Hearty food, warm welcome; a true English pub
Peter & Emma
We have lived Enford for the last 11 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!
Digger & Pickle
The noisy ones
Digger and Pickle are the pub's resident noisy duo and, during opening hours, can often be heard thundering down the hallway corridor upstairs or giving a friendly bark to the other dogs that visit The Swan.
They're very friendly and give great hugs but will soon lead you to the treats tin that's behind the bar! When they are allowed down at the end of a shift, they can be found watching the windows carefully to welcome any visitors!
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 & Digger! 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.
All our food is home made and, wherever possible, locally sourced.
We work closely with our butcher Tim 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
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 even have gluten free bread!)
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 and Debs in our kitchen. Lasagne (meat & veggie), 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 Pete's Sticky toffee pudding, Matt's summer fruit terrine 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.
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 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've got it all; a proper pint, great wine and everything in between!
We held our inaugural beer festival 'Swanfest' in August 2015 and showcased 20 local beers from a range of our usual suppliers as well as new ones for you to all test out - the most popular are now stocked in the Swan!
You can even try them out with our new 'beer bats' - have a third of a pint of 3 different beers!
Brewed less than 2 miles away in Netheravon, Heelstone is our best seller - a deep amber bitter with hints of blackcurrant at 4.3% APV.
Brewed in Pewsey in Gordon's shed (properly of course!), Shed ales are always popular and change with each barrel.
Gord & Sam have just opened their own micro pub in Pewsey - an exciting venture! Visit them at www.theshedalehouse.co.uk
We put the 3Daggers Ale on as a trial back in February 2015 and haven't been able to take it off the bar since! It's an easy, amber drink at 4.1%ABV and, it's brewed locally in Edington which is a bonus! Our locals have gone to great lengths to ensure we never run out, even fetching a barrel of it for us direct from the brewery over a bank holiday after drinking us dry the night before!! We regularly stock the 'Daggers Ale' but have been know to try their specialist 'Priory Farm' at 4.2% and 'Daggers edge' at 4.7%.
This beautiful, crisp cider is a favourite here and will shortly be joined by the stronger and original 'Old Rosie'. For now though, enjoy the lingering taste of summer days as Thatchers is served cold
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.
So no pub is a proper pub anymore without a good food offer and we are extremely loyal our good suppliers, many of whom have worked with Pete over the past 15 years.
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.
OUR SUPPLIERS ~ DRINKS
Where would we be without good beer and a range of good wines and soft drinks?
Stonehenge Ales - 1 mile away!
Stig and his small team produce our most popular cask ale by hand less than a mile away. Based at the mill in Netheravon, we sell around 140 pints of this beautiful beer each week. You can even arrange for a brewery tour of your own.
Shed Ales - 6 miles away
Gord and Sam are the most important people in Pewsey we think! They brew 'Shed Ales' in their purpose built shed and have even opened their own micro-pub in Pewsey. Our favourites are 'Shed some light' and the very special, very rare, Blackberry Porter. 2015 was their most successful year yet with several CAMRA awards for their home produced craft ales.
Three Daggers - 13 miles away
One of our customers recommended the three daggers brewery to us and we put it on as a trial over a year ago - we haven't been able to take it off since! A classic amber ale is always on tap and you can arrange for an evening in their brewery as well as a shop in their on site, award-winning farm shop.
Marstons - all over the place!
We have worked closely with David and the team at Marstons since moving into The Swan and they have been first class at giving us a helping hand and guiding our ale choices. We love Marstons because although they own many of the smaller brewers, Ringwood, Jennings, Banks etc, they have allowed these smaller brewers to retain their own characters. Our lagers, cider and some beers come from them.
This Somerset soft drinks company are our go-to for our Coke, Lemonade and Diet Coke. Super reliable and great tasting, they keep us going all year round.
Enotria & Coe Vintners
On recommendation from another local landlord, we met Kate from Enotria and she has guided and supported us in choosing an ever-growing wine list that is becoming increasingly broad and adventurous. Always on had with useful tasting sessions and guidance, Kate only recommends the best. We particularly like the fact that they seek out small, one off suppliers such as our house champagne. They also supply all our spirits.
If we've missed anyone out - we're sorry! Please let us know.
We couldn't have done it without these very special little (and big) businesses and continue to use them and any others to bring all of our customers a great English pub experience.
Unstuck design - Salisbury
We knew the moment we stepped into the little barn tucked away into the little barn in Upper Woodford that we would love working with Unstuck and we haven't been disappointed. James and his team (including the brilliant Paul and Bexi) have listened to what we want and come up with things that totally reflect us and our style. www.unstuckdesign.co.uk
Garden Inn - Stockbridge
So, a little further out than normal but the lovely ladies at the Garden Inn help Emma to get the flowers for the pub spot on.
Karin's flowers - Durrington
Many of you comment on our beautiful wreaths which hang from both our front doors each season. Inspired by images collected on Pinterest, Emma approached Karin and asked her to create her own take on these collective images. They're beautiful and last for months.
Original Glory - Framers in Devizes
Although a tiny shop front, this is an aladdin's cave of Farrow and Ball paints plus frames and mounts for pictures. We've used them on several occasions and are always pleased with the result.
Barbara Leatham Photography
99% of the photos on our website are Barbara's. Her patience, energy and ability to see things from all kinds of angles and think of things we'd never considered are second to none. Highly recommended.
NEWS & EVENTS
We have big plans to put our pub back at the heart of the village. Keep an eye on here to see how things are going and what's coming up next!
Swanfest - back again 28th August!
Our beer, food and music festival is back for the second year running
Our inaugural beer, food and music festival in 2015 is back again due to popular demand and this year, it looks like the sunshine will be out in force.
We've got great bands lined up from 1pm and 20 local beers are lined up so it looks like we'll have a great day.
A refreshed menu is planned that includes mini versions of our famous pies, posh fish finger sandwiches, our chilli, cashew nut curry and of course, our crispy chips!
It's free entry, from 1pm - late. See you there!
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!
A certificate of excellence for the second year running!
Awarded to top 10% of places on Tripadvisor
We woke up the other morning to an email that started our day off brilliantly! We have received a TripAdvisor 'Certificate of Excellence 2016' award for the second year running.
This award is given to businesses in the top 10% of reviews all over the world so we're really pleased.
We're delighted as this is representative of the reviews and support we've had on Tripadvisor over the last 18 months from people we know and ones we don't. As this is a part of the pub's 'public face' that we have no control over, we just have to make sure we're getting it right for all our customers all the time. We're not perfect and this doesn't always happen but we do do our best!
Congratulations Jenny & Tony!
An engagement in 2015, a wedding in 2016
Congratulations to the newly weds!
Jenny & Tony have been loyal customers from the very beginning of us being at The Swan and we were delighted that on 14th February 2015, our first valentine's day in the pub, we had a proposal!
We were even more delighted that they asked us to host their wedding reception in June this year and so it was on Monday 20th June that many friends and family joined Jenny & Tony to celebrate their wedding. We hosted a cream tea at their house after their wedding ceremony and they then joined everyone at the pub and danced the night away.
Well done you two on a fabulous day.
We know we're in the sticks to try 3 beers for the size of 1!
One is never enough!
We know that you have to travel to get to us but with 5 cask ales always on, it can be tricky choosing which one to have! Our new third pint beer bat makes this easy! Choose 3 of our 5 ales and you can have a third of a pint of each. Our beer bats are lovingly made by www.thesefairhands.com and lovingly served by our great bar staff. All for the price of 1 pint!
Hub in the Pub
Come and join us on Thursday mornings for coffee, tea and cake.
Community comes first
We are a community pub first and foremost and bringing the community together is a fundamental part of what we're all about, as well of course as providing refreshments for the many walkers and cyclists that pass our door each morning.
Diane & Pauline run our Hub in the Pub community coffee mornings on Thursday from 9.30 - 11.30am and Doreen bakes up a storm so that you always have a good variety of cakes. Stop by and be part of our community!
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