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The Swan on the River

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The Swan 1 Sandhill | Littleport, Ely CB6 1NT, England
+44 1353 861677
12:00 - 22:30
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 12:00 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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253 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although the general menu is good make sure you check out the daily "specials" (on the blackboard on the wall) as the choices there are well worth considering (and in my case ordering!)

Thank Jay H
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were served an excellent meal on Saturday night. My rump steak cooked to perfection and wonderful non-greasy chips. The restaurant has a beautiful view out over the river and the staff were all very pleasant and helpful. We and our our two friends had a lovely evening.

Thank Gillian C
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited on good Friday and we sat outside with the dogs. The decking is lovely and has beautiful riverside location. We tried to sit at a table that had been cleared but non had despite there being lots of empty tables. We moved the glasses and plates to another table and sat down, however the table was really sticky... More 

Thank Carolyn H
Soham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

just got back from the swan we had a party of 18 people and its because so many people was there I did not complain as not to spoil party i had rump steak which was so fatty could not cut with steak knife let alone chew and the chips were so hard you could not get your fork in... More 

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Frank B, Owner at The Swan on the River, responded to this review

We can do nothing to help you if you do not complain at the time. We take the quality of our food and service very seriously and I am surprised that, as you seem so capable of a forceful viewpoint in review, you chose to be reticent at the time. More 

Ely, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

12.45 Arrived for lunch was shown into the dinning room which is like a cafe no character -the view of the river was nice with the boats going by, there were people sitting outside difinitely to cold for us. The waitress was very polite, could'nt fault the food or staff just not a comfortable room. Car park has limited space... More 

Thank militia2017
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A birthday day meal with great food and friendly staff. Service was prompt with a wide range of dishes available.

Thank Danny J
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61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

We moored the boat at the riverside by the Swan. Plenty of moorings both sides of the river. Had a drink and went back in the evening for food. Really nice menu and food quality excellent. Lovely feel to the place; obviously recently decorated with some nice interior design touches. Staff very friendly. Prices reasonable. Moorings were quiet overnight. We'd... More 

Thank gorpo59
Denver, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Just had lamb rump on bubble and squeak at The Swan on the river. Absolutely first class meal. Beautifully cooked and presented. I cannot recommend this destination highly enough. It has such a pleasant atmosphere to eat, or drink, in.

Norfolk, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Went last Friday 7th April for a Special event, table of 16. Service and Food 1st Class. Nicola and her team of willing helpers nothing to much trouble.

Thank rubybluestud
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Friendly staff great location in this sleepy little town, amazing if the weather is kind. Lots of tables and seats by the river but plenty of room inside too.

Thank Richard B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$13 - US$38
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Swan 1 Sandhill | Littleport, Ely CB6 1NT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Ely
  • Phone Number: +44 1353 861677
A delightful pub and restaurant idyllically situated on the banks of the River Great Ouse, just north of Ely in Littleport. All of our food is freshly prepared and made on our premises from the very finest of locally sourced ingredients. We supply an range of cask beers including guest beers from local micro-breweries. We can cater for all occasions from a romantic meal for two to weddings, christenings etc as we have a fully equipped function venue.Riverside seating is available on our large decked area plus private moorings are available.

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