Who Are We?
We are a community pub in historic Windsor. We are unique that not only that we have over 200 investors, but we also have a sixth form school onsite. Let us tell you more about OUR pub - The Swan.
Since the pub freehold was purchased by Swan Clewer Community Interest Company in 2019, the site has been progressively refurbished. Already operating as a pub and café, a year ago we launched our food offering when we completed The Kitchen. Future plans include restoring the first and second floors of the main building to offer accommodation and a renovation of The Courtyard.
The Swan is a terrific venue for community events run by the Friends of the Swan and will become the base for Windsor Cycle Hub. We are listed in the Good Beer Guide for three years running too. As a result we will continue to be a busy pub, attracting local residents, beer enthusiasts, visitors, cyclists and walkers.
For The Community
As a community pub and hub, we want to be diverse, equitable and inclusive. We are here for ALL the community regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, age or nationality. Our core values include safety, well-being, comfort, security, tolerance, friendship, love and peace to all.
We have a programme of events that aims to be diverse and full of interest and enjoyability for all. From board and card games, to traditional bingo and quizzes, we also have music nights too. There are also special occasions such as cheese & wine evenings and markets in The Courtyard. And during lockdown we moved online.
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 includes work experience opportunities for its 16+ students in The Bar or in the future in The Kitchen. The students already run their own unique weekly coffee morning during term time. The school certainly makes The Swan unique in the UK.
On site we have The School House which is used as a normal teaching class but utilises some advanced technologies. Across the passageway in the first floor of The Coach House, we have an IT Suite that was donated by a local benefactor. This allows the students to gain the necessary computer skills for the future.
The Windsor Cycle Hub is a community-focused bike hub based at The Swan with the objective of increasing the accessibility of cycling in and around Windsor. They meet every Saturday 12-1pm, where they offer help and advice on any bike maintenance you may need. They will then often set off for a bike ride at 1pm, rides are usually guided that can be for families or intermediates.
Re-Born By Heroes
After lying derelict for three years, the building was in quite a state. Since acquiring it, there has been a substantial renovation project undertaken. Due to the enormity of the work required, it is being completed in manageable phases. We have kept a Renovation Diary recording this for future generations.
Due to the cost, much of the work is done by volunteers from the community, including our Weekday Warriors. They are heavily supported by the help of local business. Benefactors, grants and other sources have been invaluable. We celebrate all of our Swan Heroes and their contributions here.
Yet Full of History
Situated on Mill Lane beside an ancient fording point across the Thames, it also has history stretching back to Norman times. The Swan itself dates back to 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.
According to local folklore, there is a tunnel linking The Swan to the local church of St Andrews. Whether this is true, or one of the Victorian pranks common in Windsor, is unclear. What is known that around the 1870s, the coroner held inquests and post mortems at The Swan for those that had drowned in the nearby River Thames.
Take The Tour
Just click on the picture below to be taken to our YouTube channel. During October 2021 our General Manager, Micky Foden-Andrews, made a short, 2-minute video of The Swan. He takes you through The Main Gates into The Courtyard, into the ground level of The Coach House, and then into The Bar itself.
Micky is currently making further videos that we will add here and on our YouTube channel. To find the channel, just click on the icon below to be whisked off to it.