Welcome to The Swan, Banton!
A warm welcome at The Swan!
Come and enjoy great food, drink and the most heart-warming welcome at one of Scotland’s first community owned pubs!
The Swan is a small but beautiful pub nestled at the bottom of the picturesque Kilsyth Hills in the village of Banton. Fancy a cuppa and cake? Our light and airy café is just the trick. Or try our lunches or evening meals from a wide and varied menu. Here you will find a friendly, welcoming retreat from every day stresses. With great food, a wide range of drinks and, on certain nights, entertainment you won’t leave disappointed. In addition there will be a small shop to serve our village.
The Swan first opened its doors over 170 years ago and has undergone extensive renovations following the successful community buy out in 2018.
About The Swan
The Swan stands proudly at the village cross and has traded continuously since it first opened its doors over 170 years ago. An oasis during the temperance years (ending in1967), bus loads of people from nearby dry towns would still indulge in a dram at The Swan. Today it serves the same purpose as a place to come together and put your cares aside.
June 2019 will see The Swan close its door for the first time since the 1840’s... but for a very good reason. When The Swan reopens, fully renovated and restored in December, it will mark the start of the next 170 years of the story.
(People United for Banton)
When The Swan was threatened with demolition in 2016 the village very quickly came together to save her. Losing the only pub in our small rural village (which had already lost it’s post office and only shop) would have been devastating. Within 48 hours of news of possible demolition reaching the village, People United for Banton, P.U.B. had formed.
The group, (which has since grown in strength and number) has worked tirelessly to bring The Swan into community ownership and transform it in line with the needs and aspirations of our rural community. The effort has paid off. In December 2017 the Scottish Land fund awarded People United for Banton in excess of £180,000 to buy The Swan making it the first community-owned pub in Scotland. Generous grants from both Big Lottery Community Assets, Kelvin Valley LEADER and The Clothworkers Foundation are enabling the extensive renovations necessary for the redevelopment.
The level of community support and involvement in the project so far has been phenomenal with over 73% of Banton households taking part in the consultation process and over 150 people, that’s more than 30% the population, volunteering their time to the project.
People United for Banton has also benefited enormously from support and funding from: