Cosy Swallowfield village pub taken over by award-winning Siren Craft Brew

A cosy village pub dating all the way back to the 17th century has been taken over by an award-winning brewery.

Berkshire -based Siren Craft Brew has revealed it will run its first pub, the George & Dragon in Swallowfield.

The brewery has a tap room at its Finchampstead unit but revealed: “we always liked the idea of extending our Tap Yard offering into pubs and bars, but have always stuck doggedly to our message that it would only ever be when the timing was right, the place was right and we could do the new venue and ourselves justice”.

Bosses praised the George & Dragon for its “exceptional cooking, generous hospitality and atmospheric character.” The pub’s existing team will be staying on and Siren’s beers will be available on tap.

The brewery have suggested a refurbishment could be on the cards in the future.

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The pub dates all the way back to the 17th century.
The pub dates all the way back to the 17th century.
(Image: TIM PRITCHARD / Siren Craft Brew)

What can visitors expect?

The George and Dragon in Swallowfield.
The George and Dragon in Swallowfield.
(Image: TIM PRITCHARD/ Siren Craft Brew)

Siren bosses say you can expect a “beautiful, quiet, countryside setting” at the George & Dragon.

The Grade II listed pub has an open log fire, original brickwork and exposed beams.

They also mention it is a great place to visit during any season, calling it “cosy and comforting” in the winter, and “perfect for beer garden pints” in the summer.

Seating is available both indoors and outdoors, and children are welcome. Dogs are also welcome in the bar area.

Siren suggest taking a stroll around the countryside after your visit, recommending the Blackwater Valley Path.

How do you get there?

The pub is a 20-minute drive from central Reading
The pub is a 20-minute drive from central Reading
(Image: TIM PRITCHARD/ Siren Craft Brew)

The beautiful country pub is just outside of Reading. You can find it in Church Road, Swallowfield, RG7 1TJ.

The pub is open Tuesday to Saturday from 12pm – 11pm, and on Sundays at 12pm to 5pm. It is closed on Mondays.

Lunch is served between 12pm and 2.30pm, with dinner available between 5.30pm – 8.30pm.

It’s a 20-minute drive from central Reading, and parking is available.

You don't have to book to visit for drinks.
You don’t have to book to visit for drinks.
(Image: TIM PRITCHARD / Siren Craft Brew)

The closest train station is Wokingham, which is a 10-minute taxi ride away.

You don’t have to book for drinks, but you should check online to fill in a booking form if you want a meal.

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