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The Swan at Bampton

I remember as a child, an occasional Friday night treat would be to go to the Hen and Chicken pub just outside my home town in Alton, Hampshire for a lemonade and chicken or scampi in a basket.

It was amazing to take in all the sights and sounds of the great British pub from the chatter of the barmaid laughing with the locals, to the cloud of cigarette smoke clinging to the ceiling like mist over the hills of Dartmoor.

The pub industry has undergone many, many changes since then; to the first gastro pubs popping up in the 1990's serving big portions of hearty food to the smoking ban that was introduced in July 2007.

But things haven't always been great for the industry and, since the 2000, we have lost nearly 25% of this great institution. Thankfully micro breweries have been popping up like spots on a teenagers face, offering locally produced craft drinks, and due to our want for local food, the pub is fighting back.  According to stats, in 2018 the industry showed signs of …

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