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We are a family run independant Free house in the lovely village of Swanmore. Our cosy pub has a beer garden, open fire, a well kept cellar. We welcome dogs in our pub as we have two friendly pub dogs ourselves! Our extensive menu offers lots of freshly prepared locally sourced produce, with new specials every week. We serve food all day Monday to Sat 12noon to 9pm, Sunday lunch 12noon to 430pm. Offering a great selection of wines, local ales, GF drinks and non alcoholic drinks too. We even have dog friendly beer! We pride ourselves on our service, friendly atmosphere and great standards of cleanliness. Pop in for a drink, or a leisurely meal, or just a coffee and a chat! We look forward to
PRICE RANGE
£8 - £24
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Contemporary, Gastropub
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Dog Friendly, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Were squeezed in despite them being fabulously busy. Lovely staff and delicious food freshly prepared. Couldn’t have asked for a better pub experience.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 5 February 2024 via mobile

Wonderful place with a traditional pub atmosphere. I and my friend both had the roast beef which was absolutely delicious. The beef was perfectly cooked and melted in your mouth. Came with all the traditional vegetables plus aside of red cabbage, white cabbage and cheesy...leek and cauliflower bake. We shared the brioche bread and butter pudding and ice cream. Couldn’t quite finish it but it was also delicious. Will definitely be back again again. The staff were very efficient, friendly and attentive.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 February 2024 via mobile

I don’t leave a lots of reviews. Only really if I have had incredibly bad service, so as to warn others, or for an exceptionally good experience. This thankfully is the latter. I have lived in and out of the area since I was a...kid so have visited a lot of establishments between Portsmouth and The New Forest in this time. This is one pub i have never considered going to, always looked like a drinking pub but not for food. Not a place i have ever considered in all those years of driving past now and again. Yesterday i just wanted to go somewhere different from our “go to” pubs while meeting my mum and sister for lunch who both still live in the area, so after trying a couple of others who were booked, decided on this one. I had pretty low expectations to be honest but boy was i wrong. From the person who took my initial call to book a table to the staff at the bar on arrival and the waitressing staff they could not have been more welcoming and friendly, without being OTT, The place is really nicely decorated, pristine and completely dog friendly. Nothing was too much trouble and the food was really lovely. We all had something different and everyone really enjoyed the lunches. If there was one tiny weeny criticism all I would say is the food could have been a bit hotter, but it was still lovely. Thank you, i’m sure we will be back again.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 24 January 2024

As always, a great lunch at The Brickmakers. Food spot on and great care taken to ensure our garlic allergy catered for. Super service, which was efficient without being intrusive - perfect for our girly catch-up. My whippet was chilled enough in the cosy atmosphere...to sleep under the table while we chatted and staff made a fuss of him. A great village pub and we feel very lucky it's just around the corner!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 9 November 2023 via mobile

Great night in the Brickmakers! Very welcoming , good selections of beers and great food! The home made pie , is a particular favourite - last night it was venison , which was excellent. Really good service also !

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 27 October 2023

Didn't have high expectations - it's quite hard these days to find anything much better than basic pub grub these days unless one looks hard, and we only saw the "usuals" menu on the website (mind you, the fish and chips and burgers being taken...to other tables looked great). So we were pleased to be handed a specials menu (3 starters and 3 mains) to choose from, along with the website menu. We both chose pheasant breast, which was utterly delicious - I have not had it better anywhere else. Lovely chive mash, various greens including asparagus tips and leeks, a delicious little celeriac frittery thing, and a divine savoury cream sauce served separately in a little jug. Beautifully presented too. Reasonable prices and service with a very nice smile. I wish I lived nearer but, even so, I may soon be back before the pheasant runs out!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 15 October 2023

Went to the Brickmakers for Sunday Lunch. A homely traditional village pub, log fire and lounging dogs in the bar - walkers welcome. Simple but comfortable decor. Menu had good range of choices - we went for the roast beef and vegetarian nut roast -...both delicious, excellent crispy roast potatoes, puffy yorkshires and lovely fresh veggies, cauliflower cheese, red cabbage, carrots, parsnips and more. Puddings were also lovely and all served courteously with a genuine smile. Independent pubs who go the extra mile to deliver quality home cooking and value with excellent customer service are very rare - this is a little gem - give them a try.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 1 October 2023 via mobile

We had a great meal in a welcoming, friendly, local atmosphere. Good range of draft beer, nice wines and terrific well thought out menu. Would recommend to anyone.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 27 September 2023

Visted family for the weekend last Sunday. Excellent lunch and good selection of ales. Staff were very welcoming. Will be back.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 15 August 2023

Lovely dinner. I ate the pie of the week, it was delicious and there was enough quantity to walk out full. The mashed potatoes was cold in the centre but they changed it straight away. My partner ate the burrito, very tasty too, I would...suggest serving it with tortilla chips instead of fries! I would go again!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Koren Blake, Owner at The Brickmakers, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2023

Hi! Many thanks for your lovely review. Hope we see you again! Koren

Reviewed 17 July 2023

We had a wonderful lunch here. The food was excellent, I had Nachos and the portion size was HUGE and the best I have ever had. The lady serving was very attentive and made sure everything was perfect for us. We will definitely be back...and recommending this place to friends.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Koren Blake, Owner at The Brickmakers, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2023

Hi! Thanks so much for taking the time to review. So glad you enjoyed everything, I have to agree the nachos are so popular. Our guacamole and salsa is home made, and proper cheese melted in layers not cheese sauce makes all the difference! Thanks...More

Reviewed 4 July 2023

This is the third time we've been to The Brickmakers for a meal since moving to the local area. The food is always delicious and this is definitely becoming a go-to place for food. Last night, spoilt for choice, I was convinced to go for...the chicken and chorizo pasta from the Specials board. It was excellent with cream, white wine, pesto, home made pasta, rocket and other delicious ingredients. We shared a dessert, brioche bread and butter pudding, which was also delicious. It is obvious the owners know their stuff. The food surpasses most pub meals you'd experience with ambience and we'll trained staff too. Highly recommend this excellent independent country pub. I have to agree with the owner on the last comments here about not enough choice etc etc. The reviewer must have been expecting Tom Kerridge or Gordon Ramsey to be in the kitchen ... although in our experience we've tried both and neither are as good, (possibly more about the name than the food) the menu choices are more limited and both are way, way more expensive.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Koren Blake, Owner at The Brickmakers, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2023

Thank you so, so much for such a fabulous review. We are so glad you've loved the food and you're right we do take a lot of pride in offering high quality dishes at a reasonable price (although it's tricky in the current climate)! As...More

Reviewed 24 June 2023

A very poor menu as far as choice, i could only have one item, pies, cabbage and mash. I was not accompanied by my wife who if she had attended could not have eaten anything. The pie was very good with plenty of meat which...I found was too much.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Koren Blake, Owner at The Brickmakers, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2023

Are you mad? I think what you meant to say is there may of been nothing to your taste ... This is a list of our menu choices. All our menu is prepared from scratch by our brilliant chefs. Over 6 starters. Mains Pie (not...More

Reviewed 1 May 2023

Excellent again, we’ve been there five times in the last two years and it is every time. Very friendly and family atmosphere.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Koren Blake, Owner at The Brickmakers, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2023

Many thanks for your lovely review. We hope to see you again soon. Koren

Reviewed 6 April 2023 via mobile

Amazing food, great staff and beautiful pub garden. The food is of good quality and the ingredients have been carefully considered and thou about. It's a real hidden gem!

Date of visit: April 2023
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Koren Blake, Owner at The Brickmakers, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2023

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a lovely review. We really appreciate it. Koren

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Hi! I’m afraid we don’t open for food on Christmas Day as we have a young family. If we opened we would feel we would have to work it and we don’t want our children to miss out. Saying that we may do one day! We do open for... More
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Hi I’m so sorry I’ve only just seen this. Didn’t realise you may get questions through this site! In answer to your question no we aren’t doing a special valentine menu as our a la carte menu is so popular and gives everyone... More
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Hi we do have a nice garden. It has a small playhouse and some pedal cars. We welcome children. Hope we see you this weekend!
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