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“Great Local Pub”
Review of Compton Swan

Compton Swan
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Compton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$11 - US$34
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Description: The Compton Swan is under new management since 6th November 2014. At the helm is a husband and wife team who own and operate one of the most successful gastropubs in Southern Ireland. They are looking forward to welcoming new and returning customers. They are looking forward to your feedback. The Compton Swan serves lunches and evening meals 7 days a week.
Reviewed 3 September 2013

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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Thank bryancanada
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

Excellent food and service. Value for money, thoroughly enjoyable. Highly recommended Sunday lunch. Loved the hot and tasty roast, plenty of fresh veg and gravy. Puddings are great as well. Staff are very friendly and accommodating, nothing too much trouble. We will be back.

Thank PortsmouthWizards
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

Went to the Compton swan for the first time after our grand-daughters christening on 21st July 2013. As soon as we walked into the garden which was all set up for us, we were made very welcome. The staff were friendly, funny and offered great service to all the guests. The barbeque was delicious. The pub itself was very clean, spacious and again the staff inside were friendly and caring, and would do their very best to accommodate your needs. Can't wait to visit again, and recommend that you visit to if you are in the area. Thanks to all the staff at the Compton Swan. Well Done!!!

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Thank LindaHoughton
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

Visited on 21st July 2013 for my nieces Christening and I cannot speak highly enough of the place! Food was fantastic and the staff were unbelievably helpful, polite and just a pleasure to deal with! Felt like I'd known them for years! Would recommend this place to everyone is that part of the country! Massive thank you to everybody involved with the Compton Swan!

Chris Houghton-Rai
Loughborough
Leicestershire

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Thank CHoughton-Rai
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

Been a couple of times since the new owners re-opened it just over a month ago for food and drinks with family and just husband. Each time it's had a good feeling and atmosphere, the food has been tasty and good value and good drinks.
Good all round village pub.

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Thank Jacqui M
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