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The Swan - Pub in Oxfordshire

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Swinbrook, Burford, OX18 4DY, Oxfordshire
England, United Kingdom

Archie & Nicola Orr-Ewing
+44 (0)1993 823339(landline)

Period charm abounds at this cosy country pub: open fires, beams, ancient flags, fine steaks from Foxbury Farm and a divine chocolate tart

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Free-range bantams strut in the garden, a pint of Hooky waits at the bar. This lovely old pub sits on the river Windrush with the village cricket pitch waiting beyond. It started life as a water mill and stands on the Devonshire estate, hence the pictures of the Mitford sisters that hang on the walls. Outside, wisteria wanders across golden stone and creepers blush red in the autumn sun. Interiors hit the spot: low ceilings, open fires, beautiful windows, stone walls. Over the years thirsty feet on their way to the bar have worn grooves into ancient flagstones (including those of prime ministers and French presidents). As for the food, seasonal menus brim with local produce, offering delicious delights, perhaps game terrine with pear chutney, roast partridge with a red wine jus, rhubarb and apple crumble. Bedrooms in the old forge have 15th-century walls and 21st-century interior design; those in the cottage across the lane are yards from the river. Expect crisp linen, comfy beds, warm colours and good art. Several have claw-foot baths, one has a pink chaise longue. Burford is close.

Wheelchair access
Wheelchair access to some public rooms and to wc's.
Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.

Guest feedback
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"A lovely location on the banks of the Swinbrook river and a beautiful spot to escape to. Everything was comfortable and immaculate; we had a wonderful sleep on our super comfy bed. Friendly helpful staff and very good pub food as well as good wine. The cheeseburger and the steak and onion pie were the best I remember having anywhere. Great value for money, we can't wait to return."

Penny - Naxxar, in Malta., Malta

May 2016
"We stayed in the beautifully refurbished cottage overlooking the river and fields. Very comfortable and peaceful. We ate in the pub - excellent dinner both nights, with varied menus. Also very good breakfast, joined by chickens from the garden "


September 2015
"We booked a weekend at the Swan as a treat prior to the birth of our first child. It was perfect! The pub itself is welcoming and the food beter than we have had out for a very long time. The Forge bedroom is cosy, characterful and very spacious. The only drawback was being able to hear every footstep and voices from the guests in the upstairs room. The village of Swinbrook provides a stunning setting for walks without having to get in the car. Would highly recommend, although only as a special treat as it is quite pricey."
January 2011

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Lunch from £5. Dinner, 3 courses, about £30. Sunday lunch from £14.95.


Open all day.


Swinbrook, Burford, OX18 4DY, Oxfordshire


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