Not the most traditional of pubs in the area (compared to the famous Bell in Aldworth, say, which hasn't changed anything in hundreds of years), but the Swan is an excellent place to stop for lunch, dinner, an evening snack, or (of course) a couple of drinks.
We have visited many times and always encountered friendly service and a management team who make a special effort. The Swan does a good job of holding events, so take a look at their Facebook page (or the signs on the street if you're in the area) to see what is upcoming. Very family- and dog-friendly. The kids love the bouncy castle often set up in the garden, which is spacious enough (the garden, not the castle) to allow people without kids to find a quite spot outside, too.
Food is always tasty and is at a reasonable price. The menu includes classic pub food, several nice pizzas, and several fancier items as well. Quality is sometimes a bit inconsistent, but only in minor ways -- the mushy peas with the fish & chips, for example, can range from dry to soggy, sometimes contain mint and sometimes don't, and so on. As always, some dishes are better than others, but that's mainly personal taste. Some items are available for take-away.
One especially nice thing about the Compton Swan is that food is served throughout the evening, even on Sundays, which is a bit unusual. It's nice to not have to work your meals to suit a pub manager's seemingly-arbitrary schedule.
Beer selection is somewhat limited, but there are several casks available from local brewers as well as the usual assortment of bigger names. You should have no problem finding at least a couple that you like. Nice looking wine list as well, although I didn't try any myself.
Definitely a good stop if you're travelling through the area (it's only a few minutes off the A34) and worth a regular visit if you live nearby. Note that there are several "Swans" in the area, including one just a single village over in East Ilsley, so be sure to pay attention to where you are. :-)
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