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Saturday 2nd August 2014
7.30pm: Susan Hampshire House's Summer Masquerade Ball
The Swan, Thornbury

Join us for Susan Hampshire House's Summer Masquerade Ball on Saturday 2nd of August at The Swan Inn, Thornbury.
7.30pm till late; £5 a ticket; smart/casual.
Raising money for Susan Hampshire House, a residential home in Yate for adults with learning difficulties.

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9pm: Live Music Night
The Swan, Thornbury

Pipedream Covers band

All welcome - please call 01454 413062 for more information.

www.mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/f...

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Friday 8th August 2014
Beer/Cider Festival
The Swan, Thornbury

August 8th, 9th and 10th

Featuring a minimum of 15 each ciders and beers, a BBQ with locally made pork and cider sausages, as well as a secret recipe using Guinness.

Live music throughout the weekend.

Call 01454 413062 for more information.

www.mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/f...

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9pm: Live Music Night
The Swan, Thornbury

Elevation Covers Band

Call 01454 413062 for more information.

www.mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/f...

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Saturday 9th August 2014
Beer/Cider Festival
The Swan, Thornbury

August 8th, 9th and 10th

Featuring a minimum of 15 each ciders and beers, a BBQ with locally made pork and cider sausages, as well as a secret recipe using Guinness.

Live music throughout the weekend.

Call 01454 413062 for more information.

www.mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/f...

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9pm: Live Music Night
The Swan, Thornbury

Total Recall Rock n Roll / Rock a billy

Call 01454 413062 for more information.

www.mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/f...

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Sunday 10th August 2014
Beer/Cider Festival
The Swan, Thornbury

August 8th, 9th and 10th

Featuring a minimum of 15 each ciders and beers, a BBQ with locally made pork and cider sausages, as well as a secret recipe using Guinness.

Live music throughout the weekend.

Call 01454 413062 for more information.

www.mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/f...

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Friday 15th August 2014
9pm: Live Music Night
The Swan, Thornbury

Band tbc

All welcome - please call 01454 413062 for more information.

www.mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/f...

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Saturday 16th August 2014
9pm: Live Music Night
The Swan, Thornbury

Rectro Electro – Covers

All welcome - please call 01454 413062 for more information.

www.mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/f...

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Friday 22nd August 2014
9pm: Live Music Night
The Swan, Thornbury

Otis Mac Covers

All welcome. Please call 01454 413062 for more information.

www.mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/f...

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Saturday 23rd August 2014
9pm: Live Music Night
The Swan, Thornbury

Weird for Sound - Covers

All welcome. Call 01454 413062 for more information.

www.mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/f...

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Sunday 24th August 2014
9pm: Live Music Night
The Swan, Thornbury

Skinny Dippers - covers

All welcome. Call 01454 413062 for more information.

www.mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/f...

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Monday 25th August 2014
3pm: Bank Holiday Family Fun Day
The Swan, Thornbury

A Family Fun Day in aid of Help for Heroes.

There will be live music with the Skinny Dippers, a BBQ, family fun skittles, children's games, face painting and more.

This will be in the garden, weather permitting - inside if not.

Please call 01454 413062 for more information.

www.mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/f...

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Friday 29th August 2014
9pm: Live Music Night
The Swan, Thornbury

Good God No - covers, soft rock

All welcome. Call 01454 413062 for more information.

www.mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/f...

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Saturday 30th August 2014
9pm: Live Music Night
The Swan, Thornbury

JD Experience

All welcome. Call 01454 413062 for more information.

www.mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/f...

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Monday 1st September 2014
7.30pm: Thornbury Christmas Lights Association Meeting
The Swan, Thornbury

In the upstairs function room.

For more information, email the secretary Gill Dunkeley below. All welcome.

www.mythornbury.co.uk/xmaslights
Email:

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Wednesday 3rd September 2014
8.30pm: Charity pub quiz with the Thornbury Volunteer Centre
The Swan, Thornbury

Each Wednesday in September, the Thornbury Volunteer Centre will be fielding a team in the Swan's series of charity pub quizzes. Funds raised will support the Centre's work in the local community.

www.volunteer-thornbury.co.uk/new...
Email:

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Friday 5th September 2014
11am: ‘Be the Change’/Practical Happiness
The Swan, Thornbury

Starting on Friday September 5th and every following Friday from 11-12, there will be an opportunity to meet like-minded people interested in Practical Happiness and Be the Change.

Whether you only have time to pop in and say hello, or stay for a cup of coffee and a chat, it doesn’t matter – it will be great to see you.

There is no planned agenda – this about finding common ground and sharing thoughts and ideas – with maybe a book or question to focus on and help break the ice.

There is no meet up on Friday, October 17th and no meet ups over the Christmas period from December 5th.

Please contact Maggie on 07866 404471 or by email below for information.

www.maggiejeffery.co.uk
Email:

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9pm: Live Music Night
The Swan, Thornbury

Theresa Alexander

All welcome. Call 01454 413062 for more information.

www.mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/f...

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Wednesday 10th September 2014
8.30pm: Charity pub quiz with the Thornbury Volunteer Centre
The Swan, Thornbury

Each Wednesday in September, the Thornbury Volunteer Centre will be fielding a team in the Swan's series of charity pub quizzes. Funds raised will support the Centre's work in the local community.

www.volunteer-thornbury.co.uk/new...
Email:

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Wednesday 17th September 2014
7.30pm: Bosom Buddies
The Swan, Thornbury

In the upstairs function room.

Our aim is to help everyone who has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer come to terms and accept that there is life after Breast Cancer, from our own experiences.

For more information, please ring Jennie Morris on 884177.

Email:

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8.30pm: Charity pub quiz with the Thornbury Volunteer Centre
The Swan, Thornbury

Each Wednesday in September, the Thornbury Volunteer Centre will be fielding a team in the Swan's series of charity pub quizzes. Funds raised will support the Centre's work in the local community.

www.volunteer-thornbury.co.uk/new...
Email:

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Wednesday 24th September 2014
8.30pm: Charity pub quiz with the Thornbury Volunteer Centre
The Swan, Thornbury

Each Wednesday in September, the Thornbury Volunteer Centre will be fielding a team in the Swan's series of charity pub quizzes. Funds raised will support the Centre's work in the local community.

www.volunteer-thornbury.co.uk/new...
Email:

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Saturday 27th September 2014
7.30pm: Susan Hampshire House's Skittles Night
The Swan, Thornbury

£3 per person, 7.30pm till late.
Raising money for Susan Hampshire House, a residential home in Yate for adults with learning difficulties.

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Wednesday 19th November 2014
7.30pm: Bosom Buddies
The Swan, Thornbury

In the upstairs function room.

Our aim is to help everyone who has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer come to terms and accept that there is life after Breast Cancer, from our own experiences.

For more information, please ring Jennie Morris on 884177.

Email:

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Saturday 22nd November 2014
10am: Christmas Thornbury Craft Fair
The Swan, Thornbury

10am-3pm - entrance is free.

The Christmas fair is held to raise funds for the Meningitis Research Foundation and will showcase 30 local crafters.

Thornbury Craft Fairs feature only crafts made and sold by their makers, no mass produced stock, just specialist items made with thought and care.

Contact details and further information can be found on our website or by email below.

www.ThornburyCraftFair.co.uk
Email:

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Please contact Landlady Sandra Davies to discuss any requirements or queries.

17 High Street, Thornbury, BS35 2AE
Tel: 01454 413062 or Mobile 07977 463674
Email:
Web: www.swanthornbury.co.uk
Click here for our Facebook page


Latest news...

August Offers:

  • Monday: 5-8.30pm Pie Meal and Pint £6.00
  • Tuesday: 2 Courses for just £9.95
  • Wednesday: Curry n a pint for £6.00
  • Thursday: 2 Steaks and a bottle of wine £25.00
  • Sunday: £7.95 1 course roast, 2 course £9.95, 3 courses £12.95

Anyone booking The Swan's upstairs function room or skittles alley in August for a date in August will receive £100 of room decoration and free function room hire.

Bed and Breakfast will be available from the last week of August.

What you'll find inside...

Come and enjoy:

  • The Swan's warm and friendly atmosphere, with a cosy log burner
  • speciality cask marque ales, local ciders and wine
  • food served every day
  • a traditional bar area with a dart board and a 50” wide screen television showing all live sports on BT sport and Sky sports.
  • an upstairs function room licensed for up to 100 people, with catering available
  • training/conference venue with overhead projector and wide screen TV showing Sky sports, BT sports etc
  • outside catering
  • a skittle alley
  • our beer garden and BBQ area with landscaped family-friendly garden
  • parking available within 50 yards

Proper Pub Grub...

Food is served all day Monday to Saturday 10am to 8.30pm, smaller meals £5, and Sunday 10am to 6pm - later if pre booked.

We have a new chef and new menus:

Click here to download the Main Menu (updated June 2014).

Click here to download the Sunday Menu (updated April 2014).

Tuck into a full English breakfast at £5.95, and coffee and snacks are available from 10am every day.

The Swan Thornbury - bar

Wednesday is Curry night 6–8.30pm: curry and a pint for £6.00

Thursday is Steak night 6–8.30pm any two steaks and a bottle of wine £25.00 (home made chips!)

Fish Friday - fish available all day, with a selection of fish dishes:

  • Jumbo cod, peas and chips £6.95 instead of £7.95
  • Scampi peas and chips £6.95 instead of £7.95
  • Homemade fish pie £7.95 instead of £8.50

A wide range of home made soups main courses and desserts are always available.

On Sundays we have a Carvery, accompanied by a variety of fresh vegetables. Prices start at £6.95 for one course, with an option to add dessert for an extra £1.50. Bookings are recommended but walk-ins are always catered for.

Due to demand we are now offering our normal menu on Sunday in addition to traditional Sunday lunch.

We take pre-bookable lunch orders (handy for a speedy working lunch), and have daily special offers.

Our meat is bought daily from Traditional Meats of Thornbury, and our menu is seasonal.

We cater for everyone’s needs, including any special dietary requirements.

We have an ever-increasing range of drinks, including two cask ales (our regular is Sharpes Doombar) and a weekly guest ale, three ciders, and a wine list.

Charity of the Month

In September 2014 our charity is Thornbury Volunteer Centre, which promotes, supports and develops volunteering, and provides a service matching volunteers with organisations that need voluntary help.

Please join them on any Wednesday in September at 8.30pm and have a fun night out with your friends whilst helping to raise funds.

August 2014's charity is Help for Heroes.

We hold charity quizzes on Wednesday evenings, running from 8.45pm for about 90 minutes.

Just a pound to enter and there are teams of a maximum of 5, however if there is only one or two of you then don't worry, as there are always our resident quiz people happy to have additional people in their team.

We also hold many other events such as raffles, and all proceeds go to the charity of the month.

Profits from skittles go towards supporting people with learning difficulties.

Regular events at The Swan

Monday: New Rock n Roll Bingo Night - prizes for knowing your favourite songs, with all profits going to New Siblands School.

Tuesday: Belly dancing classes at 8pm with Anna and a special offer - buy a drink and receive a raffle ticket, buy a bottle of Carling Zest and receive two tickets. There's a weekly prize, and after 12 weeks we have a grand prize draw for the 12 Tuesday winners.

Wednesday: Charity Quiz Night, starting around 8.45pm. Everyone is welcome to enter, with a maximum of 5 people in a team. You don't have to have a team - you can always join one of the existing teams at The Swan. Entry £1.

Thursday: Bingo Night - in the upstairs function room, starting at 8.15om on the dot - Jenny waits for no one!

Every Friday and Saturday night from 9pm til late: Live Music Night playing anything from Jazz, Mowtown, 60s and 70s, through to present day. See the events calendar for details.

The Swan is the home of Royal British Legion Thornbury Branch, which is looking for new members. They meet at 12.00 on the last Sunday lunchtime of each month.

Functions and Events at The Swan

Our upstairs function room is available to hire for almost any private or business event, day and night, seven days a week.

The Swan Thornbury - function room

It is licensed for up to 100 people with its own dance floor and is ideal for weddings, christenings, birthdays, anniversaries, and sadly wakes, as well as meetings and training sessions.

The room is extremely versatile and can be laid out for parties, or formally in boardroom style or theatre style. Seating is available for up to 60 people.

There's free Wi-Fi, a projector and screen, and copying facilities.

The room is self-contained, with its own bar, overlooking the beer garden.

Your event can be wholly or partly organised by us, including discos, decorations and celebration cakes.

For children's parties, we offer a small bouncy castle, and can organise an entertainer or traditional party games. We'll even organise tea and party bags!

Catering

In-house, we can provide all food and drink required for your event: tea and coffee, breakfasts, lunches and evening meals.

Do you need catering in your place of work? We can prepare and deliver buffets to the local area, at a time that suits you.

The Swan Thornbury - buffet

We have prices to suit all budgets, from £5 per head for a basic buffet, and £10 for a fork buffet. Just tell us what you'd like!

For children's parties, choose from a traditional party tea or burger and chips.

Skittle Alley

As well as keeping six skittle teams busy, the skittle alley is available to host events such as fairs and fetes.

Landlady Sandra is considering organising a table top sale at weekends and local charities could benefit from the proceeds. Please contact Sandra to discuss your ideas!

A sense of history...

The Swan Thornbury - swinging sign

The Swan in Thornbury is a beautiful listed building, which was fully refurbished in September 2011, but still retains many of its original features and is definitely a ‘traditional local’.

Towards the back of the building we have the original flagstones where the horses were tied to the coach house. This area is Grade I listed, as is the front of the building, including the old windows where the coachmen were served. Come and have a look!

Over the years it has been claimed that there were many coaching inns in Thornbury. Owing to the importance of its livestock market, Thornbury had a considerable number of pubs or beerhouses with as many as 17 being in operation at the same time in 1830.

While it is true that many of these pubs had stables, there was in fact only one true coaching inn – the Swan Inn in the High Street.

The other pubs had livery stables, carrier, haulage and vehicle hire businesses operating from them, the vehicles all being horse-drawn.

The Swan was one of Thornbury’s most important pubs for centuries and was probably owned for much of that time by the Lord of the Manor. The earliest known record dates back to 1642 but it is likely that the inn existed long before that date.

A swan was one of the heraldic devices of Edward Stafford, Third Duke of Buckingham, who started the building of Thornbury Castle in 1511. The castle was never finished because the duke was executed for treason by King Henry VIII in 1521.

The mail coaches stopped at the Swan on their way between Bristol and Birmingham. The mail coach from Bristol would arrive at 8.30 in the evening and the one from Birmingham at 5.30 in the morning. The through coaches stopped running in 1845, when the railway line between Bristol and Gloucester opened.

However the tradition of stopping outside the Swan Inn continued with a horse bus service and then in 1906 with the first motor bus service.

The original model of a swan was set up on top of the porch in 1844. It survived for nearly a hundred years but the replacement was not quite the same. Have a look next time you go by and try to spot the differences!

Recommended by Tastecard

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The Swan has been recommended by users of Tastecard, the dining club that encourages people to eat out more often by making it more affordable.

Click the Tastecard logo to visit the Swan's page on the Tastecard website.

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