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About The Gallery Restaurant at The Swan at Lavenham

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.

High Street
Lavenham, Suffolk CO10 9QA
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
English, European

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm;
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
£26 to £40

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
01787 247477

Website:
http://theswanatlavenham.co.uk/dining/gallery-restaurant/

Entertainment:
Live pianist on Saturday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes.

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.

Executive Chef:
Justin Kett

Private Party Facilities:
What better venue than the Swan to celebrate your special occasion. With its warm, intimate atmosphere and serving the very best of modern English cuisine, The Swan offers a choice of private dining in four dining rooms. All have a unique character of their own and have recently been refurbished.

For large events, the elegant AA two rosette Gallery Restaurant can be hired for exclusive use and can seat a maximum of 100 guests. It has a very large inglenook fireplace, plenty of beams, a high vaulted ceiling and a Minstrels’ Gallery, perfect for music or entertainment. Place your mouse over to view The Gallery Restaurant to view the photo.

Private Party Contact:
Kate Bourdillon: 01787 247477

Additional:
Bar Dining, Fireplace, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room

Special Events & Promotions:
http://theswanatlavenham.co.uk/explore/?category=swan

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Details
Sun 6:30PM - 9:30PM

Mon - Fri 12:00PM - 2:30PM 6:30PM - 9:30PM

The Gallery Restaurant at The Swan at Lavenham Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.2

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4.3

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3.9

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95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (217)
Romantic (147)
Fit for Foodies (128)
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Great for Lunch (91)
Sunday Lunch (57)
Good for Groups (56)
Afternoon Tea (54)
Notable Wine List (49)
Neighborhood Gem (42)
Great for Brunch (36)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
Business Meals (22)
Outstanding Value (17)
Scenic View (15)
Kid-friendly (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Disabled Access (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fun (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on January 17, 2017

Was a first time here and what a place, five stars from me!
Will be going back soon.

Tags: Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays
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 (London)·Dined on October 9, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on October 2, 2016

The whole experience was delightful. We can't wait to go again and again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Outstanding Value, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 25, 2016

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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 (Norfolk)·Dined on September 11, 2016

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

Tags: Outstanding Value, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on February 14, 2016

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.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on January 8, 2016

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

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Hertfordshire)·Dined on January 1, 2016

My wife's favourite restaurant - Fine dining, good service, and friendly atmosphere. Excellent choice if you like that kind of thing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on August 16, 2015

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on May 31, 2015

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on April 25, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on March 29, 2015

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on February 22, 2015

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.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Outstanding Value, Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on December 18, 2014

The Swan Lavenham is a favourite venue for birthdays and special get togethers and we are always happy with the food, service and atmoshere.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on December 7, 2014

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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 (Bath)·Dined on December 6, 2014

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.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on August 24, 2014

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on July 15, 2014

We really enjoyed our meal in The Gallery, this was a real treat. The Swan is always our place for birthdays! Everything was great .

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Brighton)·Dined on July 6, 2014

Service very good food excellent best Wild garlic risotto I ever had halibut was also amazing wine also very good

Tags: Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on July 6, 2014

Beautiful building. Food of the highest quality, extremely well presented. Waiting staff attentive and pleasant. A bonus having piano being played at Sunday lunch time when l visited. Glorious music added to the occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on June 26, 2014

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.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Outstanding Value, Romantic
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 (London)·Dined on June 15, 2014

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on June 8, 2014

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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 (Norfolk)·Dined on May 7, 2014

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!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion
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vip
 (London)·Dined on May 4, 2014

Good all round, sommelier was very helpful. Beautiful surroundings and good atmosphere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on May 4, 2014

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.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on April 19, 2014

We booked lunch at the Swan Hotel as we have eaten here before and was very impressed by the service, food and the Gallery resturant environment.
We decided to select food from the lunch menu as it catered for all our tastes including my daughter who is a vegitarian. The service was excellent from the moment we were shown to our table until we left. The food was very nicely and creatively presented and beautifully cooked.
I am sure when the opportunity arises we will dine there again.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Outstanding Value, Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on April 19, 2014

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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 (London)·Dined on April 8, 2014

A lovely lunch in pleasant surroundings. Staff very attentive, helpful and efficient.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea
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 (London)·Dined on April 6, 2014

Once again the venue, service and food were outstanding. An excellent civilised Sunday lunch was had by all.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on March 18, 2014

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.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea
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 (London)·Dined on March 16, 2014

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!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on March 14, 2014

A special day for the two of us - our 55th Wedding Anniversary - It couldn't have gone better. Welcoming, attentive and efficient staff. All very polite and friendly too. The food was excellent - Well presented and cooked to perfection. Try the slow braised Lamb Shank !!! We didn't use the wine list as I was driving but this seemed very good. Desserts were delicious (a very important part of our meal) and creatively presented. Thoroughly recommended and we will definitely return.

Tags: Business Meals, Disabled Access, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on March 9, 2014

Our very first experience of the Swan was last Summer, our Son gave us afternoon tea, which was absolutely first Class, it was at that afternoon we decided to come back, when we didn't know, just after Christmas we were wondering what we should do for our 51st wedding anniversary this year, and we decided that we would like to spend it at the Swan, so we did and we are both very pleased that we did, only staying the one night The 9th of March, everything about the Swan is amazing, the surroundings, the room No16 Wiles, was more than we expected, cleanliness outstanding all of the Staff especially on Reception were Wonderful a really comfortable Lounge, and the service Bar reminded me of my service days, food top rate. thank you.

Tags: Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Outstanding Value, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Tea
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 (Essex)·Dined on January 26, 2014

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea
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 (London)·Dined on December 18, 2013

It was a lovely way to spend a birthday, pleasant atmosphere great food and good service. Thankyou.

Tags: Special Occasion, Outstanding Value
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on December 11, 2013

I took my wife out to dinner for her birthday and we had a very enjoyable evening. The staff were very attentive and nothing was too much trouble. The food was well presented and the.portions were appropriate.We will definitely go back there again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on December 6, 2013

Thank you for a wonderful lunch. As soon as we entered we felt pampered and the whole ambience was super. The food was excellent as was the recommended wine. It was good to be able to have Adnam's beer available too.The staff were very attentive and the whole experience was superb. Thank you again and we will look forward to returning.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea
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