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The Black Swan Inn

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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159 High Street, Swanage BH19 2NE, England
+44 1929 423846
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hersham, null, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were staying for the weekend in a cottage just around the corner and have been here several times before. That said this visit was exceptional - excellent and friendly service from booking from to paying, and the food was amazing! Best fish pie I have ever had and the selection of pudds made it difficult to choose. Our 2... More 

Thank Rod T
Northampton, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Me and my partner were staying in Swanage between Christmas and New year. We stumbled upon this pub, close to where we were staying, which the locals also recommended to us. We nearly didn't get in as they were very popular. The food was lovely, all freshly cooked. One of the nicest meals we've had. The puddings also looked fantastic,... More 

Thank EMGY11
Bracknell, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the Black Swan on New Years Day as a large family of 9. The staff and the chief/owner was very attentive and we were made to feel very welcome. The food was a bit of a mixed bag with some of our party loving what they ordered and some not so much. I think overall it comes... More 

Thank David P
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went for dinner 30/12/2016 the food was amazing,could not beat it faultless, staff very helpful, friendly and very sweet.So nice to see a pub , a proper pub hasn't changed a bit ( please don't change a thing). Would definitely recommend it,we loved it , will definitely go again when we return to Swanage. Excellent !

Thank darrren j
Swanage, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a fantastic Christmas dinner at the Black Swan and the food was faultless with staff too match. Thank you to you all.

Thank magscorben
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the Black Swam based on reviews here, thankfully we arrived at opening time and the staff kindly squeezed us in on an agreed time limit (done reasonably and sensibly). Food was very good with a range of dishes being enjoyed from the main menu and specials board. Definately recommend a visit here but do book.

Thank Ben S
Swanage, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for lunch today, (New Years Day) in a party of eight. The menu covered a wide selection although there were a couple of items not available. Despite this everyone, six adults and two children, were all able to find selections that they were happy with. I had BBQ Ribs (a huge portion) a couple had Lamb Shanks and another... More 

Thank Dave M
United Kingdom
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Called in for a beer but wished we hadn't eaten a huge slab of cake at teatime. The staff were friendly & the pub was full of diners enjoying some very tasty looking food. I had no complaints with my pint of ale but was rather envious of the diners tucking into some good wholesome fayre. I will be back... More 

Thank M2BTJ
Greater London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have been coming to Swanage for many years and have often walked past this place and said we should try it but never have. A friend of ours visited it earlier in the year and said how nice it was. So I phoned and booked a table, the last one. The menu is good but the special board is even... More 

Thank Nick W
Loughborough, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked this place early (August!), as my wife is Coeliac and eating out can be problemmatic. We were here in Swanage for the week and had been told this pub does cater for Gluten free. Well, leading up to the event Darren was very communicative and helpful in terms of finding out which dishes were, or could be made... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 159 High Street, Swanage BH19 2NE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Isle of Purbeck  >  Swanage
  • Phone Number: +44 1929 423846

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?