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The Bear and Swan

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13 South Parade, Chew Magna BS40 8SL, England
9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I do not usually write over-effusive reviews of restaurants, as I am usually disappointed by other peoples' reviews. However, once in a blue moon, I feel compelled to broadcast my excitement about a restaurant that I rate as excellent. The Bear & Swan is a restaurant attached to a popular upmarket pub. I had heard that the food was good... More 

Thank Nigel O
San Juan Capistrano, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

LOVED this place!! It's a stone pub in a little village outside Bristol. The food was amazing. Literally! We had fish and chip with mashed peas that were incredible. A roast beef sandwich on homemade bread with fresh horseradish sauce. Cider and 2 desserts. The brownie was one of the best I've ever had. And we had another dessert that... More 

Thank erinkatemac
Borehamwood, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Spent Sat night at the hotel that included breakfast and had a meal Sat evening there. It was PERFECT. The meal was excellent - three different steaks all cooked superbly, great presentation and service. The room was spotlessly clean and the bed mega comfortable with 5* walk-in shower room, and breakfast was relaxed and as much as you want. Location... More 

Thank JerryG25
South West England, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I drive past this pub everyday on the route to work and have always thought how nice it looks with the big bay windows and get quite jealous watching people have their Sunday lunch there- so this Sunday I decided to finally visit and I'm glad I did :) The decor inside is very tasteful and in keeping with the... More 

Thank Danielle L
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came for a Friday evening meal with family, friendly welcome from bar staff and homely atmosphere. Lovely personalised chalk board with specials and events etc ... Gin of the week went down a treat - Ophir spiced gin! Delicious food with fab presentation and perfectly cooked, would absolutely recommend the fish dishes. Attentive staff throughout, with complimentary bread to start... More 

Thank Sophie W
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this pub, gorgeous decor and fantastic menu selection and food that will not disappoint. Had a scotch egg for the first time, yummo and the liver and bacon, wow! Portions are generous so two courses is all you need. Menu selection has something for everyone. Staff are polite, friendly and attentive. Winter would be gorgeous with the fireplaces lit.... More 

Thank beauman91
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful pub with great atmosphere. Our meals were excellent as was the service. There is a super menu covering all tastes, a bonus was the home made bread which was fantastic, even had to buy some to take home !!! Exceptional, well recommend a visit !

Thank Edwarddoone
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were not expecting a late Saturday afternoon pub lunch to be anything more than burger and chips but this traditional find has a great menu. Starters of scotch egg and mussels in good sized potions were delicious. Main course pan fried trout served with sand fire really tasty and the kids would have been happier eating from the main... More 

Thank Lisa S
Bristol, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very pleasant setting, especially the window seats. Unhurried service, quality food well presented from an Express, Al a Carte and Bar menu. A good range of draught beers as well. We will be returning as a bigger group next month.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a party of 8 for a lunch at the Bear & Swan yesterday. Service was excellent - welcoming, friendly and timely. Food was exceptional - we had a variety of dishes and all were cooked perfectly (and to order), were flavoursome and accompanied with a delicious mix of vegetables. Truly superb - can't be faulted

Thank rfi30

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Bar, British, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 13 South Parade, Chew Magna BS40 8SL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Somerset  >  Chew Magna
  • Phone Number: 441275331100
Escape the city at this handsome local in the heart of the foodie Mendips. Eat well in the woody, intimate and candle-lit dining room. The generous menu: locals look forward to steak night with meat sourced from Walter Rose butchers in Wiltshire. Bedrooms are up steep concrete steps from the courtyard (bit of building work going on next door but quiet at night). Find serene creams, decorative fireplaces, Egyptian cotton sheets and smart coffee machines.

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