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The Swan on the River Pub & Food

) #15 of 85 Restaurants in Ely $$ - $$$ , British,
The Swan 1 Sandhill | Littleport, Ely CB6 1NT, England
+44 1353 861677
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good27%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible8%
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Open Now
12:00 - 22:30All hours
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
The Swan 1 Sandhill | Littleport, Ely CB6 1NT, England
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1 - 10 of 276 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

A well run public house serving freshly made seasonal food in exquisite surrounding. Situated on the river one can dine inside or out and watch the world pass by at a leisurely pace.

Thank Sleepingshark12
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had lunch here with my wife, out side table near river sunny day almost perfect great looking place and the Doom Bar beer was spot on. Had the asparagus and egg starter - a bit tired and limp and the egg just a little over...More

Thank Chailey L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very friendly engaging staff who were very attentive. Food service was very quick and tasted great. Highly recommended.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although the general menu is good make sure you check out the daily "specials" (on the blackboard on the wall) as the choices there are well worth considering (and in my case ordering!)

Thank Jay H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were served an excellent meal on Saturday night. My rump steak cooked to perfection and wonderful non-greasy chips. The restaurant has a beautiful view out over the river and the staff were all very pleasant and helpful. We and our our two friends had...More

Thank Gillian C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited on good Friday and we sat outside with the dogs. The decking is lovely and has beautiful riverside location. We tried to sit at a table that had been cleared but non had despite there being lots of empty tables. We moved the...More

1  Thank Carolyn H
Reviewed 14 May 2017

just got back from the swan we had a party of 18 people and its because so many people was there I did not complain as not to spoil party i had rump steak which was so fatty could not cut with steak knife let...More

1  Thank Robert S
Frank B, Owner at The Swan on the River Pub & Food, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

We can do nothing to help you if you do not complain at the time. We take the quality of our food and service very seriously and I am surprised that, as you seem so capable of a forceful viewpoint in review, you chose to...More

Reviewed 14 May 2017

12.45 Arrived for lunch was shown into the dinning room which is like a cafe no character -the view of the river was nice with the boats going by, there were people sitting outside difinitely to cold for us. The waitress was very polite, could'nt...More

Thank militia2017
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

A birthday day meal with great food and friendly staff. Service was prompt with a wide range of dishes available.

Thank Danny J
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

We moored the boat at the riverside by the Swan. Plenty of moorings both sides of the river. Had a drink and went back in the evening for food. Really nice menu and food quality excellent. Lovely feel to the place; obviously recently decorated with...More

1  Thank gorpo59
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is it dog friendly
24 September 2015|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from Frank B | Property representative |
Yes - we allow dogs in the bar at the manager's discretion
Are there facilities for breastfeeding, baby changing parents?
20 September 2015|
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Response from Littleportlad | Property representative |
Of course....if you there is a table for 2 in the bar area - which is table 24, or in the riverside room table 7 is best..which is a table for 4
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$13 - US$38
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, View, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Swan 1 Sandhill | Littleport, Ely CB6 1NT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Ely
  • Phone Number: +44 1353 861677
  • E-mail
A delightful pub and restaurant idyllically situated on the banks of the River Great Ouse, just north of Ely in Littleport. All of our food is freshly prepared and made on our premises from the very finest of locally sourced ingredients. We supply an range of cask beers including guest beers from local micro-breweries. We can cater for all occasions from a romantic meal for two to weddings, christenings etc as we have a fully equipped function venue.Riverside seating is available on our large decked area plus private moorings are available.
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