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A fresh start at The Swan, Salford



A fresh start at The Swan, Salford

The Swan at Salford has reopened its doors after being given a bright, new look and an all-new menu of delicious things to eat and drink, making it the place to be for great times, whatever the occasion.

The popular village gastropub has had a complete transformation, with a vibrant new design and colour palette, a chic new bar and a gorgeous eatery creating a wealth of interesting spaces to meet, eat, drink and socialise. Its glorious garden has also been given a fresh look for summer, with plenty of comfortable spots for lingering over a plate of something delicious to eat with a glass or two of something chilled.

A fresh start at The Swan, Salford

Everything on the new menu is cooked fresh using the best quality, ethically sourced ingredients from top suppliers, carefully selected by the pub’s chefs. Steaks and free-range chickens are from Aubrey Allen, butcher to the Royal household.

The pub’s free-range pork is Jimmy Butler’s, fish from Brixham arrives daily from the day boats that caught it and every scoop of ice cream is from artisan producers Salcombe Dairy. Prepared with skill and care, every plate is as good as the last.

Rigatoni Pasta, Peas, Leeks, Mint & Gran Moravia - Everything on the new menu is cooked fresh using the best quality

Rigatoni Pasta, Peas, Leeks, Mint & Gran Moravia – Everything on the new menu is cooked fresh using the best quality


A fresh start at The Swan, Salford

A fresh start at The Swan, Salford. Sweetcorn & Halloumi Fritters, Guacamole & Tomato Salsa – Everything on the new menu is cooked fresh using the best quality.


A fresh start at The Swan, Salford

Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Mixed Leaf Salad – A fresh start at The Swan, Salford

All of this good stuff can be enjoyed anywhere in the new-look Swan. Inside, the bar has taken on a modern feel, with bar-height tables and stools in bold patterned reds and oranges, soft grey walls with accents of teal and a striking geometric black and white tiled floor. The back bar is sleeker, with dark brushed steel racking softened by leafy print wallpaper showing some of the pub’s good wines and spirits to good effect.

A fresh start at The Swan, Salford
Deep banks of upholstered seats in rich velvet, linen and leather, dotted with jewel-coloured cushions, create a layered look in the eatery, with different textures and fabrics oozing warmth and style. On the walls are floating shelves filled with quirky prints, plates and bowls. The whole space is beautifully lit, with cut glass shades and uplighters creating the perfect ambience.

Mindful of the planet, the pub has been careful to re-use and restore wherever it can, giving all its existing chairs and tables a renewed lease of life with fresh upholstery and a lick of paint. All of these pieces were built to last by The Swan’s expert Rochdale-based furniture supplier, so with their new appearance, it will be easy to fall in love with them all over again.

Peer through the picture window into the kitchen and watch the chefs busy at work preparing the new through-the-day menu which features a wide choice of sharing plates, salads, mains and desserts. With everything made fresh from scratch, there’s lots to share, graze on or tuck into, whether it’s drinks and nibbles with friends, an after-work gathering or a celebration dinner.

Pick a sharing plate and enjoy creamy Petit Lucques Olives, perfect with a glass of bubbles before dinner, or a selection of mouth-watering Dorset salami. There’s also Foccacia Romana with air-dried ham, rocket and pesto and a Vegetarian Board with spinach pakoras and mint yoghurt, buffalo cauliflower and chipotle with roasted peppers, courgette and feta salad.

A fresh start at The Swan, Salford

Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Mixed Leaf Salad – A fresh start at The Swan, Salford

For an informal bite, enjoy a free-range chicken Milanese with garlic, sage and lemon with skinny fries or green salad; a rich duck Ragù with egg pappardelle and crispy duck crumb or an indulgent lobster mac ‘n’ cheese with a mixed leaf salad.

New for summer 2019 is a range of classic Neapolitan stonebaked pizzas, made with artisan sourdough for the base, fantastic quality Italian tomatoes and soft Fior De Latte Mozzarella. Choose from a simple but delicious Margherita, a flavoursome Giardiniera with artichokes, mushrooms, red onion and black olives or a spicy Caldo with ‘Nduja, Dorset salami and Roquito red peppers.

To celebrate the pub’s new look, The Swan has launched some really amazing offers making it better than ever before to try it out, starting with the chance to dine at the pub and enjoy £20 off your bill any time before 1st August1. To enjoy this great offer, go to the website to sign up at

There are lots of other reasons to stop by and see the pub’s new look, including a tempting two for one pizza offer every Monday to Thursday from 3pm to 7pm; 25% off all food (except pizza) on Mondays to Thursdays from 5pm to 7pm and a super value Weekday Fixed Price Lunch with two courses for £13.75 or three for £16.50, Monday to Friday from 12pm to 6pm.

At the bar, there are Two for One Grand Gins all day on Thursdays and Prosecco for £15 a bottle all day on Fridays, the ideal way to start the weekend. Pop in early and there’s also £1 off the price of a pint of beer or a glass of wine or fizz, any Monday to Friday from 5pm to 7pm.

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“We are thrilled with our new look and can’t wait to share it with our guests, both those who know us already and those yet to try us out,” says The Swan’s general manager Lianne Sargent. “The pub’s bright, fresh and full of personality, with superb food and drink that are perfect whether you want to raise a glass with us on a Friday night, pop in for a pizza or book for a special dinner. Join us, whatever the occasion, and share some great company over a glass or two or a bite to eat. Make sure you find a reason to stop by and say hello soon,” she says.

The Swan’s only a short drive from Milton Keynes and just one mile from junction 13 of the M1. The Swan, 2 Wavendon Road, Salford, Milton Keynes, MK17 8BD Tel: 01908 281008. Opening hours are from 10am -11pm on Monday to Thursday, from 10am to midnight on Friday and Saturday and from 10am to 11pm on Sunday.



Love Brownies opens new cafe and shop in St Albans



Love Brownies opens in new cafe and shop in St Albans

Love Brownies, a Yorkshire Dales-inspired chocolate brownie company, is to open a beautiful café and brownie shop in the heart of St Albans,creating a number of jobs and adding a premium brand to St Albans’ bustling high street.

Established in 2009, Love Brownies is known for its decadent brownies and delicious seasonal menus. Originating in the Yorkshire Dales, the brand has a growing network of brownie shops and cafés, with St Albans being the fifteenth to open in the UK. So what makes Love Brownies so outrageously delicious? It’s no secret: they bake each one individually, by hand, using the best ingredients possible.

The Love Brownies Range

The new Love Brownies shop in St Albans will offer a mouth watering menu of indulgent handmade chocolate brownies in a variety of tempting flavours, magnificent brownie milkshakes (with vegan alternatives), a range of premium, freshly-brewed coffees and the bold flavours of Northern Bloc ice cream.

Love Brownies’ Head Baker and Owner, Chantal Teal said: “The St Albans shop will be our first to open in Hertfordshire and we’re so excited to bring our award-winning brownies and delicious Dales-inspired menu to a brand new audience. 

Inside Love Brownies St Albans

The inside of a Love Brownies is a unique blend of a cafe and shop. St Albans residents can pop in to the cafe for a drink and one of their fabulous brownies. Love Brownies merchandise and products can also be purchased in store. These include Love Brownies tea towels, Love Brownies mugs and Love Brownies aprons.

For those on the go, a delicious ‘Dales Kitchen’ breakfast and lunch menu with pastries and jam-packed sandwiches will also be available for St Albans residents.

Love Brownies opens in new cafe and shop in St Albans

Love Brownies’ Head Baker and Owner, Chantal Teal also said “The shop is in a fantastic location and we’re anticipating a busy summer! We’re so pleased to be bringing business into the area during a time that has been so difficult for so many and can’t wait to be a part of the St Albans community.”

Where to find Love Brownies in St Albans?

The new Love Brownies café will be located at Number 1, Market Place and will open to the public at 8am on Wednesday 21 July. For more information about Love Brownies or to see a sample menu visit or follow @lovebrowniesbakery on Facebook and Instagram.

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St Albans Comedy Garden brings laughs to Verulamium Park



St Albans Comedy Garden brings laughs to Verulamium Park

After a difficult 18 months of lockdowns and restrictions, St Albans residents can look forward to a laugh in the park as St Albans Comedy Garden brings laughs to Verulamium Park.

The all-new St Albans Comedy Garden promises the ultimate remedy this summer with five nights of stupendous stand-up comedy starring DARA O’BRIAIN, SARA PASCOE, ALAN DAVIES, TOM ALLEN, AISLING BEA, ROB BECKETT, JOSH WIDDICOMBE and many more in the glorious surroundings of Verulamium Park.

St Albans Comedy Garden brings laughs to Verulamium Park

St Albans Comedy Garden line up

From Wednesday 28th July to Sunday 1st August comedy-lovers from St Albans and beyond will be treated to a dazzling array of stand-up superstars including the multi-award winning SARA PASCOE, the glorious DARA O’BRIAIN, observational wizard JOSH WIDDICOMBE, the stupendous ALAN DAVIES, riotous TOM ALLEN and the magnetic ROB BECKETT to name but a few. 

After a difficult 18 months of lockdowns and restrictions, St Albans residents can look forward to a laugh in the park as St Albans Comedy Garden brings laughs to Verulamium Park


Each show will be bursting with incredible acts featuring the very best names in stand-up like Netflix star PHIL WANG, British Comedy Award winner AISLING BEA, one-liner king MILTON JONES, Taskmaster champ LOU SANDERS, the undisputed queen of ventriloquism NINA CONTI, podcast heroes ED GAMBLE and JOHN ROBINS, stand-up champion REGINALD D HUNTER and the award-winning SINDHU VEE alongside fast-rising breakthrough talent like MAISIE ADAM, SARAH KEYWORTH and DARREN HARRIOT plus many (many!) more – all guaranteeing some much-needed uplifting hilarity for 2021.

St Albans Comedy Garden brings laughs to Verulamium Park

St Albans Comedy Garden brings laughs to Verulamium Park

This series of magnificent mixed-bill shows will be presented in an open-air theatre set in St Alban’s beautiful Verulamium Park. The comedy extravaganza will be brim full with pop-up bars serving craft beers, summer-styled cocktails and more to wash down tasty morsels from the leading lights of the local street-food scene.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the Comedy Garden has been specially designed to reflect the Government’s Roadmap, with added flexibility should the event need to be adapted to suit current guidelines. 

Laughs in Verulamium Park

All shows will take place in a fully-seated open-air theatre with tickets sold in multiples of two, these key features are designed to ensure a smooth transition should social distancing need to be introduced across the event. If necessary the theatre-style seating will be transformed into socially-distanced seating plots and walk-up bars and street-food stalls will be replaced with a deliver-to-seat drink and snack service. 

St Albans Comedy Garden tickets

Tickets for some of the shows are already sold out. Tickets for Wednesday 28th July with headline act Josh Widdicombe are sold out. The same applies for the late show on Saturday 31st July headlined by Tom Allen and Sunday’s 3.30pm show headlined by Dara Ó Briain. All other tickets are available at this time. For more info on tickets, click here.

About St Albans Comedy Garden

The team behind the Comedy Garden, 57 Festivals, have already successfully delivered a covid-secure event with their Greenwich Comedy Festival in September 2020. 

This new St Albans event is the latest venture from the London-based comedy event company run by sibling-team Will Briggs and Cass Randolph. The pair have spent the last decade building a reputation for delivering meticulous comedy programming in boutique-festival settings. 

Starting back in 2009 with the Capital’s critically acclaimed Greenwich Comedy Festival, held annually at the National Maritime Museum, the pair went on to introduce their Comedy Garden event to Bristol in 2011, followed by Brighton in 2019, and they are now incredibly excited to be bringing their winning formula to the cultural heart of Hertfordshire.

Cass say “The live industry has had a tough time of late and so we feel very lucky to have been able to reimagine our events to suit these challenging times, and we’re especially proud to be introducing this new event.” 

Will adds: “There’s no doubt that everyone deserves some excellent live entertainment and we can’t wait to bring exactly that to our new St Albans audience. We’re working closely with the local council and our suppliers to make sure we deliver an event that is safe and enjoyable for everyone – and above all very funny!”  

This summer’s event is all set to be a rib-tickling remedy to the past year, so get your tickets now and be part of the first-ever St Albans Comedy Garden! Visit the website to find out more

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Wendover welcomes Bel & The Dragon at The Red Lion opening



Today marks the opening of Bel & The Dragon at The Red Lion in the historic market town of Wendover. Located in Buckinghamshire, it becomes the seventh site in the popular Bel & The Dragon group.

Located in the centre of Wendover, in the foothills of the Chilterns, the new country inn will emulate Bel & The Dragon’s distinctly cosy and classic manner and will be managed by Matt Coupland, an experienced General Manager.

Inside Bel & The Dragon at The Red Lion Wendover

With 23 beautiful en suite bedrooms and an extensive selection of fine wine and British food, Bel & The Dragon at The Red Lion will be a sought-after destination for weekday and weekend breaks. Bel & The Dragon at The Red Lion is a historic grade II-listed coaching inn with stunning features dating back to 1669 and possibly earlier, with much of the original building still standing.

Bel & The Dragon at The Red Lion has been sensitively restored this year, with the aim of providing a premium, contemporary English inn, with sophisticated charm and historic character and also offers alfresco dining with 160 covers in a beautifully created covered and heated patio area.

Dining at Bel & The Dragon Wendover

With an emphasis on provenance and quality, our team of talented chefs have created a menu full of modern adaptations of simple classics. Think Devonshire mussels in a cider and bacon broth to start, followed by sustainable Cornish fish and crayfish pie or salt-baked saddle of lamb with seasonal vegetables to share, as well as a range of daily specials.

The pudding menu will be full of theatre, including the Bel & The Dragon classic of a flaming Baked Alaska, served with salted caramel ice cream, providing a perfect end to any meal.

Wine at Bel & The Dragon

As with all Bel & The Dragon sites, Bel & The Dragon at The Red Lion will offer an outstanding selection of wines at competitive prices. In addition, the comprehensive From the Cellar list includes some of the greatest vintages of the world’s most sought-after wines, and the use of the Coravin system allows guest to sample rare wines by the glass.

Word from the General Manager

Matt Coupland, who is originally from Lincoln, moved down to join Fuller’s eight years ago at The Paper Mill at Apsley Lock near Hemel Hempstead. After completing the Fuller’s Management Training Programme, and having acted as a holding manager at The Paper Mill, he moved to The Six Bells at Thame for his first general manager appointment. He subsequently moved to The Red Lion in Wendover and has played a key role in its transformation to a Bel & The Dragon.

Matt said: “This is a dream come true for me – it’s a fantastic site, in a great area, and Bel & The Dragon is an outstanding brand. I can’t wait to bring our fantastic menu and excellent wine list to the great and good of Wendover, and our stunning bedrooms to those who want to come and visit.

“I’m really looking forward to welcoming back locals and visitors alike and to working with the local neighbourhood to ensure Bel & The Dragon at The Red Lion takes a place at the very heart of the community.”

Directions to Bel & The Dragon at The Red Lion Wendover

Located in the centre of Wendover, in the foothills of the Chilterns, Bel & The Dragon at The Red Lion is an easy commute from within Beds, Bucks & Herts.

Bel & The Dragon at The Red Lion address

9 High St, Wendover, Aylesbury HP22 6DU

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