9pm: Live Music Night
The Swan, Thornbury
All welcome - please call 01454 413062 for more information.
Please contact Landlady Sandra Davies to discuss any requirements or queries.
17 High Street, Thornbury, BS35 2AE
Tel: 01454 413062 or Mobile 07977 463674
We are now taking bookings for Christmas Day Lunch, Christmas Fayre Lunch and Evening meals. There are still a few tables left - but not for long!
Christmas Afternoon Teas are available throughout December.
Click the links below to download Christmas menus, including allergy information.
Christmas Fayre - available throughout December.
You can now enjoy an overnight stay at Thornbury's traditional coach house, for the first time since 1972.
We have three twin rooms available for Bed and Breakfast 7 nights a week, plus two shower rooms and a full bathroom. Each bedroom has a TV, free Wi-Fi and drinks-making facilities, and discounts are available for group bookings.
Come and enjoy:
Food is served all day Monday to Saturday 10am to 8.30pm, smaller meals £5, and Sunday 10am to 6pm - later if pre booked.
Our meat is bought daily from Traditional Meats of Thornbury, and our menu is seasonal.
Tuck into a full English breakfast at £5.95, and coffee and snacks are available from 10am every day.
On Sundays we have Sunday Lunches at £7.95 and the traditional menu at £6.95. Bookings are recommended but walk-ins are always catered for. We also offer these meals as a take-away option - you can even bring your own plate if you like!
Wednesday is Curry night 6–8.30pm: curry and a pint for £6.00
Fish Friday - fish available all day, with a selection of fish dishes:
A wide range of home made soups, main courses and desserts are always available.
We take pre-bookable lunch orders (handy for a speedy working lunch), and have daily special offers - also available to take away.
We cater for everyone’s needs, including any special dietary requirements.
We have an ever-increasing range of drinks, including our regular two cask ales: Sharp's Doom Bar and Butcombe Bitter and a weekly guest ale, normally priced at £3 a pint, four ciders and a wine list.
Please join us on any Wednesday at 8.45pm to enjoy a fun quiz with your friends whilst helping to raise funds.
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.
Wednesday: Charity Quiz Night, starting around 8.45pm.
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.
We also support people with learning difficulties, running skittles on Mondays 6.15-7.30pm, a drama group on Fridays 11am-3pm in the skittle alley, and card-making on Wednesdays 11am-3pm in the upstairs function room. These sessions are open to anyone with learning difficulties, accompanied by a carer.
Our upstairs function room is available to hire for almost any private or business event, day and night, seven days a week.
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!
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.
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.
As well as keeping nine skittle teams busy, the skittle alley is available to host events such as fairs and fetes.
With few public toilet facilities in Thornbury, particularly in the evenings, The Swan has joined a Town Council partnership to provide clean, safe and accessible toilets in convenient locations in the town centre.
It means anyone can use The Swan's toilet facilities during normal opening hours, with no obligation to buy food or drink.
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. It's also the only pub that has kept its original name.
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!
We are proud to we have won a Bronze in the Best Fairtrade Food Outlet category at the South West Fairtrade Business Awards, which aim to increase sales of and support for Fairtrade amongst local businesses.