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The Bear and Swan

$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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13 South Parade, Chew Magna BS40 8SL, England
+44 1275 331100
9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A really lovely lunch with friends at The Bear and Swan. The service was friendly, relaxed and professional. The food was excellent - good British dishes using excellent ingredients. I had the salmon starter followed by confit if duck leg. Others in the party tried squid and risotto and the beef. We all had an excellent meal in simple lovely... More 

Thank Sally C
Hampshire, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great pub, lovely garden and the best Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwich I've eaten in the UK - outside of my own!!!

Thank frannilou
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's some time since we last visited in Chew Magna - always tricky to drive there as cars (everyone else's) get bigger! Still worth it however for lunch at the Bear & Swan - well-kept beer, a nice ambiance and really good calves liver & bacon - altogether very pleasant, so we'll be back.

Thank Sid_Severn
Quinta do Lago, Portugal
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Travelled to Somerset for wedding. Arrived a little late: no problem - delicious burgers for supper. Have provided accommodation in the last year: we had a very comfortable room. Great breakfast. Really helpful and friendly staff, nothing too much trouble. Would recommend this pub every time be it for a drink, meal or overnight stay.

Thank drmarkfrancis
Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Of the pubs in Chew Magna, this appeared the best. A nice welcoming atmosphere and menu. The fish and chips smelt nice, but you don't often see calves liver and it's a favourite of mine , so we both ordered that. It arrived with excellent fresh veg. The carrot in particular was cooked just right and the gravy full of... More 

Thank Roderick G
Bristol, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

The service is excellent: very friendly, accommodating staff who treat you like one of the family. Child and dog friendly. Never a swear word or bad language in the bar. Food is consistently good and the steak night especially good value. Our favourite pub in Chew Magna.

Thank Spoursy
Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

My daughter ate here this week with her dad. She was so impressed she booked a table for the next day to take me. I can only say what a lovely place. We could take our little dog in, which is nice in the winter. Do not be fooled by the fact that you can take dogs in the bar... More 

Thank JeanEllen2013
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146 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

Have been here once before and again every dish of food was very good. The two steaks ordered were both a bit too overdone for what we asked for but nonetheless were good. Service was charming and they had a musical duo playing who were excellent. My only real issue was that despite it being packed with folk, we were... More 

Thank merrybrood
Wells, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016 via mobile

Travelzoo deal so terrific value. Part of OHH group. All 4 of us very impressed with the standard of food and efficient service. Good wine selection and draught beers. Three of us had lamb rump- probably the best I've ever had. Absolutely nothing to grumble about and as per previous comments - worth the full price. Chew is well served... More 

Thank Gordon675
Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

Went mid afternoon for a Sunday Roast catch-up with girlfriends and both the service and food were lovely! Generous meat portions and a great vegetable selection. Good wine menu and delicious desserts. One word of warning just as we were arriving lots of families with small children were finishing up so I imagine our 3pm lunch wouldn't have been as... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
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
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Kids, 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: +44 1275 331100
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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