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Swan With Two Necks, Stockport

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Robinson's pub next to a modern shopping centre. It was apparently saved from demolition despite the development of the area. The pub has plenty of character, with a tiny front bar and a couple of old rooms at the rear. I sat in the drinking corridor in between, which was decorated with Halloween items. I also chose the Freddie Brewger seasonal beer from Robinson's. Unicorn & Old Tom were the other cask ales. Old Rosie cider was also available. Snacks are served. A pub with plenty of character.
blue_scrumpy - 30 Oct 2018 21:03
An absolute gem. There are some good pubs in Stockport but this is perhaps the best. Characterful, small but perfectly formed and beautifully maintained.

I was served two very nice pints of Robinsons by two very pleasant young lads who seemed to be running the place. What is more they refused to serve the inebriated racist standing at the bar spouting his hate filled views ever more loudly, telling him he had had enough.

Bravo lads! Great pub!
strangetorpor - 19 Jun 2018 19:55
Came in here after visiting the Brewery. There's two sides of the bar and another separate room to sit in. The young lad behind the bar who seved us was quite friendly (and even checked up on us to see if we were okay after we sat down) and so were the locals that hung out on the other side of the bar. I was quite surprised when i asked for a pint of the Old Tom amd was avtually served it (seeing as it's an 8.5 pervent beer). I was always under the impression that if a beer was particularly strong you could only get it in a half, may be it's weaker from a cask, I'm unsure, but it was lovely and very well kept. The only thing that I thought was a bit odd was the closing time, I did come on a weekday but the young lad behind the bar started informing everyone that the pub was going to close at 7. May ne they are just realists about the fact it may be quite dead at a later time? I'm not sure but definitely a pub to come to if around Stockport, but it may be best to come on the weekend if you want a session.
Wezzielad - 10 Dec 2016 22:14
A Robinsons pub that is an architectural gem. Very long and narrow, with a small snug at the front (which I didn’t frequent because you couldn’t see what beers were available), a bar opening into the main passageway, and then another room on the left behind the bar with dark leather seating, wooden panelling and a large fireplace.

Unfortunately only 2 of the 6 handpumps were actually in use, serving Unicorn and Old Tom. I had a half of the latter – and was charged over £5 a pint !

The only bar staff were two very young lads, neither of whom looked more than about 15 ! The only customers were 3 very elderly gents (all about 65-70) propping up the bar, complaining how cold it was !

5/10 – a great building doesn’t necessarily mean a great pub !

Martinsh - 8 Feb 2015 19:10
Sorry below should say 1892!
georgefox - 28 Sep 2014 17:33
The Swan With 2 Necks is an interesting Robinsons pub. The décor and room layout is different to most other pubs I've visited. I've never been in whilst it's been really busy, but it's always felt warm and welcoming.

Old Tom on tap is always a bonus with Robinsons pubs. I must point out though that in the two times I have been in here they had run out of the 1862 the first time and the second time they ran out of the Unicorn. This is probably a coincidence but it does not reflect well.
georgefox - 28 Sep 2014 16:43
The Swan was another pub we tried on our pub crawl of Stockport last Saturday (28.03.14). Robinsons Unicorn was one of the ales on offer and was very good. This pub is like stepping back in time to a bygone era - as it retains an interior little altered since the 1920's and consists of a wood panelled smoke room and a small snug to the front. Quite simply a classic.
DoctorBarfly - 1 Apr 2014 21:30
Called in here for my first time yesterday. Was tempted to have the Old Tom on handpump, but at 8% I opted for a bottle of Anchor Porter.

A real gem of a pub with three rooms. Old worldie feel and the outside toilets gave it another dimension. It has just won pub of the year in Stockport's CAMRA branch, and I can see why.

Only worrying concern is the ceiling in the middle room! Drip, drip, drip!
realalerules1983 - 6 Oct 2013 12:39
Excellent traditional pub serving a fine pint of Robbies Unicorn on my visit. Friendly welcome and relaxed atmosphere. The food looked good too.
wobblybob - 2 Aug 2012 21:17
I hear the grumpy chef has been sacked for being bad with customers
mrhandsome - 17 Feb 2012 19:59
Narrow pub very pleasant landlord (recognised him from Mulligans) and landlady very grumpy chef so didn`t eat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Odd clientelle beer average
mrhandsome - 10 Jun 2011 18:51
Cracking traditional pub, all wood panelling up the corridor and in the snugs. It's a strange layout, with 3 sepearete rooms all on the same side off the corridor. It's really unspoilt and out of place amongst the chain stores of this shopping street. Robbie's yet again, which is Ok but I suppose you get fed up of it in nearly every pub in Stockport! It is kept as well as can be though. Another Stockport classic- it's full of them.
Carlurmston - 26 Sep 2009 15:41
Stockport has no shortage of good old fashioned boozers and this is one of them.The mild was off the day I visited,so I had a half of Old Tom.Serious stuff at 8.5%,to be honest a half was enough.

oldandmild - 11 Jun 2009 08:04
Attractive interior, lots of wood panelling and little rooms off the bar area. Robinson's pub, now I'm not a big fan of Robinson's but in here you get a really good pint of it. Friendly and welcoming bar staff.
Chubbyduck - 8 Feb 2009 20:44
This is a really decent town centre boozer. Well run, pleasant staff, excellent feel to the place and the beer is very well kept.

Unfortunately, this is Stockport town centre so you're likely to encounter the occasional chav/pikey scum for which Stockport is notorious. Not threatening, mind, just ill-educated and, occasionally, loud.

Great place, nevertheless.
EFC1878 - 11 Jan 2009 19:12
Much improved pub under new management. Impressive range of Robinson's beer now available, with 7 on my visit this weekend, including the uber-rare Dark Hatters, Chocolate Tom, and a cask of Old Tom on the back of the bar. I tried a decent selection, shall we say, and 50% of them were good to excellent, the others were served warm and slightly uninspiring. A smaller range with higher turnover might be in order here.

Still, a lovely little pub and certainly a lot better than my previous visits. Very busy on Friday lunchtime, less so on Saturday evening - the opening hours are now extended also.
f1_mw - 22 Dec 2008 17:57
In addition to the review by JohnBonser the pub was also closed Sunday evening (9/11/2008) which came as a bit of a shock. So might be best to ring and check opening times for those who are commuting from a far!
wray89 - 9 Nov 2008 22:40
ps. Robinsons Unicorn bitter & Hatters mild in good condition.
trainman - 7 Oct 2008 11:46
Odd layout with a pleasant wood-panelled snug to the front left, the longer side of the central bar then serves something of a corridor, albeit with a couple of tables opposite. Further on to unremarkable rear rooms, and Im grateful to JB (below) for confirming that there are, indeed, two of them I thought my memory (ha!) must have been playing tricks. The gents loo is across the back yard, & this was the first time I noticed they have a few tables with seating outside. Surprisingly busy at 12:30 yesterday; a sign declared that anyone seeming to have had too many would not be served further maybe thats why the locals start in here!
trainman - 7 Oct 2008 11:38
Small traditional Robinsons pub located on a pedestrianised street in the shopping centre - the only pub on its street, Princes Street.

Its bigger inside than it looks from the outside as there are 2 rear snugs to give it a more rommy feel.

The pub is listed in CAMRA's National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors for its unspoilt wood-pannelled interior which dates back to the 1920's apparently.

The pub was very quiet last Friday evening - it closed at around 9pm ( not sure if this is normal ) - but it is apparently quite busy at lunchtime with trade from local shoppers.

My Friday visit was also memorable, despite the overall quietness, for my sharing the splendid front snug with a larger than life Peter Kay sound-alike who was knocking back bottles of Old Tom at an alarmingly impressive rate of knots!

This pub is well worth seeking out
JohnBonser - 30 Jul 2008 12:49
The Swan is a cracking pub. Great Robbies beers that are served well. I really like this pub as it is quite charming inside and a quiet oasis way from the shopping centre. There are two comfy rooms to the rear of the pub; the wood panelled room is timeless and a small snug type is nice. Quite simply a classic.
DoctorBarfly - 4 May 2008 21:22
Nice little pub. Right in the middle of the pedestrianised Stockport shopping centre; the last pub left in the shopping street. Has recently been saved from threatened closure.
doncaosdelanada - 11 Feb 2008 21:23

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