It has been a while since I reviewed a pub, and thought it quite opportune, as the sun was out, to descend upon a rural boozer.
There is something special about a country pub. Surrounded by delightful scenery, peace and tranquility, open fires, traditional home cooked food. And of course, a fine selection of cask ales.
One such pub is the White Swan, situated in the attractive village of Fence, in the borough of Pendle.
It is a very popular 'watering hole' and has an excellent reputation for home cooked food. The pub is the only Timothy Taylor owned boozer in Lancashire and not surprisingly has a fine range of their ales. Landlord, Best Bitter,Golden Best and Ram Tam are four casks you will find at the White Swan.
One of their beers, Landlord, celebrates its 60th birthday this year. The multi-award winning beer has the unique distinction of being the only beer ever to simultaneously hold CAMRA's Champion Beer of Britain AND the Brewing Industry International Awards Supreme Championship Cup in 1999/2000. That after landing CAMRA's Beer of the Year award in 1982 and 1983.
Trudy, the landlady is ever helpful, and will always find time for a quick chat, whilst carrying out her busy schedule. Her staff are polite and cheerful, making your stay a very enjoyable one.
One impressive addition at the Swan Inn(also known as the Mucky Duck) is the new rooftop terrace. It has nice views over the Pendle countryside and I am sure it will be very popular with its many customers.
You get such a good feel on entering the pub. It has a lovely old fashioned bar and nice comfortable surroundings. On my recent visit, there were two of the local clergy having a pint with their meal, chatting away merrily. You just know you are in a warm, friendly pub.
Of course, the beer is always in good nick. Real ale lovers cannot go wrong with a range of Timmy Taylor's! The West Yorkshire brewer has a fine nationwide reputation.
So, I will be back soon, to this most friendly of rural pubs. And if you are in this picturesque area of Pendleside, give the pub a visit. You will be most impressed.