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The Freke Arms

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Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
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B4019, Swindon, England
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 18:00 - 23:30
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We used to dine at The Freke Arms 5 or six times a month for a number of years but for various reasons had not been for around 2 years. We decided to visit for an evening meal today, having heard good reports.... we couldn't have been more disappointed. There was a choice of only 4 starters (plus soup) none... More 

Thank kd2001Swindon
2 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This seemed like a nice cosy pub and most of us enjoyed our meals but my medium rare steak was served well done and very dry. Also the mushrooms were deep fried to a crisp and virtually inedible. We also were never checked back on to see if our meals were satisfactory so I didn't have the opportunity to ask... More 

Thank Harriettandjarv
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have heard good things about this place so this evening on the spur of the moment thought we'd give it a try... On entry it seemed very nice and cosy and was relatively busy for a Tuesday night the lady behind the bar was friendly whom I presume to be the landlady, we ordered our drinks then shortly after... More 

Thank Gary E
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here recently for lunch with my mother. Have been before and enjoyed the food but this time I had the signature steak and ale pie. It was absolutely incredible. A very good portion with chips and veg, the pie was made with good chunks of steak with smoked bacon and a rich red wine sauce that must have been... More 

Thank Always_Travelling117
1 review
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my friends visited on Thursday night, around 6 30. Got told there was a half an hour on food we didn't mind this because it gave us a chance to catch up. The food took about 40 mintues it was worth the wait, portion size was perfect, excellent atmosphere, will return again highly recommend

Thank Joe L
1 review
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

We have been visiting this pub for 12 years + and never had a bad meal. The meals have always been more than generous in size and excellent quality, but not tonight!! We decided to go for our daughters 5th birthday. We always dine early because we have young children,and the meals are always cooked promptly. We were told that... More 

Thank Caroline P
Swindon, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

We used to visit the Freke regularly, years ago, and were pleased to find it unchanged when we made an overdue return, now with our grown-up family. The beer was excellent and the food tasty, with generous portions, if a little pricey for pub food. Will definitely return again soon.

Thank grahamcarter61
2 reviews
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Following a misunderstanding about my food order the member of staff was rude and off hand, telling me that I ordered something else loudly infront of everyone. There really was no need for that. I get that mistakes happen but its all about how you deal with them. Making customers feel uncomfortable is not a good strategy. When the correct... More 

Thank Alison W
Swindon, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Went out with a fairly large group to celebrate a friend's retirement.The pub is pleasing in a rustic, traditional way-but is bigger and more open inside, than I expected from the outside appearance.The wine was very good and my sirloin steak, followed by spotted dick pud was very tasty. As we ate fairly early, we got our puddings for free-... More 

Thank Vrone1963
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

Nice atmosphere well situated pub strong menu and a good range of specials. Staff really good and friendly. Food was tasty and of a good portion size, would look forward to coming here again

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: B4019, Swindon, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Wiltshire  >  Swindon
  • Phone Number: 01793-76-22-97

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?