Support Our Swan

Water colour painting of The Swan

The Swan in Clewer, Windsor has been closed for over three years. We now own it and have started the required renovation work required. Our vision is to restore it as a local pub, a real community hub and as a social enterprise assisting young people with additional needs. However, The Swan needs significant work by us - this is being funded by the local community.

Opening Saturday 20th July

The In line with our vision from the outset, from this autumn we will have a fully functioning and cosy - if a little rustic - pub, proudly serving the community of Clewer and beyond. However, to get us to this point, there is much renovation work still to be done.

We have taken the decision to open in order to give investors and, indeed, all of our customers, the opportunity to sample the atmosphere of The Swan and quench their thirst during the summer months. However, on opening day and throughout the summer, the renovation work will still progress as The Swan continues on its journey to becoming a fully- fledged pub.

The bar will be fully staffed by Matt Baker and his team, serving a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, with food available on opening day from Italian Street Food.

Opening Weekend Programme

Saturday July 20th

  • Gates Open @ 1.45pm
  • Horse-drawn Dray arrives with ceremonial first Barrels & the new Pub Sign
  • Official opening by Windsor Town Crier
  • Italian Street Food – all day & evening
  • opcorn
  • Music by Mark & Sherridan
  • Last Orders @ 9.30pm
  • Gates close @ 10.00pm

Sunday July 21st

  • Gates Open @ 1.45pm
  • Alma Road Close Harmony Group
  • Last Orders @ 9.30pm
  • Gates close @ 10.00pm

Weekday Opening Hourse

  • Gates Open @ 6.00pm
  • Gates Close @ Dusk

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Soaked in history

The Swan always been more than just a watering hole for thirsty locals. Situated on Mill Lane within the Clewer Village area of Windsor, it's a leisurely 20 minute walk from Windsor Castle. The Swan dates from the 18th century, and during its long history has served as a coaching inn and courthouse. It's also been known variously as The Swan Inn and The Swan Hotel too.

According to local folklore, there is a tunnel linking The Swan to the local church of St Andrews. There is a debris filled hole within the pub which is claimed to be the entrance. Whether this is true, or one of the Victorian pranks common in Windsor, is unclear. Around the 1870s, the coroner held inquests and post mortems at The Swan for those that had drowned in the nearby Thames. It is said that the last journey of those unfortunate souls was through the tunnel to the church.

Being close to the Thames Path for walkers, National Routes 4 and 61 for cyclists, and the Royal Windsor Racecourse means that this community hub is never too far from the action. It finally closed in 2016.

Now it's our turn to open its doors and write the next chapter in its long-standing history.