The Swan Inn - Swinbrook

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303 reviews
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A short distance from the picturesque town of Burford, yet a million miles from the hustle and bustle of busy everyday life, The Swan is the perfect place to relax, socialise and unwind. We like to think of this Cotswolds country inn as the ‘bubble’
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AL
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A good country pub with first rate food and wonderful staff.
We had a lovely time.
Alan

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PP
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Disappointing, slow service, insensitive staff, fish and chips like school dinner.

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KB
Gloucestershire
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Well what a difference a week makes, last Sunday was, as reviewed, excellent but sadly our experience today was the total opposite.
It all started with the doombar running out with no replacement, the pigeon written on the special board was not available today, the fish and chips with “hand cut chips” on the menu, turned up 45 minutes after the order was placed with.... frozen french fries and the mushy peas were cold, my order of roe deer came with just 2 small slices of the aforementioned meat, meagre to say the least and certainly not worth the £20 price tag.
I am sorry to say that the high standard experienced last week did not materialise on this Saturday lunchtime.

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C
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Not so good unlike previous visit. Food was a bit disappointing and service was slow probably because the restaurant and bar were jam packed.

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LE
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A little on the pricey side for the standard of food served but over all very nice .

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KB
Gloucestershire
9 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

After a 5 mile hike around this lovely countryside, we followed this with Sunday lunch. Delicious food, served in a very cosy spot next to the log burning stove, staff were polite and attentive and we are looking forward to a return visit. thank you.

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OT
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Have eaten here a few times over the last 3 years as it is well located to meet family. Sadly the overall experience has diminished over this time. The actual food is excellent but the menu lacks variety for some people. We noticed that yesterday’s menu offered no chicken, there was partridge or duck. Have come to the conclusion that if we are 4 people it works, there are some lovely cozy tables. Larger parties tend to be in the conservatory area which has the kitchen door and outside door which creates inevitable traffic. Chairs being scraped across floor when an an extremely large table was being reset to two large tables was painful to the ear. Appreciate that it is difficult to accommodate everyone’s needs

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L
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice pub with good menu options and very accommodating to me being a coeliac. Warm and friendly vibe.

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MI
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fabulous food, friendly relaxed atmosphere, beautiful setting......definitely going again next week !!

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NA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a simple open beef sandwich. The beef was outstanding, beautifully cooked and gorgeous taste.

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S
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The good: nice location, very smart inside, very tasty food

The bad: incredibly slow service, not very attentive, limited car parking

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AJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Lovely Cotswold pub. Great food and good selection of beers.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, perfect dining spot by the fire and a lovely warm welcome

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j
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We chose the Swan to catch up with friends as it was halfway travelling for both of us. They drove up from London and we came from Herefordshire it was well worth the drive. Tastefully decorated, warm & friendly good menu and food did not disappoint.

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SG
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit. Very pleasant and food delicious. Pretty area for walks and dog friendly too🐈.

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OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience in a stunning location

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BR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good Sunday lunch. Busy, clearly a local favorite. Well worth a visit.

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J
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very pretty - Christmas lights understated and tasteful. Lovely warm welcome from waitress who looked after us very well without being intrusive. Nice food.

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SB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Particularly impressed by response to our wine accident and no charge for replacement

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N
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely walk from Burford to Swinbrook and the Swan did not disappoint. Beautiful location, warm friendly welcome and delicious food .

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P
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love coming here . Has been a favourite for many years Always a warm welcoming atmosphere and delicious food
Perfect stop after a long walk
Love the new ladies !

Thank you

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RC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Found this pub on the internet while staying in Whitney just a short drive away. There was a warm greeting and settled at a table for two. The food was excellent and so was the service (the beef and mushroom pie was to die for). Will definitely visit again when in the area again.

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JE
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our third visit for Sunday lunch. The food never disappoints us. The meat is always cooked to perfection. Have also stayed over in one of the lovely rooms and enjoyed a lovely breakfast. Staff are very friendly and nothing is too much trouble to please us.

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GB
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent roast. Service a little slow. We were edgy because we had left the small people at home though - so normal people may be less bothered or not even notice. Fab staff, lovely food, great atmosphere.

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KL
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Supper for 2 - thoroughly enjoyed our meal, great starter (salt and pepper squid and smoked chicken salad) and mains (partridge and burger) and good wine list. Relaxed ambience but stylishly presented interior, from people enjoying a drink, with their (well behaved) dogs, to families, groups of friends, all ages.

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HD
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Friendly relaxed atmosphere. Great surroundings, classical Cotswolds.

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SW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food, well presented and fab surroundings..........we'll be back

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CR
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was fantastic. From the moment we arrived we were looked after with a smile and quick and efficient service. The food was fantastic, the menu small but with something for everyone on. The conservatory at the back was beautifully lit.

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RM
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I am an infrequent visitor - business and Lunch for Clients who live in the locality.

On all occasions the thing that impresses me most is the helpful and courteous attention received from all members of staff.

The menu is always good and seasonal and the food has been of a consistently high standard.

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AJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic Cotswold pub. Delicious Food. Beautiful location.

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OT
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really well kept and presented country pub/restaurant in a beautiful setting alongside the Windrush river. Full of history with the Mitford connection (photos all over the walls), but more importantly the food was excellent. Some of the best we have had in a country inn of this type. Thoroughly recommended.

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GT
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Maintaining a high standard of service and quality of food, completely reliable value.

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t
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and very good food, best food in cotswolds 👍👍👍

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PE
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch on Saturday with friends tucked up by the log burner. The pub was warm and welcoming and so were the staff. Great menu and excellent quality food with plenty of choice. We stayed longer than we intended because the atmosphere was so relaxing - thank you

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MI
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A friendly welcome and good service though the restaurant became very full. Noise levels initially were a bit high but we must have got used to it. Food was excellent

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SJ
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Relaxed midweek lunchtime atmosphere, buzzy but not intrusive. Balanced menu, freshly prepared tasty food. We thought reasonably priced. Fabulous riverside setting. Thouroughly enjoyed our afternoon. Would definitely recommend.

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SH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delightful historic pub in picture perfect setting delicious food great gin selection and friendly efficient waiters

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RC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful location, attractive interior and lovely food. A little pricey but worth it for a birthday or special occassion.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Lovely old pub. Excellent bar.
Sunday roast meal was not great. Could improve. Service was very friendly and very good.
Small point but the flowers on the table were rather tired.

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CO
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I commend the Swan for its front of house training you are made to feel special and even though the staff are often run off their feet when they interact with your table you feel you are the only people there. The dog is welcomed as a member of the family and without asking biscuits and a water bowl are offered whether inside or outside. the chef is quality and whilst this is expensive pub food it is worth every penny on a special occasion or when taking guests and wanting to be sure of a consistent quality !

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