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Campaign for Real Ale

A new pub is coming to Swindon

Wednesday 2 June 2021

Today Arkell’s Brewery celebrated breaking ground at the site of their new pub in Tadpole Garden Village , Swindon. It will be named ‘The Strawberry Thief’.

George Arkell, Managing Director at Arkell’s Brewery was joined by Craig Morton of Edmont, and local MP, Justin Tomlinson

George Arkell, Managing Director at Arkell’s Brewery was joined by Craig Morton of Edmont, and local MP, Justin Tomlinson to mark this exciting moment at the Tadpole village pub site. Justin Tomlinson turned the first sod to officially start the work for Arkell’s new £4 million pub which is due to open in 2022.

Unveiling the name ‘The Strawberry Thief’, George Arkell explained how it was a nod to a William Morris textile design from 1883, which features the thrushes that Morris found stealing fruit in his kitchen garden of his countryside home, Kelmscott Manor in Oxfordshire. The William Morris theme runs through Tadpole Garden Village with street names and the school named after the famous British textile designer.

The new pub will feature open fires, a welcoming bar and a garden overlooking the village green and cricket pitch. The project has been a long time coming with the interruption of the pandemic, so it’s great news that the work has started.