Cider Pub of the Season

Swan, Bignall End

The Swan is located in the village of Bignall End, between the village of Wood Lane and Audley, just off Ravens Lane, situated on a prominent corner; one of the Dorbiere group of pubs, run exceedingly well by Linda and Paul. The Swan is fondly known to the locals as "The Duck"; a warm welcome is assured and the pub comprises of a large, traditional, public bar with dartboard, pool table and TV’s showing predominantly sports, (The area is renowned for its sports, having three popular Cricket Clubs nearby, and Audley Football Club less than a few hundred yards away), plus a smaller, comfortable lounge, both having roaring log fires for when the wintry days arrive, A pleasant beer garden is at the rear of the pub, which was up graded prior to the annual beer festival which is held over the May bank holiday; there is also a smoking area at the rear with access onto Wood Street.

You are assured of a warm welcome from Linda, Paul and their staff, as they serve you a varied selection of beers and ciders. Along with the nine beer hand-pulls (Greene King and Oakham are regulars, the other seven are guests), there is also an excellent selection of ciders and parries, four of which are hand-pulled, with many more from the cellar, ranging from Celtic Marches, Gwatkin’s, Gwynt Y Ddraig, Lilleys, Mr Whiehead’s, Scrumpy Wasp, Thistly Cross, Weston’s etc. Linda and Paul have been at the helm since 2010 and amongst other awards, they are no strangers to CAMRA, having been awarded the CAMRA Pub of the Month in August 2011, March 2015 & November 2017 and deservedly so; they have an excellent rapport with their customers, whether they be regulars or newcomers.

There is a strong supportive community in the area; this is also evident in the pub which, for example, could be by the banter about their ‘Duck footy league’. This excitement is muted on Monday’s Candles and Cheese Night, when the TV’s and Jukebox are turned off and mobiles ‘banned ‘as these evenings also double up as Silent Night, where friendly chat is encouraged, with 50p off a pint, all of which makes Monday nights extra special.

The annual beer festival at ‘The Duck’ is held over the May Bank Holiday, usually with about 24 beers and a vast rang of ciders & gins; this year, they had a Cornish theme which went down very well, throughout the year, there are a number of beer and food pairing evenings along with regular charity events, supporting Audley in Purple and Cancer charities They are pleased that their community defibrillator has been affixed, thanks to the generosity of their customers. Plans for the ‘Brewhouse’ are continuing to be developed.

The Swan is a lovely village pub, which is a pleasure to pop in. Congratulations to Linda, Paul and all the staff, a deserved award. Linda and Paul are looking forward to greet you at the presentation of the award, on Sat the 6th of October at 3:30pm. There is a branch Cider coach tour on Sat 6th, which includes popping into the Swan for the presentation, departing from our usual pick ups at 11am.

Andy Parkin
Address:
58 Chapel Street, Bignall End, ST7 8QD
Telephone:
01782 720 622
Opening Hours:
12noon – 11pm Monday-Thursday; 12noon-Midnight Friday & Saturday; 12noon -11pm Sunday
Travel:
First Potteries Bus 4 & 4E from Hanley and Newcastle (note, last return bus Monday – Saturday 8:02pm, Sunday 6:06pm); D&G Bus No 1A from Meir, Longton, Fenton, Stoke and Newcastle (last return bus Monday – Friday 5:40pm, Saturday 4:20pm