14/09/12....From an 'ugly duck' to a fine new Swan -
AFTER months of hardwork, the new owners of the Swan Hotel in Thame, opened its doors this afternoon to reveal the fruits of a complete make-over and restoration.
Among the invited guests to share a glass of champagne from the bar and a buffet lunch, were Thame’s MP, John Howell, who wished Nic and Richard McFarland, the very best of luck with their new business. Also there to congratulate Nic and Richard were representatives of the other Swan Walk businesses, including Sandra Tomes from Pearsons Insurance Services, the newest Swan Walk business, who welcomed Nic with the presentation of a beautiful orchid. Mary Rumsey, from the Chocolaterie and café next door gave Nic a box of - what else - beautiful, handmade chocolates.
The historic, Listed Swan Hotel, as it is known, is a land-mark building on the townscape of Thame, and its phoenix-like transformation from a scruffy, neglected eye-sore to a beautiful building once more, has been watched and welcomed by Thame’s community.
The pub will be open to the public from tonight, with the first meals available as a Sunday roast, this Sunday, September 16. As they settle in, Nic and Richard hope to be able to offer food in the upstairs restaurant more regularly very soon.