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The Swan & Dog (Village Green Restaurants (Shepherd Neame))

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Adnams - Fat SpratGood1
Caledonian - Deuchars IPAGood1
Goacher's - Fine Light AleGood6
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood4
Thwaites - Wainwright (please now use the Banks's entry)Acceptable1
Old Dairy - Swan & Dog (house beer)Not Tried0
Picture 1. The Swan & Dog, Great Chart, Kent

Visits Details

02 Dec 2016 (ChrisE)
Late afternoon visit and much talk about Shepherd Neame taking over Village Green Restaurants. The general feeling is that they are not going to change a winning formula.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
Old Dairy - Swan & Dog (house beer)3.80Not Tried
17 Oct 2016 (Magnus Greel)
Lunchtime til late afternoon visit. Good to see Mexican Garlic Bread back on the menu after my previous visit however I decided to opt for the Quesadilla which was superb. Fairly busy with a mix of drinkers at the bar and seated diners.
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Old Dairy - Swan & Dog (house beer)3.80Not Tried
19 Nov 2015 (ChrisE)
Late afternoon, I was tempted to try some Mexican Garlic Bread but managed to resist it, no doubt Jason would have talked me in to it had he been with me. The pub was fairly quiet at the time of my visit.
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70AcceptableToo cold for my liking.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Old Dairy - Swan & Dog (house beer)3.80Not TriedStrongly believed to be badged Red Top.
05 Aug 2015 (ChrisE)
Early evening on a nice day, the outside area was very busy with people enjoying some nice weather and a fair crowd inside. A much busier pub than it used to be.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Good
Old Dairy - Swan & Dog (house beer)3.80Not Tried
28 Mar 2015 (Ian)
Saturday lunchtime first visit. Darkish low ceiling hops on ceiling. Middle bar with 4 handpulls. Old Dairy house beer is Red Top. Mostly set up for food. A few tables and seats at the bar for drinkers.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentMalty deep sweet. A bit cold.
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70GoodBiscuit. Some light orange fruit. Jist about ok condition. Mostly biscuit.
Old Dairy - Swan & Dog (house beer)3.80Not TriedI suspect it's Red Top
16 Mar 2015 (Magnus Greel)
My first visit since refurbishment and it's still kept it's pub atmosphere unlike others in this chain which are restaurants with bars. Lunch time and very quiet, more staff than customers. I drew attention that Mexican Garlic Bread is no longer available on the menu and the chef kindly made one especially for me.
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70ExceptionalA short wait while the barman put a fresh cask on and the result was a perfect pint. Delicious!
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Old Dairy - Swan & Dog (house beer)3.80Not TriedRe badged Red Top
03 Mar 2015 (ChrisE)
This pub has now re-opened as the Swan and Dog, and has been trading again for just under a fortnight. There was still some building work going on outside but the internal works seem pretty well complete. In addition to the beers that I have listed there was a house beer from Old Dairy called Old Dairy Swan & Dog at 3.8%abv.
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70AcceptableCold and lacking condition.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00AcceptableA bit too cold for my liking.
06 Jan 2014 (ChrisE)
This pub is currently closed for major refurbishment and is expected to re-open in September 2014 as the Swan and Dog.
28 Aug 2013 (ChrisE)
I was the only customer at the time of my visit. This pub is to be sold by auction in early September and is currently being run by a holding manager who told me that there have been several visits by people who hope to take it on as a pub/restaurant although he expects a period of temporary closure following the auction.
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80GoodOn gravity dispense.
03 Aug 2013 (ChrisE)
Under a recent change of management, and things have improved, however this was Saturday night and too noisy for me. Beers are currently served on gravity stillage.
Adnams - Fat Sprat3.80Good
Thwaites - Wainwright (please now use the Banks's entry)4.10Acceptable

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About The Swan & Dog

The pub sign. The Swan & Dog, Great Chart, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Great Chart, Kent, TN23 3AN.

Formerly The Swan a pleasant setting with attractive garden drinking areas. Located in The Street. Lots of food emphasis. Name was changed to add a reference to the former name of the other pub in the village, Black Dog. Reported in November 2016 as sold by Village Green Restaurants to Shepherd Neame.

We have visited this pub 22 times, seen 17 different beers and tried 12 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN23 3AN