s. We ate the meat and just couldn’t eat any of the rest. Dire

CO
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We visited the Swan for the Third time with friends. The first time was in late 2018 and we enjoyed the atmosphere & the food. Unfortunately, on this occasion, the food was not to an acceptable standard. The main concern was the medium rare sirloin steak which was tough and inedible. We also ordered sea bass fillets which were very dry. The salad I had with my Camembert & beetroot tart was nearly all rocket. Its disappointing as this is a good mid point meeting place for friends as we currently live in the Swindon area.

E
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good. Service was friendly and efficient. Did not wait long for mains to come out and was welcomed with a smile.

SA
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely friendly pub with good food in a nice setting both inside and out

JT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First visit and I was really pleased. Lovely food, friendly staff and a good venue. I would definitely go back again and recommend the pub to others.

ST
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good Pub with nice Garden at the back with a stream running through it. Food was good quality and nice and Hot. Service was polite and efficient. Prices were comparable to similar establishments. We have visited before and will in the future

W
London
142 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Met some friends as this was an in between destination. Food was good, service was friendly. The outside dining area is fantastic and there are some nice walks nearby

HP
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Requested and received dog friendly table with ease. Dog biscuits provided at table on arrival. Very attentive and friendly staff. All round, a very pleasant and trouble free experience.

DD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Very fresh ingredients. Haloumi burger a real feast for a veggie.

TS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service levels are excellent and food was served hot and cooked to perfection. Really enjoyable evening at a quality venue

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