The Ilkley-Addingham stretch of the Dalesway returning over Addingham Moorside is a fine walk of about 8 miles. Even better is to start or break your walk at a hostelry renown for it’s real ales and welcoming atmosphere. The Swan in Addingham caters for Yorkshire drinkers, walkers and eaters with good appetites (so that is most of us)..
Passing Addingham’s Saxon church on a bright morning I looked up and saw it was already afternoon by a smidgin and thus lunch time.
I headed for the Swan at a leisurely pace. ”’Olicana’ was my first beer of choice followed by a sampler of a southern beer (when will I learn).
Then it was Yorkshire Pud and Stew, rather than the Lishman’s sausage, which turned out to be an inspired choice. Carol had a meaty Shepherd’s Pie and failed to finish due to the size. We discussed with the landlord groups who were performing here and in Otley including the Ale Mary’s and Last Orders both publicans favourites, Rory Motion and Stanley Accrington amusing performers plus the local Guiseley Brothers.
No time for the staple Spotted Dick, but with a vow to return, we hobbled off on our walk onto Rombald’s Moor looking for the missing dog with the reward.
The Swan by The Swan
- The Swan has live music on Saturday nights, Folk Music night every second Monday of the month and a Swan Acoustic Session every first and third Tuesday of the month.
- A weekly general knowledge quiz is held every Wednesday from 9 pm (free entry).
- Sky Sports TV is available in the pub Tap Room whilst the remaining three rooms have their own character each with an open fire.
- A number of walks around Addingham crossing The Dales Way and the local area are available to download via the Local Walks link above. Friendly dogs are welcome in the pub providing they are on a lead.
- There is a large car park to the rear of the pub which is free for all Swan customers.
- Another great Camra pub.