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cmore130
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« Reply #30 on: October 13, 2008, 04:24:23 PM »

I would just like to inform everyone that we are having a grand opening day on sat 25th october, with menu samples, charity raflle and some early afternoon live music, everyone is more than welcome and it would be really nice to meet you all. Chris
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« Reply #31 on: October 13, 2008, 04:48:31 PM »

That's a great idea! Is it happening at a particular time or going on all day?

I know a few people who will want to pop down and wish you the best.
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monty
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« Reply #32 on: October 13, 2008, 07:55:15 PM »

Frood was great and we really enjoyed our meal we will come again. Cheesy
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« Reply #33 on: October 14, 2008, 04:16:02 PM »

The pub will open at the normal time of 11am, we have arranged someone from the advertiser to drop in during the day and as the 25th October is the day that French visitors from Cookham's twin village St Benoit will be visiting, it will add a nice contrast to the days activities. The charity raffle will be drawn at 4pm, all proceeds will be going to 'Children today' which raise money for specialised equipment for disables children and young people living in the uk. (gratuitous plug bit sorry!) Tickets are on sale now with the first prize being a three course meal for two one evening here at the pub, hope to see you all on the 25th
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« Reply #34 on: October 22, 2008, 04:36:22 PM »

I would just like to inform everyone that we are having a grand opening day on sat 25th october, with menu samples, charity raflle and some early afternoon live music, everyone is more than welcome and it would be really nice to meet you all. Chris

Very cool - I look forward to it.

One question: are you still doing B&B? I'm in the process of offering "A day in Cookham" as a prize for my old school's fund raiser. I'm throwing in lunch at the Swan Uppers, visit to the Stanley Spencer Gallery, a long walk, followed by dinner (at my house). I was thinking of pointing the lucky winner in the Swan Upper's direction if you are still doing B&B (after dinner, I'd hate for our American visitors to drive!).
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« Reply #35 on: October 23, 2008, 12:54:01 PM »

When S&N brought the pub back in march from Jim the accomadation wasnt part of the package, as I understand it the brewery did not want it, it wasnt part of their plan, or they just didnt have the allocated funds to reach the valuation That had been put on the property. The only accomodation left is the flat above the pub, you have got to have done something really bad to be stuck in there with either Dan of my self lol!!!!
Thank you Thomas that would be greatly recieved.
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« Reply #36 on: October 23, 2008, 02:34:31 PM »

Someone said that the Swiss Bed and Breakfast in Cookham Village is excellent and spoke very highly of their stay there. http://www.swissbedandbreakfast.co.uk/ Also the White Oak (aka Spencers) opens on the 8th November and they used to do accommodation, although I am not sure if they will continue to do this in the future or not.
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Ambrose W. Rotter
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« Reply #37 on: November 04, 2008, 10:33:03 AM »

Definitely a lot better than in a long while. Almost stopped going when the temporary crew were in charge, a truly miserable experience during the Summer months. Only managed to get down twice or thrice since the new landlord started but certainly a vast improvement. The beer is better kept, the atmosphere markedly improved. Sampled the food for the first time at lunchtime on Saturday and it was very good. I had a nice burger, with proper chips ( King's Arms take note and get rid of those horrible flour-covered specimens ), and my companions also enjoyed lovely fresh sandwiches. The menu sets out to provide proper simple pub fayre - no airs and graces but freshly produced using good quality ingredients, exactly the right approach for a simple, proper pub. They deserve support.

Ambrose
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« Reply #38 on: November 04, 2008, 10:44:04 PM »

Went for a Sunday roast at the weekend.  Had a lovely chicken dinner with the best roast potatoes I;ve ever tasted!!  I shall definitely be going back for more of those!   
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« Reply #39 on: November 23, 2008, 01:43:54 PM »

I came across a review by 'Ali' on the Cookham reviewer today, and I thought I would 'set the story straight!!'
Cookham has an abundance of eating houses, which the majority of them are all carbon copies of each other, they are gastro bars (not pubs but bars) These bars are in direct competition with each other on every aspect, a competition I have no interest in joining in on. Now the White Oak has open I feel it will be interesting to see the knock on effects. These new gastro bars that have sprung up around the country over the last ten years lack two key variables (in my opinion) character and loyalty, both of which the Old Swan Uppers has an abundance of.
I brought the Uppers for this main reason, it is part of a dying breed, its a tradional English pub, our heritage, and I have no interest in following the footsteps of other pubs landlord of trying to make my pub what its not.
After reading the review it seemed to me (alike other areas) a small group of people are so preoccupied with the holy grail of elitism, they forget the majority of us, the 'everyday Joe', this is  what my regulars and most certainly what I am . A great example of this I heard yesterday. How people perceive the ownership of the oak, Katherine and Henry are the owners, but in the quest for elitism they are just normal people, but that doesnít sell does it?  I know, drop a famous name in and jackpot!! I mean of the people from a 30 mile radius that have been in the oak, since last Monday how many of you would have done if Terry Wogan's name wasnít connected with the place!! 
The Old Swan Uppers will never be a gastro (not as long as i own it) so Iím sorry for those who see it as, less appealing than say, The Bell and Dragon, because u will miss out on a fantastic group of people that drink in my pub, even though being dubbed the 'louder element'. The Old Swan uppers doors are open to everybody we donít discriminate, should you?Huh
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« Reply #40 on: November 23, 2008, 03:46:06 PM »

Well said Seymour. I think the spirit of "Old Jim Hester" a landlord of bygone years has been talking to you. He was landlord when the pub was owned by Whethered of Marlow Brewery. The beer came straight out of the barrel through a wooden spigot, or from a bottle in the case of Stout. Ham or cheese sandwiches were about the only fare. The ham by the way was right off the bone, cooked by his wife Rene. That of course is when the village had 13 real pubs a good Dart League and 1 Off License. Ah those were the days my friends!
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« Reply #41 on: November 23, 2008, 04:03:34 PM »

Good post chris.   The reason I like the Swan Uppers is that is is NOT a gastro pub, but a proper village pub.  It has a friendly atmosphere, bags of character  and a good core of regulars, and everyone is made very welcome.

If you want to go gastro, there is the White Oak, the Crown, Bel & the Dragon, the King's Arms and the Ferry.   Like Chris says that is not what the Swan is about.    Of course there is a place for them, I go sometimes, and they're all fine, but there is also a need for a place where you can just have old fashioned pub grub which is where the Swan comes in.   The food there is very good and well cooked and there is plenty to choose from.   I would be pleased to recommend going there or take  any of my friends .  Keep up the good work Chris, you're doing great, and itll be even better after the refurb in the new year.  
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Ambrose W. Rotter
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« Reply #42 on: November 24, 2008, 04:51:38 PM »

Here here!

I think the current menu is exactly the right positioning for the Uppers.

I like a gastro-pub meal as much as the next man from time to time i.e. for a treat with my wife, for a business lunch etc. But I also love the choice of being able to go into a proper local and choose unpretentious food too. A so-called "limited" menu is only "limited" if it's not your cup of tea. For many of us however, a good quality pie, all day breakfast, burger or bangers and mash is far more fulfilling, far more often than the fancy fayre ( much of which is fashion for fashions sake with a long list of never-heard of ingredients, little in the way of balance between proteins, carbs and veg, and a whole heap of "up itself" thrown in ). I've had 4 meals in the Uppers since Chris & co took over and every one has hit the nail on the head. Hearty, fresh, tasty and value for money. Why oh why would anyone not welcome this an an "option" in Cookham when there is so much of the fancy stuff available to us anyhow.

Keep up the good work,

Ambrose
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