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Swan, Wheathampstead

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Decent pub and, despite being a GK house, has a good range of ales including Oakham and local Farr Brew. Food & service both very good.
baxterfish - 24 Jun 2018 15:35
Lovely, welcoming pub, the only decent one (as far as I could see) in the centre of town. Landlady Sally, distributing free (!) raffle tickets, was bubbly and happy, and so were most of the customers. An excellent range of beers and a few, pleasant tables round the back make this pub one I would love to get back to.
Regis - 8 Apr 2018 20:11
The Swan was my second consecutive Greene King pub. But I must say that I preferred the nearby Elephant & Castle. It has an l-shaped room with dining at one end and sports TV at the other. Locals congregated at the bar in between. Ales were Greene King IPA & Swan Best Bitter, with 3 other national brands - St Austell Tribute, Timothy Taylor Boltmaker & Robinsons Trooper. Seemed to be a locals pub. The car park is too small.
blue_scrumpy - 6 Apr 2017 20:19
This is a pub I like to return to, although not as often as I would wish.
Five beers again to choose from; GK Abbot and IPA, Tring's Side Pocket, Tribute, and local brewer, Farr Brew's Our Greatest Golden.

Very friendly staff, attentive and efficient.
Food is plentiful, well cooked and good value.
A good all round pub.
fugglehops - 26 Oct 2016 21:26
Nice clean welcoming pub, friendly and helpful staff.
Five handpumps - all in use, dispensing:
Rev James, Tribute, Black Sheep, GK IPA and the superb Oakham's Citra.

Good choice of food at sensible prices.
A couple of TV's were on but not intrusive.

fugglehops - 1 Sep 2015 20:28
The Swan has reopened. It looks much as it always did. I've been there twice, once on my own and once with a cycling group. I've been happy on both occasions and will, no doubt, use it again. They are good at coping with groups,even on a busy Sunday lunchtime.
Charles236 - 22 Feb 2015 20:46
Seems as though it is likely to reopen at Easter. It's taking a long time as it's a listed building.
Charles236 - 22 Jan 2014 23:23
As of 15th September 2013, this pub was still undergoing repairs.
Number11 - 15 Sep 2013 14:10
Sadly there was a fire at this pub on 16th July 2013. It seems to have started in the early hours in a bedroom and spread to the roof. Good news is that already it is being said that it should be back up and running in a few months. Nice pub.
Realalediner - 16 Jul 2013 12:03
I took a cycling group to this pub on 2nd June and they were very happy. Fast service and good value food. I've taken cycling groups there in the past and we've had a good experience every time.


Charles236 - 11 Jun 2013 20:49
I took a cycling group to this pub on 2nd June and they were very happy. Fast service and good value food. I've taken cycling groups there in the past and we've had a good experience every time.


Charles236 - 11 Jun 2013 20:49
Good pub with very good beer. Reasonably dog friendly which is a plus.
dozysharp - 20 May 2013 16:47
Friendly landlord and staff, clientele rather more mixed, ranging from retired couples enjoying the food to rowdy local football teams.
Ale is almost always spot on and the choice pretty good although it would be nice to see more local ie London, Hertfordshire or Bedfordshire, brews available. Choice of lager both on tap and bottle is pretty disappointing though.
Most sporting events are shown on the TVs and it gets pretty busy for big games.
Overall not a bad pub, although if you want a more refined crowd probably best to move on to The Elephant & Castle.
a_cheeky_half - 26 May 2012 08:49
We enjoyed a superb meal at The Swan.
Attention to detal such as clearing and cleaning of tables - impressed!
The hosts were very friendly too.

A typical village pub, will probably visit again soon.
JDian - 20 Jul 2011 09:00
With 20 plus pubs in Wheathampstead over the centuries, this is only one left now The Nelson has been turned into an Italian restaurant and The Bull is a steakhouse.
IMG1975 - 16 Apr 2011 17:28
it is a bit depressing..but by far the best pub in wheathampstead village
lucywillow - 25 Nov 2010 12:10
New owners/landlord. Beer was of decent quality and food was tasty and good value.

IMG1975 - 25 Jul 2009 11:50
Decent enough place. Clean. Mock tudor i think you might describe the decor. Fairly friendly if a bit village local-ish. Beer range neither billiant nor bad. Probably the best pub in the village / town.
ZapuTheSnake - 17 May 2009 07:06
New team are doing an excellent job. Good range of ales on the handpump and well kept. Good atmosphere now, a proper village local. And a full size billiard table!
Captain_Swing - 27 Mar 2009 17:09
Stella's normally OK but there's something a bit depressing about this place.
Stella_mad_Martyn - 26 Apr 2007 15:04
Popped in at lunchtime and was pleased to see four handpumps. Closer inspection showed all the badges turned to face the bar. Still hopeful I asked the barmaid what real ales she had on. On receiving her reply (none) I made my excuses and left. There was no-one else in the pub
malcolmw - 28 Apr 2006 09:00
Busy centre of village pub.
Shows most of the football, smokey laddish atmosphere, but friendly and welcoming.
T - 2 Jan 2005 22:26

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