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“OK pub in quiet corner.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Swan - CLOSED

The Swan
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: friendly local pub showing both Sky & BT sports. Friday and Saturday nights we have karaoke nights
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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1,112 reviews
387 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3,290 helpful votes
“OK pub in quiet corner.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2014

Most Plymouth people may not know its here. Unless you use the rat run to avoid the traffic lights you may never have come past. It's an unusual spot. Right beside the apparently Elizabethan Merchant's House, looking across at the kicking out door of the Magistrates' Court cells and back across the little and oddly configured Sir John Hawkin's Square.

The pub is low key unless there is a good game on the TV or some group event. I have been to a couple of very successful birthday events and also called in when its been surrounded by mellow boozy groups spilling across the road to the benches. No hard sell here, just an easy going place.

Visited April 2014
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3 Thank HillyCirencester
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Cornwall
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385 reviews
127 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,314 helpful votes
“Back street Barbican pub”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

Has had several different names and fortunes down the years but this late Victorian back street corner pub is undergoing a slow but steady revival. It appears under Tripadvisor restaurants for plymouth but barely does food. It's a pub with sport on TV and a reasonable selection of beer etc so more appropriate in the nightlife section. It's not on the Barbican main drags but close enough to them to be a useful stop off. Seems to have occasional karaoke and some benches outside for balmier nights. Unpretentious but with a bit of life.

Visited March 2014
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5 Thank DougalM_12
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Swan P, Owner at The Swan, responded to this review, 5 April 2014
Thanks for the review, the Pub's first recorded landlord was in 1823 so it is Georgian rather than Victorian, the Karaoke is not occasional but every Saturday night.
Cheers
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Plymouth Devon
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Tis a pub not a restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2012

Used to be a restaurant but has been restored back to a town pub for some time and is now under new management (former landlord Leroy now departed) with all the usual facilities including karaoke on a Sat night. You can see the new management is putting a lot of time and effort into improvements and this includes a very reasonable pricing policy, especially on wine starting @ £8 a bottle. It certainly isn't the pub that won't sell you food at 5pm anymore!. They deserve to do well and I would highly recommend it. Well worth a visit. Oh nearly forgot, they've even got a piano!!

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6 Thank Ginbunny
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Plymouth
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great pub”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2012

Very busy and relaxed atmosphere, and pleasant, smiling staff, drinks are cheaper than most places, would definitely go back.

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3 Thank meeshpuss
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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367 reviews
138 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,255 helpful votes
“Pub that stops selling the food at 5pm!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2012

Came in here today because it looked clean tidy, almost welcoming with a big chalk board outside advertising tea and coffee with flapjacks, muffins, pasties and sandwiches all at competitive prices. Only to be told by a man near the counter that the food finished ten minutes before at five pm. There was no one else in the place. The advertising boards were still prominent on the corner of the pavement outside and did not mention any cut off time. Seemed odd that tea should finish slap bang in the middle of tea time on a warm July late afternoon. No apology or explanation. Complete indifference. No wonder perhaps that the place was empty. I give it a score of two only because it was clean and potentially a good environment in which to have snacked for a while had they been selling.

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7 Thank ChasC_12
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