Up down pub ranking
|Beer: ||Whilst only two of the three hand pumps were in use, these did have two decent local brews in Tring Moongazing and Side Pocket, the latter being their cooking bitter. Nice to see local ales being offered. Mighty good cider, this now in bottles rather than from "out the back" as previously.|
|Not beer: ||Previously all softs from bottles. Given that the prices have dropped to £2.20 for cola & lemonade and £2.30 for L & S perhaps they have gone to pump "draft". However, Elayne did quote a fairly steamy price for a half of the brown stuff so dunno. Hot choc complete with tasty flotsum at £3.20.|
|Food ||Decent bowls of decent sized and tasty chips complete with sausage bits presumably dissected by the cook/chef prior to delivery. Non appearance of the balance of the banquet (sarnies) so a deserved refund claimed by our Hare Keyboard. The considerable cake & sweetie balance from the Hash Bash added to the calorie intake and was, in true Hash style, hoovered up.|
|Hashmosphere ||A bit of a squeeze given the large turnout but a good welcome with decent service by our hosts. A fair bit of character in the through bar/dining room with some nice original touches and plenty of seating. The evening took on a more rosy glow on consumption of the local and now bottled excellent zider ooh aah.|
Situated on the truly ancient Icknield Way which possibly dates back to prehistoric times and was one of only four roads mentioned in medieval times , the Swan dates back to around 1840 and is reputed to be haunted by the original owner, a lady called Emily. It is now family run and still has an intriguing forthcoming events list of "none" so don't hold your breath! Using local produce and majoring on local ales, it is seemingly well thought of locally. No sign of the ghost but, wait a minute, who's that lady over in the corner ...............