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The Swan Inn
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Swan Lane | Barnby, Nr Beccles, Beccles NR34 7QF, England
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Swan Lane | Barnby, Nr Beccles, Beccles NR34 7QF, England
01502476646
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Visitor rating
  • 38
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Fresh Fish Doesn't Stink .

I am informed that the owner allegedly ordered the chef to serve our plainly off and stinking Dover Soles ! I'm also led to believe that this is now common practice?? Unbelievable !!! Wonder what the health and hygiene inspector might say about this ?? Was absolutely revolting ....... Yuck !

2 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2013
Neilson57
via mobile
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013 via mobile

I am informed that the owner allegedly ordered the chef to serve our plainly off and stinking Dover Soles ! I'm also led to believe that this is now common practice?? Unbelievable !!! Wonder what the health and hygiene inspector might say about this ?? Was absolutely revolting ....... Yuck !

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

A return visit to the Swan and what a delight! The food was absolutely delicious and the service excellent. Can't wait to go back.

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

This is the most delightful - that specialises in fish dishes. there is so much choice on the Specials board which is in the pub area - & then you are given the main menu with so many other choices. All in all the best fish restaurant around - the seabass fillets cooked with the lobster is absolutley delicious. The... More 

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Lowestoft, England, United Kingdom
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226 reviews 226 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

I was looking for somewhere to take Mum for Mothers' Day and as it had been 8 years since she had eaten at the Swan we decided to pay it a visit. I was a little worried about taking her there as I had read many recent poor reviews of the food and service on here, but I took a... More 

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Bungay, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

I've eaten here many times over the years but sadly things are not getting better. We sat at a table in the bar initially. When I bought drinks, the change missed my hand and the young lad left me to pick up the change from the floor even though it was on his side of the bar by the access... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

We have been to the Swan a few times over the years but doubt we will return after our meal there last night. Firstly the service was VERY slow - took for ever to take our order and then we waited a long long time before receiving our food. The starters were just ok. They ran out of bread so... More 

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Lowestoft, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

We visited for the second time just recently with plenty of choice on the menu upon entering the restaurant. The bar staff did not welcome us, or even look at us (all 4 of us), eventually the lady asked what we wanted - we said we had already booked a table - was not offered to take a seat anywhere... More 

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Beccles, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Having used the Swan on several occations and always found it very good .Having said that they have always been on a weekend or near christmas Went there on a weds night a week ago and was very dissapointed The food was not as good as before and we seemed to be rushed and to be honest my local chippy... More 

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Suffolk uk
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

As a family we have been going to the swan for over 20 years and recently the food has not been up to scratch. We went this weekend and to be honest I was really disapointed. My smoked haddock was the size of a starter, the chips were burnt and really overcooked, the peas frozen so to be honest I... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

We have visited the Swan Inn many times during the 13 years we've lived in the area. It prides itself on the awards it has won, but that's history. We feel that the quality and atmosphere are sadly going - we mentioned this to the staff, and they agreed with us... The herring milts remain a favourite and the skate... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Swan Lane | Barnby, Nr Beccles, Beccles NR34 7QF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Anglia  >  Suffolk  >  Beccles
  • Phone Number: 01502476646

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

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