The Swan Inn - Swinbrook

4.5
288 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
Top tags:
  • Worth the Drive
  • Cosy
  • Lunch
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’
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, British, Comfort Food
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 8:15am - 9pm

Friday: 8:15am - 9:30pm

Saturday: 8:45am - 9:30pm

Sunday: 8:45am - 9pm
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Phone number
01993 823339
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Hubert Kosmala
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Private Party Facilities
We offer a private dining room, seating up to 14 people and there is also a conservatory area, where we can accommodate parties of up to 30.
Alternatively we can offer exclusive use of the whole venue, for up to 150 people.
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Private Party Contact
Daniel Samuel Cupsa Manlup: 07788 265092
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Catering
Now, in our 13th year of trading and seeing the way in which the market is changing, we have decided to use our knowledge and experience to put together a small events company.

Having already catered for numerous cocktail parties, weddings and events at the Swan, we would now like to offer the same experience but at the location of your choice.

We can provide an entire service, including music, marquee and catering, ranging from a summer cocktail party with canapes, a barbecue or the full three course extravaganza…
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Parking Details
There is an ample parking in our secure car park.
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Public Transit
Charlbury Station (mainline from London Paddington) 7 miles
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 288 People Are Saying
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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
2 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
2 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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RB
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Gastro pub with great ambiance, great food, excellent service highly recommend

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Located on the River Windrush, next to a cricket ground but close to the A40, this is a perfect place to enjoy some high quality food and drink in relaxed surroundings. I have been on Sunday lunchtime and on a Saturday night and the food on each occasion has been very high class using fresh, local ingredients. Definitely recommended if you're in the area.

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D
London
8 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Pretty pub with good service. My lunch was delicious and I would go there again.

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h
London
158 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Swan was worth driving a bit around to find it. It’s lovely pub with garden, great in nice weather. Good selection of food also on Sunday - not only roasts. Service was very attentive although it was quite busy.

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VP
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to visit, in a quiet area of Oxfordshire with delicious food and excellent, friendly service.

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w
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we regularly choose this restaurant for special occasions or to treat visiting friends as it ticks all our boxes - good menus, nice places to sit whether in or out, very obliging staff and a lovely area then for a walk, besides the specific interest of the pub itself

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Once owned by the Mitfords, this pub is hard to find, but we'll worth the drive.

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MP
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The service was not very professional- e.g. the waitress screwed the top back on the wine when she had poured it, which she should not have done and also she didn't really know how to serve wine properly. The staff were too casually dressed and could have been smarter. The bar didn't have the wine we wanted and the alternative Australian wine we did have was very young - 2017- and our Australian guest didn't rate it.
The food, however, was good. and well presented.
We think the restaurant has changed hands since we were there about a year ago and it is not so classy as before. It's perfectly OK but not for a special night out, which was what we had planned.
A table of guests close to us were very loud and we found them rather intrusive.

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F
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The great and the good may call but there were more of the eccentric and well heeled there. The Mitford memorabilia appeals. Serving staff were most assiduous. However, don’t have the table for two by the entrance to the garden as you have to keep moving to allow people to enter. Food was simple, seasonal and delicious...

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AF
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was very good. Service was poor with a 40 minute+ wait between first and second courses. Our table was next to the bar which was extremely noisy throughout the whole evening. We had expected a more sophisticated dining experience.

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Situated by a river in a tiny hamlet, the Swan is a beautifully presented, cosy, authentic Cotswold pub with fabulous food and friendly staff. We had a traditional Sunday lunch and it was delicious. The food was fresh, well cooked and seasoned. We loved it.

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SP
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Husband and I enjoyed the incredible food and atmosphere very much. Service was perfect and friendly, too.

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SF
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely ambience here with a spacious dining area. The service was perfectly low key, the manager was most engaging and the food delicious. I loved the history of the locality - the Mitfords, the church and neighbouring Widford with its tiny early medieval church.

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K
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A simply beautiful setting and great service
We had lunch after a tour round the area and it was a perfect spot with a varied menu for traditional pub lunches or something with a twist. The cockerel was brilliant entertainment!

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LJ
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stayed at the Swan for two nights for our Silver Wedding Anniversary. Situated in an idyllic, quiet location, on the edge of the village; we had a lovely large room with a huge comfy bed and large bathroom with a range of locally produced toiletries. There was a door leading out into our own garden area with patio chairs and table, where we sat in the evening listening to the bird song and the river rushing by. Had a wonderful meal in one of intimate rooms of the beautiful inn; all the staff were very welcoming and helpful. Great breakfast in the bright, open conservatory that looks out onto a large garden with outdoor seating. Highly recommend the location, food and friendly service.

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