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Sail down to the Swan at Streatley

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Nothing I like to see more on Muddy than a local business giving it some welly. The analogy is pretty apt in The Swan’s case, as it was a victim of the floods some months back.

The hotel has one of the most glorious positions on the Thames, with outdoor decking right onto the water and a dining room that looks out onto idyllic English vistas. When the Thames broke its banks at Streatley in January, it forced its way into the dining room and it was sandbags and mops at the ready for a week or so.


Anyway, in true Brit fashion, the dining room is now spic and span again, there’s a brand new menu (a good value set menu at £12.95 for 2 courses, £17.95 for 3 courses Mon to Fri) to say ner to the now receding river levels and a brand new website too.

Last summer I had a lovely lunch here last year on the veranda, just gorgeous, so if the weather is warm over Easter I’m planning on bringing the kids here for a nibble and then take a trip down the river because from 14 April you can hire rowing or electric boats –  plus a skipper thrown in for free if you’re feeling utterly lazy (er, yep).

Rowing boats at The Swan

Rowing boats at The Swan

I promise I won’t start any waterfights while in my rowing boat (last year’s Kew Gardens fight got a little out of hand!) but there’s something incredibly good fun about getting close to the water, and of course the kids love it. The Swan can also provide picnics if you want to go the whole Brideshead-meets-Wind-in-the-Willows hog.

So there you go, that’s one day of the Easter hols sorted. Now for the other seventeen…

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