Griffin Inn Swithland
Griffin Inn Swithland

Griffin Inn Swithland

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.griffininnswithland.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01509890535
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday: 12pm-2pm
    Saturday - Sunday: 12pm-6pm
    Dinner:
    Monday and Sunday: 6pm-8pm
    Tuesday - Thursday: 6pm-9pm
    Friday - Saturday: 6pm-9.30pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, British, Gastro Pub
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Car Park
A word from Griffin Inn Swithland
Traditional, family run country inn in the heart of the beautiful Charnwood forest.
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Griffin Inn Swithland reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since 18 May 2014
Average Rating4.4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambience4.1
    Value4
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
sunday lunch (14)special occasions (11)fit for foodies (9)outdoor eating (8)good vegetarian options (6)group bookings (5)romance (5)business meals (2)outstanding value (1)child friendly (1)disabled access (1)brunch (1)Show More
  • Family Sunday lunch
    P3J6
    Dined on 31/8/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful meal with our family and were impressed with the delicious food and attentive service. We will be returning....soon, I hope!
    Special Features:
    outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • saturday night
    lovebirds
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    This was our first meal at the Griffin Inn and I must say a very enjoyable one. The three courses we chose were presented, cooked and served very well, overall a very pleasant evening.
    Special Features:
    outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Really Good
    Themightyfox
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    Had lunch and it was great - very good food and service - highly recommended - we will be back!!
    Special Features:
    brunch, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • Disappointed
    Dboy
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Having drive past this place several times I had to try it, In an affluent area and above average prices I excepted real home cooked food, I was disappointed not only was the decor tired the place could do with a good clean! We had roast dinners, packed stuffing, pre cooked yorkshires, I expected a real treat as I was treating my family! I could get this meal 1/2 price at a branded pub chain with much better quality
    Special Features:
    child friendly, disabled access, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • Very nice
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Great food. Great portion sizes. Service was good. One tiny thing- the May and June specialise were exactly the same- good selection though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Foodie
    Dined on 24/5/2014
    The food was excellent and a lot of thought had gone into its presentation. There was a wedding on at the same time but this had no effect on the food or the service. One small thing- we ordered a bottle of wine which was brought to us, well presented, in a wine cooler but we were left to pour our own 1st glasses- a small thing but something unusual and noticeable in a place like this. I will certainly be going back however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellence in Swithland.
    Schatzi
    Dined on 12/4/2014
    Friendly, efficient service and well- presented, beautifully cooked dishes. Great atmosphere inside and outside. Cannot recommend highly enough.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • Excellent food, excellent service
    Steveiboy
    Dined on 16/2/2014
    Nice relaxed atmosphere. Music playing in the background that was at a level that it was just audible making the ambiance ideal. Friendly service. Nothing too much trouble for the staff, always willing to go that extra mile to make your dining perfect. Our first visit but most certainly not our last. Would recommend to one and all.
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday roast
    Snoozan
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The staff made you feel very welcome they were all very polite and could not do enough for you. The food was lovely we had Stilton and broccoli soup to start which was possibly the best soup I have tasted the only reason I gave the food four stars was due to the veg being a little undercooked for my liking but other than that we had a wonderful time, a lovely meal and some fantastic ale we will definitely be returning
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasions, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch + festive menu
    anna
    Dined on 29/12/2013
    I'm hard to please with food, and the Griffin managed it - well done to them. I'll be going again. I'm generally dairy-free, except for basic margarine in cooking and hard cheese more restaurants need to provide alternatives to dairy (eg sunflower margarine and soya milk) and greater creativity with desserts - or use margarine to make pastry/sponge rather than butter. I do appreciate the limited requirements for dairy alternatives - but it could be a good advertising point, and sunflower margarine is available in little portions as with butter.
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch
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  • Sunday (evening) Lunch.
    LoznBaz
    Dined on 8/12/2013
    Love the overall setting and atmosphere of the Pub/Restaurant. Only marked the Ambience down slightly on this occasion as the restaurant was very quiet (cold sunday evening close to Xmas!). To their credit the staff had set us up a table in one of the smaller more cosy rooms - a very nice thought we felt! The service was outstanding throughout and the food was varied in choice and very well prepared and served. Pleasantly surprised when the bill arrived so overall very satisfied. We will certainly be visiting again. Thank You!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely country pub
    Drjules
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    I chose the Griffin for a family birthday meal. The staff were welcoming, warm and friendly and made the visit memorable. Great food at very reasonable prices, with some good veggie options. Lovely atmosphere. I have already recommended it to a couple of friends and will definitely be going again.
    Special Features:
    special occasions, group bookings, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • See for yourself
    Ash84
    Dined on 30/11/2013
    Top food and venue, in fact I'm due to have my wedding venue here next august
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service, wonderful
    KatieRabbit
    Dined on 27/11/2013
    Excellent service, wonderful food, great ambience, will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Lunch
    CDVtt
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Had the roast beef - Excellent quality and portions. Good range of real ale. Very pleasant staff. A real shame we live so far away !
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice but a bit rushed
    Susie
    Dined on 26/10/2013
    Cannot fault the service, very attentive staff. Unfortunately two items were no longer available one if which I had chosen so a little disappointed. The only downside was there was no gap between the starter and main courses so did not enjoy main as much as felt full and rushed. Whether it was because the restaurant was not too busy and the chef wanted to finish up we shall never know.
    Special Features:
    special occasions, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since 18 May 2014
    • Average Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambience4.3
    • Service4.7
    • Value4.7
  • The following 49 reviews are from the Griffin Inn Swithland reviews archive.
  • First time
    Jleics
    Dined on 6/9/2013
    First time eating at the griffin, location is great and the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    disabled access, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not as special as the price suggest
    Brightstonelady
    Dined on 30/8/2013
    Food was alright but it was over priced for what you get.
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    outdoor eating
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  • celebrations
    EatYourGreens
    Dined on 27/8/2013
    I booked a table to celebrate birthdays and graduations. It was midweek. The service was excellent, very friendly and welcoming. We had a small baby with us and the atmosphere was relaxed which helped him too! Food was great, one member even got extra chilli dip with out having to ask!! Desserts arrived with beautifully decorated plates for each celebration. The evening was un-rushed, (there were other diners in) and neither were we ignored. Great! evening!
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, child friendly, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Picturesque Setting - Great food
    MissusLiz
    Dined on 26/8/2013
    We came to check out The Griffin as a potential venue for a birthday party. The staff were really helpful even though they were clearly busy. They took the time to show us options for the possible future birthday lunch. The food was very tasty - especially the desserts.
    Special Features:
    special occasions, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday lunch
    Simonb
    Dined on 28/7/2013
    Wife and I went to the Griffin for Sunday lunch last week. Being traditionalists we normally stick to the traditional roast, leg of lamb for me and sirloin for the wife. We both enjoyed our meat which was accompanied by roast potato, tiny new potato, yorkshire and a side of veg (soaking in a garlic butter, great for me, not so for the wife) together with a lovely gravy although we did have to ask for extra. On the down side the meal took a time a coming, about half an hour and the drinks were very expensive. I had a very nice cider but at £4 a pint I wasn't impressed and thought £2.50ish for a lemon and lime over the top. Luckily the food made up for the cost of the drinks!
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch
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  • Fantastic Sunday Lunch
    BirthdayBoy
    Dined on 28/7/2013
    Booked a table for Sunday lunch on my 40th Birthday. Lovely venue with lots of outdoor seating & indoors is very well presented. Very friendly staff with excellent levels of service. The Sunday lunch was exceptionally good. The beef and lamb was excellent with a nice selection of seasonal vegetables. Big homemade Yorkshire puddings and the meat gravy was delicious. Dessert was nice, I had lemon tart, (they gave me a free one with `Happy Birthday` written in chocolate sauce - a very nice touch). The Griffin is in a lovely area with Bradgate Park and Swithland Woods not far away. Take the family or just have a nice meal for 2. Very impressed and thought it was well worth the money. Good for bike riders as well. All in all very impressed.
    Special Features:
    business meals, special occasions, group bookings, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will be coming again
    Kris4689
    Dined on 15/6/2013
    First time to The Griffin, went with friends who have eaten there before, on their recommendation I had Ham, Egg and Chips. Superb, the ham was plenty, two eggs, lovely chips and salad. In fact I couldnt finish it all, the portion size was very generous. Will be coming back.
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    romance, special occasions, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • Always excellent
    rossidining
    Dined on 13/4/2013
    We have been dining at the Griffin for the last 6 years and it never disappoints. The staff are always friendly and the food is consistently good. There has been a great deal invested in this venue and it shows.
    Special Features:
    romance, child friendly, special occasions, group bookings, outstanding value, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • short notice.
    local
    Dined on 3/4/2013
    we booked with very little notice but staff were obliging, even when we arrived a little earlier than intended. A varied specials selection and main menu choices that had something for the three of us. The waiter was smiling, welcoming and obliging. Can't fault the service, sizeof portions or selection. Food prepared nicely, tasty and good value. Add a couple of pints of hte local brew, what more could you want!
    Special Features:
    child friendly, group bookings
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  • An excellent meal with jovial
    Martin
    Dined on 3/4/2013
    An excellent meal with jovial service. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • Great food, friendly staff
    CathyandCraig
    Dined on 2/4/2013
    A really good variety of very good food, served in a relaxed and cosy space by friendly staff. Would definitely recommend. When we arrived, we were greeted warmly by the barman who told us that we were the only people booked to eat in the restaurant - but that we could either have the place to ourselves or eat in the very warm & welcoming looking bar area, which had a few groups of regulars in it, but still plenty of space. The food was excellent - and served in generous portions.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lack of information disappointed
    foodhunter
    Dined on 1/4/2013
    Having booked on line for lunch on Easter Monday, when we arrived the menu was a severely cut down version of what had appeared online. No mention was made on the website that there would be only an 'everything with chips' menu on the day nor was there any sign in the restaurant when we arrive that the specials board was off limits until we were seated and the available menu presented. Such a disappointment!! We had chosen this restaurant to take my 85 year old mother out to lunch to as we had not visited before and the menu looked good. There are many other places around that we had been to before and enjoyed but were looking forward to eating here as other reviewers had obviously enjoyed their visit. Not this time I'm afraid.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcoming & Tasty
    GandM
    Dined on 23/3/2013
    On a snowy winters evening the Griffin had a welcoming & homely feel. There was a good, varied choice on the menu & the food was not just tasty it was beautifully presented.
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Let down by service
    dina
    Dined on 15/3/2013
    Overall our party were fairly satisfied. Food was good and well presented, though quite expensive for what we received. The worst aspect was the service. Several people had meals with vegetables which did not arrive until several minutes after the main course had been served, by which time it was getting cold. The service in general was not good and we were not offered coffee, although there was a big party in at the time.
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  • Excellent restaurant
    hotrods75
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    First time I had visited this area for a meal, wanted to treat mum for mothers day. Already had a booking, we were greeted as soon as we arrived and seated straight away, waiter extremley polite and took order within 10 minutes. We had a 3 course meal all courses beautifully presented and no long waits inbetween courses even though the retaurant was busy, waiters cleared tables quickly. They definatley deserved the tips I seen in their tip pot on the bar! This definatley is a restaurant i will return too.
    Special Features:
    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    Cola
    Dined on 9/3/2013
    Had a lovely meal on a cold afternoon. Bit pricey on some of the mains but, food was very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply - a great meal, a great
    Paul
    Dined on 23/2/2013
    Simply - a great meal, a great atmosphere - well priced
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    PlugStud
    Dined on 23/2/2013
    Wanted somewhere to take our daughter for a meal and to catch up. Lovely atmosphere, super service and great food. What more could you ask?
    Special Features:
    child friendly, group bookings, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very pleasant experience
    Luvagoodbite
    Dined on 27/1/2013
    The Griffin offers a welcoming atmosphere, and serves well cooked food to order. The service is efficient, friendly and attentive, and represents excellent value for money. I have been several times for Sunday lunch, and have always been very satisfied.
    Special Features:
    outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we had alovely time, was made
    casrod23
    Dined on 23/1/2013
    we had alovely time, was made to feel most welcome and the food was lovely.Very homly
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable
    DigiDavid10
    Dined on 13/1/2013
    Greeted with a very warm welcome. Although apologetic as they had been drunk dry of Prosecco but offered an acceptable alternative. Service was friendly and prompt with the food served very nicely. If only we lived nearer this friendly pub would be our local.
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    Sunday lunch
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  • I have had Breakfast,lunch
    illy68
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    I have had Breakfast,lunch & dinner here over the period of time i have visited The Griffin and i have always been served excellant food with very warm and friendly staff.I love coming here as it is my escapism from the town.They have a fab function & restaurant venue for the larger parties would be great for any occasion.One of my favourite places to dine in the beautiful surroundings of Swithland.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, special occasions, group bookings, brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch with the Matriarch
    Mike943
    Dined on 30/12/2012
    The service and friendliness of staff was beyond measure and we were most grateful as we had our 96 year old mother with us. Whilst waiting just a few minutes, we heard a small group of customers commenting on their umpteenth visit and were obviously very satisfied customers. Our only criticism was of small measures of vegetables - one dish for three people, the same size dish at the next table where there were four persons. We did not, and probably should have, ask for more. The staff were very busy but still very attentive to us. The dish included potatoes and whilst we know a lot of vegetables are often thrown away, we felt that a review of the restaurant policy may be called for. Otherwise, we were very pleased,
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We requested a high chair
    Jeff
    Dined on 23/12/2012
    We requested a high chair and this was in place when we were shown to our table. The Griffin is welcoming to families.
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch
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