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The Swan
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All reviewsroll top baththe publoft roomporkgreat foodbeautiful roomstayed for one nightnever disappointsbreakfast was includedwet roompretty gardenthe staff were friendly and helpfulcomfy beda real treatboth dinner and breakfastlovely atmospherevillage shop
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

We used to live in Wedmore and returned over the Christmas period to go to a friend's party. We were delighted to see how the Swan has been transformed. Our bed was wonderfully comfy; the bedroom was stylishly decorated with a lovely bathroom (no shower, but a great standalone bath). The heating was too high for us and we were a bit confused by the heating controls - there was a thermostat on the wall but also a radiator with a rad stat? - but that was pretty much the only criticism of the bedroom that I can muster.

Breakfast was delicious, and we liked the idea of offering set dishes (e.g. scrambled egg and mushrooms on toast - yum) rather than the usual full English pick 'n' mix. Nice coffee, too.

We didn't take an evening meal, but can hardly wait for an excuse to return to Wedmore and try it out.

The staff were all young and helpful and efficient, although there was noticeable absence of anyone who obviously owned or managed the place: it somehow seemed a bit impersonal.

Overall, very highly recommended indeed.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank remj
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Reviewed December 23, 2011

Wedmore is a small, pretty, Somerset village, not really the type of place you would expect to find such an excellent gastro pub. The Swan is set in the heart of the village with good parking at the rear, which is important because parking is difficult in the town. The building had been empty for quite a while but has now been completely refurbished in the fashionable 'shabby chic' style. They have kept a traditional local pub format for the front of house and have made a large dining area behind the bar. The atmosphere is cosy but lively at the same time. We stayed two nights over the Christmas period, so perhaps it was not a typical time to be there because there were a lot of groups, making a bit more noise than usual. Our room was large, King size bed, large shower room and a claw foot bath tub in the bedroom if you wanted to soak, good quality, locally sourced, natural shower products were supplied in generous quantities. Two things I would change in the rooms were, there was no shaver point and the lighting was too dim to be able to apply make up. The bedside DAB radio was also a bit of a mystery when it came to setting the alarm. For dinner we chose from the Christmas menu which was traditional but very imaginative which seems to be the theme for all the menus, eg. the starter was a carpaccio of beef (locally sourced) with slices of raw beetroot and horseradish cream, elegant and tasty. Breakfast is generous with a good choice. The River Cottage cooking team, aim to source the freshest, best, locally produced products and this shows in the quality of the food. The bread is baked fresh daily on the premises. The staff are young, they may need a bit of polishing around the edges but we found them friendly and helpful and are proud to be part of the success of the pub. If you are staying, you need to remember that this is a pub and there will be noise when people leave the pub at night, the windows would benefit from double glazing.

Room Tip: The large rooms at the front are quieter than the smaller rooms at the back that overlook the car park and kitchen.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 13, 2011

I have visited this venue on three occasions recently. the food was excellent and it had a busy. vibrant, trendy atmosphere.
Loved the lampshade chandelier in the restaurant.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank rubymaude
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Reviewed October 29, 2011

Called in for afternoon coffee, liked the atmosphere so much I booked a room for the night instead of staying at a nearby hotel. It was the smallest of the rooms (£85) but big enough. Nice touches like proper coffee and some wonderful bath and hair products. No shower, but a big enamel jug by the bath.
You can eat in either the bar area or more formal restaurant. same menu. Grilled steak was succulent and the venison delicious. Puddings superb. service was friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. While the bed was super comfy the room not well sound proofed and noise from the hotel (a workman and drill!!) woke us at 8am. Breakfast was again superb. I wanted to stay longer if just to taste the pheasant and butter beans that was on offer at lunch for £10. Downside was the noisy room (don't book no5 or 6 at the top of the stairs) and the lack of a proper hotel check-in. You have to wander into the bar or restaurant to find (enthusiastic!) help but its off putting for both guests and diners.

Room Tip: Don't get a room at the tip of the stairs. The big doubles at the front have large free standing baths in the main bedroom
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Thank jillburdett
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Reviewed October 13, 2011

We called in just for a meal and found it a very dissapointing experience. When paying our bill we told the front of house we were dissapppointed and why and he said "sorry" ! Apart from finding the service less than average I ordered the only vegetarian option and it was served with beetroot. As this is the only vegetable I do not like I asked if it could be substituted with anything else and was told that it could not. Therefore I was served a spoonful of lentils cooked in cider with a slice of goats cheese on top and charged over £9. The food was delicious but the size of the portion and the lack of flexibliity with the menu was very poor indeed. We will not be going back.

Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
2  Thank mec924
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