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The Swan, Thornbury

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Friday 3rd April 2015

9pm: Live Music Night
The Swan, Thornbury

Ouch (an 8 piece covers/party band who cover your favourite songs from 60s - present day! Come and join us for a night of great entertainment!

All welcome. Call 01454 413062 for more information.


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The Swan Thornbury - front

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

17 High Street, Thornbury, BS35 2AE
Tel: 01454 413062 or Mobile 07977 463674

Web: www.swanthornbury.co.uk
Click here for our Facebook page

Latest news...

Curry Night: Every Wednesday 5–8.30pm

1. Choose from either;

  • Korma
  • Tikka Masala
  • Jalfrezi
  • Madras

Choose from either chicken or vegetarian

2. You can order one of the following:

  • Pint of Fosters, Carling or John Smiths
  • or any draught cider or cask ale
  • if you don't drink any of these, choose any soft drink

3. When you have decided just place your order at the bar and give them your table number.


Drink and a curry for just £6.00!

The Swan Thornbury - buffet

The Swan: your Award-winning Pub

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.

Click here to read an interview with landlady Sandra about her experience of Fair Trade.

Take The Swan with you...

Our mobile bar is now available to hire for any occasion. Please get in touch for more details.

Bed and Breakfast at The Swan:

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.

What you'll find inside...

Come and enjoy:

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  • NEW: Bed and Breakfast 7 nights a week
  • The Swan's warm and friendly atmosphere, with a cosy open fire in winter, and child-friendly garden in summer
  • cask marque accredited ales
  • 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, and Sunday 10am to 6pm - later if pre booked.

There are two sizes of cooked dinners: a small is £5.50 (perfect for smaller appetites and Golden Oldies!) and a regular is £7.95, with a choice of meats, available 7 days a week!

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

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

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!

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.

Charity of the Month

March's charity of the month is Meningitis Research Support Foundation.

In April 2015 our charity is Thornbury in Bloom.

The Swan Thornbury

The Swan Pub in Thornbury raised over £325 for Bandanas for Brain Tumour Support. The photo shows from left to right: Jo Ebbs, Jonathan Organ, Jackie Longman, Gary Lee (as Mr Hippo), Patrycja Kupniewska, Jemma Iles and Suzie Moon.

Please join us on any Wednesday at 8.45pm to enjoy a fun quiz with your friends whilst helping to raise funds.

It's just a pound to enter and there are teams of a maximum of five.

However if you only have 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.

Regular events at The Swan

Monday: Skittles for people with learning difficulties and their carers and family, 6.15-8.15pm.

Tuesday: Belly Dancing classes at 8.15pm in the function room with Anna.

Wednesday: Card Making for people with learning difficulties and their carers 11am-3pm in the function room, 5–8.30pm Curry 'n' a Drink night for just £6.00, and Charity of the Month Quiz Night, starting around 8.30pm.

The Swan Thornbury

Thursday: Bingo Night - in the upstairs function room, starting at 8pm 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.

Saturday and Sunday Lunch served from 12noon–6pm: £7.95 1 course, £9.95 2 courses and £11.95 3 courses.

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.

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.

Book party in 2015 and get free room hire, room decoration including balloons, and a competitive price on all buffets.

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!


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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.

Skittle Alley

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

Community Toilets

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.

A sense of history...

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!

The Swan Thornbury - swinging sign

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!

Forthcoming events

Friday 3rd April 2015

Saturday 4th April 2015

Sunday 5th April 2015

Wednesday 8th April 2015

Friday 10th April 2015

Saturday 11th April 2015

Wednesday 15th April 2015

Friday 17th April 2015

Saturday 18th April 2015

Friday 24th April 2015

Saturday 25th April 2015

Wednesday 20th May 2015

Wednesday 17th June 2015

Wednesday 15th July 2015

Wednesday 16th September 2015

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