The Swan at Lavenham
The Swan at Lavenham

The Swan at Lavenham

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.theswanatlavenham.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01787247477
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 7:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, English
  • Executive Chef: Justin Kett
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room
  • 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.
    The McCallum Room has a high vaulted ceiling, large working fireplace and three large windows, offering plenty of light. Guests can sit around a beautiful long oak table which can seat 22. Place your mouse over to view The McCallum Room.
    The Suffolk Room maintains its historic charm, which marries well with the contemporary touches.
  • Private Party Contact: Kate Bourdillon 01787 247477
  • Entertainment: Live pianist on Saturday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Nearest train station is Sudbury.
    Bus route between Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds stops outside the hotel.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • 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.
A word from 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.
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The Swan at Lavenham reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since 24 May 2014
Average Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambience4.7
    Value4.1
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (25)afternoon tea (19)sunday lunch (16)romance (14)fit for foodies (14)brunch (9)business meals (7)outstanding value (7)disabled access (4)outdoor eating (3)good vegetarian options (3)child friendly (3)group bookings (2)Show More
  • MartinG
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, special occasions
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  • Birthday Treat.
    Pollyanna
    Dined on 15/7/2014
    We really enjoyed our meal in The Gallery, this was a real treat. The Swan is always our place for birthdays! Everything was great .
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Sunday night in the gallery
    Great13food
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Service very good food excellent best Wild garlic risotto I ever had halibut was also amazing wine also very good
    Special Features:
    disabled access, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top class
    Alpha
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 26/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, outstanding value, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A splendid Sunday lunch in Suffolk
    RailwayDiner
    Dined on 15/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely setting with good food
    Norwichcarrow
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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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  • Fabulous Food
    Petula
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, special occasions
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  • Fine dining.
    JPryce
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Good all round, sommelier was very helpful. Beautiful surroundings and good atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Sunday Lunch @ The Swan
    SundaySorprise
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Lunchtime treat
    Fussyeater
    Dined on 19/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food
    CC50
    Dined on 19/4/2014
    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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  • A lovely lunch in pleasant
    Richrad
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    A lovely lunch in pleasant surroundings. Staff very attentive, helpful and efficient.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, brunch, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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  • Excellent Sunday lunch
    Colbrown
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Once again the venue, service and food were outstanding. An excellent civilised Sunday lunch was had by all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Restaurant
    NZShearer
    Dined on 18/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, brunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Increasingly rare
    SeldomLunchesVIP
    Dined on 16/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebration Lunch
    MOJO
    Dined on 14/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    business meals, disabled access, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, child friendly, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our 51st Wedding Anniversary
    Patrick
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    disabled access, fit for foodies, special occasions, outstanding value, outdoor eating, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the journey 1hr +
    eatoutalot
    Dined on 26/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Treat.
    Pollyanna
    Dined on 18/12/2013
    It was a lovely way to spend a birthday, pleasant atmosphere great food and good service. Thankyou.
    Special Features:
    special occasions, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb experience at The Swan
    Cookie
    Dined on 6/12/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mid Week Lunch at The Swan
    Patrushka
    Dined on 2/11/2013
    Three of us had a lovely birthday lunch at the Swan. The Gallery Restaurant is beautiful and the service is outstanding. We had drinks in the bar beforehand and a waiter came and found us and took our order which was very civilised. We are looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions, brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday lunch at The Swan was
    15Wallis
    Dined on 20/10/2013
    Sunday lunch at The Swan was fabulous. The food and atmosphere were second to none.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, special occasions, brunch, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bit of a treat
    Treat2
    Dined on 18/10/2013
    After a 6 mile circular walk if Lavenham 'the Swan' was the perfect place for afternoon tea. In front of a roaring fire we were served afternoon tea - which was delicious.
    Special Features:
    special occasions, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Mabs
    Dined on 16/10/2013
    From the moment we walked into the restaurant for lunch we were made to feel very welcome. The service, food and all round experience was excellent. We will certainly go again!
    Special Features:
    special occasions, brunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since 24 May 2014
    • Average Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambience4.8
    • Service4.5
    • Value4.5
  • The following 236 reviews are from the The Swan at Lavenham reviews archive.
  • good experience
    bellabluebell
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Apart from the wine order being wrong the meal was very good, not many young people in, but it was a week day lunch time so that could be why.
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    special occasions
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  • Good food, but very slow service
    Montezuma
    Dined on 30/8/2013
    We like to dine at the Swan, but the service at our recent visit was appallingly slow. Lunch took nearly two and a half hours! And we gave up waiting for our coffee. What made it worse was the fact that folk who arrived after us got served before us (the same thing happened on a previous visit) . Some of those served before and more speedily than us appeared to be regulars, and known personally to the staff. Customers should be served in the order they arrive, not according to whether they are regulars or not. In response to our cancelling the non-existent coffee, the waiter semi-apologised by stating that the staff had been busy with both restaurants. Surely this suggests that more staff are needed (both inside and outside the kitchens).
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    Sunday lunch
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  • A Great Find
    peacecottages
    Dined on 26/8/2013
    A fabulous, sophisticated, olde worlde, charming, extremely child-friendly restaurant & hotel with beautifully decorated and furnished rooms / public areas and fabulous food. Thoroughly recommend and hope to re-visit for an overnight stay!
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, child friendly, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shame about the overcooking
    RespiratoryresearchVIP
    Dined on 25/8/2013
    Had a wonderfully atmospheric set Sunday lunch which was nice in terms of atmosphere and service. But have to say the food was badly let down by being very much overcooked both the beef and pork. Such a shame
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was outstanding and
    enjoymyfood
    Dined on 23/8/2013
    Service was outstanding and the food was food - lovely building. Will visit again.
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    brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday lunch at The Swan
    TeeKat
    Dined on 18/8/2013
    This is not the first time we have visited The Swan, and as always found the food and the service to be first class. The building itself is wonderful and the dining room very atmospheric. Having said that I could have done without the piano accompaniment. As we were sitting almost directly underneath it spoilt any chance of quiet conversation. I also felt it was out of keeping with the atmosphere in the room. If you must have a piano accompaniment then at least it should be some appropriate classical pieces, played softly, rather than random selections from pop songs of the 20th century, with added twiddly bits. None of the other diners seemed particularly entranced either!
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Posh fish and chips
    melfordpjn
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    We took an American visitor to the Swan for lunch in the dining room - we ate posh locally caught fish, chips, mushy peas and side order of local samphire. Beautifully presented and attentive waiters. The dessert was a lemon posset - wonderful mixture of flavours and memorable.... it had green tea foam on the top!! The American loved the very old building, ambience and food so I recommend the Swan as a perfect place to take a special guest!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch in the sunshine
    Newvenue
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    A birthday surprise for a friend . Weather hot so we decided to lunch out doors in the garden.As we arrived at 12.30 it was not too busy .However everyone arriving also chose the garden and service slowed. My friend's cafetiere of coffee was not acceptable as the strained coffee was full of grains and not pleasant to drink. However the waitress offered her a fresh pot and when she demurred, did not charge us for the grainy coffee. We enjoyed our visit overall and the birthday girl was thrilled to be back at the Swan!
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    romance, special occasions, outdoor eating
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  • excellent meal
    Brian
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    Hi It was my fathers 90th Birthday and he is basically a plain eater. The food was very good and he had all that we wanted. We asked for strawberries and ice cream which was NOt on the dessert menu and it was supplied. Excellent time Thanks Kind regards Brian
    Special Features:
    romance, child friendly, special occasions, brunch, outdoor eating, afternoon tea
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  • Lovely old building. The staff
    pollyrevue
    Dined on 23/6/2013
    Lovely old building. The staff where excellent so too the food. Thoroughly recommended.
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • From the moment we walked
    Elizabeth
    Dined on 27/5/2013
    From the moment we walked in we were greeted and looked after. This is a good place for special occassions, food was very good and a good selection. Could not fault the service, everyone very attentive. The set price lunch menu was very good value.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch,ambience and service
    Crocus
    Dined on 26/5/2013
    Lunch,ambience and service excellent.Shame it's such a hard job to find parking space!
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    OliviaR
    Dined on 25/5/2013
    Excellent service. They accommodated my son in his high chair in the main restaurant and the service was impecable.
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magical
    MrsK84
    Dined on 19/5/2013
    A really magical evening in the Swan, definitely something for a special occasion, would recommend this place for anyone looking to spoil someone special
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.