Pub of the Year: The Swan
March 14, 2013
A village pub has helped ease a former soldier into retirement.
The Swan Inn, in Three Mile Cross, has been nominated for the Pub of the Year competition by John Edwards who said it was the first time he’d had ‘a real local’.
Mr Edwards said the atmosphere created by landlord and landlady Vic and Jenny Harrison was ‘brilliant’.
He said: “Having moved around with the Army for 35 years I have never had a real local.
“Now having retired I have, at last, a local.
“It has my favourite beer and lager, London Pride and Peroni, the bar staff are friendly and the landlady Jen is welcoming.
“The food is fresh and well cooked – what more can I ask for in my local? On football and rugby days it is packed and the atmosphere is brilliant.”
Owners Mr and Mrs Harrison will celebrate 30 years at The Swan in August and are famed for their home-cooked food and five real ales.
Mr Harrison said: “We have two chefs and everything is home cooked. We have daily deliveries from Jennings Butchers and from the Smelly Alley Fish Company in Reading.
“We don’t buy in any processed food, nothing is frozen, we make our own soup every day and we make our own 8oz luxury burgers.”
The 17th Century pub does not have a dartboard, jukebox or a snooker table, but is still a magnet for football and rugby fans on match days and for business people who can take advantage of the good food and free Wi-Fi.
Mr Harrison added: “We provide convivial surroundings for people to enjoy good food and real ale. We are the only privately owned pub for miles around.
“We are a meeting place for fans going to the Madejski Stadium, for the local business community and also for car clubs.”
The Swan Inn holds Wokingham Borough Council’s Eat Out Eat Well Silver Award and can cater for vegetarians and vegans. It is in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2013.
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