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“Fabulous lunch!” 5 of 5 stars
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The Swan Inn
Lower Street, Fittleworth RH20 1EN, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Fittleworth
west sussex
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15 hotel reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Fabulous lunch!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

This pub has changed so much since the new owners took over - I hardly recognised the place. No longer dark and dingy it has a warm, welcoming interior (although the paintings could be improved!), the staff were friendly and the service was very good. We called in for a light lunch after a long walk - the pinot grigio I had was excellent as was the local beer my husband had. We both ordered the pork bap with chips which was absolutely delicious and good value. The chips were excellent and the pork just fell apart. Perfect.

The menu had an excellent choice - I had great difficulty choosing what to have as it all sounded so nice - I believe it changes every week too. I will definitely return for dinner at the earliest opportunity but for me, it will be a special occasion pub as the prices are slightly on the high side but then so many are these days!

My only comment would be that although the interior is very nice it did feel more like a small hotel than a relaxed pub - slightly more formal (waitresses in a uniform for example) - but maybe that was because we went at lunch time and there were a few businessmen in there - it wasn't a problem just an observation. My dog appreciated the dog biscuits that are on sale at the bar - a nice touch!

Definitely worth a visit.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Winchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

I chose The Swan without seeing it as the base for our wedding party in late April. I am so glad we did. When we arrived on the Friday night, the bar was heaving and the restaurant too - a smashing first impression that remained. Villages like Fittleworth need a local like The Swan & it is so nice to see locals flocking to a great, friendly boozer with a sensational restaurant. Please pay little attention to the Moaning Michael below. The accommodation was perfectly acceptable with small faults that you would expect to find in such a building. So the roof leaked in an old coaching inn on one of the wettest April weekends in history, but do not let this put you off. It has a charming character & the young, enthusiastic & helpful staff did everything to ensure we were happy & comfortable. From front of house to the chefs, they bent over backwards to accommodate us. The owners are in the process of a complete renovation & they will get there. Stay there & enjoy it! We're going back next year to celebrate our anniversary & are already looking forward to it.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

My husband and I wanted to visit Arundel Castle and we decided to stay at The Swan after I'd read excellent reviews related to the food. Whilst travelling on the Saturday I realised that I hadn't booked a table for dinner that night so phoned the Swan and a very friendly gentleman accommodated us with a table at 9p.m.as earlier tables in the restaurant were fully booked. On arrival we were welcomed at the bar by a guy I believe was called Chris who took our drinks order and then proceeded to check us in. The bar was lively and yet nothing was too much trouble for the gentleman manning the check-in and bar. He even took the time to look out walks from the door for us. Our room was good and we couldn't agree with some of the comments we read on Tripadvisor about the rooms. The bathroom was well equipped, clean and had an excellent shower. We ordered aperitifs at 8.30p.m. in the bar and were led to our table at 8.45p.m. as it was available. Bethan was our host and she was wonderful. The food was out of this world and very good value we felt. The ambiance of the restaurant was warm and my husband and I had a fabulous evening chatting beside the fireplace over our gastronomic delights. In the morning Bethan took our breakfast order and once more, nothing was too much trouble. She also checked us out and took the time to indicate where further information could be found in the bar related to the Ancient Order of Froth Blowers! Worth a read. We then went on a 15 mile walk and although the bar was due to close (4.55p.m.) Bethan was more than willing to serve us a couple of drinks to provide sustenance to weary walkers before our long drive home. We would certainly recommend this venue to all our friends and the highlight for us has to be the food and the service. Thank you.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012 via mobile

We were recommended this pub for dinner by a local B&B following a change of ownership, we were not disappointed, one of the best meals we've had! We have since been back and yet again the food was amazing!

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Winchester, England, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

We stayed at The Swan at the end of April as we were getting married nearby. The room we stayed in was number five - Constable - which was charming. It had a four poster bed which was really comfortable. The food was completely fabulous, dinner Friday night, lunch on Saturday and breakfast Saturday and Sunday. Above all this I would say that the staff were the most helpful, friendly, courteous, and kind I have ever come across. Helping out with bizarre last minute wedding problems (ice buckets and jelly making!) and generally being fabulous. Thank you so much for making our wedding weekend as lovely as it was. We have already planned to return there next year for our first anniversary.

Room Tip: Room five has a lovely four poster bed, but it is above the bar so could be noisy for some people.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winchester
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

We stayed here at the end of April 2012 and given the price we had been quoted were expecting rooms to be of a high standard. The first room we were shown to looked very tired, in deperate need of redecorating and a main light would have been nice instead of only bed side lamps. As the lock to the room was broken we were moved to another room. Unfortunately this room was at the front by the main road so was woken early both days by the traffic. Added to this the shower leaked and flooded the bathroom floor. Then, on opening our door in the morning we were greeted by a lovely water feature with a mayonaise bucket positioned to capture the water dripping through the ceiling (and what appeared to be through the emergency exit sign, is that safe with the electrics?). On the second morning there was an additional bucket to catch more water dripping through another part of the ceiling.

Although the breakfasts were good and it looked like the food being served at lunch time was of a decent standard I would not recommend staying here unless significant improvements are made to justify the high price.

Room Tip: Don't stay here.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Walton-on-Thames
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

Service was quick, and all staff were very warm and welcoming. Beautiful setting which contributed to the overall great experience. Food was of a high standard, and I particularly recommend the pork belly!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lower Street, Fittleworth RH20 1EN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > West Sussex > Fittleworth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Fittleworth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 15
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