The opening day - 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 took the decision to open ASAP 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, throughout the summer, the renovation work will still progress as The Swan continues on its journey to becoming a fully-fledged pub.
Many hundreds attended the Opening Weekend. We had a lucky break with the weather that unexpectedly cleared up for us. It was a really busy day:
- Setting up the temporary bar.
- Putting a door on the ladies and other "minor" finishing items too.
- The W&E Dray delivered ceremonial beer barrels that were shared round.
- The Windsor Town Cryer read a very funny poem about drinking.
- Some speeches were made by Will and Richard.
- The unveiling of the new pub sign was done.
- Excellent food from the Italian Street Food van.
- Singing and dancing into the night.
- Oh, and some drinking was done too.
The W&E Brewery dray arriving
Will Calvert with The Swan in the background
Photos taken by our professional photographer
These are a collection of photos taken by Doug Seeburg, a volunteer and a professional photographer too.
Last minute work in the ladies toilet
The official word - we're ready
The ceremonial beer barrels being brought in
The first drink in the re-opened pub
Matt finishing the bar
The W&E dray arriving
The Town Cryer checking out the beer
The new pub sign
Unsurprisingly, the bar was busy
The temporary is ready for opening
A very happy drayman
A large crowd listened to the speeches
At 97, the oldest customer on the day
Our opening times during the summer
Photos taken by supporters.
Some from Facebook, some from Twitter, some sent in. Photos from a mixture of our supporters. Please keep sending them in!
Waiting for the dray
The dray arrives
The guys behind the bar are ready
The courtyard filled quickly
Listening to the speeches
Doors are open
History of the renovation (1 of 2)
Calm before the storm in the courtyard
The Town Cryer
The coach house had been cleared out
Preparing the speeches
Matt and Sheridan provides the evening entertainment
History of the renovation (2 of 2)
Competitions including the stripped copper wire
A preview of the new colours
The two o'clock wedding went past
Special guests see the new pub sign
You can recognise some of the locals
Weekday Warriors having a beer