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The Jovial Monk

4 Self rated

Highdown Way, ,, Swindon, SN25 4YD

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The Jovial Monk Public House is located in a pleasant and desirable area of St. Andrews Ridge, North Swindon. The Jovial Monk has a open planned layout with a pool table, comfortable seating area and a conservatory, Suitable for small functions such as a wedding reception, birthday parties or a gathering.

(At No Extra Cost) We sell locally brewed ales, as Well as a range of lagers, ciders and other alcoholic drinks and a wide range of soft drinks. Sky TV is shown in the bar area including BT Sport ,sky news . Live Entertainment on every Saturday night, ensuring a entertaining night. We have a very welcoming front of house team and a NEW landlady in place ensuring everyone who enters the premise whether that's as a customer, or someone staying, feels comfortable and welcomed. We consider everyone as a very important and a valid member of our business . We have one single, three double and one twin room available. All our rooms are kept to a high standard. They are cleaned every day. and are decorated to a modern taste( decorating under way at this moment ) . We have BT infinity Wi-Fi installed throughout the pub, so there is no worry about internet access. All six rooms have a free-view TV . The Jovial Monk is fortunate to have free parking right outside the door step. Being just off the A419 means there is easy access to the M4 whether you're going North or South. We are only a 30 minute drive away from RAF Fairford which hosts the spectacular advent Air Tattoo. Other tourist attractions such as the Cotswold are close by so there is a great source of adventure and amusement surrounding us. If you don't want to watch TV and there's no sports on to your taste why not have a night out at the dogs or watch Swindon Robins the local speedway team which is only a 10 minute walk away. We guarantee a good night stay and to make you feel as if your at home, and if you don't feel like going out, feel free to come down to the bar and chat.

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Showing Friday 28 October 2016 to Saturday 29 October 2016

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Car parking available onsite
Meeting Facilities, Wi-Fi Available In Public Areas

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Up to 12 years old
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Pets are not allowed

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43% would recommend it to a friend


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  • Neil McEwan

  • August 2016

An Unknown Gem

I was visiting Swindon to go to The Abbey Stadium to watch the speedway meeting between the Robins and Poole Pirates and wanted to stay somewhere within walking distance of the track.

The Jovial Monk was the obvious choice particularly with its Free Parking facility. I was not disappointed. The accommodation is better than described with probably the cleanest linen and comfiest bed that I have ever slept in and with an en-suite that was more than fit for purpose. The locals in the pub could not have been friendlier and welcoming, a polar opposite of the attitudes where I live. In the morning In was offered and enjoyed a superb full English breakfast for the cost of £6 and enjoyed the company of two of the ladies that run the establishment. My car was parked in the car park outside and was fine when I returned to it. I went over to the local Co-Op store to buy a local paper and some provisions for my onward trip to the Isle of Wight and my next speedway meeting on my mini-tour and found the staff and the local people there to be as friendly and helpful as they were in the Monk. All in, a brilliant stay in a brilliant guest house / pub. (One thing that I had forgotten was that Malcolm Holloway, an ex Swindon Robin used to run the Monk until his untimely and tragic death.) When I could not get away from Swanage on Wednesday, I had no hesitation in heading straight back to the Monk for another stop over on my way to Redcar. I phoned the Monk and was quickly assured that I could stay there again and, in fact, was provided with the room that I had stayed in on the Monday and everything was a s good the second time around. I can only totally recommend the Jovial Monk not only for its superb accommodation but also as a friendly, all inclusive, caring, sharing hostelry.

  • Mark Turner

  • July 2016

Handy stop off point, worth staying.

Nothing bad to report, the pub was nice and the staff member very polite.

The room was clean but basic, there was plenty of tea, coffe, sugar and milk pots. The bed was firm but comfortable. It felt like you were staying at your nans spare room.

After a long day travelling to the RIAT and leaving home at 3.00 a.m. it was nice to get somwhere close by, in fact it's only just off the next exit.

Worth sataying and very convenient.

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