The First 8 weeks

POSTED ON 6th, July, 2018

We’ve certainly had a roller coaster in our first couple of months. We’ve to make major alterations to our IT systems, we’ve started making physical changes to the pub itself, we’ve had to start the grass seeding all over again, we’ve evolved the menu,  and we’ve finally succumbed to participating in social media. Trading is only two-thirds of what I planned for and expected. On...



POSTED ON 2nd, July, 2018

Ramblings  26.6.18 LET’S TASTE THE NOSTALGIA WITH A RETRO LOOK AT PALE ALE    Nostalgia is often tied in with tastes and smells. My own veers towards beer and my youthful days weaned on Massey’s Bitter in Burnley, drunk from ‘barrel glasses’. Founded in the Industrial Revolution, Massey’s was knitted into the fabric of the town. From earlier childhood, hazily recall winter days with the...


Some Beery Ramblings

POSTED ON 18th, May, 2018

These Beery Ramblings will meander through the mysteries of hops, barley and yeast, who makes our cask ale and the gloriously idiosyncratic British pub. First, we take a glimpse at the fascinating history of the tipple that has, over the years, rather lost out to wine in the image stakes. Beer has been with us since around 8000BC, when grain was cultivated in the Middle...


Finally up and running

POSTED ON 25th, April, 2018

So we are finally up and running and I’m very pleased. The pub feels so good and we have not suffered from too many early day teething problems. On Saturday night we had our drinks party for the locals which I thoroughly enjoyed. I don’t suppose the whole village have been together in one place for a long time. I think everyone enjoyed themselves too....


We have finally set an opening date – Monday 16th April 2018.

POSTED ON 10th, April, 2018

We have finally set an opening date – Monday 16th April 2018. Before the official opening we’ll have a few test runs, a village drinks party on Saturday evening and the builders do on Sunday lunch. A pub needs the equivalent of sea trials before taking on passengers. We have some experienced staff but none of them have ever used our latest till system and...


December 2017 Update

POSTED ON 19th, December, 2017

Twice sorry I need to make two apologies. One for not keeping this web thingy up to date and one for the delay in getting the Swan open. You must have been wondering what the hell’s been happening. First, we were opening in September, then November and then January and now no news at all. To avoid further embarrassment I’ve decided it’s wiser not to...



POSTED ON 2nd, November, 2016

Why this website? I thought the good people of Marbury (and perhaps the bad ones as well) might be wondering what’s happening to the Swan so I’ve set up this little website to keep you informed. I’ll try and update it frequently as we proceed but no promises. Who’s bought the Swan? Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Jerry Brunning and I’m...

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