The Swan in Clewer, Windsor

The local community have bought this gorgeous 18th century pub and have started renovating it. We've nearly completed phase one which is the main bar and the main hall. Futher phases will address the kitchen, the bed & breakfast and outbuildings. Our vision is to restore The Swan as a local pub, a real community hub and as a social enterprise assisting young people with additional needs. The renovation work required is being funded by the local community. The good news is that the main pub opened for business on July, 20th. The renovation work is still ongoing and we need require Weekday Warriors to help complete the job.

What's going on down at The Swan?

As a community pub and hub, we want to be inclusive. We have a programme of events that aims to be diverse and of interest to all. In just a short time we have accomplished a lot and have a lot more to come.

It's been busy down at the pub with a lot of activity. We've had our second quiz night with a new team winning it (all our quiz winners will be remembered). We also had BBC Radio Berkshire doing a live broadcast from inside the pub. We are recoding these within the website for posterity and in case you didn't manage to make it along.

Our opening times

The normal pub opening times are:

SundayNoon - 9pm
Monday12pm - 10pm
Tuesday9.30am - 10pm
Wednesday9.30am - 10pm
Thursday9.30am - 11pm
Friday9.30am - 11pm
Saturday9.30am - 11pm

The pub is now open for business with an operational bar staffed by professionals.

What is available at the bar?

Our range of draught beers, lagers and ciders will come from:

  • Guardsman Best Bitter


    Best Bitter (4.2% ABV)

    Windsor & Eton Brewery

  • Windsor Knot


    Pale Ale (4% ABV)

    Windsor & Eton Brewery

  • Knight of the Garter


    Golden Ale (3.8% ABV)

    Windsor & Eton Brewery

  • Republika Pilsner Lager


    Pilsner Lager (4.8% ABV)

    Windsor & Eton Brewery

  • Capital Helles Lager


    Helles Lager (4% ABV)

    Windsor & Eton Brewery

  • Treason


    West Coast IPA (5.8% ABV)


  • All Day Pale Ale


    Pale Ale (2.7% ABV)


  • Devon Red Medium Cider


    Medium Cider (4.5% ABV)

    Sandford Orchards

We will have monthly specials and guest ales too.

Based upon the feedback before the pub opened, the community gave a resounding "we want good wine please". We have worked hard to do that and are currently trialing what we consider to be a good quality list.

The bar will be fully staffed by professional bar staff of Matt Baker and his team. This will allow us to offer a good service and ensure we get all the feedback we can. The pub can now take cards or cash.

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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.