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Swan Inn, Worhing


The Swan Inn
79 High Street
West Sussex
BN11 1DN
Telephone: 01903 232923

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Owner: Mr Gary Cox - since 1995
Tenant / Lessee: e.g. Mr John Smith
Landlord: e.g. Mr John Smith and Mrs Jane Smith
Real Ale: Yes - 4 aleas including Harveys 
Real Cider / Perry: Yes -Old Rosie
Free House: Yes
Website: Yes
Facebook: Yes - Join
Twitter: Not found
Free Wifi: Yes
Child friendly: Yes -until 7pm
Dog friendly: Yes - on leads, please
Car Parking: Yes / No
Disabled access: Yes / No
Accommodation: No

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e.g. Large garden, pool table, darts, wide screen, tv, Sky Sports, dining area, restaurant menu, bar snacks 

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The Swan Inn which dates back to the 17th Century is a well established Traditional Real Ale & Food Pub that has built up an enviable reputation over the last 20 years. We pride ourselves on our commitment to provide a professional service at all times with competitive prices whilst maintaining a friendly and warm atmosphere.


The Swan is one of the few traditional pubs left in Worthing, it's origin being from the 17th Century when it was a village pub. Even though Worthing has grown over the years, The Swan remains at it's original location, complete with a traditional welcoming village pub atmosphere.

As soon as you enter The Swan you are immersed in a warm welcoming glow, two real wood fires and comfortable surroundings, a brilliant “proper pub” feeling. The kind of traditional pub that welcomes you to enjoy an evening of good conversation over a few drinks, with friends old and new.

We regularly serve 4 real ales, including Harveys Best and Ringwood Otter and variety of guest ales. Also available are a good selection of ciders, including Old Rosie, and a fine selection of lagers, wines, spirits and soft drinks to complement our hearty food, which is served Wednesday to Sunday lunchtimes, as well as Friday and Saturday evenings. On Sunday lunches, there is also a traditional Sunday Roast available with a selection of meats, freshly prepared by our in house chef. To avoid disappointment, bookings are advisable for Sunday Lunch.

At the rear of the pub, we have a sheltered smoking area available, and for those good weather days, there are three spacious bench tables situated at the front of the premises.

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A brief summary of the history of The Swan:-

c. 1790: The site of the Swan can be tracked back to the late 17th century -  a dwelling place, barn and 25 acres of land owned by Ferdinando Lindup, a yeoman of the area (a Yeoman being someone who works his own land). It eventually ended up in the hands of Richard Lindup, who built a more substantial property around 1790.

1842: The building became a lodging house and by 1849 it had become an ‘Inn’. 

1890: The Worthing Sentinel stated "Worthing’s inspector of nuisances was called to investigate overcrowding at a common lodging house (The Swan Inn) in the High Street. He was shocked to find no segregation of the sexes and was met by foul and abusive language by the occupiers who set their dog on to him."

1938: The Swan was enlarged, re-fronted and modernised (externally similar to now)

1960: Marjory Batchelor and her husband Bert, took over The Swan. Marjory wrote a book entitled 'My Life Behind Bars', detailing a fascinating look back at times long forgotten in the pub trade. Due to her husband's ill health, they had to give up The Swan in 1964.

1995: The Swan was taken over by the current owner, Gary Cox, and the pub has thrived since, whilst maintaining it's traditional theme.

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Note 1: CAMRA Good Beer Guide listed for 15 years

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