Swan Hotel is absolutely beautiful, medieval, exposed beams and large dining room with piano gallery.
The food on the first night - the risotto was lukewarm, the pannacotta was solid. The second night took forever to be served, the food was hot but overcooked and the fruit salad was that hard chunky stuff (lots of granny smith apple etc) and the ice cream was poor quality. The sticky toffee pudding was perfect but the apricot tart and the steamed pudding were abysmal. The pastry on the lemon tart was as tough as it gets,
Breakfast one day was cold, cold bacon, cold egg and toast which had that tired quality you only get when it has been stacked flat in the kitchen, Breakfast the following day was hot but the toast the same.
The staff throughout were extremely helpful, patient and always pleasant.
The rooms were dusky and dark, maybe they thought that would lend itself to the period but it was impossible to read kn your bedroom. Funnily enough they have an early morning paper of your choice delivered to your bedroom.
This hotel used to be considerd one of the best hotels in England but it is sadly missing its top class chef/cook, and the pastry chef needs, as they say, to review his position.
The quality of bedding, towels, bathroom accessories was good if not excellent.
The television had only 4 channels and thoughtfully had a maximum sound control.
To sum up, I reckon the biggest disappointment was to my expectations. If you were looking for a fairly comfortable (my room was cold but it was icecold outside) stay in Lavenham with staff who could not do enough for you and you didn't care about the food you would be alright.
Lavenham itself is an absolute delight.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestling in the Suffolk countryside, between Bury St. Edmunds and Sudbury, is The Swan Hotel & Spa in Lavenham, perhaps one of England's most iconic hotels. The Swan dates back to the 15th century when it played a key role in Lavenham's wool trade. Today it is a quintessential English country hotel and restaurant, proud of its achievement of AA 4 Red star, two AA Rosettes & Visit England Large Hotel of the Year 2013. Ancient oak beams and inglenook fireplaces blend beautifully with rich furnishings and fabrics to create the perfect ambiance for rest and relaxation. The historic old bar boasts a wonderful collection of memorabilia, including a wall signed by British and American airmen stationed at Lavenham Airfield during World War II. The Swan is a wonderful place in which to celebrate a variety of special occasions, including romantic weddings, christenings and family get-togethers. It is also a unique venue for seminars, meetings and conferences, where 15th century inspiration combines with 21st century innovation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lavenham Swan Hotel
- Swan Hotel & Spa Lavenham Suffolk