The Swan In The Rushes

The Swan in the Rushes has been part of Loughborough’s real ale scene for three decades and is the longest-standing Castle Rock pub.

On the bar there is an award-winning array of ciders, alongside a wide selection of craft beer, wines and spirits. Three handpulls sport Castle Rock beers, while one permanent pump is dedicated to local brewery Charnwood.

The main hub of the Swan is comprised of a cosy lounge with an open fire and a bar area. Off the lobby, you’ll find the games room and pool table. A suntrap beer garden is tucked away at the rear.

The pub is also now home to Merv’s Kitchen, offering the best in American BBQ food. Expect delicious marinated slow-cooked ribs, crispy fried chicken wings and burgers and German-inspired Bockwurst sausage hot dogs.

Be sure to check out All You Can Eat Ribs night on Fridays and All You Can Eat Wings on a Saturday! Please note that both all-you-can-eat wings challenges must be booked in advance.

Upstairs, the Hop Loft is a bright and airy function room, complete with a small terrace area.

In 2021, the Swan was the proud host of Loughborough’s first Pride.

The pub runs an ongoing clothing drive for the homeless in association with The Falcon Shelter, clothes can be dropped to the pub and they will be distributed accordingly. In addition, their ‘Shop Local’ campaign allows you to get a drink for £1 if you show a receipt from a local business!

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Opening times

Monday and Tuesday: Midday-10pm | Wednesday: Midday-11pm | Thursday: Midday-10pm | Friday and Saturday: Midday-Midnight | Sunday: Midday-8pm

On the bar

  • 7 x cask beer lines
  • 6 x craft keg lines, plus lager and cider in keg
  • A full menu of wine, spirits, real cider and soft drinks
  • CAMRA Cider pub of the year 2019 and 2021


Monday and Tuesday: 4pm-10pm | Wednesday and Saturday: Midday-10pm | Sunday: Midday-6pm

Regular events


Mauritian Flavour Curry Night

Fancy a delicious curry? Make sure to head down for our curry night! Serving a range of curries which will change weekly.

Every Thursday evening from 18th April, 5-9pm.

EUROS 2024

Calling all football fanatics, we’ll be showing the Euro’s 2024 games!

Starting 14th June and finishing 14th July.


Takeout discount

30% off all bottles and cans for takeaway.

All day, every day. 

Student Savings

All day, every day students get 10% off all food and drink!*

*Please note, you may still be required to show a valid form of ID when purchasing alcohol. Please drink responsibly. We reserve the right to remove this offer at any time.


Grand Central Strummers

Weekly Ukelele group meet-up. New members always welcome.

Every Tuesday.


Painting Perfect 

An art class suitable for people of all abilities!

Every third Thursday of the month.

Mexican Night

Take your pick from our special Mexican food menu, provided by Merv’s Kitchen.

Every last Thursday of the month. 


Merv’s All You Can Eat Ribs 

All you can eat ribs for £22.95.

Every Friday from 5-9:30pm. Advance bookings only!

Drag Bingo

An outrageous evening of Drag Bingo hosted by Nana Arthole and Marilyn Sane.

Bi-monthly, £10 entry for 3 rounds of bingo and a comedy show.


Merv’s All You Can Eat Wings Challenge

All you can eat wings for £22.95. Beat our record of 72 wings and win £25 to spend behind the bar!

Every Saturday from 5-9:30pm. Advance bookings only!


Dog friendly

Family friendly

Outdoor seating

Event space for hire

The Swan In The Rushes

Events & Tours