We arrived for our 3pm lunch. Eventually our two pre-ordered bottles of white wine came out, tepid in temperature. We had to ask for two ice coolers to chill them and even had to ask for wine glasses even though the wine was pre-ordered. Our starters came out (prawns and salmon should have been described as one prawn and salmon). After a very long wait, we chased our main meal up. Mine was luke warm. We had to ask for water loads of times and whilst most of the staff were pleasant, some of them looked fed up and wanting to go home. The cheese board sat on our table for ages until we could flag a waiter down to get us plates and knifes. I wouldn't go back to the swan for a special occasion again as the service was slack and simple details like glasses, plates and cutlery seemed to be an effort. A real shame as it was the first time we had ever eaten out for Christmas lunch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Swan Hotel Alton near Farnham and Basingstoke, is located in the Hampshire town of Alton with easy access via the A31 making it an ideal base if visiting Farnham, Aldershot, Winchester, Basingstoke. The Swan Hotel dates back to the 16th century and was a main stage on the old London-Southampton coaching route, and the Swan Hotel has been catering handsomely to passing traffic since the 16th century. Tradition has it that the poet Edmund Spenser, Sir Francis Drake, Queen Elizabeth I and the Earl of Essex all broke their journeys here. Another famous guest was Lord Nelson. Our guests include many people of sense and sensibility - that is to say, devotees of Jane Austen, who make their pilgrimage to her cottage in the Chawton, where Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, were both written, during their stay with us. The cottage now is a popular tourist attraction and museum dedicated to Jane's life and work. Today the Swan Hotel is popular with locals and travellers alike and along with the new refurbishment is an excellent base for exploring the surrounding area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Swan Hotel Alton