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“Warm, Busy and Friendly”
Review of The Swan

The Swan
Ranked #24 of 448 Restaurants in Ipswich
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: http://www.suffolkcamra.co.uk/pubs/pub/1001 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westerfield http://www.wheresbest.co.uk/venue/67992/The-Swan/
Reviewed November 30, 2013

Saturday night and absolutely packed at 7pm and turning tables by the time we left, so it must be popular! Recently refurbished and looking slick. The staff, lead by the excellent Laura, were friendly and attentive. The food was very good value for money and the puds are to die for!

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Thank Samsummers
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

Six of us had a super meal, the very recently updated Swan looked lovely. Laura and her team gave us great service from the moment we arrived right up to opening the door for us when we left. I would strongly recommend the Swan for all occasions and all ages.

Thank Patrick B
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

On visiting The Swan at Westerfield for lunch I found the whole experience most disappointing. Having booked a table for two at 12 noon, Specifically asking for a window table we were placed just inside the doorway and as most people do not know how to close a door correctly we were sitting in a draught all the time, as ourselves, other diners and staff members were constantly closing the door after someone had entered I'm sure there is a simple solution to an obvious problem may I suggest appropriate hinges/self closing spring is fixed to the door. It probably seemed worse after waiting 35 minutes for our meal.

Having ordered a glass of Merlot which tasted like vinegar the waitress was kind enough to change it for a 'similar tasting wine'. The spaghetti and meat balls which I ordered was extremely dry. However the 'highlight' was the mint chocolate we were given with our coffee. The décor was very pleasant but sadly that is the only positive I can honestly report. No, I will not be visiting again.

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1  Thank stephanie c
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

We went for Sunday lunch with two children. Usually when we want ,,time off from cooking a Sunday roast we head to the Shepherd and Dog. We thought we'd give the Westerfield Swan a go as its very near our home. At 3.45 it was maybe a quarter full at most which is handy for getting a table but disconcerting compared to the popularity of the S and D. Lack of people means there was a bit of a lack of atmosphere. When we go out we like the buzz of conversation from other tables. The decor is inoffensive, its country style with tasteful Farrow and Ball type colours. It will please most and not offend anyone. Ideal for mixed family groups where you don't want to be too adventurous. The Christmas decorations are pleasingly understated. There was one choice of roast. It was beef. No dedicated childrens menu just smaller plates. That was ok but think they could do with offering at least one child friendly staple eg spaghetti bolognese. I don't know many six year olds that will tackle a dish with Gorgonzola in it...Attention to detail is needed by the waiting staff. Our main course orders were completely wrong we got vegetable casseroles instead of the beef stews we ordered. We asked if we should order some side orders of veg as it looked like the stew just had butternut squash in it, we were assured there were loads of different veg in the stew. When the stew eventually arrived (as our children were finishing their meal) it only had the squash in it. So we missed out on our veggies. They happily got the children some extra gravy when we asked though.
We waited ages for someone to come and clear our plates and offer us the dessert menu. In the end we stacked them ourselves and went off in search of someone. The puddings were nice and pretty substantial. Sticky toffee pudding and lemon chiffon. We shared two between four of us. We ordered two lots of drinks. The second round was a repeat of the first round but took an age to arrive and we were given a large glass of wine when the first round was for a small. We sat in the restaurant which was a tad soulless especially when the wood burner went out... All in all it was "fine".Will we give it another go? Maybe. £62 for two children and two adults. 2 kids meals at a fiver and 2 desserts, 2 glasses of wine and 2 pints of lager.

Thank Sambuy
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

We arrived at the swan expecting great things since it had been taken over by Deben inns and we go to one of there other restaurants regularly, the coach and horses Melton, when we arrived it looked really nice they had compleatly refitted it and made a very good job of it we were shown to a round table in the bar area very nice with more comfortable chairs the staff were friendly the drinks came quickly there were three of us we struggled a bit with the menu but eventually ordered seafood gratin and one of us ordered prawns in garlic and chille butter sauce the, seafood gratin had far to much cheese on and was swimming in fat (used cheder ?) and the prawns in garlic and chille butter had very little flavor, next came the mains two spinach stuffed chicken bests with seasonal veg and rosty potatoes the chicken was fine but the potatoes were burnt having been under the grill we had to remind staff we had not had the veg, a nice selection of veg but very little taste if you were blindfolded you would not have been able to tell what vegetable you were eating, the third member of our group ordered the burglar and a side order of peas as it only came with came with chips ?, the burglar was extreemly over done burnt on one side the bap it came in was slightly burnt all in all not good very dry and just tasted ......burnt, the surroundings are very nice but the food let it down we may have just been unlucky on the night as most of what was wrong was because things were burnt from the grill, part of the same group of inns but such a differant experience we,ll stick with the coach and horses in the future!!

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1  Thank Andy S
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