Gastro Pub in Salford | The Swan


Peach is a collection of really great pubs, mainly in market towns in the heart of England. The Swan Salford is an attractive Edwardian pub in a lovely village setting, just 10 minutes from central Milton Keynes. As a quality gastropub, we serve great ingredients and fresh, honest food in relaxed, welcoming surroundings, always with a kind word and a sense of fun. Today we have twenty one pubs in lovely towns and villages, and an undimmed devotion to Making life Peachy. We have always been passionate about giving back and as we’ve developed and grown over the years, our ability and motivation to make the world a little better, a little peachier, has grown with us. The Bigger Peach shows our efforts to improve communities, equality in the workplace, and the future sustainability of our world. Our achievements were recognised in 2022, when we won Best Sustainable Pub Company at the Publican Awards, and we’re also three star accredited by the Sustainable Restaurant Association. 

Soak up the sun, atmosphere and beautiful village views whilst enjoying a bite to eat, a cocktail, or a glass of award-winning wine from our drinks list. We serve food all day and children are welcome to enjoy smaller portions of any of our dishes. We take huge pride in serving the best ingredients we can find, from ethical producers, freshly prepared by our chefs. We’re dog friendly in our bar and outdoor areas, bring your furry friend and stop by soon. On our bar you’ll find a great range of spirits, beers and softs, so whether you pop in for a drink, a business lunch or a special dinner, we promise you a friendly welcome. Find us here.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Sara & the team

Sara Skene, General Manager at The Swan gastro pub in Salford.

Sara Skene, General Manager

Originally from Umtentweni, South Africa, Sara has been part of the Peach family for many years. Spending some time at The Embankment, Sara then left for a short career in aviation, before returning for a few years and eventually moving on to her role as General Manager here at The Swan.

Sara comes from a family of foodies and loves exploring new spices, bringing back anything she can on her travels. With a love of food and meeting new people, hospitality seemed the perfect fit. Sara has a vast array of experience, from studying through the International hotel school, to even working on an exploration boat in the galley, a fun experience alongside very hard work.

Sara loves colourful clothes, reading, travelling, cooking, gardening, lying on the beach, socialising and drinking wine. Be sure to stop by and say hello soon!

John Muir-Howie, Head Chef

Bedfordshire-born and bred John first got into cooking at the young age of just 16 and has worked in several independent pubs and restaurants during his career including The Black Horse Ireland near Shefford, The Birch in Woburn, The Fox & Hounds in Whittlebury, The Plough in Shutlanger and the Hare & Hounds in Old Warden.

John joined Peach as a roaming chef covering many of our sister pubs before joining The Swan in September 2022. He has cooked for several celebrities including Sir Michael Palin, F1 Driver Valtteri Bottas and England Rugby’s Courtney Lawes.

When John’s not cooking up a storm in the pub, you’ll find this family man at home with his wife and two children.

Jonathan Taylor, POD Director

Half Scouse and born in Bedfordshire, Jonathan (also known as JT) is a familiar face in the Peach team. Joining the hospitality game at 14, as a pot wash in a local restaurant, Jonathan’s career was soon flying. He moved on to The Birch, in Woburn, where he worked his way up to become assistant manager at just 18 (impressive indeed!). He then developed his skills with Peach during his twenties, where his hard work was nationally recognised, winning an Acorn Award in 2013. He then flew the nest for a few years before reuniting with us as a POD Director.

A true foodie, Jonathan believes real quality lies in local and spends much of his time seeking out independent restaurants, cafes and bars when away visiting different places. If you ask him about the best steak he’s ever had, he’ll be sure to tell you about a back street restaurant tucked away in Campos, Majorca, a place highly raved about by the locals. Along with a sharp taste for food, he has a passion for wine, and we can’t help but love his “I don’t drink bad wine – life’s too short” approach.

On his days off you’ll find Jonathan on the search for vintage watches, playing badminton for his local team, or making the best cauliflower cheese in the UK (a title awarded by his wife).

Say hi if you spot him in the pub!

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