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The Merlin

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drove Road, Swindon, England
+44 1793 431496
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Great busy pub that makes u feel welcome, good for sports or socialising. Been coming here for 15 years and will probably come for 15 more

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Thank jimmyjam82
Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

The ribeye steak was cooked to perfection, the service and staff made us feel so welcome. There was a great mix of families, couples and groups, all having a good time.

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Thank Mlt1610
Millom, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Just popped in for a pint after work and ended up ordering the "surf & turf platter" it arrived at the table quickly, the steak was a little over cooked for my liking but no biggie I asked for it blue it came medium. You got a big plate full and it was reasonably priced so it's a 👍🏻 from... More 

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Thank Roughing_it_in_style
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

The staff are friendly and make u feel welcome. The food is fast coming out and very nice. On wed the 10th august trisha was the bar lady she was very pilot and made us welcome. Dolton the chef was great to

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Thank Melanie M
Coalville, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

My daughter works for Greene King whilst at Uni but in the summer she works for me hence we look for Pubs in the chain to eat and claim the discount. So we like to think we can take a good overview. Firstly, extremely welcoming and helpful staff and managers. They set the tone for the well cooked and well... More 

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1 Thank PetenCaroline
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

A decent pub. The staff are superb, the drinks are cheap and there's always people there. The place always seems clean and there's sport on tv.

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Thank Mmmmmmmmmaca
Gloucester, England
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79 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

My daughter and I went here for something to eat for tea. We chose the Chicken Tikka Masala which was very tasty with lots of chicken in and the Cheese and Potato Pie pie which was also good quality and looked home made. All of the staff we encountered were friendly and polite and we had a great time. Would... More 

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Thank Squeaker13
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

Just passing to go somewhere else but thought we give this a go and was disappointed I had the "piggy platter" but the rack of ribs were gross, the burger was ok but was pinkish, coleslaw was not nice but the chips were fine. My had chicken new yorker, she said it was ok but very bland. No one came... More 

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Thank Neil E
Swindon, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

Pre-booked a table for my birthday meal, there was about 20 of that order some food separately in small groups in which only 2 starters and a kids meal was order to come out straight away but only the starters came out so we said to the bar staff that we finished are istarters and was ready for the mains... More 

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1 Thank Wesley P
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016 via mobile

We both agreed..... Excellent lasagne and scampi and chips. Really quick, efficient and very friendly service. Didn't wait long for the food and it was amazingly hot and great value. Well done, and thanks! Not likely to be going back to Swindon again in a hurry, but at least we know where we'll definitely eat if we do

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Thank David B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$21
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: drove Road, Swindon, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Wiltshire  >  Swindon
  • Phone Number: +44 1793 431496

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