Peter & Emma
We have lived Enford for the last 18 years - The Swan was our first port of call after moving in! When faced with the move nearer to work in Hampshire, we struggled with the idea of leaving our beautiful village behind.
Luckily Pete's experience in a busy pub and many years as a Head Chef stood us in good stead when The Swan came up!
Emma still works in Hampshire but can often be found behind the bar or upstairs doing the paperwork!
The noisy one
Pickle pup (on the left here) is our super little Jack Russell who you might hear thundering up and down the hallway corridor upstairs or giving a friendly bark to the other dogs that visit The Swan.
His main mate, Digger, went on his forever sleep at the end of 2019 but Pickle is gradually finding his own groove and he's super friendly. He gives great hugs but will soon lead you to the treats tin that's behind the bar, having learnt all the tricks of the trade from Digger!
Our community hub
The Swan has stood for over 350 years in our little village of Enford which sits on the River Avon, just 7 miles north of Stonehenge. It has seen many changes in this time as the village has grown from a small farming community to a popular home for locals and commuters alike. When you visit us, we take pleasure in sharing this heritage with you. The photos and postcards you'll see in the pub are copies of ones loaned to us by villagers who have lived in and around Enford for many years or from keen collectors of local history memorabilia. Some even date back to the late 1800s.
As the villagers watched their local bakery, garage, post office and shop disappear over time, they were deterined to keep the pub as the village's last remaining amenity. In fact, the building is still owned by a small group of villagers who are as passionate as we are about our unique public house.
This is where you find The Swan today. At the heart of its community. We serve locals not just from Enford but from the surrounding hamlets of Coombe, Compton and East Chisenbury as well as the larger villages such as Netheravon, Upavon and Durrington.
Our Grade II listed building has historic significance and is in a conservation area which runs through our pretty village to the south and north. Swans nest just across the road and are often seen with their cygnets from Enford bridge which links the village to the main A345. The National Cycle Network also runs directly through Enford and we back onto Salisbury Plain which is a popular walking spot, especially with Pickle! We are popular with cyclists, walkers and tourists as well as villagers who all blend together to create a special atmosphere unique to The Swan.
NEWS & EVENTS
We've been in the pub for 6 years and the time has flown! We're always thinking of more things to do and changing the menu plus, restoring an old building is never dull!
Keep an eye on here to see how things are going.
Time to breathe
We've helped the building (& us) catch our breath during lockdown
2021 didn't have the start we'd imagined but it's not been all bad.
Yes, we've missed the customers, the buzz, the banter, the food and the noise but we've taken time to recharge ourselves and refresh many aspects of the building. The gardens have had a makeover, the windows downstairs have been lovingly restored and some are now opening that were painted shut a long time ago and new curtains made that actually close! Window boxes that were so rotten they fell apart when we removed them, have been replaced and repainted to match 'our colour' using Fenwick & Tillbrook's brilliant exterior paint. The front porch is being replaced by local carpenter (read; wizard!) James Last, as it was so rotten and we've generally had a massive spring clean and spruce up.
We can't wait to share it with you on 14th April!
Down but not out!
We posted this message on social media channels on Wed 15th Dec
Dearest followers of the Swan.
It is with really heavy hearts that we have had to make the decision to close The Swan fully until the 1st February, unless the rules change and believe us when we say, we’ll be the first with our doors open!!
We want The Swan to be a happy, busy, thriving place with our current staff team and in order to protect this and give our customers the experience they expect & deserve, we are making this tough decision.
As many of you know since the start of the pandemic The Swan has done its utmost to make sure that the village and surrounding areas have been looked after; our pop-up shop and delivery to takeaways and the Eat out to Help out scheme however, the new rules in place at the moment really don’t allow us to run the Swan as it should be.
The last two weeks, with limited opening because of limited mixing rules, limited hours and limited food offer we feel it’s not sensible to open and throw away money which could be used to ensure we are safe in the near future. To be clear, the business is still very viable and we have been almost fully booked on each sitting we’ve opened for but this is an old building that costs lots to heat, look after and love and a staff team who depend on us to keep their families safe, happy, heated and fed. We can’t afford to lose it for them, if no one else. Instead, we’ve urged them to find volunteer work to support others locally.
Christmas in our pub is full of laughter, joy, full tummies and happy people and our favourite time of year. To not be able to share it with you is gut wrenching – we’re thinking Christmas in July?!
We know that some people will be saying “well, other pubs are staying open” but please remember all pubs run very differently with different costs and they too will be doing what’s best for the survival of their business whether that’s staying open or making the same hard decision we have had to make.
We’ve spoken to all who’ve ordered hampers and they’re still available for collection on Christmas Eve. We will let you know when take away begins again and if the rules change, you can expect us to be ‘on it’ and back open in a flash!
A big thank you to all that have supported us in these very strange times and WE WILL BE BACK once it is viable to do so.
Have a very happy Christmas and New Year
Pete, Emma and team Swan.
Coronavirus can't keep us down!
Opening again on the anniversary of our 7th birthday - 4th July
An irony not lost on us!
We have had 6 amazing years in The Swan since opening our doors on 4th July 2014 and this 4th July we will reopen them again for our 7th birthday. We hope the next 5 years match the successes and meet the needs of the community we serve as well as the many who come to visit from afar. On our opening day this year (2020), a family drove from London to come and eat with us proving it really is worth the drive!
We have got all our COVID-19 risk assessment and safety measures in place with tables spaced out a little more than usual and no drinking at the bar, it's going to take us all a little time to get used to it but the sound of happy voices inside and out on 4th July was possibly the best sound we've heard all year!
Essential services for our community
We won't be beaten by a virus!
Coronavirus might have closed our pub on Friday March 20th but we are not ones to sit back so we opened up a pop-up shop for the duration of closure doing deliveries to local villages. As lockdown eased, we opened a weekend takeaway service which proved so popular, it's here to stay!
We want to look back on the enforced closure and periods of isolation with memories of how a community came together to support each other. We believe we CAN make this a positive time if we all act together.
The shop how now closed although if you are running short of any dry goods, meat, milk, butter, eggs, bread or fruit and veg, we've probably got it in stock so please do ask.
The take-away service will run each night we are open (Tues - Sat) between 6pm and 8pm.
We celebrated our 5th birthday in style: 10 bands, 20 beers, 100s of people!
We’ve just celebrated our 4th Swanfest for our 5th birthday and it was AMAZING! The weather was very kind with a resurgence of hot sunny weather just being perfectly timed and beer and cider flowed freely.
The day kicked off with Jimmy Moore on the guitar and ended with The Chaos Brothers punk band and finally Soul Traders 12 piece band gave us an incredible finish.
Food was eaten, beer was drunk and we’ve booked bands already for next year! Saturday August 29th - keep it free
Litter picking locals
A very special village where community is king!
What to do when the sun comes out in early Spring and the dregs of winter need to be banished?
Call on the locals! They came in droves to help clear the village, from East Chisenbury through to Coombe of all things litter. With a huge stash of bags full of little from the bridleways, footpaths and roadsides, the helpful volunteers were rewarded with breakfast (well, brunch really) from us at The Swan, paid for by The Hub in the Pub, our Thursday coffee and cake stop.
The village looked resplendent afterwards and nothing can beat the sense of satisfaction when you drive along the road knowing you played a part in making it a better place. Thankyou to one and all who helped out.
See in the New Year with us!
Our first ever 'Silent Disco' night at The Swan to dance in the 2019
OK so we're a small pub but we never, ever let this stop us from having a good old party and knees up! If there's one time of year when you should be partying and not sat at home watching boring old TV, it's New Year's Eve!
Of course, we have lovely neighbours and already test their limits with the annual beerfest in Autumn so we were completely inspired by the Silent Disco idea which means we can all have a party but not be too rowdy. Well, that's the idea at least!
Headphones with 3 different channels of music, a glitter ball and smoke machine as well as sparkly curtains mean we are in for a lot of fun!
You can book a table with us to eat from 6pm onwards (food stops at 9pm though so do get one booked) and then we clear tables at 9.30pm and dancing starts thereafter until we see in the New Year at midnight when we'll serve bacon buns.
We can't wait!
Best of British - it's official
Voted Countryside Alliance British Pub Champion 2017
It's all about community, great beer and good food
This award is really special to us as it celebrates all that is good rurally and that's what we're passionate about. We are committed to using local suppliers, listening to the needs of our community and trying hard to accommodate what they want from our rural setting. We were overwhelmed when we were nominated and got through to win the regional South West finals but had no idea that we'd be crowned British Champion of these 'Rural Oscars'. This award goes much further than just Pete and Emma, it's the whole community and all the people who've worked so hard for us since we began here in July 2014 - thank you to one and all!
We will simply continue doing what we do best and welcoming one and all, trying not to say no to new ideas and keep putting the countryside and community and the heart of it all.
Easy wind and downy flake
Snow has found our village and looks set to stay for a while
We've been waiting for a snow photo of the pub for 4 years and finally, we have it! This one was taken on Thurs 1 March at about 5pm when the light was fading but the cosiness of the pub shone as the beacon of light in the village. We're open throughout the snow and even having a new floor laid in the bar area but beers, wines and a bit of a laughter await those who dare to brave the snow.
Brand new kitchen!
Our old kitchen was dragged into the 21st Century!
We've been in the pub for 3 and a half years and the kitchen was beginning to show it's age - the team were using just 3 hobs (you probably have more at home) and an oven that only worked on one side and the top shelf. The grill had seen better days too BUT, October 2017 saw the dawn of a brand new kitchen.
An old cupboard was knocked out to create one long prep space (With 3 full time chefs, we also needed more space), a new Rationale oven installed (at extortionate cost but Pete assures us it's worth it!), a new 6 burner oven replaced our tired old one and new cladding on the wall and non-slip flooring topped it all off.
We regularly cook for almost 100 people a day and Christmas 2017 saw us smash all of our previous records for people served. We host parties of 20-40 people for various functions and the new kitchen means we can food to you quicker and more consistently.
It was certainly worth the wait!
50 years of Barrel emptying!
Sheriff, our lovely local reaches an important milestone
Every pub has a group of locals that really make the pub special. We are no different.
Sheriff (really called Dave) has been drinking in The Swan for 50 years - na incredible milestone. He is our 'go to' for all things Swan and Enford related and has seen the pub go through good times and bad. He remembers the old fireplace, helping to clear out the garden, the old staircase that went up through the middle of the pub to the upstairs, the various landlords and comings and goings. He is a walking talking Enford encyclopaedia! Chances are, if you come into the pub on a Friday or Saturday evening or a Sunday lunchtime, you'll meet Sheriff and, although he keeps himself to himself and is (relatively) well behaved (!) he'll have a laugh and point out the good beers to try.
Wiltshire Life - BEST PUB OF THE YEAR!!
Awarded in March 2017
We are so honoured to have been voted Wiltshire Life's Pub of the Year 2017. Who would have thought that it could ever be us?! We absolutely love Wiltshire, are very proud to call it home and very proud to serve Wiltshire food to both our local customers and those who visit us from farther afield. The award is a great recognition of all that we do but also of our customer's passion for all things Wiltshire too and their unrelenting enthusiasm for the pub and village life. We are very, very lucky in this day and age to have such a fabulous staff and be a popular pub - the statistics of pubs closing every week are staggering and we're delighted to be battling against this. Thank you!
Who said conkers were for children?!
Some boys just never really grow up!
Each month our fireplace is redecorated to reflect the season or events. On spying the conkers on the fireplace for autumn, these naughty chaps from the First Thursday Club couldn't resist and were soon skewering holes in them, stealing laces from their shoes and playing conkers. Hume had even brought conkers from home (I wonder if his sons spotted them missing?!).
Simon emerged victorious in the inaugural competition in 2016 but Johnnie won in 2017 so it's all up for grabs in the autumn of 2018! We did spy the cheating though - stealing them from the fireplace once they're baked nice and hard is not really fair is it?!!!
Stocking Local Ales ALL the time
Keeping it local is so important
It was fantastic to receive CAMRA recognition for our pursuit of fine ales recently. The LocAle award means that we permanently stock locally brewed cask ales all supplied by breweries within 30 miles of our pub. We always have something from our most local brewery on tap: Stonehenge Ales (www.stonehengeales.co.uk) and then take from a huge range;
Pop in and see what we have on offer!
Specialist + scaffold =super cob!
Our beautiful building needed a bit of 21st century help
It's amazing what you find when you scratch the surface
Our beautiful building (OK, not looking so lovely in this photo!) needed a new coat! The main part of the pub dates from the 16th century and was made from brick, flint, lime mortar and cob but over the years, has been repainted with modern plastic based paints and taken a bit of a beating. We have worked with Nick Buxcey, cob and lime specialist, to restore the outside of the building to it's former glory. He and his son Harry, have spent many painstaking hours scraping paint from the back and front of the building and are now re-coating with natural lime products and repairing chunks of the damaged wall.
During the process, we have discovered an old clay pipe, a coin from 1771 buried in the mortar of a later extension of the pub and the original fire insurance plaque from the 1770s!
All our food is home made and, wherever possible, locally sourced.
We work closely with Jack & Charlie at Walter Rose Butchers in Devizes and veg supplier Kenyons, to get the very best available as well as other small producers who believe in the same things we do.
A light bite or something more substantial- SUSPENDED FOR NOW
Proper sandwiches, homemade soup and magnificent omelettes!
Our lunch menu combines our 'Swan favourites' menu of pub classics with a lighter selection of homemade sandwiches, soups and omelettes which can be customised (yes, we do have gluten free bread!)
CURRENTLY SUSPENDED - PLEASE SEE DINNER MENU
Can't be bothered to cook or want to catch up with friends?
Homemade without the hassle of washing up!
We have a good selection of warm and cold starters to share or keep all to yourself as well as a 'Swan favourites' board full of pub classics which are all homemade by Pete & Sophie in our kitchen. Lasagne (meat & veggie options), sausages made to our own recipe, chilli, salmon goujons or fresh fishcakes and more as well as our own infamous 'Swan's burger' with as much cheese and bacon as you can manage! In addition to this, we have a good range of additional main meals which reflect seasonal availability; game, fish freshly caught or a proper pie handmade by us as well as the choice of the best steaks we can find.
Someone told me we have a separate stomach for pudding
It's a good job!
Puddings are all homemade and change frequently. Favourites are Frank's Sticky toffee pudding, Pete's lemon meringue tart and of course, our homemade crumble which varies from traditional rhubarb and custard to sticky toffee apple and everything in between - with homemade custard of course! Our ice creams are all from local supplier Marshfields and you can round off your meal with coffee, specially blended and purchased in partnership with The Food Gallery, Marlborough.
Download a SAMPLE pudding menu here - CURRENTLY ON MENU ABOVE
Roasts on Sundays
Why cook when you can go out?
We think there's nothing better than relaxing in a pub with a cold drink and huge roast in the company of family, friends or just on your own, particularly when the fire is roaring and it's cold outside!
We usually have at least 2 roast meats; beef and pork but are also known to have venison or partridge or chicken depending on our local supply. Of course, you can't have pork without crunchy crackling and you can't have beef without yorkshire puds - Pete's a Yorkshire man through and through so knows how to do them well!
We believe in serving the best food that comes from the best ingredients we can find and, where possible, this being local. We're learning all the time and always on the lookout for a new supplier to provide us with something that's local and that extends beyond the food too. As we've been updating the pub and giving the building that little bit of love that it has needed for so long, we sought out some of the best local business people and trades.
No pub is a proper pub anymore without a good food offer and we are extremely loyal to our suppliers, many of whom have worked with Pete over the past 15 years. We've also really enjoyed finding out what suppliers are local to us and making sure we support them too.
Without decent beer (that's well kept of course) and a range of wines and soft drinks to suit all palates and pockets. you can find our suppliers listed by clicking above.
Living and working in a grade II listed building requires a good deal of dedication, pennies and being completely honest with yourself about your limits. Find out who we've worked with to restore our beautiful old pub.
The wall in the photo opposite became damp after we lined the chimney and when our cob man took it back to brick, we discovered an original beam, hidden cubby hole and part of the original foundations! Needless to say, we've restored them so that you can have a sneaky peek at the old building as well as traditional cob and lime mortar plaster.
Beating Coronavirus, one community at a time!
Join us and our community to make sure we all thrive during this challenging time
Still open. Still great food and drink, just done a little differently
We won't be beaten by COVID and have been delighted to successfully and calmly open our doors during 2020 and will be back in business from 14th April 2021.
We've made the following changes to keep our customers and staff safe and believe we can achieve some kind of normal by all working together.
Booking - for food AND drink
Call us and book, even as you're putting shoes on and leaving the house!
Booking means we can seat you safely, in good time and hopefully, with no queues.
We can't stress this enough, we really would love it if you could help us plan each service by calling ahead of your visit and booking. This means we can take your details so that we comply with the Test & Trace scheme as well as prepare your table.
We might need to jiggle tables around to make space or set up a highchair for a young person in your party. We might also need to limit the times of other tables coming before or after you to make space for you.
We may be a small venue but we can still over 30 outside at any one time under new guidance and we are very happy for you to reserve a table just for drinks, we are a pub after all!
Take Away service
Swan suppers will be back!
We are taking a break from our take away service for a while to allow us to concentrate on serving our much missed in house customers. It will resume once we find our 'new normal'.