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Swallows Nest is a cosy country pub with log fires and friendly service. They serve home cooked British cuisine and an impressive selection of drinks including real ales. It is also thought to be haunted!

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
Mon-Sat 11:00-23:00
Sun 11:00-22:30

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Swallows Nest reviews

By Karl B.

Perfect rural location, historic country pub is the good news. However, the cold reality is a total disappointment. This lovely old pub has like many others been transformed into a bland, overpriced 'gastro pub' with a long record for employing the most surly miserable young bar staff imaginable. Don't expect a warm welcome, rather a sharp 'Whose next' and 'what's your table number'. Don't worry about making small talk whilst your order is laboriously taken down as this is a characterless business chain and not a traditional pub atmosphere you've unwittingly ventured into. Please don't loiter close to closing time as the manager will soon tell you the staff want to go out clubbing and it's not fair on them if you keep them waiting to shut up shop on the dot. Now the drinks, guaranteed top prices charged for every mundane beer or wine on offer. The overpriced food is bog basic 'British' pub cuisine eventually served in small portions by, you've guessed it, the personality bypass student who is filling in with part time work experience, and hates working with the public. Your wallet and plastic will take a hammering with nothing to remember this experience other than a question in your mind as to why on earth did I bother stopping at the Swallows Nest. An experience to avoid at any time.

By Tim C.

Have to agree the Nest over the years has been excellent but on a visit today (28/01/2012) with my Russian friend to whom I had enthused about the Nest but the place was dirty tables uncleaned, plates looking like they had seen better days. As to the food, cappuccinos which struggle to be described as that, chicken that had been tortured into submission and sausages that looked as if they had been cooked on a poorly lit barbecue. Often being packed is seen as a good sign in this case would recommend the Coach and Horses in Weatheroak if you want decent food decent service and a clean seat. Hopefully the Nest will recover its best but as it stands can only recommend going elsewhere.

By J C.

Over the years we have eaten at The Swallows Nest a fair few times. Each time we'd received good service and a standard of food you would expect at such a place. Tonight we'd booked a table for 15 people to celebrate with family. The food was undoubtedly the worst we have had the misfortune of being served in as long as we can remember. The standard was so below what could be deemed as acceptable in modern society, we were aghast. My starter of mushrooms in a white wine and garlic sauce, served on toast with cripsy bacon was completely inedible and had to be returned to the kitchen - without being offered an alternative. The bacon was flacid and the rind hadn't touched any heat. The bread had not been toasted and was swimming in grease. The mains were disgusting with 7/15 being returned to the kitchen. Two of our party ordered Hunters Chicken. When it arrived it was dry, charred and had a slice of pre-cut, cheap cheese on top of it; it wasn't even grilled. Beads of moisture were on the sweaty cheese from where it had stood in the kitchen. The waitress insisted that was how it was supposed to look. We had all had that dish in the past and knew what to expect - certainly not what we were served. One member of the party ordered sausages and was going to give some of it to her 2 year old daughter. The first serving was burnt beyond recognition. She ordered a replacement which had obviously been thrown in the deepfat fryer. When she cut the sausage up for her daughter, it had blood in the middle and was completely raw! If she hadn't noticed, a child could have become seriously ill. The chef flaty refused to talk to the mother of the child concerned about how he could have endangered her with his poor (and dangerous) cooking. The manager was not the permanent one, but after various conversations he offered all meals free. That sounds great, until you looked around at all the people who hadn't eaten. We will not be returning and would warn o