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The Swan Hotel

Market Place, Southwold, United Kingdom, IP18 6EG
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Opening Information

Food is served in The Still Room from noon until 3pm, and 6pm – 9:30pm.

The Tap Room offers food from noon until 9:30pm and no booking is required.

Afternoon tea is available daily between 3pm and 5pm and requires booking in advance.

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
  • Outside Seating Area
  • Families and Children Welcome
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About The Swan Hotel

Experienced, passionate about cooking and eager to challenge convention, our Executive Chef Rory Whelan and his team are making their mark. With our two restaurants at The Swan, we offer variety, choice and outstanding food and drink.

Our Tap Room is a showcases Adnams’ beers. Quality ingredients and unique flavours are true hallmarks of both our beers and our food menu. Our Tap Room and bar is open from noon to 10pm, serving a full menu all day, every day, no booking is required.

The Still Room is elegant yet relaxed and informal and the food is delicious and challenges convention. It’s a lovely environment in which to enjoy exceptional food, award-winning Adnams drinks and great service. The Still Room is open from noon until 3pm, and 6pm – 10pm.

Why not treat yourself with a sumptuous afternoon tea in our drawing room overlooking the market place?

Relax into our comfy chairs and sofas and enjoy three tiers of delights: a selection of sandwiches on assorted breads, buttermilk scones with clotted cream and jam and a tempting variety of pastries and cakes. Make your Afternoon Tea with us extra special by adding a glass of Adnams Champagne or an Adnams Copper House Gin and tonic.

Cuisine: British
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Sunday, 21 October 2018

Gorgeous food, drink and service as ever

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Visited On Sunday, 21 October 2018

A lovely meal to celebrate a family birthday.

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Visited On Thursday, 18 October 2018

Thank you so much for making my stay so wonderful. The finishing touches of adding a welcoming piece of cake for my partners birthday was very special (and something we didn't ask for!). The food was exceptional and we can't wait to plan a return trip. Whilst we stayed at the swan we also visited the gin distillery and our tour guide was very knowledgable and managed to make our tour a very enjoyable experience.

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Visited On Sunday, 21 October 2018

A disappointing experience, the food was of poor quality and when mentioned to the waitress, the manager was very disinterested. Yorkshire pudding and veg in the roast were both cold and the roast potatoes were pale and wan, certainly not golden and crispy. We don't see the point of booking the Still Room as the bar food appeared to take priority. Better places to eat in Southwold - Sutherland House last week was far superior.

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Visited On Saturday, 20 October 2018

There were 4 of us ladies last Sat night and we loved the Swan... Fabulous decor and fabulous food.. busy and buzzy, brilliant young staff. A good night for all x Claire

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Visited On Friday, 19 October 2018

Lovely atmosphere, staff were attentive and food was very nice.

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Thank you for taking the time to review The Swan, We are delighted to hear your lovely comments about the atmosphere, staff and the food. We hope to seeing again shortly. Kind Regards The Swan Management Team

Responded On Monday, 22 October 2018
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Visited On Thursday, 18 October 2018

Very nice surroundings, excellent service lovely food.

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Thank you Mr Kelley for your review, We are delighted you received excellent service and you found the food to be lovely. We hope to welcome you back in the near future, All the best

Responded On Friday, 19 October 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

Surprisingly quiet and lacking a bit of atmosphere for a Saturday lunchtime which was surprising! Lucky I was in good company!! Lovely food and drinks, no complaints there! Service (by a gentleman who appeared to be a manager / higher position) excellent too. Until he seemed to disappear towards the end of the meal and we seemed to be forgotten about. Waiting nearly 20 minutes for our after dinner coffees and then apon leaving if we hadn’t have said goodbye we would have certainly been ignored, left a bit of a sour taste in our mouths. A shame to fall at the last hurdle but certainly recommend the Swan and will visit again.

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Visited On Sunday, 14 October 2018

A very nice afternoon tea, a tasty assortment of 3 different types of open sandwiches and then a vast assortment of different cakes and scones, served with as much tea and coffee as you can drink. The gluten free option was creative and equally delicious. The staff were very pleasant and attentive. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who fancies a treat in the heart of Southwold.

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Thank you for taking the time to review The Swan, We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your Afternoon Tea. We are also pleased that you found our gluten free option creative and delicious, we shall pass your lovely comments back onto our kitchen team. We look forward to seeing you again shortly. Kind Regards The Swan Management Team

Responded On Tuesday, 16 October 2018
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Visited On Sunday, 14 October 2018

Some highly innovative dishes alongside more traditional fare. The Hibiscus room was ideal for our lunch party and imaculately set up. Service was impeccable, especially by Emily. All at reception were charming and went our to their way to please. And they found to Blue Rabbit!! But sadly not the glasses. Thank you especially for the new chic decor; in tone, style and taste - delightful.

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Thank you for taking the time to review The Swan, We are delighted to hear that you found high innovated dishes alongside more traditional fare, and our service impeccable. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards The Swan Management Team

Responded On Wednesday, 17 October 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

Lovely food - good service and fair pricing

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Thank you for taking the time to review The Swan, We are delighted to hear that you the food was lovely. Thank you for your lovely comments about the good service and fair pricing. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards The Swan Management Team

Responded On Monday, 15 October 2018
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Visited On Monday, 08 October 2018

A very enjoyable experience all round. The decor & ambience lovely. Service by the young staff was extremely friendly & efficient. Both food & wine were excellent.

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Thank you for taking the time to review The Swan, We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us in our Still Room and enjoyed our decor and food. Thank you for your lovely comments about our wonderful staff. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards The Swan Management Team

Responded On Wednesday, 17 October 2018
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Visited On Sunday, 30 September 2018

Lovely meal. Friendly helpful staff. We ate on a Sunday evening so possibly a bit quiet but the food and service was exceptional.

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Thank you for taking the time to review The Swan, We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us and the food/service was exceptional. We are also very pleased to hear that our staff were helpful. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards The Swan Management Team

Responded On Monday, 08 October 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

We had a really enjoyable meal in the Still Room. Atmosphere, decor and food was all perfect. Friendly, welcoming staff. Interesting menu with great flavours. Perfect!

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Thank you for taking the time to review The Swan, We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us in our Still Room aswell as enjoying our decor and food. Thank you for your lovely comments about our wonderful staff. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards The Swan Management Team

Responded On Monday, 08 October 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

Lovely staff who couldn’t do enough for us.

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Thank you for taking the time to review The Swan, We are very pleased to hear your lovely comments about our helpful staff. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards The Swan Management

Responded On Monday, 08 October 2018
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Visited On Tuesday, 02 October 2018

Lunch:- Starter Chicken Roulade much too small a portion, was lost on the plate. All food was of a very good quality, especially breakfast Haddock. We wanted to test your new wine line.... No Merlot in stock at Hotel or shop, the Montepulciano we had was not impressive even as an everyday wine and the only non-scented or fruity lager available was not Adnams... The lift was not working on either day with no visible evidence of Engineers to correct. Who or where were the Butlers??? No doubt someone would have been available to carry the suitcase up stairs if I had requested??? Sorry overall not a great experience for the cost especially as your bitter and Broadside are among my favourite beers.

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Visited On Wednesday, 03 October 2018

The waiteres did not have a good understanding of the wines. But well versued in the dishes.

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Visited On Sunday, 30 September 2018

Lovely location, friendly staff. However that night I was vomiting. In our party of 4 I was the only one. My partner complained of a sugar rush and headache.

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Visited On Wednesday, 26 September 2018

The food on this evening was much better than before and we enjoyed it. The restaurant was busy and the staff, although always pleasant to talk with, seemed rushed, uncertain and unmanaged. We think that we did see a lady who might be managing the restaurant, just once and we had no interaction with her.

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Thank you Mrs Miller for your review, We appreciate your feedback. I am delighted you decided to dine with us again and enjoyed your evening. We hope to see you again in the near future. All the best

Responded On Sunday, 14 October 2018
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Visited On Monday, 24 September 2018

We were disappointed with our evening. Initially we were shown to a table at the back of the room, right by the kitchen entrance which we rejected as the restaurant was very quiet on arrival. Then a large and extremely noisy crowd arrived - not the restaurants fault but they did spoil the evening for the rest of the guests. The monkfish main course was not good - fish overcooked and overpowered by pickled cauliflower on 3 separate lettuce leaves. The other main of Tuna was OK.

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Thank you Mrs Miller for your review, We appreciate your feedback, I am sorry to hear you were disappointed with your evening and your main course was not to our usual standard. I will pass on your comments to the head chef. We do hope you will visit us again in the near future. All the best

Responded On Sunday, 14 October 2018
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Visited On Friday, 28 September 2018

The food was great but the service was fantastic especially Jess who we found out was usually behind the bar. Top marks to her. We will definitely recommend the hotel and restaurant.

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Mrs Watts, we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit with us at The Swan. It is so wonderful to hear that you had a great evening and that Jess was on hand to make it even better. We very much look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future. The Swan Management Team

Responded On Monday, 01 October 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 29 September 2018

Thanks for making my mother's birthday so wonderful. Exceptional personal service and great food. well done to everyone at the Swan.

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Thank you Mr Jonathan Woods, for sharing with us your feedback of your recent visit to The Swan. We are delighted your mother's Birthday meal was wonderful, with Exceptional personal service and great food We look forward to welcoming you back at The Swan in the future. The Swan Management Team

Responded On Wednesday, 17 October 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 29 September 2018

Lovely lunch for my husband’s birthday with wonderful service but was a bit disappointed with the portion size of my main course

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Thank you Mrs Anna Mears, for sharing with us your feedback of your recent visit to The Swan. We are delighted your Husbands Birthday lunch was lovely with wonderful service. Sorry you felt the main course portion sizes were not as expected i will pass this onto the Chef We look forward to welcoming you back at The Swan in the future. The Swan Management Team

Responded On Wednesday, 17 October 2018
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Visited On Friday, 28 September 2018

We had a great evening, excellent food, very clever and well thought out. Service was really good, Emily was first class and made the evening even better.

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Liz, we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit with us at The Swan. It is so wonderful to hear that you had a great evening and that Emily was on hand to make it even better. We very much look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future. The Swan Management Team

Responded On Sunday, 30 September 2018
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Visited On Friday, 28 September 2018

The food and service were excellent but we found the room a bit noisy due to a large party of males came in for a meal and were seated near to us and the noise spoiled the atmosphere. As the restaurant was virtually empty it would have been sensible to seat them away from us.

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Diana, we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit with us at The Swan. We very much look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future. The Swan Management Team

Responded On Monday, 01 October 2018
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