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17th Century Pub Restaurant specialising in Simply Fresh Food, including Daily Deliveries of Fresh Fish & Quality Aberdeen Angus Beef
PRICE RANGE
£10 - £24
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent old fashion English pub. Food is the best for miles around. Fish is the speciality and changes week by week. Food is all home cooked and freshly prepared Phil and his wife are the owners and cooks. Brilliant pub..

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Such a shame the owners will leave this month. Highly recommended while you can still book

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 January 2024

Visited for New Year lunch. The welcome was warm , we were quickly seated and drinks were provided. The food was delicious and beautifully served and faultless. Nothing was too much trouble. The Old Swan is our favourite for dining and we will be back...again quite soon.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 17 December 2023 via mobile

Popped In for a relaxing Sunday roast and got exactly what we hoped for. Very friendly place with lovely food, clearly locally sourced and cooked with care. Thankyou very much we will be back asap!

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 16 December 2023

Every thing was perfect including the atmosphere , staff, seating … defiantly will be coming back …

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 10 December 2023

Last time I was here was 5 years ago and when deciding on a venue for a meal out with friends who lived local, we decided to go back and see if anything had changed. The welcome was friendly with staff and other customers recognising...our entrance with a nod and smile and when I gave the name fo the booking, a screen was consulted and our table was quickly pointed out to us. Once seated, we had the expected 'drinks order' taken, the menus delivered and few minutes after that it was the time to order food. No starters, Cajun Burger, Swordfish, Lamb and Salmon were our choices and when they arrived, they looked absolutely delicious. I had the swordfish steak which was so easy to slice, tasted divine with the veg, potatoes and a marinade/topping to die for. All four of us were delighted with our respective meals and service. We had sweets of Citrus tart, Treacle pudding x 2 and one Ice Cream, finishing off with coffee. A very pleasant evening only marred by staff towards the end, suddenly removing glasses, cups as each individual was finished with them and clearing the table as we were sitting having a conversation. Normal protocol of waiting till everyone in the party was finished seemed to have gone vanished leaving us with a distinct impression that our presence was no longer wanted and we were being hustled out of the door. By around 10:30 we had paid and were driving out of the car park despite the closing time of 11:00pm. A slight disappointment considering how lovely a night we had been having.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 29 November 2023

Great service .Had a really enjoyable meal all the family enjoyed the meals .My favourite local . Regards Roger

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 25 August 2023 via mobile

What a wonderful hidden gem of a beautiful country restaurant. For starters I had Monkfish scampi in a mild curry and celeriac puree which was exquisite, my Wife had devilled lambs kidneys which were fantastic. For main I had Haddock, chips and mushy peas cooked...to perfection and my Wife had loin of Cod with samphire. I finished with a sticky toffee pudding made by chef Phil's Wife which was fabulous and couldn't make my mind up between custard, cream or ice cream so went for the lot. The wine list was comprehensive and we settled for a bottle of Gavi di Gavi. Highly recommended for a high end romantic meal.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 11 August 2023 via mobile

We have had so many disappointing meals out recently but this little gem exceeded all expectations. Can’t believe I’ve lived so near and never visited. Charming , traditional British pub but the food is above and beyond pub standard. Really nice menu with a separate...fish board. We shared a goat’s cheese mousse with figs and ham and it was outstanding. My partner enjoyed his swordfish too. As for my fillet steak, stuffed with Stilton- honestly the best steak I’ve ever had. Even better than the one I had in S Africa which I thought nothing could beat. It was literally melt in the mouth. Chips are a treat for me and so often they are hard/soggy/flavourless- but not these ones. I polished off the lot. We liked the look of the puddings, and particularly the cheese board, so thinking of starters and cheese board next visit. Staff were very friendly and helpful too. Cannot recommend enough!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 2 August 2023 via mobile

Everything about this pub is excellent: the building; ambience; service and quality. There were 4 of us for lunch, 2 of whom had not been before. Expectations were more than met. It felt friendly the moment we walked in and had a distinct‘local’ feel about...it which I particularly liked. Although busy, the atmosphere was calm. Service was prompt and efficient without being overbearing. We had 3 courses, all of which arrived promptly. The food was nicely presented and of great quality. Not a cheap meal perhaps but excellent value nonetheless. Looking forward to further visits.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 15 July 2023 via mobile

We decided to try The Old Swan based on the Tripadvisor reviews. I ordered ‘whole grilled plaice’ from the specials board & my husband ordered fillet steak. The pub was cosy and most of the team working were friendly & efficient. The initial welcome was...a bit odd, an older lady ‘kind of’ welcomed us by quickly passing us to a friendly man who showed us to our table (we had booked). A younger girl also looked after us and was friendly & efficient (one reason I’ve given more than one star). We had drinks & focaccia. When the older lady collected the board the bread was served on, I said ‘thank you, the focaccia was dreamy’ and she completely ignored me 😕 The mains came to the table & the steak looked great - it was a good cut, cooked as requested and they swapped chips for new potatoes. The only comment was ‘it could have been seasoned more’ but this is personal taste. The plaice was served and, a few mouthfuls in, I noticed a long black hair stuck (cooked in) to the skin of the fish. I pulled it out, placed it on the side plate for the fish bones and quietly said to the older lady that there was something wrong. She took the side plate with the hair and said ‘this never happens here’. I replied that I’m sure it doesn’t happen often & ‘these things happen’. The lady took the hair away and left me with the meal. I felt really awkward and embarrassed as I didn’t want to make a fuss but also didn’t want to continue eating the fish. My husband caught the younger girls eye and asked if we could swap it and she was so helpful, immediately said ‘of course we will get you another one’ and returned to give an update on how long it would be (not long at all). I ate all of the new fish & although I wouldn’t order it again, it was pleasant and I enjoyed the experience of eating fish off the bone which isn’t always an option elsewhere. At this point, I would have probably scored this a three or four on the review because these things do happen and the younger lady looking after us was brilliant. The older lady returned to collect the plates and again insisted ‘This actually never happens here’ and I insisted it was no problem, I am sure they have high standards and it was just an accident. She then snapped at me saying ‘NO! We don’t have accidents, this never happens here’ … The interaction felt quite tense and even aggressive. We did not ask for a discount, we did not complain (other than to raise attention to the issue & ask for a replacement) and we were gracious when the young lady set about making things right. The overall feeling when we left was awkward, embarrassing & uncomfortable. The final conversation with the older blonde lady really highlighted all the other little things throughout our dialogue with her during our visit that I was disappointed with. The pub is sweet, the food was good enough & most of the staff were great. The hair is a small detail & easily looked over if dealt with appropriately. Making people feel uncomfortable, expecting me to continue eating a dish with a hair in it and continuing to reiterate the same awkward point, however, is unacceptable. Perhaps the older lady was having a bad day or has something personal on her mind. If this is the case, I do hope things get better for you as soon as possible ❤️More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 3 June 2023

Would have been 5 stars but...... this is by far the best steak in Milton Keynes and indeed one of the best I have had. the ribeye is delicious and I have had this several times and each time superb. they also had the nicest...dessert I have ever had. the treacle pudding like the steak was superb. Note I say was as someone made the strange decision to stop doing it!!! it was the best mix of main and dessert you could wish for what a shame. Hopefully whoever made the decision does not try betting on the g g's as they will clearly lose the shirt off their back!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 28 March 2023 via mobile

Return trip from playing rugby Staff were fantastic very diplomatic when things got a bit load We were made to feel very welcome and some of us stayed to eat Great food fantastic staff

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 25 February 2023

A brilliant pub with dining!! Top class restaurant standard of food. We pre-ordered oysters, scampi, and thick,fat cod loins. Everything was perfectly cooked and presented - the service was excellent and we got to speak to the chef who remembered our request and displayed a...love of good food and hospitality. A real find!!More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 22 January 2023 via mobile

Lovely lunch with friends and one is gluten free and they were catered for with no fuss. Beautifully cooked and presented. Very nice staff, attentive and efficient. Lovely rooms and well laid tables. Food was delicious and there was a good choice. Thoroughly recommend this...for a meal,More

Date of visit: January 2023
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