Cotswold Pub Scoops Foodie Title

Pictured: Stephen Pitt, Stephen Pitt, Hubert Kosmola, Archie Orr Ewing and Phil Garland
Stephen Pitt, Stephen Pitt, Hubert Kosmola, Archie Orr Ewing and Phil Garland

The Swan Inn in Swinbrook has been awarded Dining Pub of the Year by The Good Pub Guide.

Situated on the Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire border the famous pub with rooms won the Oxfordshire county title and is included in this year’s 2020 guide.

The inn boasts 11 bedrooms and a fine dining restaurant that has entertained royalty and more recently former Prime Minister David Cameron when entertaining the French premier – Presidente Hollande in 2014.

The pub is run by husband and wife team Archie and Nicola Orr-Ewing, who have recently added a business partner in the form of industry expert and experienced publican – Stephen Cook. They have also recruited Stephen Pitt as general manager who previously ran The Bull Hotel in Fairford.

The menu reflects seasononality as well as the produce of the region, with ingredients from Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. Current menu options include crab royale, granny smith apple, cucumber, lemon and lovage oil or roast rump of Cotswolds Lamb, celeriac, turnips, carrots, roast shallot and a rosemary jus.

“We are very proud of the team here and believe that more success is on the way now that Stephen (Cook) has joined the team,” landlord Archie said.

“We do not take awards lightly and like to think we have worked hard for all that this place has achieved,” he added.

Sitting near a 13th century bridge, The Swan is quintessentially British and once belonged to one of the Mitford sisters, a family known for being writers, political activists and Deborah, who went onto marry the Duke of Devonshire.

For more information or to book a table or room please call: 01993 823339 or email:

Archie Orr Ewing, chef Hubert Kosmola and Steve Cook celebrate their award