Our Community Hub
The premises consist of a large red brick building with spacious enclosed courtyard and several surrounding outbuildings. The uniqueness of the site and its physical layout lend themselves to the different initiatives we have planned for the community hub.
We are reclaiming The Swan for the community and restoring it as a place recognised for being friendly, supportive and inclusive. Somewhere for meeting friends or simply dropping by, for enjoying good food from locally grown produce or having a drink. An environment that supports other small businesses by providing them with workspaces and their own premises. It will be somewhere for young people with additional needs to learn useful life skills through work experience, for professionals to find workspaces, and for the local church community to meet-up.
And at the end of the day, it will also be a bed and breakfast for visitors who would like to stay.
We are very fortunate to have the Windsor & Eton Brewery less than ten minutes walk away, that will supply us with a range of locally crafted, award winning beers – from Republika pilsner lager to Windsor Knot pale ale to Uprising’s Wasteland double IPA, and many more. Small hand batched brews, traditional floor malted barley of every style, full leaf hops bursting with flavour. Refreshingly different from the usual beers offered by other pubs. And there will be plenty of choice for those who prefer something without barley or hops.
The Green Room is developing a graduate programme for their older students in order to help them transition from the school environment to the world of work via training courses, work experiences and employment in a safe environment. Interested and able students may work in the kitchen, bed and breakfast, café or other suitable areas of the business. This social enterprise aspect of the business, aiming to give young people with additional needs an opportunity to progress in life, is essential to our philosophy and ethos.
With farmers’ markets, bakery and the Windsor Farm Shop nearby, we will be able to source local foods for our café. Organic and plastic free! Freshly ground coffee beans and steeped loose tea leaves. Freshly baked breads and delicious pastries. Simple, wholesome meals. Enjoy the ambience of some tasty food beside the open fire in winter or in the summer sunshine inside our courtyard.
We’re en route for many cycling enthusiasts who pedal past our road on their way to Maidenhead or into Windsor town centre. With our big outdoor space that can accommodate all their bikes, the entire peloton can stop for a well-deserved break or as a fitting way to end a good ride. Hikers, runners, dog walkers and anyone else who’s been on their feet will also receive a warm welcome!
With the various outbuildings around the courtyard, we will be able to offer workspaces to small businesses that could benefit from moving to new premises. It's tough for anyone to start out as an entrepreneur building a new business from the ground up. We plan to support some of these hardworking individuals in realising their dreams.
The church of St Andrews Clewer is the oldest building in Windsor, and it is connected to The Swan by an old underground tunnel that remains to this day. The team at Clewer Parish, headed by Reverend Rosie Webb, are very active in the community and we look forward to hosting some of their events and community activities. Nowadays they can simply walk over to the pub and don’t need to crawl through the tunnel!
BED & BREAKFAST
The main building has up to five bedrooms that can be used for overnight stays. Windsor is a very popular tourist destination and decent places to stay at affordable prices are hard to find, especially during the busy summer months. The Swan is a ten-minute walk along the River Thames from the centre of town, away from the noise and the crowds but close enough to all the main attractions.