Minskip’s flourishing Wild Swan announces exciting summer programme

Minskip’s flourishing Wild Swan announces exciting summer programme
Historic North Yorkshire pub goes from strength to strength

The Wild Swan at Minskip, near Boroughbridge, which has enjoyed a stellar start to 2023, has unveiled an exciting summer programme.


The flourishing inn, just 30 seconds away from Junction 48 of the A1(M) has just opened a newly renovated beer garden, which is situated in a secluded area at the back. The picturesque garden can cater for up to 36 drinkers and diners, on top of the 60 covers in the main premises.

Alex Bond, the co-owner of the Wild Swan with business partner Stephen Lennox, explained: “The renovation of our beer garden is another significant chapter in the recent story of the Wild Swan. We have always had tables outside, but our new look beer garden provides a much richer and more attractive eating and drinking experience. It is the picture-perfect suntrap, set between the rear of the historic inn and a characterful disused mill. It will be ideal for the coming summer months.

“The opening of our renovated beer garden also comes on the back of an excellent start to the year for us. Despite the on-going cost-of-living crisis, which has impacted heavily on the hospitality sector, we have been consistently busy. We are especially pleased by the number of people who are returning and who are making the Wild Swan their favourite inn and restaurant in the area.

“We are also absolutely delighted that the Wild Swan has been recognised in the prestigious Harrogate Advertiser Excellence in Business Awards 2023. We have been short-listed in the competitive Small Leisure, Retail or Hospitality Business category, with results to be announced on May 24.”

Meanwhile the Wild Swan’s much-loved wood-fired pizzas are returning on Wednesdays Fridays and Saturdays each week and a new summer menu, together with an exciting new range of summer cocktails, including sharing cocktails and jugs of sangria, will be introduced shortly.

The new summer menu coincides with the arrival of a new head chef, Jason Bishop, who replaces Paul Murphy.

Stephen Lennox commented: “We’d like to thank Paul for his hard work over the past year or so and wish him and his family the best with their future plans and opportunities. He has worked well with our gifted brigade of chefs, but we are excited to announce the arrival of Jason Bishop as our new head chef who will push our food offering to excel further.

“Jason is a wonderfully talented chef who has worked in some of the finest establishments across Yorkshire. He has been on our radar for the last 18 months and the opportunity to make this partnership happen heading into a busy summer is one we couldn’t pass up. We look forward to our customers indulging in Jason’s new spring/summer menus in our restaurant or al fresco in our newly renovated beer garden.”


For further information, including menus and prices for corporate and private parties, please ring The Wild Swan on 01423 326334 or visit www.wildswan.pub