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The Swallowtail

$$ - $$$
Bar, International, British, Pub
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Foundry Lane | Burnham Yacht Harbour, Burnham-on-Crouch CM0 8BL, England (Formerly Swallowtail)
+44 1621 785505
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 20:30
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Burnham on Crouch, null, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Completely downhill. Changes hands so often. Currently called Sinatra's. Can hear loud music even some way away. I hear Rent's high in Marina - hard to see how they can stay afloat

Thank John B
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016

We had a lovely family birthday party the food was good, there was a band which was really great. The only fault was there was only one toilet the other was out of order. Staff were polite and we all had a good night.

Thank Fiona N
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2016

A little conscerened that we could not order food after eight this place is usually ok but on this occasion not good, others have also told me similar experiences it is such a shame. A lovely venue over looking the marina.

Thank Redshoes1234
Essex, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Now under the new name of the lighthouse, visited for Sunday lunch. Great location & lovely bar / eating area. Had 2 course Sunday lunch. Starter was ok, but out of a packet possibly !! Main course was good. Have too say it was average, have had better Sunday lunches.

Thank sweetsarah17
1 review
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

From start to finish a comedy of errors. Although we had booked somehow the were not expecting us we were tucked in the back of the restaurant where it was freezing cold then forgotten about. bad service poor food apart from tracy who offered us drinks on the house which made the experience more bearable.

Thank Robert N
TheSwallowtail, Owner at The Swallowtail, responded to this review

Dear Robert Please be advised that we sold The Swallowtail on 26th August 2016 and believe that it is now trading as The Lighthouse Bar and Restaurant. Thank you Lisa Pugh More 

Wivenhoe, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Ordered drinks, asked for a menu, was given a folder. Turned out to be a wine list. Returned to bar, pointed out that it was a wine list and asked for the menu. 'I'm too busy serving now' pouring drinks for a party of bikers, all of whom were debating what they wanted, giving ample time to simply reach for... More 

Thank Tim W
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

My wife and I had a delicious lunch at the swallow tail at Burnham yacht harbour today, Sunday. The food was fresh, beautifully cooked with generous portions and very reasonable prices. The Service was quick and efficient. We recommend it without question.

Thank Antony C
TheSwallowtail, Manager at The Swallowtail, responded to this review

Thank you Antony for your Review - I am so pleased that you enjoyed your lunch with us yesterday. We mostly get positive feedback from our Customers but sometimes we get it wrong. And sometimes on sunny summer days, we get very very busy with walk-ins on top of our booked customers our service suffers. But we always strive to... More 

London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

We visited this restaurant as a group of 7 and quickly found a table on the terrace. Lovely views - so far so good. We then asked for menus which took a very long time to arrive. They brought two menus between 7 of us. We asked what the wait time was on food and were told half an hour.... More 

4 Thank liveforthehols
London, United Kingdom
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116 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2016

We've been here a few times and have always enjoyed our dining experience. The food has always been good and so has the value. I will admit that the menu is a little limited and the service varies, often seems understaffed, but the ambience is lovely. We'll go back, but I hope the menu gets a makeover.

Thank smallworldnow
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 July 2016

Ordered 2 simple, straightforward toasted paninis with fillings. Didn't take too long, but were instead presented with 2 toasted baguettes, so sent them back. Out comes the cook to remonstrate with us about them being put through the panini toaster, as if some miraculous transformation would thereby occur. No matter how much we attempted to explain that wasn't what was... More 

1 Thank fsnyders2016

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$38
Bar, International, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Foundry Lane | Burnham Yacht Harbour, Burnham-on-Crouch CM0 8BL, England (Formerly Swallowtail)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Burnham-on-Crouch
  • Phone Number: +44 1621 785505
Overlooking the Marina at Burnham, the restaurant at The Lighthouse offers a varied menu serving high-quality food and wines to suit all budgets. Whether you are looking for a light lunch or a delicious dinner our Chef's can cater for your requirements. Add this to our wonderful views of the River Crouch and you won't be disappointed.

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