Our New Look Lower Bar Wed 31st October 2012
We've changed the look in our lower bar area to give it a bit more of a relaxed and comfortable feel - come and see for yourself!
Welcome to the world! Wed 31st October 2012
We are delighted to announce the arrival of Charley & James's* beautiful baby Archie Chadwick (middle name to be confirmed!) Pictured here having a little snooze after all his hard work! Born this morning at 6.24, weighing in at a healthy 7lbs 2. Mum, Dad and baby all doing well, and we send them all our very best wishes for the future!
* For those of you that didn't already know, James is our Assistant Manager, and Charley resides at The William Cecil as Events Manager (when they are not busy raising their beautiful boy!)
Hungry? Thu 04th October 2012
Today is the launch of our menu for autumn. Come in from the cold and enjoy some of our delectable new dishes.
Our nibbles and starters include our own homemade 'posh' fish fingers, our famous Scotch egg, which happens to be constantly in demand, delicious baked camembert, seasonal soup, scallops - you name it, we've got it!
We also have sharing plates, salads, sandwiches, a variety of mains and a 'from the grill' selection of meats from two of our local suppliers; Nelson Butchers and Grasmere Butchers.
What are you waiting for? View our new menu here. We look forward to seein you soon!
Are you Game? Thu 04th October 2012
Our brand new Game Menu launches tomorrow, Friday 5th October.
We have an excellent selection of game this year such as wood pigeon, venison, wild rabbit and pheasant. With one course starting at £18.50, two courses for £23.50 and three for £28.50.
View our menu here. We hope to see you soon!
Baby Time! Wed 03rd October 2012
A huge congratulations goes out to Guy Shelton, our Maintenance Man, on the birth of his daughter Penny. She was born on Friday 14th September weighing 8lb 10oz. Penny and her mum, Kirsty, are both doing exceptionally well and we can’t wait to meet her!
Pennines2Pounds Charity Ball Mon 27th August 2012
Three local men will be trekking 300 miles over 12 days to raise money for soldiers fighting in Afghanistan. Dougie Morrison, whose son Luke lost part of this left leg in a roadside bomb blast whilst serving in Afghanistan will be joined by his brother-in-law Billy Bell and friend Andy Graham, in a trek across The Pennines.
They are hoping to raise between £7000 and £10,000 for the Afghanistan Trust which supports the Parachute Regiment that Luke was a member of.
However, the fundraising does not stop there. We will be playing host to a dinner on September 14th to help raise extra funds. Tickets cost £40 per person and include welcome drinks and canapes on arrival, a 3-course meal, followed by a disco.
For tickets contact Marilyn on 07540 969536 or Christine on 07888 750260.
Hillbrooke go to Godminster Tue 10th July 2012
At the beginning of the month the team had a day out to Godminster Farm to learn a little more about how Godminster cheese is made – as we use it in all of our restaurants across the board. The first stop of the tour was the soft cheese making unit where we got to oversee the fresh milk from Godminster’s own cows being turned into their delicious, creamy cheese. Of course health and safety rules applied, for the sake of the cheese, hence the ‘quirky’ outfits in the image below.
The next part of the tour took the team on a trip through the fields, travelling the only way possible on a farm – by tractor and trailer… in the rain! It was on the back of the tractor that we got a chance to see the animals, crops and woodland, without which there would be no Godminster.
Finally we were allowed back inside and out of the rain for lunch, which included salad, grown by Godminster’s gardener Nicole, fresh baked bread by The Chapel Bakery and Restaurant in Bruton and of course Godminster cheese!
After lunch the team took a stroll around the walked garden, learning about all the different fruits and herbs used to experiment new products with. Then it was time to milk the cows (some of the team were more eager than others)!
Our day at Godminster was both fascinating and entertaining. It gave us a chance to connect with one of our suppliers so we could learn and truly appreciate the processes of a dairy farm.
Jubilant Celebrations Thu 07th June 2012
The great and the good of Stamford celebrated the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in style at our very own Street Party. The day was a brilliant success despite the questionable weather, although we did manage to enjoy a snatch of blue sky! Guests enjoyed a delicious hog roast and BBQ, whilst being serenaded by the amazing soul guitarist Dan Perrin. Mimosa Bakery also provided us with their ever popular cupcakes with special Jubilee decoration, which sold out in record time.
Your personal invitation... Tue 15th May 2012
The Bull and Swan is delighted to invite you and your family to a St Martins Street Party on Monday 4th June to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Rather than holding it in the High Street, which might make us a little unpopular, we’re holding it on our own terrace at the back of the inn, complete with Hog Roast, Local Real Ales, Live Music throughout the day and oodles of Patriotism!
Bun in the oven! Fri 27th April 2012
A huge congratulations and best wishes to our Assistant Manager James and his girlfriend Charley (the Events Manager up at The William Cecil) on the fantastic news that they are expecting their first baby together! Everyone at Hillbrooke wishes you all the best for the very exciting journey thats ahead of you!
Congratulations Fri 17th February 2012
Everyone at The Bull & Swan and Hillbrooke Hotels would like to send out a huge (& slighly belated) congratualtions to our manager Ben and his wife, who welcomed baby Peggy on January 11th, weighing a healthy 8lbs!
Happy Birthday Us! Thu 15th December 2011
We recently turned a grand old age of 1 and just wanted to take the opportunity to say a massive thank-you to anyone who has walked through our doors and helped make our 1st year so great. We'd also like to thank Mimosa Bakery who baked us a beautiful birthday cake that was quickly devoured by customers and staff (including 4 members of the original line-up, who have been with us from the very beginning!!)
Burghley Christmas Market Tue 06th December 2011
In preparation for the Burghley Christmas market last weekend, Phil and his kitchen team managed to make a staggering 680 of our famous scotch eggs - all of them with a delicious runny yolk - very good effort guys!! Next stop is the Stamford Christmas market, this Sunday from 10am!
Unofficial Birthday Party Fri 02nd December 2011
With our 1st birthday just round the corner (& before the busy Christmas season) the management team took the opportunity for a small celebration of what has been a terrific first year for The Bull & Swan...
...and it looks as though our GM (Ben, left) and Head Chef (Phil, right) fully embraced Movember!
Award-winning.... Thu 28th July 2011
July has been a fantastic month, not only have we been awarded the Mystery Fish (Hillbrooke Hotel's equivalent of the Mystery Guest), but we are also very excited to have won Sawday's - Pubs & Inns of England and Wales Pub with Rooms Award. If you haven't seen it already, be sure to come and see what all the fuss is about soon!