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The Swan Dobcross - Pub of the Year 2013, Best Pub in Saddleworth, Cask Marque Awards for Quality, CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2014



Michael, Tim and all the staff welcome you to The Swan in Dobcross and we hope you enjoy your visit.


Built in 1765, the pub has a rich history and continues to be a focal point for village community life. Michael and Tim took over The Swan, their local pub, in March 2012 and their success was quickly recognised by the Marston's Pub of the Year Awards 2013, winning the National Best Newcomer Award and then going on to pick up the top accolade, Marston's Pub of the Year 2013 - Grand Final Winner.


We serve delicious home made food, prepared by our excellent team of chefs. We have five hand pulled real ales, including regular guest ales - all kept in top condition. We have been independently assessed by Cask Marque and regularly receives a 100% pass mark. We are proud to have been independently selected to feature in the latest CAMRA Good Beer Guide (again).


In addition to the charming rooms on the ground floor, the historic function room upstairs is an award-winning little theatre and performance space.


In 2014 we were awarded the 'Best Blooming Pub' prize by Saddleworth Parish Council, Saddleworth in Bloom and we were also awarded the 'Best Blooming Business' in the Oldham Council Bloom & Grow Competition. Our festive lights inside and out are a sight to behold and we have been the recipients (for five consecutive years) of the 'Best Public House' prize in the annual Saddleworth Illuminations competition.



"The function room upstairs plays host to an astonishing array of frolics and fun and serious stuff." 

The Daily Telegraph (Guide to the Best British pubs)


Upstairs at The Swan is described as a 'must-visit venue'* for actors, performers and audiences alike. We bring top quality, professional theatre companies to the pub as well as the very best musicians and singers from the world of jazz, opera and folk. To keep informed about the many events we have on here, you can sign up for our email newsletter.


WINNER: BEST FRINGE THEATRE VENUE at the Greater Manchester Fringe Awards 2015.


If you are interested in booking the function room for a private function, we are very happy to discuss your requirements.


Free Wi-fi is available to customers. There is a pub piano, so you're welcome to come and play. We run a very popular 'book exchange', so feel free to browse the bookshelves and help yourselves to any book that takes your fancy. If you have a book you'd like to share with others, you can leave it here. Every Thursday we have a popular PUB QUIZ which is open to everyone. £1 per person to enter.


Over the last five years we have been running the popular SWAN LOYALTY CARD SCHEME enabling customers to earn points with every purchase made at the bar. The scheme is now CLOSED (as of Monday 9th Jan 2017), so you can no longer earn points. REMEMBER TO REDEEM YOUR POINTS FOR BEER, WINE, FOOD etc AT THE BAR BY SUNDAY 26th FEBRUARY 2017!


* Kevin Bourke (Theatre critic)



(Greater Manchester Fringe Awards 2015)


(Saddleworth in Bloom 2014)


(Oldham Council Bloom & Grow Competition 2014)


(Saddleworth Parish Council Christmas Illuminations Competition

2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)