Winding down a country lane, inhabited by pheasants, woodpeckers and deer and crossing the old stone bridge over the clear waters of the River Windrush, with its banks covered in great swathes of daffodils in spring and changing colour with the seasons, it’s easy to wind down, relax and imagine yourself transported back in time, visiting this lovely village pub and inn with rooms, once Swinbrook’s mill, and steeped in aristocratic history.
Owned by the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire whose family used to live in Swinbrook, and run by Archie & Nicola who also run The King’s Head in Bledington. The inn is delightfully comfortable, stylish, and warm with open log fires, fresh flowers, old polished tables, and engaging family photographs of the Mitford’s dotted around the flag-stoned rooms.
Coming here to drink and enjoy the award-winning restaurant and menu that’s fresh, seasonal and with produce that’s very much local with friendly staff is always a joy. Just behind the pub The Swan’s old forge has a number of charming, hide-away rooms and a riverside cottage for guests all made up with crisp white linen, soft muted colours, thick towels and deeply comfortable beds for a perfect stay. Drift off to sleep with sounds of the wooded countryside around. Bring a torch as only stars and an outside lantern light the way to your room.
Taking time to have lunch or an evening meal here is a must – menus are seasonal and change often and The Swan makes sure all their produce used is sourced locally wherever possible. Drop in anytime for a drink by the cosy fires or by the bar but do remember to book if you would like to stay for a meal!
Children and dogs welcomed.