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The Black Swan Inn

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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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32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Really hungry after a day on the bike - first time eating at the Black Swan. Menu had loads of options plus at least 6 specials. Mezze shared starter dish was enough for 4 people. Fish and chips were excellent and my sone had the ribs - also awesome and plentiful. Will definitely be returning!

Thank GingeJC
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We booked and visited here on New Year's Day. Goats cheese starters were very good, cheesy garlic bread was a little too cheesy if that's even possible. Roast dinner was amazing, and my partner had the sausage and mash which he said was very good. Portions are huge, we were too full for pudding! Very reasonable prices and good service.... More 

Thank Lovetoholiday12
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The specials board was full of yummy dishes, but the menu itself already has a selection that is way above average

Thank Sebastian N
Somerset, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Came down to spend my 50th birthday going back to my roots with my swanage family, the food,was totally amazing I'm a huge casolette fan and it was so,so,good one of the best I've ever had .... When there was a slight blip the customer service was amazing - thank you so much and happy 50th to your amazing chef... More 

1 Thank chawkerch
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having heard so many good things about the food here from locals, tried Sunday lunch today with friends. It was a very cold day outside and not much warmer inside. The place was busy but severely understaffed (with young untrained kids) s o waiting time for the basics of service were unforgiveable, not helped by a coterie of 'locals' sat... More 

3 Thank chrisb07
Swanage, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was absolutely delighted with everything from the minute we arrived. We were accommodated on a very busy evening and made to feel that nothing was too much trouble. The staff were friendly and efficient and could'nt do enough. I was recommended to have the mussels and was not disappointed. My partner had the BBQ ribs and they also excelled. There... More 

1 Thank Ruth B
Newbury, United Kingdom
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127 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent a very pleasant evening here enjoying the fantastic food and the beer. ( My husband was the beer enthusiast) . It's a strange little pub, with not much outside to recommend it on a wet Friday evening, but inside was a haven of traditionalism, warmth and friendliness and the BEST ribs I've had in ages. (Believe me- I'm a... More 

1 Thank Karen L
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner here on a long weekend break in Swanage and it was the best meal we've had on this trip. The quality of the food was superb, the atmosphere warm and cosy and the staff really friendly and attentive. Would really recommend this lovely pub to anyone staying in Swanage and wanting nice quality food. I had the... More 

1 Thank ViktoriaKovas
Lacock, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a Saturday night and were glad we booked as it was busy. We were very impressed all round - good value, the menu was excellent and the fish pie and beef stroganoff we ordered were superb. The service was very good even on a busy Saturday evening and we have no hesitation in giving the Black Swan... More 

1 Thank Jez_traveller
Crawley, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent food served by really friendly staff Good choice on menu and reasonably priced. Good beer Very helpful and knowledgeable bar staff Would definitely recommend

Thank jules5273

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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, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Families with children, Dining on a budget
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?