A very warm welcome to The Swan. This enchanting 18th pub is now owned by the local community and has just recently re-opened after being refurbished. It's unique - within its walls it is home to a school and in the future will boast a B&B and dining facilities.
The Green Room School's Graduate and Sixth Year programmes are a huge part of what the community are investing in. The aim is to provide students with opportunities so they can move on to further education, employment or their own business ventures. This makes The Swan unique in the UK.
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.
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.
Now it's our turn to open its doors and write the next chapter in its long-standing history. Our 2019 Review shows what we have achieved so far but there is still much to do!