The Swan Inn at Swinbrook has been honoured for being an excellent inn with rooms with an Alastair Sawday’s pub award.

The latest edition of Sawday’s much loved Special Places Pubs and Inns of England & Wales comprises over 950 of Britain’s very best pubs with just twelve selected to receive an award in one of four categories; authenticity, commitment to the community, local, seasonal & organic produce or pubs with rooms.

Pubs with Rooms Award demonstrates a passion for serving excellent food, beers and wines as well as offering a top notch bed for the night. Our inspectors have visited more bedrooms than ever for this celebratory 10th edition, making each award even more of an achievement.

David Hancock, editor of Sawday’s Pubs & Inns of England & Wales says “The Swan is everyone’s idea of the perfect country pub – cosy interconnecting rooms oozing elegant country charm, chickens in the garden, and six gorgeous bedrooms in the converted forge and barn. With over 950 pubs in the guide, winning is a terrific achievement for the hard-working landlords, landladies, chefs and staff!”

Alastair Sawday, Founder of Alastair Sawday’s says “Please join our 10th anniversary celebrations by raising a glass to The Swan at Swinbrook for this very real achievement. In this, our biggest ever edition, award-winning pubs have had to stand out more than ever before. So each has demonstrated remarkable creativity – plus excellence and willingness to evolve – in a changing and challenging industry.”

The Swan at Swinbrook’s entry in the guide:
“This ancient pub sits in glorious country with the river Windrush yards from the door and a cricket pitch waiting beyond. It started life as a water mill and stands on the Devonshire estate (the Duchess advised on its restoration). Outside, wisteria wanders along stone walls and creepers blush red in the autumn sun. Interiors come laden with period charm: beautiful windows, open fires, warm colours, the odd beam. Over the years thirsty feet have worn grooves into 400-year-old flagstones, so follow in their footsteps and stop for a pint of Hook Norton at the bar, then eat from a seasonal menu that brims with local produce: deep-fried Windrush goat’s cheese, local chargrilled steak, rich chocolate tart with orange sorbet. Fires roar in winter while doors in the conservatory restaurant open onto a pretty garden in good weather. Bedrooms in the old forge are the most recent addition: expect 15th-century walls and 21st-century interior design. You get pastel colours to soak up the light, smart white linen on comfy beds and a pink chaise longue in the suite. Special.”


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