The Swan Inn
12-2.30 (not Mon-Fri winter); 5-11, Sun 12-10.30
The Swan Inn
This free house pub was built in the 18th century and was the home of the first mayor of Bridgenorth. It's run by the family that own it and they work very hard in the summer. The Swan Inn is not actually that far from Bridgenorth, about half a mile away on the B4555. The pub is rather large and set into a hill - the car park is up a steep incline. Inside the entrance hall reminds you of a Spanish villa, but once you get into the main pub there are 4 bar areas served by a single central bar. It's rather dark inside due to all the wood but the real fire lights up the faces huddled around it. There are plenty of steps though which isn't good for the disabled. Wooden beams support the ceiling and walls and the dark carpet is thick and springy. Additionally there is a function rom for 80-100 people. Outside are some tables in a well appointed beer garden that overlooks Bridgenorth and the Seven Valley Railway is just over the ridge and the main A458. Guest ales (changing weekly) are served, up to four at any one time in the summer, though on this visit there were only two and they were Theakstons XB and Old Peculiar. Food is sumptuous and plentiful and can be taken in any of the bar areas. They have their own chef and can do the food to your own satisfaction - even if it's not on the menu. Examples are Stilton mushrooms on garlic bread, Swordfish steak with pesto, and a selection of puddings. There is accommodation here en-suite from about ?50. Can get booked early in the summer months. You can camp here too. Well worth a visit.