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The Swan Inn

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Bar, Seafood, British, Pub
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The Swan Swan Lane, Barnby NR34 7QF, England
+44 1502 476646
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have dined at the Swan Inn many times over the past 15 years, and returned today for lunch for the first time in a couple of years. What a difference - the pub has been recently redecorated and is much brighter and fresher. The menu is smaller, but still with a very good choice and definitely not so overwhelming.... More 

Thank Netty137
Norwich, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We made a return trip as we visited in September last year and did not have a good time. The owner asked us to come back so she could make ammends and we're glad we did as it was much improved. The food was good and we had a very pleasant time. However one negative and its just a suggestion...reduce... More 

Thank Judith H
Norwich, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

This use to be my favorite restaurant when Don had it but has since gone downhill . very friendly staff but in need of some training after having lobster there for many years they no longer have any crackers to break the shell open and when asked for a pick they only had one to share between the five of... More 

Thank _jen_rich_cross
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Last minute booking for the swan with our family and 4 month old golden retriever pup! Was a bit worried as heard it had been taken over and under new management ! Shouldn't have worried been coming for years and food always outstanding! I had the roast beef my wife had the fish pie and family had fish and chips... More 

Thank Neil J
Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to the swan for a drink and lunch Ordered off the specials board . Very nice fish chips and peas and a fruit crumble and cream .. Very nice and very reasonably priced . Also had an evening meal very good too .

Thank _lindaandsteff
Kessingland, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 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
Reviewed 17 March 2017

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
Reviewed 16 March 2017

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
Reviewed 13 March 2017

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
Reviewed 10 March 2017 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 

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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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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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Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?