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Restaurants & bars in Swindon

General comments

Prices are for a three course meal for all restaurants that have a menu on their website or which I have personally tried (two courses for those establishments not offering desserts). For some of the others, it is just for the main course. Unvisited establishments have been updated based on information on their websites or on menus distributed locally.

Swindon Borough Council runs a ‘Scores on the Doors’ star rating scheme for food hygiene and safety. The meanings of the scores are explained on their jargon busting page. The ratings below are mine, for quality of food and service.

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Restaurants in Swindon
EnglishAddressTelephoneSeatsPriceRatingTried?
The Old Bank Brasserie18 Wood Street527798 £30½*Review
The Kings Hotel20 Wood Street522156 £12-£18 
The main entrance to Kings is to the refurbished pub. The restaurant, branded ‘Restaurant 20’ is part of the hotel.
Fish Bridge75 Bridge Streetc.40 
Replaced Perspolis Persian restaurant which closed in May 2012, which replaced the Spag Bowl Italian restaurant which closed August 2008.
The Restaurant, North StarSwindon College498244c.40£5-£10**Review
All preparation and serving carried out by supervised students, training for a career within the industry.
Pear Tree at PurtonChurch End, Purton772100 
 
 
IndianAddressTelephoneSeatsPriceRatingTried?
Biplob Tandoori12-14 Wood Street490265/431416 £14-£19? 
 
The Khyber5-6 Victoria Road523992 £8-£12 
Jewel in the Crown15-16 Victoria Road522687 £13-£20**Yes
Ruchi89 Victoria Road497370/480264 £10-£18½* 
Replaced Haweli Balti restaurant.
Curry Garden90 Victoria Road521114/421647 £6-£10 
Rafu’s188 Victoria Road513351 70 
 
Jack Spice61 Fleet Street523020 
Replaced Mediterranaen Restaurant which replaced Waterfall Chinese restaurant.
Aby’s Indian Experience5 Faringdon Road514115c.30£15-£201½*Yes
Let down by its rice.
 
Lalbagh Indian Cuisine171 Rodbourne Road535511 £16-£20 
The Curry Place198 Rodbourne Road488562/491235 £10-£14 
 
 
‘Contemporary Indian’AddressTelephoneSeatsPriceRatingTried?
Papadoms16-17 Bridge Street511011 £18**Yes
Closed early 2012. Renaming of Ashoka. Replaced Gianni Italian Restaurant.
Spicy Bites116 Victoria Road422232/423311 £12-£20 
All meat is Halal. Replaced Eastern Eye Chinese Restaurant.
Mela122 Victoria Road522558/534072 £15-£20*Review
Most meat is Halal. Formerly Blue Spice Restaurant.
Monsoon13 Faringdon Road422455/616144c.40£20xYes
Only good quality and service when not busy (then rating is *).
 
 
ItalianAddressTelephoneSeatsPriceRatingTried?
Da Vinci 62-64 Fleet Street617896 50£16-£20 
Replaced Fletchers.
La Dolce VitaClarence Street485333200£14-£28*Yes
L’Aurora 8-9 Victoria Road619888 £10 
Where New World Chinese Restaurant used to be.
Fratello’s12 Victoria Road574444 £13-£35 
Gaetano Pizzaria131 Victoria Road611265c.80£10-£15*Yes
Fabio15 Bath Road615306 £10-£20**Yes
Il Capricorno26 High Street522159c.80£16-£30***Review
Mario’s Trattoria7 Wood Street531556 £10½* 
San Marco141 Faringdon Road496797c.50£14-£20 
Replaced Pasquales which replaced Gusto Divino, which replaced Red Chilli, which replaced Dilraj, which replaced Swanky’s Restaurant & Brasserie.
Bottelino’s Italian RestaurantPenzance Drive887710 
Replaced The Pattern Store Bar.
La Carbonara62 Westcott Place527944c.80£15-£20**Review
Formerly the Wild Deer pub (Arkells), which closed November 2005.
 
Mexican or Tex-MexAddressTelephoneSeatsPriceRatingTried?
El Toro6 Devizes Road485066c.30£35 
Formerly La Casa and La Casita.
Mackenzies Lounge & Grill16 Wood Street430111 £16-£20¼* 
Formerly called Jalapenos (upstairs of Mackenzies Cafe Bar - same ownership).
 
 
OrientalAddressTelephoneSeatsPriceRatingTried?
Parasol Restaurant 96-97 Commercial Road533188100£20-£25¾*Yes
Closed
Noodle King38 Commercial Road614786c.20£15 
Replaced Karahi King Indian restaurant which replaced Massimo’s Italian cafe, in both cases with marginal alterations.
Swindon Rendezvous 11-12a Theatre Square523570 £20-£251½*Yes
Le Rendezvous 36-39 Haydon Street526111 £16-£20*Review
CosmoLinden Court,
Holbrook Way
495666250£7-£13**Review
‘Pan Asian’ (i.e. Oriental, Indian and South-East Asian). Prices are for ‘All you can eat’.
Thai Orchid133-134 Victoria Road480800 £15-£25 
Connies Restaurant53 Devizes Road490733/521515120£13-£18? 
Pom’s Thai Restaurant24 High Street480046/480083 54£12-£18**Review
Through gate next to, then upstairs behind The Bell, but before The Studio nightclub.
The Jade Garden76 Godwin Court611199 £20xYes
Good food but poor service. Large parties should be aware that some dishes will be served for two even if customers are at opposite ends of a table.
 
Shanghai Restaurant171-173 Faringdon Road616880/617000120£15**Yes
 
@fusionShaw Ridge882955 £6-£11 
Prices are fixed and do not depend on menu choices. Where 2 for 1 restaurant once was.
Pagoda PalacePepperbox Hill877888c.300£15-£25**Review
Closed January 2009.
 
Stanton House HotelThe Avenue,
Stanton Fitzwarren
86177790/40£20-£25**Yes
Owned by Honda. Seats 90 in the English style area, up to 40 in the Japanese style area. There is also a website for the hotel itself.
 
 
OthersAddressTelephoneSeatsPriceRatingTried?
Sizzler Steakhouse53 Fleet Street488840c.40£16-£201¾*Yes
Closed 2008. Formerly Pasha Turkish Restaurant. Likely to be rowdy on Friday & Saturday evenings owing to entertainment provided.
Los Gatos23 Wood Street488450 
Spanish Restaurant.
 
Pubs & Clubs in Swindon
Pubs & BarsAddressTelephoneChainPriceRatingTried?
The GW73 Station Road694997Arkells£6*Yes
The Queens Tap74 Station Road535395Punch Yes
The Casbah25 John Street436020 
TP’s16-17 Fleet Street401990Cavendish Yes
Formerly Walkabout.
Rush18-19 Fleet Street532220Cobra 
Formerly mbargo, which had its licence revoked.
The Big Fish20-21 Fleet Street421212 
Closed. Formerly called The Litten Tree, and before that Bar Med. Both under the same ownership.
The Groves Company Inn22-23 Fleet Street402040JDW£8¼*Yes
The Lava Lounge24-25 Fleet Street641777 Yes
The Sir Daniel ArmsUnit A, Fleet Square509270JDW£6-£12xYes
Formerly Edwards.
BushwackersUnit B, Fleet Square698392 
Also runs Sin nightclub. Formerly O’Neills.
Ellingtons25 Bridge Street421559Numberworks£2-£12**Yes
Closed mid-June 2012. Formerly The Glasshouse and, before that, The Bedroom.
The Flag31 Bridge Street536375Arkells Yes
Closed March 2010. Converted to a shop in 2011.
Broadwalk32-34 Bridge Street530253Fullers 
Closed
Vibe Bar37 Bridge Street484055 
Closed. Formerly called The Ice Bar
Yates’s49-50 Bridge Street484924Laurel£8½*Yes
Revolution Vodka Bar51-53 Bridge Street539931Inventive xYes
Very limited range of beers. There is an alternative website.
The Apartment16-18 Havelock Square490202Arkells£20½* 
Closed 14 February 2009. Bar-Restaurant-Lounge-Club, formerly the Atrium.
The Rolleston73 Commercial Rd534238 Yes
Also runs The Furnace nightclub.
The Savoy38-40 Regent Street533970JDW Yes
The Plum Tree42 Regent Street529240Marston’s£7-£14½*Yes
Branded as 'Two for One' (c.f. the chain of that name). Formerly The Rifleman.
Rudi’s Bar21 Regent Circus720623 £6-£12 Yes
Has a restaurant, but it is only open pub food hours (i.e. stops serving 8 pm).
The Beehive55 Prospect Hill523187Greene King 
Prince of Wales8/9 Union Street523026Punch 
Longs (formerly the Belle Vue)86-87 Victoria Road534519Arkells 
The Victoria88 Victoria Road535713 
Also ran 12 Bar
Vegas Sports Bar7 Wood Street542773  
Mackenzies Cafe Bar16 Wood Street430111 £10¾*Yes
The Kings20 Wood Street522156Arkells Yes
Branded as ‘Bar 20’. Food is also served in a separate restaurant.
Baker Street25-27 Wood Street978011 
Formerly Pickle Johns Pub & Restaurant.
Goddard Arms1 High Street619090Barracuda 
The Bell Hotel24 High Street480083 Yes
Formerly Fusion and before that The Bell Inn).
The Spot72-74 Godwin Court420099 £14-£18 
A “mix of Cafe Bar, Restaurant & cocktail lounge”.
The Pig on the Hill8 Devizes Road979226Enterprise 
Formerly The Pipers Arms.
The Hop Inn7 Devizes Road976833none***Yes
Independent pub — a genuine free house — in a former shop.
The Royal Oak24 Devizes Road524303 
The Plough Inn26 Devizes Road535603Arkells 
Steam Railway Co14 Newport Street538048Punch 
The Wheatsheaf32 Newport Street523188 
The Glue Pot5 Emlyn Square523935 **Yes
Small and basic with a good range of beers.
The Greyhound177 Faringdon Road534683 Yes
12 Bar179 Westcott Place522377Enterprise Yes
Closed November 2012. Same Landlord as The Victoria. Formerly The Ship Hotel.
Falcon Inn40 Westcott Place535363Punch 
Closed early March 2008 and again in 2009, and finally in 2011. Planning application for conversion to 4 houses submitted in December 2012.
The Running HorseWootton Bassett Road523903Arkells 
Re-opened 1st December 2008 having been intermittently closed throughout 2008. Formerly Whitbread chain.
The HarvesterWest Swindon Centre872400Punch£12½*Yes
Formerly M&B chain.
 
 
Night ClubsAddressTelephoneCap.PriceRatingTried?
Sin2-4 Fleet Square698392 
Next door to and operated by Bushwackers. Formerly Reflex.
Liquid & Envy1 Havelock Square531384 £5 
Closed 2011. Owned by Luminar. Where the Brunel Rooms nightclub used to be.
The Furnace73 Commercial Rd534238 Yes
Next door to and operated by The Rolleston pub.
Po Na NaTheatre Square644987 
Closed 2006.
Suju28 High Street430444360£4 
Formerly Soda.
The Studio (formerly Mission)2 Hoopers Place490904 
Closed 2008.
Ocean 4Shaw Ridge871444 
Closed early 2007. Where Cairo’s nightclub used to be.
JaxShaw Ridge874442 
Closed 2008.

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