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The Swan Inn

The Swan Swan Lane, Barnby NR34 7QF, England
+44 1502 476646
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good20%
  • Average13%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible12%
Travellers talk about
“halibut” (17 reviews)
“lemon sole” (9 reviews)
“seafood” (13 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, Seafood, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
The Swan Swan Lane, Barnby NR34 7QF, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is our 2nd time of eating here and was not disappointing. There was 3 of us for sat dinner. Two of us had the sea bass and chicken was the other dinner it was delicious. It would have been nice to have some veg...More

Thank julie s
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have been going to Swan for years and have been sad to witness it's slow decline. Last night was an all time low. I ordered Turbot with roast new potatoes and peas. It arrived hidden under a sprig of green stuff. The fish was about...More

Thank Janet B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived with two friends and was warmly welcomed. Sunday lunch and few diners and we were a little worried. Three roast beefs and one fish and chips were ordered. The roasts consisted of undercooked vegetables, two small slices of beef and rather boring and tired...More

Thank jb332014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another great meal at the Swan. Love the fact that all the fish is freshly cooked to order and you have different sauces. Not many restaurants offer that type of service. I never mind if a certain fish has run out as I know that...More

Thank Julia W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We returned rather nervously after two years absence as we understood the Swan had been 'revamped'. Specifically we checked the menu online and it looked as though the fish selection had been reduced so again we had our concerns ... but they were needless. We...More

Thank CRB160650
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An off the beaten track bar and fish-restaurant. The local fish menu is fantastic, well cooked and presented. Restaurant and bar staff are happy and very helpful and ready to give qualified advice if you are unsure of the menu or local beer/ales.

Thank WSR2I
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having had 3 extremely good meals since the new manager took over several months ago - overseeing a much needed revamping both the interior of The Swan, and it's menu, we were very disappointed recently to return with a group of family and friends, to...More

1  Thank Matsmum
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Four of us arrived on Tuesday evening for a pre-booked meal, and were greeted by friendly staff. We had a drink in the bar while we decided on what to order, the choice on the menu and specials board was excellent. A little later we...More

Thank chrisnderry
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

15 years ago we booked a table for our anniversary at The Swan. We arrived 10 mins early and two hours later we were sitting on a bench in the bar and had still not been shown to our table. It was crowded, overbooked and...More

Thank badger2237
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

We have visited The Swan many times over the last 15 years as the choice of fish for my partner is exceptional. Until our last visit on 5th August I had gone along with a heavy heart knowing that the options for me, as a...More

Thank Ali S
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Response from Julia W | Reviewed this property |
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17 December 2015|
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Response from Julia W | Reviewed this property |
I think it is totally unfair of what Stuart E said about the Swan, we often eat regularly at the Swan and have never had a bad meal.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Swan Swan Lane, Barnby NR34 7QF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Anglia  >  Suffolk  >  Barnby
  • Phone Number: +44 1502 476646
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UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT As of February 2016, local fish merchant, Sam Cole has taken over the Swan Inn from his father, Donny Cole. Over the next we months you will see various changes as we go through our planned refurbishment. The majority of the menu, and all of the old favorites will remain the same! Sam personally selects all of the fish from the early morning Lowestoft Fish Market, ensuring the finest, freshest fish that the Swan is famous for! You are guaranteed a warm welcome from Clare & our team.
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