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The Swan Inn

$$ - $$$
Bar, Seafood, British, Pub
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The Swan Swan Lane, Barnby NR34 7QF, England
+44 1502 476646
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Kessingland, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Success, for the newly taken over Swan Inn at Barnby! You can see the transformation as you step inside as the refurb is taking place, it's going to look fabulous once finished. One thing that is already perfect is the food, although, I already knew it would be delicious as it's run by the lovely people who run the Queens... More 

Thank Kayem26
Norwich, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We hadn't been to the Swan for a couple of years so decided to give it a try again as it was a double birthday. We were warned on booking that the pub was undergoing refurbishment with reduced seating capacity, but there was still space for the six of us. On arrival, we were seated in the bar area and... More 

1 Thank damasinnas
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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Following a disappointing meal the last time I came about eighteen months ago, I'd been avoiding The Swan. However, on hearing from a neighbour that it was under new management - and one with a great track record in the area - I decided to try it for a midweek lunch and I'm very glad I did! The food was... More 

Thank EssexDiane
Bruges, Belgium
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Driving up to Beccles for the weekend and knowing that the last time we went there on the menu was fresh skate brown shrimps capers in nutty butter sauce my thinking for 80 odd miles was please let it be on the card ! The last time that I was served a stunning serving of skate was in the casino... More 

Thank Nick E
Norwich, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The swan has always been a favourite of mine, for large portions of really good quality, homely food...the chips were always the best I'd tasted...so light and fluffy yet crispy..so, I booked again for my mothers birthday a few weeks ago. I think there must have been a change in ownership, as the restaurant had reduced to possibly a fifth... More 

Thank wendydavis1
Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

went here on the 4th Feb 2017 for my sons birthday. starters were good then went downhill. For a saturday night you would of thought everything would be available on the menu but two of us chose something which they had already ran out of. 4 out of the 6 meals were sent back as they were cold, then one... More 

Thank Linda M
Beccles, United Kingdom
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128 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a light lunch, prawn sandwich on granary and side order of chips, was excellent. Something so simple was delicious. My friend had the homemade soup and good quality bread, which was just as good. Will try lunch again as I normally go there for dinner. Good beer selection as normal. Staff friendly and helpful as normal. The wood burner... More 

Thank Julia W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had lunch here today (5 of us) after travelling some forty miles from Stowmarket and 30 from Norwich . We were a bit dubious as new owners have taken over but it was even better than previous visits. The lemon sole goujons were really delicious and the hand cut chips were to die for. Four large goujons together with... More 

Thank Jen M
Wrentham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

beautiful meal great service new owner came and chatted to us lovely man everything was just perfect been there many times before but this was our first visit to the new owners we will def be back

1 Thank 57pat
Beccles, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my husband often come in here and love it but have to say the last time we visited was absolutely gutted nothing wrong with the service at all the pub is getting a lovely make over the problem is the menu it has changed completely not much selection hardly any specials on board I always have the halibut... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Seafood, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Swan Swan Lane, Barnby NR34 7QF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Anglia  >  Suffolk  >  Barnby
  • Phone Number: +44 1502 476646
UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT As of February 2016, local fish merchant, Sam Cole has taken over the Swan Inn from his father, Donny Cole. Over the next we months you will see various changes as we go through our planned refurbishment. The majority of the menu, and all of the old favorites will remain the same! Sam personally selects all of the fish from the early morning Lowestoft Fish Market, ensuring the finest, freshest fish that the Swan is famous for! You are guaranteed a warm welcome from Clare & our team.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?