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“Very busy, short staffed, but fantastic food.” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Bull & Swan
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Stamford
Certificate of Excellence
Lincolnshire, England
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Very busy, short staffed, but fantastic food.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

We went to the Bull and Swan for Boxing Day for lunch at 2.00p.m. but unfortunately they had been let down by some of their staff and were run off their feet and were behind with the table times by about an hour. However, the staff were very attentive. Our waitress, Nicky was most apologetic and couldn't do more for us. The food was excellent and the whole experience, that could have been a triall, was turned into a treat. I would heartily recommend this restaurant and can only hope the guest rooms are as good. Well done.

R. Gent, Spalding, Lincs.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ben L, Manager at The Bull & Swan, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Thank for your review and positive feedback. As you know Christmas is a very busy time for us and it is good to hear that we have managed to maintain our usual high standards. I will be sure to pass your comments on to Nikki and look forward to seeing you again in 2013.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
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57 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2012

We have stayed in a few Hillbrooke hotels and Quirky Luxury is just right.
The Bull and Swan is welcoming, well once you have made it through the old coaching arch into the car park, if you have a big car you will probably breath in as you drive in.
The bar is a great traditional bar full of character and super dining room ,l it can get pricey but staying on a package which are usually available is pretty good value.
The rooms are excellent and really comfortable overall one of my favourite UK locations
The location is super either as a stop off or to spend a day in Stamford which is a great town as its pretty much as it was 200 years ago.

Room Tip: Have stayed twice in 2 different rooms they were both excellent
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 19571964
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Ben L, Manager at The Bull & Swan, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Thank you for your kind words about The Bull and Swan. We are glad to see that our customers appreciate the hard work that we put in and we will hopefully see you again soon.
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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

I've had the pleasure of staying at the Bull and Swan 3 times in the last month, staying in 2 different rooms and eating in the bar. The Bull and Swan have done a fabulous job with their rooms. Both were beautifully decorated and impeccably clean, with exquisitely comfortable beds, Egyptian cotton bedding, feather pillows and duvet. A good selection of toiletries and teas (teapig) and coffees finished off the luxury.....dinner was home cooked to order and of a high standard, as was breakfast, with fresh juices, large bowls or cereal and yogurt and a large range of cooked options...blooming marvellous and highly recommended

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rebecca M
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Ben L, Manager at The Bull & Swan, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Thank you firstly for returning to us for the third time and thank you for such a kind review. I will be sure to pass your comments on to the staff. We hope to see you later in the year.
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Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

This is a really nice pub B&B/hotel that does a great job of retaining the traditional feel yet providing the modern extras that makes a stay that bit more comfortable - A stereo in the room, WiFi etc. Our room was very large and comfy. The bathroom was really spacious with an excellent rain type shower. The breakfast was also very good, excellent quality fresh foods....

Great place to stay, highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank ShoreRam
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Ben L, Manager at The Bull & Swan, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Thank you for your lovely review, I am glad that you like the mix between traditional and modern. We all work hard to ensure that our standards are kept high. I will let the staff know that this is being recognised by our customers. Wishing you all the best for 2013.
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Glasgow
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2012

stayed here for a night and had an amazing time. the staff are great , they were helpfull and very knowlegible. the room was fantastic. The food was excellent and service friendly but efficient. normally stay at the george but have found a new favourite place to stay in stamford.
well done management and staff keep up the good work

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank tlf992
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Ben L, Manager at The Bull & Swan, responded to this review, January 13, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review, it is lovely to hear such good feedback and I will be sure to pass it on to the team. We hope to see you again in 2013.
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

The food at the Bull and Swan is always really good. Decent portion sizes and really tasty. Their soft boiled venison scotch eggs are a definite must, and in the summer the courtyard area is one of the few places in stamford you can eat outside.

Downside is that it's just a tiny bit overpriced. Not massively, but it feels a pound or two over for each course. But it's local so I don't mind most of the time.

The interior as well was partly done up but not entirely. It is somewhere that would seriously benefit from some new chairs and tables to get rid of the fusty old pub look and make it into a bit more of a gastropub feel like some of the others in the area. There have been quite a few times when I've wanted to go there for the food, but decided against it because of the interior and the seating.

Also on a sunday it has the limited menu which is very expensive which is always a major no for me

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank h_bav
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Ben L, General Manager at The Bull & Swan, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Thank you for your review. I am pleased that you enjoy eating at The Bull & Swan. We use local, high quality suppliers to maintain the quality of our food. If you haven’t yet seen it, you may be pleased to know that we have recently updated our bottom bar with new sofas and chairs. I look forward to seeing you back at the pub soon.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2012

This is our second visist and again we had an amzing stay, the staff although they have changed are second to none, very friendly and efficient! We had the same room as before and amzingly it is still as perfect as before and they seemed to have dorted out the noise from the road, secondry glazing works wonders....We ate in the bar and had their meal deal which with 2 main courses and a bottle of wine for £20 amazing value and very good quality! All we can say is that we will be back again and is probably one of the best inns we have stayed in1 Forget to mention the fires are going now which make it even more cosy. Well done to the managment and staff and thanks again por a wonderful stay..We'll be back

Room Tip: The rooms abover the restaurant are the quiestest but all are comfortable,
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank G3rm41ne
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Ben L, General Manager at The Bull & Swan, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Thank you for your review and for visiting us again. I am pleased to hear that we are keeping our standards high. We hope that you continue using us when you visit Stamford .
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Property: The Bull & Swan
Address: 24A High Street, Stamford PE9 2LJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Lincolnshire > Stamford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Stamford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Bull & Swan 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Once upon a time there was a drinking club at Burghley House. It was founded by The 5th Earl of Exeter in 1684 and it was called The Honourable Order of Little Bedlam. It had an eclectic bunch of members: The Baptist Earl of Gainsborough was known as Greyhound, The Hon Charles Bertie was The Stag and The Earl of Denbigh was Tyger amongst other nefarious characters. They would have drunk locally brewed ales, feasted on Burghley Estate and other local produce and created total bedlam. Things have a habit of coming round and we are delighted to invite you to dine on our local produce, sup our fine ales and obviously behave very, very well! ... more   less 
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