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Old Swan Inn

Llantwit's oldest pub has a car-park on the opposite side of the road with plenty of space and as you cross the narrow road you notice the stonework and the narrow arched windows.

You have to†duck under the door jamb, if you are my height anyway, and turn left into what is essentially the dining room with a window seat and several different size tables catering for all parties which are around a wood burning stove which is regularly lit in winter. Turning right towards the bar which is smaller but also has a nice arrangement of seating areas you pass by the door to beer garden and entrance to the genuine bar area.

The beer garden has plenty of space and a split level, very nice place to relax in the sun.

The bar proper is quite small but again, very pleasant.

Back to the restaurant bar, the menus adorn every wall with the specials on the pillars to the left and right as you approach the bar, curries often. Directly in front of you is the main menu section which gives a really good selection for everyone including vegetarians, to the right is the fish menu which is excellent.

The house white is very nice and the ales are very good with two or three guests available. The usual other drinks are available.

The prices are reasonable and they serve food all day every day.

My Opinion

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Last time I went here in May 2008 it was all changed, same pub but it had been taken over and the menu was overpriced and seriously lacking in choice.
One of my favourite pubs for food is now one I will not even consider recommending or going to myself.

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I really love the Swan, the staff are absolutely great and the food is usually excellent, obviously this depends on what you order and I have had some disappointments there, although very few.

A†friend commented that it was the only pub which gives a good vegetarian Sunday offering, a particular annoyance of his.

The seafood is the best on offer though, and I love the flavoured mash, olive especially, not usually with the fish though.
Good beer.
Good food.
Good Staff.
Good Atmosphere.

Too many bloody kids whinging and squawking when I am trying to eat my food in the afternoon, babies, teenagers, toddlers, you name the age group they have irritated me, you also get some complete cretins who are sure that their conversation is so fascinating that everyone else wants to hear about the boring little lives. Why is it that these people go to decent pubs? Parents, bugger off to Brewers Fayre and let the kids in the park, and the other idiots should be standing in wine bars surrounded by their own.

Please don't let that put you off the Swan however, it is a superb pub well worth a visit.

written : 29/06/2005

Ratings: 37 out of 50

Beer : 8

Food : 1

Atmosphere : 5

Service : 4

Facilities/Entertaiment : 5

Details

Church Street

Llantwit Major

Vale of Glamorgan

CF61 1SB

01446792230

map

Comments

I'm seldom moved to post comments on site like this but this has to be the worst food experience I have ever encountered at any pub...anywhere! Have to admit that the pub itself has plenty of charm, being the oldest in Llantwit Major ,but after deciding to eat there with my partner and our two children we came away feeling as if we had been ripped off with poor quality overpriced food that would have been better placed in a 'greasy spoon' cafe off the motorway. Too much to gripe about in a review like this but in essence we paid £4.50 for a ham and cheese baguette...not even a full sze one at that but one of those half size rolls you usually get with soup, we also had two susage and mash kids meals at £5.25 each where the cook (note I didn't use the word 'Chef') decided to mash new potatos and serve them with 'Bullit hard' peas...gravy might have helped disguise the taste of the cheap 'cereal' sausages they had used but that would have been a bit too much to hope for! My partner had fish and chips (£9.00's worth!) the fish was burned on the outside and still liquid batter on the inside...the whole experience was apalling. Needless to say, the swan will be a lot older than its name suggests before we venture near its doors again.

by : Mike : 08/05/2011 13:47:56



We have had many a relaxed afternoon at the pub but since it has been taken over we've not bothered more than a couple of times to give it a try. Our findings are that the menu is overpriced, no nice 'ordinary' food at all, no homely feel (feels more like an ' olde worlde' bar at the bay! Not for us, and a shame for Llantwit. Let the side down in our opinion

by : Laura : 27/08/2009 18:42:49



We have had many a relaxed afternoon at the pub but since it has been taken over we've not bothered more than a couple of times to give it a try. Our findings are that the menu is overpriced, no nice 'ordinary' food at all, no homely feel (feels more like an ' olde worlde' bar at the bay! Not for us, and a shame for Llantwit. Let the side down in our opinion

by : Laura : 27/08/2009 18:41:52



Good vegetarian option as well.

by : Dave Williams



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