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The Swan Inn Woolpit

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The Street, Woolpit, Bury St. Edmunds IP30 9QN, England
+44 1359 240482
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 69
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  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Sitting by the window and seeing village life

I suspect the building dates back to Georgian times and the bar area has a nice spacious feel. The plain tables and other furnishing suggest that it might well be populated with locals in the evenings but not at lunch on a Saturday. The welcome was warm, the service efficient but not pushy. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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IPSWICH
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  • Local cuisine
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126 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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IPSWICH
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

I suspect the building dates back to Georgian times and the bar area has a nice spacious feel. The plain tables and other furnishing suggest that it might well be populated with locals in the evenings but not at lunch on a Saturday. The welcome was warm, the service efficient but not pushy. The menu is spread over a number... More 

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Buckie, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

We went first to this inn on a busy Saturday evening and after a long drive when we needed just a drink and a light salad. The chef was very helpful, discussed our needs and quickly made us a light but delicious salad. Our next visit was for lunch when there were eight of us, including a 3 and 8... More 

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Woolpit, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Last year I had a very unpleasant experience at the Swan - which the owners chose to think of as mean - but it was accurate at the time. However, I like to believe that people are entitled to their opinion - and that is what TripAdvisor is about surely? I am happy to report that I believe that particular... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Very friendly staff. My mum and I ate here this evening. It was really nice. We popped in as we were fed up with driving along the A14 and decided to check out the village. Woolpit is a beautiful and cute little village and the Inn is in a beautiful setting within the centre of the village. My mother had... More 

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Sydney
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85 reviews 85 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

On a recent visit to London, I decided to spend some time outside of London. I picked Suffolk and found the Swan Inn at the Woolpit. It is between Stowmarket and Bury St Edmonds. Like a lot of English villages, this one isn't huge. It was a small and quaint part of England. Good honest folk, getting about their business.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

My fiancée and I had a wonderful one night stay at The Swan Inn as we were invited to a friends wedding nearby. The village of Woolpit is charming, feels as though stepping back in time. The menu was varied and everything we ate was absolutely delicious! Well cooked, friendly service. I can't understand one of the reviews complaining about... More 

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Another excellent meal in this very friendly, relaxed pub. They manage to combine a very high quality of beautifully cooked food with a relaxed, but charmimgly formal service in a beautiful village pub. Plan to spend the evening there; you'll have a great time and freat food.

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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We were just looking for somewhere to have a light, inexpensive evening meal (2 courses each) whilst staying in Suffolk for a few days and The Swan was recommended to us by our B&B hosts, for which we were very grateful. The staff were welcoming, the setting and ambience good and the food excellent. We will definitely go there again... More 

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Meals are very overpriced. Small portions - trying to go down the 'food looking pretty' route but I would like to see more on my plate! Opted for the burger which at £9.95 seemed very expensive for what effectively was a small burger in a bun, one slice of tomato, few chips and some coleslaw.

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994jonathan, Owner at The Swan Inn Woolpit, responded to this review

We could ignore this unfair review but hey - then you as a reviewer would never learn anything about eating out. Besides which - we are proud of our pub and every so often are moved to reply to unjust criticism - especially as we all work so hard to produce excellent food.So - let's be very clear. You did... More 

Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Had a fantastic meal with family at The Swan last night. Very interesting menu and every dish chosen was a huge success. Certainly no need to travel into Bury when you have excellent food like this a few minutes away. Food is as good as any gastro pub we've been to. Certainly recommend it!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: The Street, Woolpit, Bury St. Edmunds IP30 9QN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Anglia  >  Suffolk  >  Bury St. Edmunds  >  Woolpit
  • Phone Number: +44 1359 240482

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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