THE SWAN is back – at last. This famous old Loddon pub closed down in September 2010 after at least five years of slow, sorry decay. I have to admit that back then I thought this place was a dead-cert for conversion into flats. But its new owners Andrew Freeland (pictured) and Justin Fenwick have invested an awful lot of money in transforming it into a pub/restaurant with a wine bar feel.
And its opening night certainly went with a swing, even if there were a few teething troubles. The till continually needed re-booting and some diners reported a slow service from the kitchen. But no-one was complaining. The lads drank, the fire roared and the waitresses bustled. It’s great to see a grand old coaching inn in such rude health once again.
* The Swan’s own website here.