Swan - Pangbourne

4.3
1065 reviews
£25 and under
British
The Swan is situated on the banks of the Thames with its waters gently lapping against the edges of our outdoor seating area. Perfect for al fresco dining on cool Spring evenings.
We pride ourselves on using the best ingredients to create some truly delicious and enticing meal options. We change our menu seasonally to provide the freshest ingredients.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1065 People Are Saying
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PaulS
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Helpful staff and good food overlooking the Thames

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ChrisN
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent setting in the conservatory by the Thames. A rather difficult car park with few disabled slots. Pleasant surroundings and ambiance with a very nice meal.

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AnnP
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautifully cooked roast beef but meal could have been improved by reducing the chunk of cabbage which diminated the plate!

Swan - Pangbourne
Responded 3 days ago

Dear Ann, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We really appreciate your feedback and will pass it onto the kitchen. We are glad you enjoyed our delicious roast beef and hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, The Swan Management Team

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robw
London
9 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice choice of food and attentive service - and of course a fabulous view!

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DaveB
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a nice meal at the Swan yesterday, better than the last time we visited here a couple of years back.
Food and service was good, nice decor.

Fair price although it seems that the service charge gets added to the bill whether the customer likes it or not these days.

There seemed to be a lot of children about but we were there quite early in the evening and they were not too bad.
There was a screaming baby at one point at the other end of the restaurant which is a huge no no. Diners can really do without that whilst trying to enjoy a meal out.
Overall we had a nice time

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
6 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious lunch … excellent service & very dog friendly too. Couldn’t fault it!

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JoHil
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fabulous food. Great place. A little too noisy where we we sat - made conversation a little bit hard.

Felt staff could have asked regarding food allergies/intolerances at the first instance - as we had some in our party and it would have been helpful to have been offered the chance to view info at the same time as reviewing the menu

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SaraT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely lunch and location. Plan to meet up again in the summer to fully appreciate the Ives view!

Swan - Pangbourne
Responded on 22 November 2021

Dear Sara, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are glad you enjoyed your lunch and our spectacular view! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, The Swan Management Team

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Boycie18
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Sunday lunch, the beef was to die for and the red shiraz that was recommended was gorgeous

We travelled quite a distance to meet friends and it was definitely worth it altho hadn't banked on a £4.20 parking charge

Beautiful place in the most wonderful setting, we will definitely be back

Swan - Pangbourne
Responded on 22 November 2021

Dear Boycie, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We are happy that enjoyed the recommendation of the shiraz for you to enjoy with your beef and are glad you had a lovely time seeing your friends. We look forward to seeing you all again soon! Best wishes, The Swan Management Team

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PaulineS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Very overpriced for what u get
Nice settings
Good service

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PippaH
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booking was easy. Our table was ready and waiting. Service was excellent. Food was excellent. The Swan is a great place to eat!

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CM123
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The main meals were nice and portion sizes were good, but the steak didn't come with any greens so we ordered a side - £5 for a side is a lot, so I expected something more exciting than the overcooked broccoli we received which just had a few slices of chilli on top. This was disappointing for the price, even £3 would have been excessive.

The staff were friendly and they allow dogs which is a bonus.

We would go more often if it was better value for money.

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ValerieC
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely views over the River Thames. We had a child under two with us and he enjoyed the crudités, but the guacamole was a little spicy for a youngster. However the adult food was delicious, especially the crab starter and taramasalata. For mains l had fish cakes which were amazing. My husband and son had the roast beef and thought that was excellent. All in all very good food & excellent service. We were given a very good table from which we could enjoy looking at the river. Good atmosphere.

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AmyP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely atmosphere and fab service!

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ValentinaI
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was just lovely. The food as good as always, the atmosphere a plus.

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KaronH
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Friendly staff. A lovely evening out again

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was disappointing to be told on arrival that there was no beef, but the pork belly was a very good alternative, thoroughly enjoyed our lunch, and staff was excellent.

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PeterF
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good efficient Sunday meal service. Great position overlooking the River Thames.

Swan - Pangbourne
Responded on 4 November 2021

Dear Peter, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are glad you enjoyed our lovely river view and hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, The Swan Management Team

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Beth
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience3

We were out on a cramped table in the corner (party of four with a baby in highchair). Baby couldn’t even be sat at the table. Food was ok but nothing special. £17 for roast chicken, one bit was nice and moist, the other was dry and horrible. The wedge of cabbage dumped on the plate was just unnecessary and meant it was tricky to eat off the plate. Wouldn’t rush back

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Denise
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience1

Slow service, food not particularly hot, custard was disgusting just a jug of
lumps.

Swan - Pangbourne
Responded on 4 November 2021

Dear Denise, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we are sorry to hear the service and the food was not up to standard. Please know your feedback will be used to develop ourselves and succeed in the areas we have lacked in. If you would like to rebook please contact us directly at info@swanpangbourne.co.uk so we are able to restore your trust in us. Kind regards, The Swan Management Team

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CloeF333
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely table with a view of the river, extremely friendly and helpful staff constantly doing check backs. Sharing platters were both so delicious, they were accommodating for our dog as well.

Will be recommending The Swan to my friends and will definitely be back! Thank you

Swan - Pangbourne
Responded on 27 October 2021

Dear Cloe, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we really appreciate your feedback. Ever so glad you enjoyed your time here with us at The Swan, we hope to see you all again soon! Best wishes, The Swan Management Team

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RogerC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service superb and good seat by the window.
Parking on site tight.

Swan - Pangbourne
Responded on 27 October 2021

Dear Roger, Ever so glad you enjoyed your experience here with us at The Swan. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, The Swan Management Team

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JohnW
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, delicious food and a lovely view of the Thames. A real treat.

Swan - Pangbourne
Responded on 27 October 2021

Dear John, We really appreciate your feedback, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, The Swan Management Team

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JaneC
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were once again served by possibly the Manager lovely man but I never get his name! My friend and I meet atvThe Swan a couple of times a year and he remembers us. He’s really attentive, gives otions and is very friendly and professional. We really enjoyed the new Brunch menu.

Swan - Pangbourne
Responded on 27 October 2021

Dear Jane, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we really appreciate your feedback! ever so glad you enjoyed your time here with us at The Swan. We hope to see you both again soon! Best wishes, The Swan Management Team

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FJD2
Berkshire
18 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely setting, friendly staff, nice food and a good selection of drinks

Swan - Pangbourne
Responded on 25 October 2021

Dear FJD2, Ever so glad you enjoyed your experience here with us at The Swan! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we really appreciate your feedback! Best wishes, The Swan Management Team

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Louise
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I visited The Swan for a Sunday roast yesterday and I was very disappointed. Myself and a friend both chose the roast chicken. It came with two potatoes, half a carrot, a wedge of cabbage , Yorkshire pudding and bread sauce , which resembled baby rice. Nowhere near enough vegetables! The chicken was dry, on the bone, with hardly any breast meat.
It was very embarrassing as I had chosen the restaurant , and it was quite possibly one of the worst Sunday roasts I have eaten.
The waiting staff were friendly , and the location was lovely , but I would not recommend Sunday lunch at The Swan.

Swan - Pangbourne
Responded on 21 October 2021

Dear Louise, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we are sorry to hear the food was not up to standard. As a business we take all guest feedback into account and utilise it when improving our standards as a business.

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JackieC
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

3 of the 4 roast dinners we had were good, but 1 had a completely burned yorkshire pudding and the plate was very greasy at the end of the meal.
Having a barking dog sat at a nearby table was very off-putting, so if you're not an animal lover, or allergic to dogs, not a good place to eat.
Service was good and staff pleasant.

Swan - Pangbourne
Responded on 21 October 2021

Dear Jackie, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we are sorry to hear that one of the Yorkshires were burnt, we would've been more than happy to replace it. We are a dog friendly restaurant and welcome all. Please know your feedback will be used to improve and develop ourselves in the future. Best wishes, The Swan Management team

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MitchellL
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a lovely sunday lunch here, would highly recommend.

Swan - Pangbourne
Responded on 21 October 2021

Dear Mitchell, Thank you for taking the time too leave us a review, we appreciate your feedback! Hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, The Swan Management Team

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JadeK
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Absolutely loved this qaint Riverside beauty! Sad that this isn't my local and reccomend ut to anyone looking for a cozy, fire and candle lit meal overlooking the River!

Swan - Pangbourne
Responded on 21 October 2021

Dear Open Table Diner, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, we really appreciate your feedback! Ever so glad you enjoyed your experience here with us! We hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, The Swan Management Team

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Harry
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very pleasant! Happy staff, good food. Enjoyed our visit.

Swan - Pangbourne
Responded on 21 October 2021

Dear Harry, Ever so glad you enjoyed your visit to The Swan, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, The Swan Management Team

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Lottie
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful setting, prompt service and friendly staff, very good food.

Swan - Pangbourne
Responded on 21 October 2021

Dear Charlotte, We really appreciate your feedback, thank you so much for leaving a review. We hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, The Swan Management Team

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Gavin
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was very friendly and attentive and added to the overall experience.

Swan - Pangbourne
Responded on 21 October 2021

Dear Gavin, Ever so glad you enjoyed your experience here with us at The Swan! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, The Swan Management Team

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Cash
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very well executed mains, starters were okay but don't quite fit when compared to the main. Starters aim for finer dining whereas mains are more pub grub. Great views of the river and easy to locate, great wine menu too

Swan - Pangbourne
Responded on 15 October 2021

Dear Cash, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, we really appreciate your feedback. We hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, The Swan Management Team

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SimonC
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always, definitely my restaurant/pub of choice in Pangbourne.

Great menu and location is beautiful

Swan - Pangbourne
Responded on 15 October 2021

Dear Simon, Ever so glad you enjoyed your experience with us, we hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, The Swan Management Team

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sues
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Food was not very nice , had a large party nearby who were really loud and got louder as they went on , we had to leave as we couldn't enjoy ourselves.

Swan - Pangbourne
Responded on 6 October 2021

Dear Sue, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we are sorry to hear the food was not up to standard during your visit. Please know what you encountered on your visit to The Swan is not our typical we aim to maintain the highest standards. Please know your feedback will be used used to improve ourselves. We are sorry to hear our other guests were loud, we would have been more than happy to move you to a different table in a quieter area. Kind regards, The Swan Management Team

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Charlie
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, friendly service and a delicious lunch. Ideal meeting place

Swan - Pangbourne
Responded on 6 October 2021

Dear Charlie, Ever so glad you enjoyed your time with us here at The Swan! We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, The Swan Management Team

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Richie
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside with view of river. Food was excellent. Lovely time.

Swan - Pangbourne
Responded on 29 September 2021

Dear Richie, Ever so glad you enjoyed your experience here with us at The Swan! We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, The Swan Management Team

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Rachel
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to The Swan for Sunday lunch and it was fabulous - great food, sun was shining and we enjoyed a great lunch watching everyone boating up and down the river.

Swan - Pangbourne
Responded on 29 September 2021

Dear Rachel, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we really appreciate you feedback. We hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, The Swan Management Team

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StuW
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Highlight was the Seabass, cooked to perfection and served piping hot. Other highlight was the excellent service from our (Spanish?) waiter who was very professional and attentive throughout.

Swan - Pangbourne
Responded on 29 September 2021

Dear Stu, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we really appreciate your feedback. We will pass on your praise to David, we hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, The Swan Management Team

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JohnR
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

An ideal outside location by the Thames above the Pangbourne Lock. The food was good although a little over priced. The table service was also good.
Parking spaces are limited but you can use the pay and display carpark about 3 minutes walk on the other side of the railway line bridge.

Swan - Pangbourne
Responded on 29 September 2021

Dear John, Ever so glad you enjoyed your time with us here at The Swan! We apologise about the parking but glad you were able to park locally. We hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, The Swan Management Team

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Swan - Pangbourne is rated 4.3 stars by 1065 OpenTable diners.

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