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I think I may have said that I thought the Borehole was Stone's best pub. But this one runs it very close. If it's variety you're after, this is probably where you're best heading. It's also got much more of a traditional pub atmosphere. Ales on our November visit were Coach House Old Priory, Sadler's Peaky Blinder, Abbeydale Moonshine, Oakham Bishop's Farewell, Blythe Hamstall Hop, Burton Old Cottage Halcyon Gaze, Thornbridge Brother Rabbit, Cwrw Llyn Porth Neigwl IPA & Neepsend Brew Co. Vanilla Stout. Ciders were Abrahall's AD & Ruby Tuesday & Black Rat Cider & Perry. Great pub.
blue_scrumpy - 4 Feb 2018 16:05
A beer drinkers pub rather than a pub goers pub
arkman43 - 27 Jun 2012 21:45
The pubs alright but they seem to sell Joules which isn't the real thing if you want a good pint of Joules head into Stoke and find The Glebe.
Simon89 - 3 May 2011 09:16
A reasonable enough ale house. The Lymestone ST15 and the Joule's Pale, though drinkable, were not quite top form. Could do without having a commercial radio station being blared out at you as well. Rates as second best to the Exchange in my books.
anonymous - 26 Oct 2010 12:57
Excellent pub - good selection of ales in v good condition and reasonable prices. Friendly and efficient staff. Well worth travelling for.
cheshirecat - 22 Apr 2010 10:21
Fine pub and a great pint, pity i only had time for one but the quality was top class..will be back another day.
brianthelion - 15 Apr 2010 22:47
This has to be on eof the best pubs in the Midlands. A great local with loyal & friendly regulars but a constantly changing clintelle depending as to what time you go in. Always a great selection of mostly local ales as well as lagers and ciders, the selection of wine is both good quality and good value. Joules Priory is always available, a quite exceptional ale. This this is pub for drinking not eating, talking and socialising. Friday nights "win a pint" quiz is a riot - nobody can ever know the answer of the crazy local history questions but between the 6.00pm and 7.00pm the pub is packed.
The back yard used in the summer has an eclectic scatteting of furniture and sheltered by a sprawling grapevine, it is here where the annual beer festival takes place - the highlight of the Swans calendar, just great!
The Swan is unique - it looks nothing from the outside but has an atmosphere that exeplifies what a good ppub used to hold as its prime value - great beer and great customers
kipstone - 26 Oct 2009 08:36
Dont want to sound churlish towards a pub offering 9 real ales,but on a recent visit there were 3 golden ales on offer,all of which were sweet in character.Nothing wrong with the quality ,just all very similar and none of them were particularly quaffable.Pub maybe needs to alight on a couple of session ales as regular brews always available,then rotate a selection of different beers styles and strenghts.Slightly more attention to the range available should result in top marks from beer afficianadoes.Still the best pub in Stone by a long chalk.
Two crooners murdering Beatles and Oasis classics was comical and offputting.No need for crap entertainment when supping quality ale.Again a poor judgement call by who ever booked the jokers.
Bucking_Fastard - 12 Jun 2009 16:03
Nice and friendly with good selection of ale and a nice pub dog!! 8/10
fat_beer_badger - 6 May 2009 16:44
Excellent pub, very handy for the canal and town centre. Visited yesterday lunchtime and the beer range was the best I've seen there, including a mild and a few session bitters. Becky behind the bar was friendly and helpful. My only minor gripe was the piped radio 2 but it wasn't over intrusive.
ed.spbw - 27 Mar 2009 22:05
Last weekends planned visit was dissapointing, five of the eight were over 5% and with two at 3.8% not much of a choice for the day tripper. A blip I hope.
Jimmy.Quipment - 13 Jan 2009 07:37
Called for the first time today and concur with all previous posts! Excellent.
manstein - 14 Sep 2008 22:07
I popped in on a Sunday lunchtime and I had one of my best pints ever. Eight real ales were on offer but I stuck with my first choice. However, I don't doubt that the others were equally well kept. A perfect pub atmosphere, enhanced by the free buffet on offer!

If only something like this existed in Bolton.

Highly recommended.

menelaus42 - 14 Sep 2008 19:48
The best pub that I (and many friends from outside of the area) have ever been to. The chaps that run this place have created what i think to be the ideal pub.

There is a vast array of real ale (including many local brewers such as Titanic) two or three real ciders plus they host good live bands most Saturdays. consequently you get a real mixture of (friendly) folk ranging from farmers to old to young people out for a good night out.

Keep up the good work!
gelksy - 15 Oct 2007 10:53
The best pub that I (and many friends from outside of the area) have ever been to. The chaps that run this place have created what i think to be the ideal pub.

There is a vast array of real ale (including many local brewerys such as Titanic) two or three real ciders plus they host good live bands most Saturdays. consequently you get a real mixture of (friendly) folk ranging from farmers to old to young people out for a good night out.

Keep up the good work!
gelksy - 15 Oct 2007 10:52

A pub for real ale fanatics. 10 hand pumps (9 in use when we were there) all beers from micro breweries. Beer in very good condition.

Nice original feel about the place.

Close to the canal for boaters who have run out of booze.


pubinspectors - 10 Oct 2007 09:53
A splendid pub. A large range of real ales, none from predictable sources. Joule's Priory Bitter is indeed very good; I also had a pint of Kelham Island Pale Rider, which was very good as well. The pub itself was nice and welcoming, and pretty busy (it was Saturday night). Lavatories a bit institutionalised, but other than that a really good place.
grecian - 13 Aug 2007 16:02
Really nice pub with some fine ales. Locals seemed friendly and laid back and our visit coincided with the climax to the week long beer festival. Will definitely re-visit at the earliest.
ILooklikeme - 8 Jul 2007 22:47
Certainly the best pub in Stone. Beer selection and quality is usually first class. Excelllent variety of beers. Friendly staff - and you can ask to sample any ale before buying. Nice courtyard out the back, with heaters. Regular bands. The Swan has a good fire in winter and a fine free buffet on Sunday lunchtimes. Beer fetival in July, lasts a whole week, and is calm and laid back with usually around 50 ales on gravity in the courtyard.
Downside of pub is that it is so smoky. Roll on when smoking is banned.I hope the courtyard wont become the pub's ashtray then.
capybara - 8 Jan 2007 11:15
beautiful pub fantastic beer very friendly staff, if you want to know how its done properly visit this pub!!
ROB54 - 8 Apr 2006 20:23
Excellent drinkers pub. Joules Priory Bitter is superb. On the negative side other beers are all from micro breweries and if Priory is off (which is a regular occurance I have to go elsewhere. For me and several like minded friends this pub would benefit graetly from having a main stream real ale guest for us disappointed Priory drinkers such as Wadworths 6X,
Fullers London Pride, Mansfield Old Bailey, Everards Tiger or Old Original, Camerons Bombardier or even Pedigree or Bass.
Sorry for the moan only do it because I want to drink in the Swan more often
stokie6 - 21 Feb 2005 11:38
fantastic "drinkers pub" with a wide range of guest ales, real fires, friendly staff and good banter
S.Caton - 4 Oct 2004 07:27

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