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Eating Out - WHAT'S NEW 

Our regular round-up of what's fresh on the menu in Swindon
Eating out in Swindon - restaurant news, new menus, tastes, themed-nights and more
Special theme nights, new restaurants, chefs winning awards - and especially special offers. You'll find it here in our regular round-up of what's new on the eating out front in Swindon.
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July & August 2014
Summer is served!
And what a scorching season we're enjoying! The perfect weather for enjoying good food & drink in the great outdoors.
For many of us that means a BBQ with friends and family in the back garden, but with Swindon surrounded by some of the most incredible countryside known to man, its also the ideal time to make the most of the sun and scenery while we can.
Alfreco dining with great views to enjoy - the options are plenty.
So what's new on offer?
Riverside Terrace at The Runner
Formerly the Running Horse
This pub has been totally transformed recently and is already getting very good reviews for its new look and especially the food.
And its brand new garden and terrace is also providing one of the best venues near Swindon town centre for a spot of al fresco eating & drinking.
A covered patio area overlooking a water wheel and the meandering River Ray below is proving popular with work people and families at lunchtimes, with a change of lighting as the sun starts to set ensuring a subtle change of mood in the evenings.
The Runner, Swindon
The Runner, Swindon
It all adds up to a pub well worth trying this summer - on us too, if you enter our competition below and are lucky enough to win a meal for 2 with drinks.
Late Lunches in the Sun
There's something special about enjoying an afternoon outside at a pub or restaurant without worrying about the time - or when the kitchen stops serving food.
So if you fancy a bite at 4ish rather than 1ish, these two venues serve summer late lunches (food as well as the liquid variety) all day on certain days of the week.
Fresh Summer Pizza
White Horse at Woolstone
The garden at the White Horse at Woolstone has always been a lovely place for drink but with the addition this year of a proper woodburning pizza oven this pub six miles outside Swindon is now even more worth the drive for summer eating.
Thursdays & Sundays from 3pm to 8ish
For now, they only get the oven fired up on Thursdays and Sundays from 3pm to 8ish, which makes it a perfect for a lazy Sunday (after church, of course!) or a very early weekend treat.
Again, it's worth calling ahead to book.
Homegrown menu
The Highworth, Highworth
The Highworth, Highworth
Another venue with a new-look patio and terrace for the 2014 season including an outside bar.
And being the growing season too, diners at The Highworth are also savouring the first fruits of the hotel & restaurant's homegrown produce from their garden next door incl. freshly laid eggs.
All-day Thursday, Friday & Saturday
Expect seasonal ingredients all going in to their summer lunch menu, which they have made available all-day towards the end of the week on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays until early evening.
Classic summer salads, sandwiches & ciabattas, steaks & tapas are on offer, plus afternoon tea, of course.
Summer Sushi
Stanton House Hotel
Hidden gem is an often over-used phrase, but the terrace at Stanton House Hotel during the summer really is one.
And Thursday evenings are now the perfect time to soak up the view of their manicured gardens & Stanton lake ahead while enjoying some quite exceptional food.
Their Eat-As-Much-As-You-Like menu at £20.50 per person on Thursdays gives you the opportunity to a variety of quality Japanese dishes - including handmade sushi made right in front of you to order by their Japanese chefs.
Early evening is best, just as the sun is starting to set.
Gluten-Free in the Garden
Brewers Arms, Wanborough
Brewers Arms, Wanborough
Another lovely spot in Swindon, this time in Wanborough, with a menu to match the surroundings close to the Ridgeway.
The Brewers Arms also make a real effort to cater for their customers who must stick to a gluten-free diet.
This year, there are plenty of new options on their menu to add to the likes of seared lambs liver, lemon and thyme grilled chicken breast and their very popular red snapper fillet in a red Thai, mango and coconut curry sauce.
Booking is advisable, though, because when the sun's out the tables soon start filling up.
New Conservatory Restaurant
Pear Tree at Purton
Sometimes the best place to eat is being as close as you can to a beautiful garden without actually being in it!
And at The Pear Tree in Purton their newly-revamped Conservatory Restaurant offers the best of both worlds.
This hotel and restaurant really is set in a very special part of the Wiltshire countryside just outside Swindon, where chef Alan Postill and his team specialise in modern English cooking using the very best of fresh and local ingredients.
Their current a la carte menu at lunch and dinner includes a range of daily lunchtime specials available from just £10.
And may we recommend taking the opportunity to enjoy a Pimms in the garden while you're there!
Alfreso Dining In Swindon
Our full guide
For more options on eating out outdoors in Swindon, check-out our full listings of pubs and restaurants via the link below.
Eating Out Events
For some of us it's any excuse to get out and enjoy an evening tucking into good food or something completely different.
Summer Lamb Supper
The Royal Oak at Bishopstone
Wednesday 16 July
Now this is what we call eating the very best food locally.
The Michelin-rated Royal Oak at Bishopstone is run by Helen Browning's Organic, who produce award-winning pork, beef & veal on their Eastbrook farm just a stone's throw away.
The Royal Oak at Bishopstone
At this summer it's a special cause for celebration because Helen's daughter, Sophie, is just reaching the point where her first crop of organic lambs from Eastbrook are ready to be added to the pub menu.
And you're invited to join them on Wednesday 16 July for the first tasting.

It's priced at £25 per head for two courses of food, with 40 places available.
There will also be a free prize draw for two whole legs of lamb for two people who come along that evening.
Win Icon
The Royal Oak have given us a fantastic prize of a table for two to giveaway for their organic lamb evening on the 16th July.
For your chance to win it, please enter via the link below.
Swine Down BBQ Festival Cancelled
Lydiard Park
19 July

We're sorry to hear
the Swine Down BBQ Festival at Lydiard Park this month has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
But don’t despair, as we understand there are currently plans for a new and improved Food and Drink Festival for 2015!
New Places To Eat
Always the most exciting news of the month! Where's new to try in Swindon. Alas, not much to report this summer.
Zara Zara
This new Pan-Asian restaurant is brought to you by the same people who also own Asiana in Old Town, Swindon.
Formerly known as Tamerind, we don't have many details yet but we understand it should open later this month. The sign is up at least!
Reviews say it all
Rio, Regent Circus
If you've read this column before you'll know we like to have a quick look at TripAdvisor reviews of Swindon restaurants to see who's having nice things said about them.
Rio Swindon
We know the jury is still out on TripAdvisor and whether you should believe what's been written, but sometimes you can just tell it's pretty genuine - not obvious, flattering comments from mates or unfair criticism from rival establishments.
This month, we couldn't think of a better time to take a look at Rio, the Brazilian restaurant in Regent Circus.
No doubt it will have been busy in the last few weeks - can't think why? - with a few new reviews added to TripAdvisor since the World Cup started.
Great Find
'Had such a good meal at Rio on a Friday night. Our waiter was good, the food was tasty and the Brazilian cocktails were great. If you want to take the fiancée or the family somewhere a bit different then this is the place'
21 June 2014
Incredible Meat Feast
'I have visited on weekends previously and the steaks bar always been out of this world. The baste/marinade they use is so tasty! Last night 6 of us went for the rodizio night (only on Thursdays) and it was incredible. The meat just kept coming and everything was so tasty and juicy. The salad bar had a great variety of salads and stews and even more meat! And then the pineapple came. Oh my goodness the pineapple! Amazing. Will definitely be back... But not for a while. Still full from last night 24 hours later!'
May 2014
Our advice, as always - judge for yourself!
And finally...
Coming very soon to Regent Circus
New eating out options in Swindon town centre
You've probably walked or driven past the new big development in Regent Circus in the last year and wondered when everything is due to open.
Well, this summer the plan is for the first handover to Morrisons, who will be the major supermarket on site, plus restaurant names Prezzo, Nandos, ASK, Coal & Jimmy Spices, all of whom hope to be up, ready and serving before Christmas.  
Add in Swindon favourites Fratellos, Rio, The Khyber & Rudis just yards away and eating out options in Swindon town centre look like being better than ever.
Dates For Your Diary
It pays to book early
There's always a few days in the year when a trip out for a meal is almost compulsory. So to avoid disappointment or, worse still, the drafty table next to the back-door and bins, here's the key dates.
They'll be on us before you know it!
August Bank Holiday - Monday 26 August
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