National Cup Cake Week
The Swan, Thornbury
Celebrating National Cup Cake week 15th – 20th September at The Swan: enjoy a cup cake and a hot drink any day any time for just £2.50.
Call 01454 413062 for more information.
Please contact Landlady Sandra Davies to discuss any requirements or queries.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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!
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.