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The Black Swan Inn

159 High Street, Swanage, England
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Ranked #20 of 67 restaurants in Swanage
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: English
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

my wife and I went here for a meal. we had to wait over an hour for our food, when we asked about it had nothing but rudeness from the landlady. they said it will be 2 minutes then its just being dished up. the food wasn't very special for the price we paid. Also health and safety issue as... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Dogs barking and blocking the bar, saw waitress trip over one as she came from behind the bar and she only just managed to save the tray of coffee she was carrying going down a customers back. . Waited 1hr 30mins for main courses, no warning there would be such an unacceptable wait when ordering. When it eventually arrived it... More

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Huddersfield
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We went to this pub after reading some of the fantastic reviews posted on this site. We got off to a bad start. I ordered the 'chicken special' and was told it had sold out. Only for 5 minutes later another customer ordered the same and was given it. I don't know whether this was because I was not a... More

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

Having read a few good reviews and also being recommended by the owner of the B & B we were going to stay in we decided to book a table for our first night’s stay in Swanage before we actually arrived. I am glad we decided to book as for a Monday evening it was very busy. The staff were... More

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The Black Swan Inn was the closest to our B&B and we thought it might become our "local" for the few days of our visit...sadly it wasn't to our liking at all and not up to our standards. Having just arrived in Swanage, we did not book and just walked in off the street. All the tables in the main... More

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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We arrived at the pub on a recommendation, with our 3 year old in tow. Children were not allowed in the main bar so we had to use the bar furthest away from the beer garden, to ask for a table, this actually turned out to be the Restaurant. There was a child gate between the bar area & behind... More

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Warlingham, United Kingdom
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105 reviews 105 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I cannot even begin to tell you how amazing the food is at this pub!! Ended up cancelling our second night booking elsewhere and returning!! The chef Eric is superb and comes out to check that everything is ok mid service. Specials everyday which go quickly so an earlier booking would be better. Think booking is a must as this... More

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Tybee Island, Georgia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Living near this pub/inn i have walked past on many occasions and finally worked out a date to go and visit this eatery. To my surprise this little local establishment has some of the best food i have tasted in Dorset! The chef came out to serve the meals and chatted with each table as he did so giving the... More

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Swanage, United Kingdom
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Great place to meet for a drink and the food is fantastic .Alyson and her staff are lovely and not forgetting Pickle the dog real owner of the pub! Go and see for yourself.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We have a second home in Swanage and this pub is one of our locals. The menu is extensive for such a small pub and contrary to some reviewers notes, there IS a childrens' menu. The Jurassic ribs are fantastic and we have asked for dietary changes to be made, never any problems. We have eaten here several times and... More

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