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“Drinks on the terrace on a sunny Friday afternoon”
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Swan Hotel & Spa
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Newby Bridge
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Helsby, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Drinks on the terrace on a sunny Friday afternoon”
Reviewed June 9, 2014

We called in on spec on a sunny afternoon. We sat on the lakeside terrace with friends.
We had chilled wine and ordered two local cheeseboards to nibble on. Though the waiter did not know the names of the cheeses he did go and find out and returned with a list. Delicious and highly recommended . Nice mix of people as there was a wedding on with a really good wedding singer who serenaded guests.

Perfect sunny day and something we would definitely do again. Service was great.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed June 8, 2014

After several of my friends had recommended The Swan to us, we had high hopes when we went for dinner in April 2014. Such a shame - we had wanted to sit in the restaurant, only to be told that they were fully booked and without a reservation, they could not seat us, but advised the same menu is available in the bar. The staff didn't seem very interested and appeared to be students. I would like to add, the restaurant at this point was empty. As in NOT ONE person there. We ate in the bar and the food was nice and a reasonable price, but I wasn't blown away. As we left, the restaurant had a single table of four seated. We were disappointed and wouldn't come back.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne
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118 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed June 5, 2014

We stopped for tea! The Swan has extended the riveredge terrace with a pink and white theme. The weather had brightened and we were lucky to find a table. Quite a continental atmosphere as we all wanted to linger in the sunshine in this delightful spot.

Room Tip: We only had tea on the terrace
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Bowness-on-Windermere, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed June 4, 2014

Just come back from nice lunch I had with my friend in Swan Hotel.. Bar area is really stylish, food delicious and very good value for money...Lounge area is quiet and spacious- ideal for private conversation with a cup of tea.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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London
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29 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed June 4, 2014

The Swan was highly recommended....and sadly disappointing :-(

We were keen to try this place and fitted it in during a helicopter flight.
(The staff were exceptionally helpful and arranging the Heli landing was just one phone call. The landing site is very user friendly and is strictly 1 Heli at a time. Wind sock available. Size 30m x40m approx)

On first appearance the hotel is quite stunning. The spa is apparently very highly recommended, although when we tried to book they were full....3month lead time for weekend bookings! However they did recommend the Armathwaite Hall in Bassenthwaite which was SUPERB!!

So the reason for us going there.....steak! We like steak! I wouldn't say I was an expert but I know a good steak v a bad steak

We ordered the chateaubriand and I have to say it was rubbish! Very disappointed! It was more akin to a rubber doggy chew!

I will definitely return there for use of the bar and restaurant but there are better hotels to visit

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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England
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100 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2014

This is a beautiful hotel and perfect for our friends wedding. The hotel overlooks a river and at the back there are delightful gardens, so whatever room you are allocated you will have a pleasant view. The room was lovely and had all we needed.
We sadly didn't have time to use the spa but from what we saw it was clean and inviting.
The breakfast was excellent and whilst we didn't eat in the actual restaurant we did attend a wedding catered by the hotel and the food was delicious, so I would imagine the restaurant is equally good.
We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel and we would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: Whilst the back of the hotel has nice gardens the front rooms overlook the river and I would imagine...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2014

I offer a warning to all diners not, NOT to order the BBQ Beef Rib for a main course. Tonight, on my first visit to this hotel restaurant I was extremely disappointed by this dish. It was served on a large skinned rib only to make it look bigger. The beef was sandwiched between two layers of fat and the beef, tender as it was, required my whole attention to find it.
A considerate poor dish, which was very spicy and rather disappointing.

Out of four meals served, 50% were disappointing. When we informed the waitress, our comments fell on stony ground and were ignored.

Oh, we only had main courses so we weren't offered bread rolls. Couldn't wait to leave.

Room Tip: Keep to the half chicken, but they had ran out of that meal by 7:45 p.m.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Property: Swan Hotel & Spa
Address: Newby Bridge, Newby Bridge LA12 8NB, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Newby Bridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Newby Bridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Swan Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the picturesque River Leven at the southern tip of Lake Windermere, this 17th-century coaching inn is full of character and charm, but also offers well-equipped rooms, first-class leisure facilities and a fabulous ESPA spa. Enjoy the cosy, traditional lounges with roaring log fires, sample a unique local ale and enjoy a first-class dinner from the extensive hotel menu. The chef makes a point of finding the very best natural ingredients from local sources. If you're planning on a family trip, you'll find that The Swan has excellent facilities for children. Whether it's books and toys available in the library, a special restaurant menu or the complimentary milk and cookies served up at bedtime, younger guests are well looked after. Of course, there are many opportunities for them to play too - both in the hotel's 14 acres and the beautiful surrounding countryside. Whatever the reason for your trip, business or pleasure, you can be sure of the warmest of welcomes and will have the perfect base for exploring the wonderful beauty of the Lake District. ... more   less 
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