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Old White Swan, Beaconsfield

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user reviews of the Old White Swan, Beaconsfield

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The Swan is an excellent traditionally styled pub with 3 hand pulled beers on tap , all kept well. I love the surroundings and so far have not been tempted into any other bar in the old town! Especially since the food is exceptional and good value. The menu is a little limited meaning that what is done is locally sourced quality food that will not disappoint. A great place to go and no doubt it has a loyal local following too...
gazzo4u - 21 Aug 2012 22:03
beconsfield is the centre of the 'souless gastro pub' universe. so having the swan available is such a relief. by a mile the best pub in beconsfield. nice low ceilings, and good pub atmopshere, can get really busy on weekend evenings. chiltern brewery bitter on tap which is always a good thing.
CHELSEA_on_tour - 29 Feb 2012 16:55
Would be a so-so pub anywhere else but in the pretentious hellhole that is Beaconsfield it's bloomin' marvelous! Interior is quite smart, having had a fairly recent makeover. The beer range is small-ish but usually well-kept; however, on a recent visit my pint came out of a pump marked London Pride into a glass labelled London Pride, so why didn't it taste like London Pride? Perfectly good ale and everything, just wasn't what I ordered.

Ah well...
Campanologist - 21 Dec 2011 17:28
A much improved pub. Quick friendly service, clean. Three real ales on offer which is all you need if they are a balanced choice - which they were. Best pub in Beaconsfield.
Dilgutty - 24 Feb 2011 10:24
Quite a nice pub, the best we found in Beaconsfield. Quick efficient friendly service at the bar. Comfortable, clean & quiet drinking area to the right of the pub (looking from front door).

Our round of drinks was the cheapest at this pub in Beaconsfield.

Would we visit again - yes.
davidfthorn - 25 Apr 2010 10:08
Not sure If I've ever been to this pub before; decent range of three ales and the Adams Gunhill was very good. A very homely place which I had not expected existed in Beaconsfield. Look forward to spending some more time in here again.
Booze_Allen - 22 Feb 2010 20:25
Nice pub, 3 beers on, Pride, Adnams, Rebellion, in reasonable nick. Lunchtime food. Friendly place.
Abteilung - 20 Feb 2010 12:57
An update to my post of August 2008.
This place goes from strength to strength. It now has a firmly established following, namely largely to three very simple factors:

1) The Beer is kept exceptionally well.
2) The Staff are pleasant, friendly, and actually enjoy working there. No miseries employed here!
3) The Food is awesome. Basic, some might say, but freshly prep'd, good value for money, and served without pretence.

No Pub is perfect - the only downside to this place is that in a very short space of time, it has become a victim of it's own success, and gets absolutely mobbed from Thursday to Saturday, largely due to the amazing musical talent that perform. That said, it's a decent crowd that get in there, the place is well marshalled, little to no trouble, and it has a vibe you need to experience to believe! The Ale is kept superbly, and regularly rotated, and there are a few surprise ones that pop up when you least expect it, that blow your taste bud's apart!

I do hope that it's former 'owners' are reading this Review....these guys have turned a drab, miserable, gossip-hole into arguably THE best Pub in HP9....please feel free to contradict, this is MY opinion, and mine alone.

Well done, and keep it up!! Places like this are scarce enough as it is, and certainly deserve my support, and yours!
bitterboy1970 - 24 Oct 2009 21:51
very nice pub with good feel nice floors an nicest staff ever however the best is pedro
marshallwolffe - 8 Jul 2009 03:34
Really nice friendly pub.....Can get very busy on thursday, friday and saturday, but recommended nonetheless.

One of the better places to go in the old town!
Foreman - 7 Apr 2009 17:53
This pub has now got to be the best for miles around!
Its really clean, cosy and friendly. The owners have worked really hard to retain the oldy worldy feel but injected some much needed modernity. Your boyfriend will still be happy he can watch the rugby (absolutely packed) but so will you with a decent glass of wine! the furniture is really comfy and they are open the latest in the old town 2am! music nights are brilliant with such a good atmosphere. I can honestly say I can have a real laugh with mates here on the weekend but would bring my mum and little nephew for a coffee!
the other amazing thing is this pub hides the best garden in beaconsfield - most of my friends didn't even know it had one! I can't wait for the summer to arrive!


laughinggirl - 24 Feb 2009 14:08
This place has totally turned around the new couple have really tarted the place up - food good, good choices for beer and ale and comfy chairs with a good tables to get a group around... the atmosphere has picked up a lot and now they show big sports events the place can get packed for big games etc... good for afternoon drink and evenings too I reckon... the place was the pits before and now..well give it a go...
Whirlowdale - 18 Sep 2008 19:07
Wow...what a difference!!

The previous Miseries have departed, to be replaced by a friendly young couple who really know what they are doing!

Sam is sending wholly decent Grub out of the kitchen, whilst Laurie has a fetish for Real Ale (as do I), and is not scared of trying new ones each week. The Spirit collection on the backbar is pretty interesting too!

For anyone who had the mis-fortune of visiting under it's former "Tennant's", all I can say is give this a go - it's got to be the best Pub in Beaconsfield at present.
bitterboy1970 - 21 Aug 2008 18:38
nice clean pub, but no atmosphere, have been twice on a saturday night and next to no one in there. other than that is pleasant enough. not tried the food but told it is quite nice.

only real complaint is that the guy behind the bar seemed to have had more to drink than any of us. but hey it made it more interesting.
cosmo1 - 6 Jul 2008 23:03
Pub changed hands recently and the new, young couple have really made a difference. It wasn't exactly a bad place before, but some subtle changes (new furniture, better bar food, extra TV screen, later opening hours) mean the Swan is now a great place to visit.

Open mike night (which inevitably turns into group karaoke with a live musician) on certain Thursdays is top notch with full audience participation.

New, more regularly changing real ales and dangerous cloudy cider offer better drinking options. Much better than the other pubs in Beaconsfield.
deadleg - 27 May 2008 17:29
A nice Pub, run by arguably the WORST couple the licensing trade has ever seen!! Thank god they are finally on the move.....good riddance to bad rubbish!


bitterboy1970 - 12 Dec 2007 15:32
A pretty nice neighborhood pub, with a nice back garden, and a good selection of beers. Staff has always been friendly. Don't know about the food....haven't eaten there yet.
Toolman_Johnny - 30 Aug 2007 21:01
What a new menu they have there. New food is great. The pub is a good place to go have a drink and something to eat.
anonymous - 27 Sep 2006 17:20
I am going to give this Pub one more chance later this week, as I am staying again in Beaconsfield for another 4 weeks.

I will post my findings on here once I have completed my visit, and lets hope that the Staff and Management have improved from when I was last over here.

Watch this space.
Alain - 17 Jul 2006 12:06
Hold on, all of the local alcoholic trash go to the Sarries. Old Swan is full of mummies boys and rugby supporters! Hardly illiterate. The owners I don't know but whether they are nice or not doesn't really effect my time at the pub. It's the food, drink, facilities and atmosphere for me. They are all O.K at the Swan.
anonymous - 10 May 2006 08:57
I would say it's an O.K pub to drink in, especially in the summer when the garden is really nice. Don't really know the staff but the beer is good. If you are there for the football, I would recommend red lion wooburn green. Five big tvs, two big pool tables and good music. However, I got barred for wearing a hat, they thought they had warned me for wearing one before! Bastards.
birdy22 - 3 May 2006 14:02
Not a bad pub, the beer is kept quite well and it certainly has some of the atmosphere of a real pub. The patrons of the pub are fairly friendly also. The large beer garden out the back is one of it's major selling points. One thing I will say is that the owners seem to be almost universally hated in their local community, they are generally rude to customers and former members of staff have nothing but bad words to say about them. It must say something for the way the owners treat their staff when every other business in the town is inundated with applications for any job on offer, but the Swan seems to have had almost permanent ‘help wanted’ signs in the windows for the past few years.
Gueuzefan - 18 Apr 2006 14:26
aye, its a pleasure to drink in the swan, mike and rose are lovely owners and are more than accommodating to the large spec of people who drink there. that fruit machine is a bugger though!!! only been living here a year, ##but its nice to go where everybody knows your name##
ut4560 - 1 Apr 2006 12:34
now evryone is entitled to an opinion, unless they drink in the dickens cause they just talk drivle, but this pub is cool, great forr rugby, football and any other sport you care to watch, best pint of guinness in beaconsfield and the staff are all pretty cool
bman - 15 Mar 2006 12:28
An awful experience. Rude staff, and bad Management. A bad reflection of an English Pub. I have spoken to many locals about this Pub during my stay in Beaconsfield over the last 5 weeks, and most of them I concur with. A pity, as the building has character.
Alain - 30 Nov 2005 21:26
We went last week and found it not what it was cracked up to be. The Beer was fair, but the atmosphere was FAR too smokey, and contrary to other reviews, we didn't find the elderly couple in charge particularly welcoming at all! Has this pub changed hands recently?
Sarah Leyton, Denham - 5 Nov 2004 11:12
good looking barstaff, good pint of guinness, been going there for ages so i'd have to disagree with sperly, oh and a great place to watch Footy, cricket or rugby
Bman - 25 Oct 2004 11:51
I disagree completely with the first comment. I am a local, and have been going to this pub for over 5 years, as have lots of my (local) friends and neighbours. The landlord and landlady are friendly and welcoming, and although the pub gets quite crowded on a Saturday, it has a good atmosphere. The garden is also great in the summer time.
anonymous - 13 Oct 2004 15:53
I totally agree with BOTH Contributors on this one; if you are just passing through, by all means give it a try, as you won't have to ever face them again after that visit. As the first Contributor was sharp enough to point out - this Pub is NOT for Locals under any circumstances,as MANY will testify, mainly for the reasons that they listed initially! I guess if you work for Heinz you ARE an exception tho'!!
Stuart Smith - 30 Sep 2004 17:31
far from agreeing with last contributor, I visted this pub for the first time this week, finding it to be an excellent local with good atmosphere and good ale - a real gem of a traditional local

I would recommend all visitors to beaconsfield yo give this a go
Neil MacLeod - 29 Sep 2004 07:55

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