“Smart gastro-pub that appeals to everyone” - AA Inspector
- Social distancing and safety measures in place
- Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
- Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Located in a pretty village, the tile-hung, Edwardian-era Swan, run by an enthusiastic team, has a lively bar with comfy leather armchairs that make you feel instantly at home, as does the eating area, where the big French doors can be thrown open to the garden. Peer through the feature window into the kitchen to watch the chefs preparing dishes from the best, locally supplied or own-grown ingredients. Sandwiches, snacks and deli boards are available throughout the day. The pub has its own smokehouse so the likes of home-smoked pork loin and home-smoked mackerel appear on the deli boards. Main courses include pumpkin and Swiss chard pancake with gruyère sauce; bangers and mash with sage and onion gravy; or slow-cooked venison bourguignon with parsnip and thyme purée. Puddings are very tempting – who could resist iced apple parfait and warm cinnamon fritter? The restored barn with a large central dining table can be used for a private dinner.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Closed: 2
- Wide selection of ciders
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About the area
At its most southern point, Bedfordshire is only 35 miles from London Waterloo, so there’s a good reason for the UK’s fifth busiest airport to be called London Luton Airport. The county is one of England’s smaller in terms of area, but more than makes up for it in terms of business HQs and visitor attractions. Among the most popular of these, and among the top attractions in the UK, is ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, founded in 1931, and now covering around 600 acres.
Along similar lines Woburn Safari Park opened more recently (in 1970) and is just over half the size. Fans of old flying machines or cars will enjoy a visit to the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden, a tiny village near Biggleswade. Among the oldest examples in the collection are a pioneering French Blériot XI from 1910, and a number of early French and German automobiles from the very late 19th century.
Bedford itself is located on either side of the River Ouse, and has a large Italian population, descended from those who came to work at a local brick factory in the 1950s.
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