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The Gallery Restaurant at The Swan at Lavenham

4.2
4.2
142 Reviews
£26 to £40
English
The Swan has an outstanding reputation for fine food and wine, it prides itself in serving the very best of modern British cuisine. We offer a variety of different dining options; from the informal Brasserie and historic Old Bar to al fresco dining in the garden, or fine dining in the elegant AA two Rosette Gallery Restaurant, the choice is yours. The Swan's menus are made using fresh, locally sourced seasonal ingredients and their popularity needs no further endorsement than the impeccable feedback received throughout the year.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    English, European
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 7:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    01787 247477
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Justin Kett
  • Neighborhood
    Lavenham
  • Parking details
    Lavenham is situated on the A1141, about 2 miles east of the A134, between Sudbury and Bury St. Edmunds. Half an hour from Newmarket, an hour from Stansted and forty minutes from Cambridge. The Swan is situated on the corner of the High Street and Water Street. We have parking facilities opposite our hotel's main entrance behind the china shop. Alternatively we have limited parking at the rear of the hotel. Parking in the street is without a time limit and there is plenty of it.
  • Public transit
    Nearest train station is Sudbury. <br><br />Bus route between Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds stops outside the hotel.
  • Entertainment
    Live pianist on Saturday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room

What 142 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 1.9Value

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142 Reviews
  1. MoiraD

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent evening, we were seated in the air mens bar reviewing the menu and wine list over an excellent gin and tonic as we were early. A 3 course menu was presented as it was the festive season. Reasonable choices of meat, fish and vegetarian but not an extensive menu, unlike the wine list which has a very good selection. Food was tastefully presented with reasonable portion size, some may say small but it did not leave you feeling bloated. We were served warm nuts and warm bread with 3 kinds of spread - even the blue cheese one was declared delicious and we are not fans of blue cheese. We had tomato gazpacho with sun dried tomates and the blackened halibut. Cod as mains and also venison, both cooked to perfection. Soufflé on the desert menu and it is always our choice. Also cooked to perfection. Paired with rose from proven e and a pint noir from the loire valley, our choice. Restaurant is very nice, tables are not close together, piano playing from the gallery, attentive service but not over bearing. Restaurant was very busy but you never felt rushed. Tea and coffee afterwards with some nice petit fours and a nightcap. A really lovely evening. Highly recommended

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  2. Brian

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Gallery at the Swan is really an amazing place. On top of the fact that it is in a beautiful old timber-exposed room, the service was some of the absolute best and the food to match. I also appreciated the way they offered the multiple course meals with wine pairing from the sommelier.

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  3. ElaineH

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A beautiful place, fabulous food, great service....an amazing experience and one i shall repeat!!

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  4. scrappy

    Oxford

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food beautifully presented and served. Lovely setting and although fairly busy it was still a fairly private experience and unrushed. Options on the number of courses and good choice. Not much in writing for vegetarians BUT the staff seemed to be more than happy to produce food off menu too.

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  5. MichelleD

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yet again another fabulous dining experience at The Gallery Restaurant. My mother and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on Mother's Day. The staff were attentive and friendly, the atmosphere was relaxed and cosy. As for the menu, there was plenty of choice - in fact we were spoilt for choice! Lovely to have local ingredients as well. We travelled from Ipswich as this is by far the best place for a special occasion. Have already reserved a table for Mum's birthday next month! Thanks you for a special time.

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  6. Graham

    Berkshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The service in the restaurant was very good , so too was the food. Could not give it 5 stars for the service as we ordered coffee in the lounge, the cups arrived promptly but no sign of any coffee being served after 20 minutes and no sign of any staff and it was not that busy... such a let down to a fine evening and very hard to understand what went wrong here !

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful food. Lovely atmosphere. We had a choice of 3-5 courses. I felt it was as good value for money and the selection was well thought through

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  8. aussiemom

    Las Vegas

    109 reviews

    4.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice restaurant in fantastic old building. Some of the dishes were a bit off - the brown crab gel was very salty, for example. We got the feeling the chef was trying a little too hard. The wine pairings were good. Some of the service seemed as if they were in training and so a little slow and unsure. I would give the restaurant another chance if in the area.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was a first time here and what a place, five stars from me! Will be going back soon.

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  10. Gabriel

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We stayed at The Swam for an overnight stay and the dinner at the Gallery Restaurant was one of the highlights of the evening. Terrific food, decent portion sizes, outstanding service and a lovely place. I would love to go there again in the future.

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  11. FideleM

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The whole experience was delightful. We can't wait to go again and again.

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  12. adpacman

    London

    80 reviews

    3.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was very tasty. Lots of care and attention went into it. The staff are wonderful and cared to our every need. The wine recommendations were really great. We ate here for Sunday lunch and we were surprised at how much older the rest of the customers were. Average age was significantly higher than us (we're in our early/mid 30's), so the vibe/atmosphere was not quite our thing, but that was OK as the food was good.

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  13. Barbados5074

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Apart from the 'diversions' nr Hadleigh which made us late despite leaving early ... The whole experience of lunch at the Swan Lavenham was wonderful. The staff were very professional and didn't make too much fuss about being a late and we still managed to get a drink first ! The village is adorable and the atmosphere at the Swan is looking lovely especially the Pianist who played beautifully. Thank you

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my partner here for a Valentines Day lunch and everything was perfect from start to finish. The location, the building, the staff, the food - absolutely faultless. A very classy place but with no stuffiness, or the kind of attitude that sometimes comes across in upmarket places. Very, very impressed.

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  15. Gilliana

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Slightly disappointed that lunch is only served in the Brasserie rather than the beautiful Gallery Restaurant although the food and service are still first class and the lounge for coffee after lunch was very welcoming with log fires

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  16. tinker

    Hertfordshire

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife's favourite restaurant - Fine dining, good service, and friendly atmosphere. Excellent choice if you like that kind of thing.

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  17. Foodtogo

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Come here a fair bit and it never disappoints. This time it was Sunday lunch. The food was based around a choice of roasts which always works for me. A good wine selection by the glass, essential if you're driving and rounded off with a nice pudding. Do book it is popular especially at weekends.

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  18. Miliecat

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favourite restaurant. Hard to find a fine dining restaurant nowadays like The Swan. The food is fantastic, the service is supreme. Sunday lunch is outstanding value, and at other times dependent on your mood you can have fine dining in The Gallery, or a more casual meal in the Brasserie.

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  19. Murrays

    London

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a small reunion with 5 of us wanting a long lunch on a Saturday. It was pretty empty on the Saturday lunchtime but we had booked all the same. The food was wonderful. We all managed the three course lunch. Everything was wonderfully prepared and presented. This was food fit for foodies and, for the quality, very reasonable. Most of us had the pigeon which was rich and delicious. The mash it was on and the gravy were divine. The Rhubarb "cheesecake" was interesting. Served as quenelles of creamy (but cheesecake tasting) mixture. It was delightful. We all agreed that the food was lovely and we were not left feeling stuffed but had eaten plenty. The re-union was greatly enhanced by the wonderful service afforded us by all the staff. Particularly, Vilma was delightful. She was so polite but very friendly and attentive to our small party. The surroundings were suitably impressive of a place in Lavenham which added to the experience. Also, it is lovely to have crisp white tablecloths and napkins as it raises the ambiance and class of the establishment (so many don't bother at lunchtimes!) We were left to enjoy everything and never rushed at all. After more than three hours we left having had a most enjoyable meal and overall dining experience. At just about £30 a head you really cannot ask for anyting more.

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  20. Lyn7222

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Recently went to the Swan at Lavenham for my birthday Sunday Lunch. The service, meal and ambience was fantastic, the meal in itself was the best I have ever had. At time of booking I mentioned in the notes it was a birthday and after the meal the pianist played happy birthday and the waitress brought out a little tray with Happy Birthday spelt out in chocolate with a couple of luxury chocolates, wonderful touch. Would definitely recommend and would return in a heartbeat.

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  21. Lynb

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We arrived one hour late (my mistake!) but the staff were extremely polite and after checking with the chef they allowed us to continue. Six of us staying in a local cottage and we all agreed that his was a lovely Sunday lunch. The service was great including a very knowledgeable sommelier. Great value for money and the food was great and I will certainly go back there again if I am staying in the area. In fact the hotel looked so nice we will certainly be planning a weekend away in Lavenham and this Sunday Lunch will be on the tip of my list of things to do.

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  22. Pollyanna

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Swan Lavenham is a favourite venue for birthdays and special get togethers and we are always happy with the food, service and atmoshere.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2014

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Based on previous experience, Sunday's lunch was disappointing. The plates had not been heated and the food was only just warm. We were not able to sit in the lounge and have a pre-lunch drink in the normal way. The service was middling but not smooth the way it used to be. My overall impression was that the management were cutting back. Since no progress on the spa was evident since our last visit a year ago, could it be that there are money problems? In a word, The Swan had lost its sparkle. We will give it another try in June to celebrate my wife's birthday and hope that things have improved. But a welcome note of congratulations - the car parking was excellent.

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  24. Monreve

    Bath

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lavenham is a nice town and the Swan is a nice hotel and restaurant, the food was very good and the service was excellent. We would go back again. It would be ideal for a summer visit to walk around the town and then lunch.

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  25. MartinG

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Swan restaurant has a lovely setting and ambience. Wine waiter knew his wine collection and offered advice with enthusiasm. Would reccomend it for service and fine food.

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  26. Pollyanna

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our meal in The Gallery, this was a real treat. The Swan is always our place for birthdays! Everything was great .

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  27. Great13food

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service very good food excellent best Wild garlic risotto I ever had halibut was also amazing wine also very good

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Swan Lavenham. However, our room was at the front of the hotel and very noisy with traffic which started at about 4 am! The food was good and the service excellent - everyone was very kind.

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  29. RailwayDiner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been going to the Swan for Sunday Lunch once a year for the past twenty years. Each year we come away saying how much we enjoyed the experience. This year was no exception. The food was very good as was the service. Even though it was Fathers Day there was no sense of pressure in the restaurant, though nearly every table was in use. The menu was easy to navigate. We chose a French country wine which was excellent.

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  30. Norwichcarrow

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Ate in the Brasserie for Sunday dinner, which is the more informal setting at this lovely old inn. The menu offers a good choice of dishes, although the range of wines by the glass is not as great as I'd like. Service was efficient and pleasant. Sue's fish and chips were truly outstanding, as good as she's had anywhere, even Southwold pier. My trout was also done to perfection with really tasty samphire and new potatoes. Desserts were a disappointment as we both went for the pannacotta which turned out to be rather overcooked and rubbery - not unpleasant just not as smooth and creamy as it should be. Overall a good experience and reasonable value for money - I'd certainly eat there again.

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  31. Petula

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful evening in the Gallery Restaurant for our 3rd Wedding Anniversary. The food was absolutely amazing - melt in the mouth and taste buds tingling! Would highly recommend it and will definitely be returning!

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  32. JPryce

    New York City

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good all round, sommelier was very helpful. Beautiful surroundings and good atmosphere.

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  33. SundaySorprise

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff looked after us well - attentive but not intrusive, friendly but not familiar. Menu limited (On Sundays) but all food we had was excellent. Smallish portions so don't expect a blow out - you go there for the quality.

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  34. CC50

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, smaliish portions which meant I had room for desert, plenty of vegetables, thoughtful menu, great service, wine was outstanding. I like the candied lemon on the white chocolate parfait and the bechamel sauce was very nice.

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  35. Richrad

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely lunch in pleasant surroundings. Staff very attentive, helpful and efficient.

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  36. Colbrown

    London

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Once again the venue, service and food were outstanding. An excellent civilised Sunday lunch was had by all.

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  37. NZShearer

    London

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For me, this is one of the very best. Dishes with real depth of flavour, perfect service, great choice of wines, very special location and ambience in a beautiful building.

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  38. SeldomLunches

    London

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We have had special events, stayed at and frequently eat in the restaurant at the Swan. Other favourite haunts have dropped quality to widen profit margins or have just lost the edge and we moan when they do, so thought it would be very unBritish to applaud when food and service remains of the highest standard!

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  39. eatoutalot

    Essex

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We decided to treat ourselves to Sunday Lunch on the recommendation of friends. It lived up to all our expectations. Good food, good service, nice atmosphere. We will be returning to try the brunch and tea menus in the very near future.

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  40. Pollyanna

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2013

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a lovely way to spend a birthday, pleasant atmosphere great food and good service. Thankyou.

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High Street, Lavenham, Suffolk CO10 9QA

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Lavenham
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 7:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    English, European
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Lavenham is situated on the A1141, about 2 miles east of the A134, between Sudbury and Bury St. Edmunds. Half an hour from Newmarket, an hour from Stansted and forty minutes from Cambridge. The Swan is situated on the corner of the High Street and Water Street. We have parking facilities opposite our hotel's main entrance behind the china shop. Alternatively we have limited parking at the rear of the hotel. Parking in the street is without a time limit and there is plenty of it.
  • Public transit
    Nearest train station is Sudbury. Bus route between Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds stops outside the hotel.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Justin Kett
  • Entertainment
    Live pianist on Saturday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room
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