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! We've been in the pub for almost 10 years now and the days and weeks fly by.
The young pretender
Pickle and Digger will always be at the very heart of our Swan life but they both went on their forever sleep over the last two years and we were very lucky to find Buster (or did he find us?). Our miniature daschund is so well socialised thanks to so many cuddles and pats in his younger days and now, at one and a half years old, we don't know where we'd be without him. Often to be seen being carried through the pub - well, if your legs were that short and you were that important, wouldn't you want to be lifted up to your righteous place?
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 Buster! 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 9 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.
SWANFEST was simply the best!
An epic round up of our favourite music and beers
Our annual beer and music festival, held on the last bank holiday in August 2023 was quite simply the best one yet. The rain held off for most of the day despite dire forecasts and we had record numbers to come and celebrate 9 summers in the Swan.
The day began with the young guitarists from Emma's school and ended in chaos with Kova Me Badd who have played all but one of our festivals. With their funky 'Smash Hits' mash up and everything designed to make you dance, they are epic! I suppose we should have an 'arty' photo of the event but this one sums up the brilliant end to a brilliant day with literally everyone dancing and drinking.
Summers at The Swan are very special indeed and will be the stuff of legends.
The village celebrates!
The King's Coronation was a party and a half
Coming not all too long after the Queen's jubilee which was a celebratory 'Big Roast', the villages of Enford, Coombe, New Buildings, Chisenbury all gathered together on the road outside the Swan for a party to end all street parties.
People bought their own food (cooking for 274 on the Jubilee was enough, thank you very much!) and bought drinks from us and generally had a good old knees up.
With maypole, garden games, informal straw bales as well as picnic tables galore it all kicked off with a rousing rendition of the new National Anthem and ended with people leaving to go and climb the bell tower of our local church.
A day to remember.
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!
Shop & Takeaway
Swan suppers and no supermarket queues with local food delivered to your door
Takeaway a super Swan Supper to have a little of what you love
Order from our Swan Supper menu and either collect from the pub within a COVID-safe 10 minute slot or, pay over the phone and let us deliver it to your door for a small delivery charge. Either way, great home cooked food without the washing up, what's not to love!
Support our local suppliers and keep more than us afloat in lockdown
Meat from Walter Rose from local farms, organic eggs from Cassie's farm in Charlton, bread from Marshall's of Pewsey, beer from Stonehenge Ales in Netheravon, veg from Kenyons in Andover, fresh fish from Coopers. Order by 2pm for delivery after 12noon next day. Delivery or collection.
SHOP SALES LIST HERE
All our food is home made and, wherever possible, locally sourced.
We work closely with all of our suppliers 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
Salads, both warm and cold, 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!)
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 & Jemma 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 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.
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.
Christmas at The Swan
It's our favourite time of the year so we thought you'd like to know what we're up to.
Christmas party menu
It's time for a feast!
We're delighted to be able to run a Christmas menu again this year - it really is and should be 'the most wonderful time of the year'!
Our menu is available from 1st December until 23rd December (Tues - Sat each week) and we're opening on Tuesdays throughout December to include those special parties and get togethers that we know remain as important now as they were just after COVID.
Of course, a Christmas feast doesn't just have to be for a works do - meet up with friends or family and enjoy not having to wash up!
You can view our special Christmas menu here
Our usual menu is also available throughout December.
Order the very best from us and our local suppliers
Don't waste your life queuing for a turkey or fighting for the best sprouts in the supermarket. Let us take the pressure off and provide you with the meat, veg and of course Pete's pigs in blankets and sausagemeat stuffing balls to make your Christmas dinner one to remember.
You can pre-order a hamper appropriate for the size of your party and come and collect it from us on Saturday 23rd December so that you have it in plenty of time for Christmas day. No queues, just a sneaky pint when you pick it up!
Download your hamper order form here.
Opening hours over Christmas & New Year
Our Christmas party menu begins today - get booked in quickly!
Will run Tues - Sat every week in December.
Last day for Christmas Hamper orders
Collect your pre-ordered Christmas hamper from 10am onwards.
Open 12pm - 3pm and again from 6pm - 11pm
for food and drinks.
Food served until 2.15pm and 9pm respectively.
Open 12noon - 2pm.
Only Pete & Emma are working (we never ask staff to work) so get here early!!
Reopen for lunch on Wed 27th December and as normal throughout the week between Christmas and New Year.
New Year's Eve - Sunday 31st
Open for lunch 12pm - 3pm (food until 2.15pm)
Open for dinner 6pm
Last orders for food 9pm
This will be our last New Year's Eve in the pub so we're celebrating with a 1980's party with a
finger buffet from 10.30pm to keep us all going until midnight.
Vol au vents and pineapple on a stick will DEFINITELY be on the table!
New Year's Day
Get in touch!
The Swan Inn, Pewsey
Mon & Tues
Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sat
(food until 2pm)
(food until 9.15pm)
Close at 11pm on Fri & Sat
12pm - 5pm
(food until 4pm)
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