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A pub with a nationally important historic interior

A pub with a nationally important historic interior, the result of CAMRA's pioneering effort to identify and help protect and promote the most important historic pub interiors in the country.

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE - West Wycombe, Swan

An historic pub interior of national importance

High Street, West Wycombe, HP14 3AE

Directions: on A40

Tel: (01494) 527031


Opening Hours: 11.30-2, 5.30-11 Mon-Fri; 11.30-2, 6-11 Sat; 12-2, 7-10.30 Sun

Real Ale & Cider: Real Ale

Public Transport: Near Bus Stop

Food: Lunchtime Meals

Listed Status: Grade II

List Entry Number: 1125166

Listing Date: 1954

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Now owned by the National Trust, like much of West Wycombe, this 18th-century pub was refitted and extended in 1932 in a simple style by Wheelers Wycombe brewery. Originally it consisted of two small rooms in what is now the lounge - hence two fireplaces - and it extended back as far as the bottle store/cellar; in the area of the present public bar was the former kitchen. To convert the original 18th-century front part into what we see today the brewery firstly constructed the large triple garage situated at the rear of the premises - this was then used as a temporary bar! The enlarged pub opened for business in 1932 and consists of two bars the saloon and the public bar set at right-angles to one another - with an off-sales and dining room behind. Prior to the extension a 99-year lease was granted in favour of Wheelers Brewery, who were then taken over by Simonds of Reading and eventually it became a Courage pub. In c.1970 the Barry family bought the lease from Courage so they are now direct tenants of the National Trust.

Since 1910 the pub has been run by the same family and on 19 September 2010 a 100th birthday party was attended by 100 people.

Swan, West Wycombe
Swan, West Wycombe
Public Bar
Swan, West Wycombe
Swan, West Wycombe
Off Sales