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Stylish face-lift for the Swan in Broadway

Nestled in amongst the honey hued cottages with their thatched roofs in this jewel of the Cotswolds villages is the Swan, or rather, the all-new Swan.
A recent refurbishment of this beautiful pub in the heart of historic Broadway has created a stylish and contemporary new look. Great service, a carefully curated menu, and a relaxing atmosphere will allow you to unwind with a drink in the bar or dining in the restaurant.

The delightful courtyard to the front will entice you, and once inside the stylish bar has a modern feel to it that offers a window onto Broadway life through its huge bays, relaxing you in a heartbeat.

There is a lovely terrace to the back of the pub giving a stunning alfresco experience, while the restaurant is divided into different rooms that offer a cosy, comfy feel. The service is excellent from the moment you walk in with a happy bright team of pleased-to-see-you people with a can-do attitude.

As we entered through the beautiful back terrace from a private car park we were greeted with a smile by Carl and Taylor who showed us to a well-stocked bar with a refreshing gin station offering all manner of gins that you can peruse as you enjoy a pre-dinner drink.
After a relaxing drink in the bar, we were shown to a lovely corner table in the curator’s room which has a beautiful floral ceiling. Decorated with some interesting artwork that hints at the age and history of this building and of Broadway the village that was such a inspiration to leading artists like William Morris, Francis Davis Millet (who died in the famous sinking of the RMS Titanic) JM Barrie of Peter Pan fame who lived in nearby Stanway. Composers Vaughan Williams and Edward Elgar were also frequent visitors to the Swan, adding to its historic depth.

The head chef and his team have assembled a collection of dishes that offer a unique and unusual combination of flavours, along with a mix of refreshing country dining inspired by the seasons, and offerings of the countryside which deliver an experience of delicious flavours all year round. The maple glazed pork belly and scallops were stunning, as was the linguine with its mix of king prawns, crab meat and chorizo. The brisket and double Gloucester cheese pie looked fabulous and tasted the same according to a lovely local couple sat next to us.

The starter menu is full of comfy classics along with some modern creations that will tempt you, and there is also a menu of fantastic sharing options and a delightful nibbles pre-dinner menu.

There is a great range of burgers, sourdough pizzas and salads to choose from, I am particularly looking forward to my next visit to explore the Dirty burger that looks wonderful. There are 28- and 30-day aged steak’s available with a full option of sides, and then there’s the desserts that are exciting and delicious, especially the apple and damson crumble; the wow factor of the chocolate bomb was also fun. All this is reasonably priced and great value, plus the Swan is dog friendly with lots of easy parking.

The Swan in Broadway offers a refreshing relaxed atmosphere with great service and a stunningly good menu in beautiful surroundings, so gather you loved ones and friends and make sure you book to allow Taylor and her team to look after you in this elegant little nook of a quintessential village in the very special Cotswolds.

By Mark Hopkins



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