THESE are the top 10 best pubs in Swindon - according to our readers.

We asked you to name the town's top taverns and received hundreds of suggestions which ranged all around the borough, from Old Town to Tadpole Garden Village, Park North to Penhill, Wroughton to Wanborough.

After totting up the totals, we've now whittled the entries down to a shortlist. In no particular order, the finalists are:

THE CLIFTON on Clifton Street

Swindon Advertiser: The CliftonThe Clifton

THE CROWN INN on Ermin Street

Swindon Advertiser: The Crown Inn on Ermin StreetThe Crown Inn on Ermin Street

THE DOLPHIN HOTEL on Rodbourne Road

Swindon Advertiser: The Dolphin HotelThe Dolphin Hotel

THE MOONRAKERS on Cricklade Road

Swindon Advertiser: The MoonrakersThe Moonrakers

THE PLOUGH INN on Devizes Road

Swindon Advertiser:

THE RUNNER on Wootton Bassett Road

Swindon Advertiser: The RunnerThe Runner


Swindon Advertiser: The Strawberry ThiefThe Strawberry Thief

THE SWISS CHALET on Chapel Street

Swindon Advertiser: The Swiss ChaletThe Swiss Chalet

THE VICTORIA on Victoria Road

Swindon Advertiser: The Victoria The Victoria

THE WINDMILL in Freshbrook Village Centre

Swindon Advertiser: The WindmillThe Windmill

Who wins? You decide! Collect tokens which will be in the Adver every day until Saturday August 13 and send us the one for the pub you think should emerge victorious.

The pub with the most tokens will be crowned the Swindon Advertiser Best Pub on August 25.

We spoke to a couple of the finalists, who were thrilled to find out how much support they had received.

Miles Treece and Jayne Tilsley took over The Runner on Wootton Bassett Road just before the first lockdown.

Jayne said: “It’s amazing, We're so excited to reach the Top 10.

“We are a very traditional and old-school landlord and landlady. The pub is for the whole community, it’s very welcoming, and making it dog friendly has encouraged a completely different clientele.

“The direction is more focused on families and being universal – we host a lot of occasions, business meetings, christenings, birthdays, even a couple of weddings.

“We have to work hard and give people a reason to keep coming back and I’m delighted whenever someone makes the effort to come here.”

The Swiss Chalet's landlord John Honeyman has been in charge of the pub for 22 years. He said: "I'm so chuffed!

"We do a lot for charity, it's very community-based and we're there for people if they are in trouble.

"The pub has raised a quarter of a million pounds for charity over the years, which shows you what the customers are like.

"We have 20-odd darts teams and eight pool teams, we are known for having live music

"The regulars will look after you and are very welcoming, you come in a stranger and leave a friend."