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Swan, Abbotsbury

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My penultimate pub of the day was this coastal hostelry west of Weymouth. It's in the current Good Beer Guide, which quite frankly surprises me. The solitary real ale was branded as Swan Ale, but is actually a Scottish beer - Caledonian Flying Scotsman. A pub on the south coast of England with no English ales seemed a bit odd. Nevertheless service was friendly and the pub was undergoing a bit of a refurb, with a large room containing a pool table being painted. The pub appeared to be popular with families and diners (probably as it was half term). Had to fight my way through dogs to exit. Not my favourite pub of the day.
blue_scrumpy - 17 Feb 2017 09:10
The garden of this pub is being refurbished with some lovely decking. Nice affordable food and drink. The landlord welcomes dogs. Will definately be going back
Davinahowards - 19 Aug 2014 12:45
Back again today after a 5-year gap. Still a reliable but not exciting place, with some good beers and some above-average (though slightly pricey) food. I said to the wife, "This is like very good pubs used to be in the 1970s". Better than the competition locally and worth a visit it you are in this neck of the woods. 7/10 (as in 2009). [By the way, the loos have just been rebuilt and are spotless.]
HenPen - 7 Aug 2014 22:47
My boyfriend and I went to this pub with our whippet the week after Easter and weren’t expecting too much having seen some of the reports on this page. However, we were very pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food. I ordered the rack of ribs which was massive with plenty of chips and a good sized salad garnish and the chef, having told me they had no coleslaw, actually went and bought the ingredients and made me some from scratch (I have to say this was the best coleslaw I’d had in ages!!) The staff were perfectly friendly and were quite clearly happy to go out of their way to make us happy. We would definitely come back to this pub next time we visit.
Zoe3677 - 21 Jun 2012 15:05
Yes this pub could be alot better and it would'nt take alot to do it.
The landlord seemed miserable to me, must have caught him on an off day.

6/10
montie49 - 21 Jun 2012 11:29
This place has so much to offer but fails to deliver on most things. Great location, attractive but the garden is messy and the pub inside is outdated, dull and in need of a refurb. The few customers in there were elderly locals which sadly gave the air of a retirement home rather than a pub. The food was OK but not outstanding and the choice uninspired. All in all dull. A great opportunity missed.
addlened - 27 Apr 2012 09:26
Located on the main road, catches a lot of the tourist trade and the prices and quality of food reflects this. I cannot therefore recommend this for food, really didn't like the microwaved morsel that I ended up with, tasted of nothing and still hungry afterwards.

The positive side is that the Landlord is a decent chap who looks after his beer okay, so for a quick pint of Ale, I'd pop in to see what he has on offer. Normal offering of Guiness and lagers, with a selection of the local Dorset brew all tasting refreshing enough.
hashman - 2 Feb 2010 10:48
Having just done an 8 1/2 mile coastal walk was very very glad to put up my feet at this pub. Not much in the way of real ale on, not to my liking anyway, so had a couple of refreshing pints of cider. Landlord been here since 1966. Decent pub, food looks good but a bit pricey. Reccomend it though as landlord nice and friendly. 7/10
THEALMIGHTYLALA - 5 Nov 2009 01:07
A good, old-fashioned place which is friendly and comfortable. I haven't eaten here recently, but the crab sandwiches have always been a very good bet.
HenPen - 6 Sep 2009 20:15
Called in on a Friaday lunch time, old fashioned traditional pub with the normal pottery and 'olde worlde' stuff on high level shelves and walls.

It was very quite, but I imagine it livens up in the summer

A decent pint of Theakstons XB.

There was a photo celebrating the Landlord 40 years at the pub, a rarity and who has to be congratulated.

However the food hasn't moved on from the 70's, I had a sausage and onion baguette for £5.50, consisting of what can only be described of 'budget' bread sausage and a sorry salad.
bessdog - 6 Apr 2009 13:31
Arrived here in the middle of a power cut. It still didn't stop people coming in and the landlord was willing to offer what limited food dishes he could under the circumstances. Fair play to him. Theakstons XB on handpull was okay. Had a good value Stilton Ploughmans.
GazzaTheBeerMan - 16 Oct 2007 14:41
The answer to harrypalmer is YES steak and kidney pie is still one of the specials of the day. We had chicken and prawns and pork madalians both nice service fast and friendly. Can anybody tell me how old the cat on the bar is, it looked about 20
truckerphil - 11 Aug 2007 18:57
Always had decent meals here. Service was quick and friendly. Dogs allowed.
Britrose - 8 Apr 2006 19:29
Is steak and kidney pie STILL the special? I make that four years...
harrypalmer - 16 Aug 2005 00:16
very nice pub and nice food
10/10
paul frank - 20 Nov 2003 11:56
Good food and friendly atmosphere.

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Graham and Sue friendly, welcoming and helpful licensees.
Nicki Wells - 26 Sep 2003 17:28

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