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The Bear and Swan

13 South Parade, Chew Magna BS40 8SL, England
+44 1275 331100
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good29%
  • Average13%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible5%
Travelers talk about
“steak” (24 reviews)
“liver” (7 reviews)
“tagliatelle” (3 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
13 South Parade, Chew Magna BS40 8SL, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Had lunch with the girls, 3 course meals all round. excellent home made food homemade honeycomb for dessert was beautiful, at a reasonable price, lovely ambience. new decking in the garden and fire pits. Will be going in the evening very soon. We were all...More

Thank amandamulvs
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After regular visits with girl friends to this Pub, this particular Tuesday night was very disappointing. Steak night.....no Sirloin! Two of us opted for Bravette Steak recommended to be cooked at least medium! Side order of Mushrooms for one. Steak arrives overcooked, very dry, loads...More

1  Thank Basilbristol
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

i never write reviews but feel compelled after our latest supper in the Bear and Swan. Being local and a regular i have seen the quality of the food and service slip over the last few months but last night was the final straw. What...More

2  Thank saf11242
TheOHHPubCo, General Manager at The Bear and Swan, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello, I can only apologise about Sunday to you. One of our kitchen team had an unfortunate accident which meant a trip to A&E to re-attach most of his thumb, which meant to food had been coming out slower than normal. I would like to...More

Reviewed April 29, 2018

5 of us came for and evening meal in the dining room, which was busy and got busier, initial service was very attentive, and friendly, starters came out quickly and were soon eaten as they were very good, long wait for mains and difficult to...More

Thank nthrubwell
Reviewed April 28, 2018

We used to use this pub a lot when it was an excellent gastropub. It then changed hands and became a "curry .n chips" place so we avoided it thereafter. However, in need of a quick snack supper on a Monday night when every other...More

Thank hollerinzebra
Reviewed April 8, 2018

Today we went for Sunday lunch for a birthday celebration. The Sunday lunch menu was not the same as the menu presented online which was disappointing, I mentioned this to the waitress who responded with bad attitude and then proceeded to moan about us with...More

Thank chloe_blacker91
thebearandswan, General Manager at The Bear and Swan, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2018

Hi Chloe, I'm really sorry for your bad experience. I have spoken with my team about the issues you have raised, as there is no excuse for poor service. They have told me they are sure that they offered you more drinks, and that you...More

Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

Our family of six celebrated a birthday on a Saturday evening. The place was busy yet we were well attended to by staff. Plenty of choice on the menu and reasonably priced too. Wine list comprehensive and good value. Fun staff with talkative and great...More

Thank Derek M
thebearandswan, General Manager at The Bear and Swan, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2018

Hi Derek, Thank you so much for your comments, looking forward to seeing you again! Best regards Meri

Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile

Popped in with toddler for a drink and staff could not have been more helpful and welcoming. Good selection of beers, clean and pleasant pub with open fire and good looking menu.

Thank 53saint74
thebearandswan, Manager at The Bear and Swan, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2018

Thank you for taking time to leave us a review! I'm glad you enjoyed your time at the Bear and Swan. We hope to see you again soon! Sam

Reviewed March 18, 2018 via mobile

Booked last minute for a Sunday roast. Food was really nice and huge portion I had the roast and my partner had fish and chips which was lovely. Great atmosphere and quaint little local pub very nice

Thank Cher6402
thebearandswan, General Manager at The Bear and Swan, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2018

Hello Cher, Thank you for your kind comments, hope to see you again soon! Best regards Meri

Reviewed March 18, 2018

This pub is local to us - always a reliable high quality option for a meal out. Great fish'n'chips and a range of alternative meals which never disappoint. Very high quality and a repeat venue for locals in the Chew Valley - which says something...More

1  Thank Damian G
thebearandswan, General Manager at The Bear and Swan, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2018

Thank you Damian! Glad to be of service :) Best regards Meri

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Questions & Answers
February 8, 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from ShimmyGirl3 | Reviewed this property |
we have dined there with coeliac friend, very accommodating with menu and adjustments.
sophie p
April 6, 2017|
Response from matt w | Property representative |
We allow any size of dog in our bar area! Team Bear & Swan
March 15, 2017|
Response from matt w | Property representative |
We offer a full menu along side our sunday lunch menu! Thanks Bear and Swan
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
8:30 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: +44 1275 331100
  • E-mail
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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