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 Selected Comments in Swindon

Helen Iwanczuk
 Expensive gastropub
The Sally Pussey is situated on a VERY busy road heading towards Royal Wotton Basset. It has a modern interior which is mostly set out for diners. In fact there is a sign as you approach the dining area, asking customers to find a table which suggests that it is more of restaurant than a drinking establishment. As I only wanted a drink, I looked around for what was available. There were 3 ales, but I asked for a diet coke. I paid £3.20 for a pint! The pub itself is bland and lacking any really character. As it was sunny, I sat outside, it was fairly busy with dining customers. I'm sure this place suits a lot of people, but it is not my kind of pub.
Friday, June 28, 2019Rating: rosettes

Well worth the walk
Wednesday, April 25, 2018Rating: rosettes

Monday, August 13, 2012Rating: rosettes

Wednesday, July 11, 2012Rating: No rosettes

Mike Noble
 Fishnets and Knickers
The only place i feel comfortable wearing womens clothes no one takes any notice.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012Rating: rosettes

good old pub never changes
Friday, July 6, 2012Rating: rosettes

Gerard Tanguay
 Modern pub open all day
What a blessing the weather has turned mild again, because we certainly did not get a warm welcome here! The landlady,although polite,made us feel unwelcome.Her politeness seemed like a veneer, on arrival and throughout our short stay. My wife and I ordered lamb shank and steak and kidney pudding from the specials menu board and planned to share with our seven year old daughter. Unfortunately our daughter went hungry because she did not like the food. Not surprising, since the lamb was overcooked and dry and the accompanying veg was like rubber.My meal was the same.Due to this and the distinct lack of atmosphere,ambiance and friendliness of this establishment,we quickly left in search of somewhere inviting.HOME! Certainly not this place.
Thursday, December 22, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Wednesday, December 21, 2011Rating: No rosettes

 full of drugs and druggies
After keeping well away from this establishment due to its reputation. I regret to report that i went into the loos which were of a poor standard of hygenie only to find two males comming from one toilet wiping there noses and sniffling. making matters worse a bald bloke came in and asked the two blokes if they had left him any. What is the world comming to? keep well away as this place has not changed.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011Rating: No rosettes

rich nickolls
 A traditional rural village pub
Found in the hamlet of Bushton near Wootton Bassett, The Trotting Horse offers a friendly welcome, good food & real ales.
Thursday, August 12, 2010Rating: rosettes

C Caine
Held surprise gathering for my Father's 80th - food was second to none and service excellent.
Looking forward to going back to sample the Sunday Lunch
Wednesday, July 14, 2010Rating: rosettes

K Onting
 Not a warm welcome
They will not take bookings in advance during the week. We visited on a very busy evening and it was unorganised chaos.
Monday, April 12, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 Swindon's Y Factor
Swindon’s Y Factor is a competition for amateur singers. There will be a prize up to £1000 depending on number of entrants.

All profits raised will go to the Meningitis Trust.

This event is sponsored by Brunel FM & Ladbrokes.com

Auditions will commence from the 20th February at 18.30

The top 10 finalists will sing live on Brunel FM Radio and will also be invited to sing at the competition after party.

Entrants must be 16 or over.
All terms and conditions and entry forms will be available for collection from The Famous Ale House, Redcliffe St, SN2 2BY or any Ladbrokes shop in Swindon.

We are hoping this will be a fun event so if you can sing please come along and join in.

If you require further information please email us at thefamousAleHouse@hotmail.com

Looking forward to seeing you
The Famous Ale House Team
Wednesday, January 6, 2010Rating: rosettes

Closed up now.
Sunday, October 11, 2009Rating: No rosettes

June Munn
 Sunday Family Meal
Had a lovely family meal. Atmosphere was great and staff efficient and pleasant. We had no complaints with the food it all arrived fresh and hot and our party of ten all thoroughly enjoyed their lunch. Would not hesitate to go back. Would Recommend.
Monday, January 8, 2007Rating: rosettes

 Absolutely dreadful
Went here for a Christmas dinner. The food and the service were incomparably dreadful. I can't explain how disgusting the 'brie parcels' I tried to eat were, or how the fat and grease my sirloin had been completely overcooked in tasted. Every single aspect of the meal was awful, and it has only got worse since trying to get any sort of money back from the typically stubborn owner.

I'd rather stab my eyes out than eat here again.
Thursday, January 4, 2007Rating: No rosettes

 The Tree rules!
This was the best pub in swindon town centre by far. I hope someone shts on the assholes who shut it down.
Monday, December 11, 2006Rating: rosettes

Sean Collier-Jefferies
 Jam night
A great new night at The Falcon. Every Wednesday at 8pm. A great atmosphere with nice beer. Couldn't be better.
Saturday, November 18, 2006Rating: rosettes

Justin from Swindon!!!
 Good Place
Good place great atmosphere but shame about the turn around times for deinks on a sat night around 20 mins by the time you got served you wanted two drinks you would be better off to buy all your drinks for the night in one go but apart form that the food was good and it is a good place for a get toghether and a starter
Sunday, October 29, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Cricketers to reopen (again) soon
The pub company behind the Mailcoach has acquired The Cricks. They are currently redecorating it and will be open by November at the latest. It will be once again Gay. A welcome re-addition to the scene.
visit www.cricketers-swindon.co.uk for more info.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Tanya Gladwin
 Amazing place
Hostess Shelley and Chef Richard made us feel so at home. The food was amazing, and the service was quick and unobtrusive. The atmosphere is warm and friendly. Every care is taken to make customers welcome.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006Rating: rosettes

Dave Swindon
It's a Weatherspoons, cheap and good beer, cheap and mediocre food. Excellent for drinking and cheap for eating, you know what you're getting. They're frequently understaffed but they're cheap and turn over enough beer to keep it well. I've never had to send a pint back.
Sunday, October 8, 2006Rating: rosettes

lucie birdsall
 Spot On
The Radnor Arms prodces amazing food, warm atmosphere, and not for getting the bubbly staff! one of the best nights out i have had out in a long time!! One to visit.
Thursday, September 28, 2006Rating: rosettes

Allison Mathers
 Simply Poor
My partner and I visited the Shepherd's rest for the first time last Saturday for a special occasion. We had not been before and wanted to try a new place out. We had heard that the food was very like the Three Crowns at Brinkworth, so thought it would be to our liking. We were wrong. We should have realised that something was up as there were only 7 others in the restaurant area at 8pm on a Saturday night. However, being the eternal optimist we put this down to it still being early in the evening. We both had starters, I had the Egg Florentine and my partner had the Boursin Mushroom - and they were ok. There's not much more to say about them, but we did hope the mains were going to be better. I had Valentine of Pork - I'm not a big pork lover, but fancied a change, and if pork is cooked well it can be great. It looked okay when it arrived, however not as the description in the menu (pork encrusted with whole-grain mustard and white wine sauce - it was more like a pork chop with white wine and whole-grain mustard sauce ). Getting straight to the nitty gritty it was so over cooked I couldn’t cut it with a normal knife - I had to get a steak knife (requested from the Manageress) . It was simply dry and tough. After 2 mouthfuls I couldn’t face another bit. My partner however had a little more success from his T-bone. It was cooked to perfection- however the quality of the steak for £16.95 was terrible.
By this time I had developed a chronic stomach ache - I'm not sure if it was from the food or simply from the disappointment of the food. We left leaving 2/3 of my main course and a pile of gristle on my partners plate. We didn’t argue about the bill - we just knew it was a lost cause and a reduction of £5 wouldn’t have made our night any better. My partner paid and the Manageress looked grateful and relieved that we just paid and left.
On a scale of 1-10 I would rank the Shepherd's rest at a 2.
Need I say more!!
Thursday, September 21, 2006Rating: No rosettes

M. Brogden
 Sunday Lunch !!!!
Please read the review by Simon Harris re Sunday meals as our experience was similar but it was at Lunch time, the food was old and chewy, the potatoes were solid ,Yorkshire puds were soggy the meat seemed as if it had been cooked forever sliced and just kept warm, even the starter of Prawns and egg salad was poor the prawns were very small and wet and the eggs had grey rings round them. This was embarrassing as we had taken our family out there as a treat well I can assure you it was no treat. Don't Go.
Thursday, September 14, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Margaret Avery
The food and atmosphere at the Old Spotted Cow are great, and I look forward to going there every time my husband and I visit England. To my mind, its easily the best pub in the area.
Sunday, July 9, 2006Rating: rosettes

Adam Green
 A special pub
I truly cannot understand these prior comments as my wife and I eat in the Spotted Cow every week and cannot rate it highly enough. The new chef cooks beautiful diverse food, great portions and the staff and owner are very friendly and always make everyone feel right at home. The pub is always frequented by regulars which speaks volumes. The fact that these prior comments also name another local pub sounds like sour grapes or something more sinister. A fantasic pub that has cjhanged the village.
Thursday, July 6, 2006Rating: rosettes

Yeah the food is great went for my girlfriends 18th and would reccomend to anyone.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006Rating: rosettes

Simon Harris
 7 hour old Roast Dinners at the Shepherds Rest - F
7 hour old Roast Dinners at the Shepherds Rest - FoxHill - Swindon

My Wife to be (Laurie), our friends Marc and Emma and I decided to go to the Shepherds Rest in Foxhill, Wanborough (nr Swindon) for something to eat on the evening of Sunday 4th June 2006. We arrived there at around 6pm and were shown to our table. We could not have looked very thirsty as we sat there waiting 10 minutes for someone to take our drinks order, We managed to get the waitress attention and placed our order. After another 10 carpet mouth minutes the four of us even contemplated drinking out of the flower vase to crench our thirst, until we finally managed to give them a gentle reminder about of our obvious lack of liquid refreshment. Not the best of starts as the place was not very busy and there were 3 waitress on, but hey we all have off days.

Anyway we then proceeded to order our meals,. Three of us had starters, Garlic Chilli Mushrooms, ThePate and the Soup of the day (broccoli and Pear) which were not that bad at least 7/10, so things where getting better. Due to the very limited Al A Carte menu Myself and Emma decided to have the Sunday Roast @ £9.95, Marc the Mixed Grill @ £16.95 and Laurie had the Chicken Supreme

@ £14.95 (beware this dish has a 40 minute wait) so at least you know it’s fresh. When the meals arrived the Roast dinner portions were good as were the two Al A Carte Dishes, so no complaints there. Anyway I started to tuck in to my roast beef and that is when everything went pear shaped, the dinner was awful. The roast potatoes were soggy and had that strange bitter after taste you sometimes get after you have re-heated them on the Monday evening, from the Roast the day before. The Yorkshire puddings the same, they had been re-heated and had the texture of a cake or muffin all soft and gooey inside, and to any roast lover, there is nothing worse than not having a good Yorkshire. It was not just mine Emma’s Chicken Roast was the same, it too had that re-heated taste and look, except for the stuffing which was apparently quite good, well done Paxo!

To put it in perspective, imagine the worst luke warm, stale, Airline meal you have ever had and times it by ten! Now you are close to a 7pm Shepherds Rest Roast Dinner

Do not be missed lead, I do not expect perfection every time I go out and the four of us have been to more than hundred country pubs / restaurants for meals over the years and I am not the kind of guy who moans at the smallest thing. You could say I am typically British, and tend not to moan about poor service or poor food, I will just sit there and moan to Laurie and kick
myself for not choosing what she is eating. I am also one of those people
who also say’s “Yes everything is fine” when ever Im asked by a member of staff if everything is OK, even when I have just found a hair in my salad. But on this occasion when the waitress came up to our table she knew something was wrong, Emma and I had stopped eating and had nearly full plates. So when we where ask if all was OK, for only the second time ever I said NO and informed her the two Roast dinners were terrible, she then said
“would you like me to tell Chef” and we said “Yes”. About 5 minutes
later a lady in her late sixties which we presumed was the Land Lady / Owner asked us what the problem was. We explained that the Roast dinners tasted old and re-heated and we where not happy, her response was surprising “Old? It was all cooked fresh this morning!” We could no believe it, she admitted that we were both eating 7hr old re-heated Roast Dinners. She then went on to say “What do you expect at 7pm, try and get a Roast dinner at this time of night anywhere else!” We were all shocked, she was telling us that we should put up with sub-standard food because we should be grateful they served Roast Dinners so late. She did not even apologise and it seems she
thought we were just being picky and ungrateful. Well after that we
said we would be disappointed if we were charge full price for them, but were happy to pay for everything else as the starters, the Mixed Grill and the Chicken Supreme where all fine. It was explained to us that there would be no discount and we would be charged in full and she walked off without giving and an apology.

When we got the bill £69.80 we explained that we would pay £5.05 each for the Sunday Roast a discount of £9.80 because we do not feel they were worth the normal price and proceeded to leave them £60.00. This is when the chef came out and said the Roast dinners were fine and are made to order. We pointed out the landlady had already admitted it was all cooked that morning and we should not expect any else at that time of night, he looked embarrassed and walked off with his tail between his legs. Anyway to cut the last bit short we had a 10 minute stand off explaining we had rights not to pay full price for sub standard food, they said the police had been called and we could not leave. The whole thing could have been avoided with an apology at the start instead of the “Our food is fine” Take or leave it routine. It was all about principal’s now and I it was not until Laurie bit the bullet and paid them the £9.80 we could leave.

To sum it up. NEVER have a roast dinner there after 3pm as it will be at least 3hrs old by then, In fact never go there as their attitude stinks towards unhappy customers and the landlady needs to attend a Charm School or at least go on a customer relations course! Do not get me wrong the pub itself is OK and you could have a nice drinks there on a hot summers day, but if you are ever hungry and you are in the Foxhill / Wanbourgh area DO NOT go to the Shepherds Rest, if you do save your money and eat out of stinking bins around the back, as I expect it will be just as fresh and tasty. Or you could venture into Wanborough and go to the Harrow or drive down the road towards Swindon for a 1 mile and go to the Sun Inn, for a much better evening.
Monday, June 5, 2006Rating: No rosettes

keith adams
 friendly landlord, great pub
best pub ive been in in ages great staff and cracking pubs and landlord!
Saturday, April 15, 2006Rating: rosettes

best start ot a night out you will ever get. cheap as you like and good quality (try the thatchers perry cider on for size) staff are friendly and fast serving
Saturday, April 15, 2006Rating: rosettes

 great and well worth it
This local pub has a lot to offer and is a verry warm welcoming to people that arnt even locals it is a verry cosy little pub with a coal fire and a quiet snug all of the locals are verry welcoming expecually the 2 boxer dogs, the kids you see them verry exasionally as they are quietly upstairs minding their own buisness but will come down to say a hello and pop down the shop to get some sweeties other then that they are out of your way. the dogs are verry friendly and sweet their is a 1 out of 1000000 chance of them biting
the land lord and land lady are verry kind and warming they did not know me or my back ground but still treated me as a local i think every 1 and any 1 should definatly consider gettin a drink or 2 at this pub and havbe a warm and welcoming welcome as i did
Sunday, February 26, 2006Rating: rosettes

Alan Ely
 Cosy and Welcoming
I visited the Duke of Wellington Saturday afternoon, 7 Jan 06.
I could tell when I walked in, that it had a good atmosphere, which was further enhanced by a real fire.
Considering he had never seem me before and didn't know me from Adam I received quite a warm welcome from the landlord and an even warmer one, from his two young boxer dogs.
Over a few pints of really good Arkells 3Bs, straight from the barrel I got chatting to some of the locals.
Soon after sitting down, I even had waitress service. The larger of the two boxers joined me on the seat and fell asleep with his head on my lap. Everyone present seemed to agree , that it would been a shame to disturb him.
The following day I took a friend with me, who also seemed to also like the place. Even though I live two miles away, I will probably make it my local
Monday, January 9, 2006Rating: rosettes

Matty Buckley
Having Just got off the phone with the new landlord of the Cricketers it would appear that tonight they are holding a new years eve party for locals, and admittance will be via the side door only. Having said that they are not official open as yet, and will be reopening officialy next week........ However unlike all previous landlords, The Crick's will be opening as a Gay Friendly bar...... But still. we have our pub back!!!!!!!!

Matt x
Saturday, December 31, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Disappointed with Sunday Roast
Sunday Roast was very disappointing. Overpriced at £9.95 and scant in amount, not to mention being lukewarm. Also very crafty that there is a minimum charge of £10 for credit cards and you cannot pay for food and drink together!!! Crazy!! The best roast in Swindon is GW bar.
Monday, December 12, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Re-opening ?
Since Lynda and Sue left the place, this has led to the closure of the pub. Rumours of new person taking over and reopening soon. Yes please!!! Give us our pub back!!!
Tuesday, November 22, 2005Rating: No rosettes

unfortunately the Chef has moved on and taken that quality with him
Monday, November 21, 2005Rating: rosettes

d. Oades (the kiwi)
 Graet place
When i used to work there, it was a happening place, with a great staff. kinda wish i hadnt left
Friday, August 5, 2005Rating: rosettes

mrs m sykes
 poor quality food
very poor quality food. had a fillet steak that certainly didnt taste like fillet. poor service and lacking in atmosphere
Sunday, June 5, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Avril Samuel
 The Old Spotted Cow, Marston Meysey
We have eaten at this pub a few times now and can't rate it highly enough - the food is excellent and the staff very welcoming. My husband said he had the best fish and chips he'd ever had!
Thursday, May 19, 2005Rating: rosettes

L willoughby
 Great food, good portions!
Nice clean establishment. Eating area is separate and serves excellent food. Lots of choices and very reasonable prices. Would highly recommend the Southbrook Inn.
Thursday, May 5, 2005Rating: rosettes

 i love you all
the best place in swindon
im always meeting people there great staff
Friday, April 22, 2005Rating: rosettes

Flo Foster
 Excellent pub, fantastic music, great beer
Excellent pub, fantastic bands, great landlady, great beer
Friday, April 15, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Mrs Parker
 Excellent Food
We visited the Shepherds Rest for a meal on our Wedding Anniversary.
The food was absolutley spendid and the service was excellent. I would recommend it to anyone.
Wednesday, April 13, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Mailcoach the best venue around
Mailcoach is a wonderful place wish i lived ther and not in Lowestoft Suffolk.hi 2 u all.xxx
Friday, April 8, 2005Rating: rosettes

Kerry Webster
 at last a real old fashioned pub!
I have been going to this pub for a couple of years now, and it just gets better and better. The landlady and her staff team treat you with good old fashioned hospitality and make you feel so welcome.

I recently wanted to surprise two friends who were celebrating their 10th anniversary, rang the pub and she popped out to cash and carry to get some affordable champers, and kept the kitchen open for the stragglers who turned up late but still wanted feeding! In a town (swindon) where most pubs have been turned into what I call 'Tarts and Tossers' pubs, this is a real treat coming to an old fashioned pub, with a great mix of young and old we love it!!!!

Also the couple who were celebrating were a same sex couple and we had no problems from anyone!!
Thursday, February 17, 2005Rating: rosettes

lee palmer
loads of fit men in there but apart from that it's great and i find it frienly and a talkative place thankyou mailcoach i now feel at home and i would give it more than a 5
Tuesday, February 1, 2005Rating: rosettes

louise lewis
wicked, makes you feel at home. i feel welcome when i enter. always filled with friendly people.
Tuesday, February 1, 2005Rating: rosettes

donna-louise hicks
it's great, very friendly people and it make's you feel at home and always welcome! Best gay pub ever, bettter then the rest?
Tuesday, February 1, 2005Rating: rosettes

 A lovely quiet small pub
This pub has a very local feel to it and the Beer Garden is lovely in the summer, fully enclosed makes it very safe for children. Good Food and nice service also
Thursday, January 6, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 Good 'alternative' pub.
If you hate pretence and like live music, this is probably the pub for you. Frequented by goth and biker types and always 'alternative' music on the jukebox. They have regular live music and do good cheap food.
Thursday, December 9, 2004Rating: rosettes

 Cheap but not very cheerful
This is a Wetherspoons pub. Decent cheap food and cheap beer. Seldom have most of what's on the menu / guest beers. Staff are generally unhelpful and scarce.
Thursday, December 9, 2004Rating: rosettes

 Good pub food
This is one of Swindon's gay pubs. I have always been greeted with friendly staff and good pub food. Nice courtyard garden.
Thursday, December 9, 2004Rating: rosettes

 Currently undergoing major renovation
I'll keep you posted when it re-opens.
Thursday, December 9, 2004Rating: No rosettes

 This pub is now called The Bedroom
This pub is now called The Bedroom
Thursday, December 9, 2004Rating: No rosettes

 Regulars only.
Small and unwelcoming. This pub is obviously only frequented by 'regulars' and it feels like going into someone's living room for a drink. Probably fine if you are of an open and friendly disposition, but I didn't feel welcome.
Thursday, December 9, 2004Rating: rosettes

 Good atmosphere but very smoky.
Good 'old-fashoned' town pub with real ales and frequent live music. Very small and can get a bit cramped and smoky when busy, but overall a good friendly atmosphere
Thursday, December 9, 2004Rating: rosettes

 Great pub and lots of history.
Good stuff
Wednesday, July 14, 2004Rating: rosettes

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