The Swan at Forest Row

4.2
61 reviews
£25 and under
British
Recently re-opened cosy Hush Heath pub and dining room, with six boutique bedrooms, sun terraces and a large garden, makes The Swan the local hub for lovers of great food and drink. We are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner serving locally sourced seasonal food.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 61 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.0
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4.1
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TrevorP
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The Swan has gone downhill since reopening. It was over an hour before our food arrived and it was not very busy.
My food was over cooked and all the food was overpriced and not value for money.

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Eddie23
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Return visit as first time so good. But we went on a very very busy Bank Holiday and sadly it was disappointing. But we will return.

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KateE
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was outstanding - good quality, lots of flavour and cooked to perfection. The food did take quiet awhile to come and some dishes came out cold. Unfortunately the staff were terrible - I guess they have not been trained properly ? Very slow, no idea when questioned about the menu, took a long time to get drinks, we asked for the bill and the guy said he would bring it. After 15 minutes we asked again and a very rude waiter (older guy) glared at me said get it yourself inside. I mentioned the waiter said he would bring it out and again he said get it yourself ( he then promptly dropped a tray of glasses - karma!).
They do add on a service charge - I asked for it to be removed from the bill (which wasn't an issue) but it is very cheeky just to add it on the bill - it is the customer choice if they pay this and not compulsory. In view of the terrible service we did not pay the service charge.

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RachelN
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The booking system was very easy but when we arrived the tablet for the bookings couldn’t be found we found the food very expensive for what it was and the drinks extortionate sorry but we will not be returning

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Alex
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Table reservation conversation at the bar on entry, vague, as if we were not booked. However good food. Service unusually slow. Haphazard. Menu was thrown down on the table, without any word. Having eaten on several occasions, without issue, we feel let down. It was a special occasion, so a disappointing visit.
We are prempting the following question as a "yes", if the service returns to the previous standards ...

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GeorgeH
London
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! Will be back again soon!

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DAVIDJ
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was a pleasure to revisit The Swan after a long covid delay and the pub having a refit. Not a lot had changed inside, which is a good thing I shoudl add. The front of house staff were excellent, so friendly and very accommodating for our grandchildren. Richard especially deserves a mention for his attentiveness. The kitchen was obviously haveing a bit of a nightmare, the food took quite a long time and then they were sending the wrong meals out for the wrong tables. That was sorted pretty quickly, even if the children's meal was delayed. We can forgive them a few teething problems after such a lengthy break. Thankfully the staff, food and atmosphere made up for that hiccup.

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leighg
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a relaxing atmosphere and the food was outstanding!

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Serin
West Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food, friendly service, efficient staff, and they have excellent Covid precautions in place. A great experience for meeting up with family.

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jemima
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The staff were all very pleasant and the service was good. I ordered cod mornay with spinach and hasselback potatoes. The fish was very good but the so called spinach had no taste at all - I could have been eating anything. Similarly the potatoes were soft and tasteless and an unusual variety which were purple. When my meal arrived both the waitress and I thought thy were burnt. Not my idea of a roast potatoe. The mornay sauce was very thin, almost like some warm milk had been poured over the fish. On the brighter side my husbands fish and chips were excellent and the manager came to talk to us and made no charge for my meal.

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vipjulianaadt1
8 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service

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Happy
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasty menu and something for everyone, lovely calm atmosphere with friendly staff, we had a really nice evening, thank you.

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KateD
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good service and a nice atmosphere once it filled up, but the food was unfortunately hit and miss. A shame as have previously had good meals there. Hopefully a bad day!

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FrancesC
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always lovely. Staff are excellent and very helpful. Love Ronnie !! Felt very festive . Love The Swan

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LynM
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good to see that everyone was observing social distancing . Food was great, staff were really helpful and friendly

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Disappointed
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Our main meal was not up to your usual high standards sadly . Our soup was warm, not hot and the burger lackedits usual additions of onion, tomato etc. We missed the homemade sauce and chunky chips in a basket that we loved so much before lock down.

Have you changed your chef? We usually eat with you once a week and have never been disappointed before.

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Rachael
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A varied menu with much local produce. Service was friendly and attentive, thank you!

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SamL
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent venue. Great food and ambience. Definitely be going again when able.

JB
JonB
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic and staff very attentive. Great ambiance even in these times. Would highly recommend.

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SuzieR
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good variety and quality of food reasonable priced. Dog friendly with kids menu.

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GrahamS
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service was a little slow as they were busier than anticipated (but half term - so should they have anticipated that? Maybe!). Food was great. We were near a fairly loud table of ladies which was a bit distracting. Food was good and staff friendly. Covid systems seemed fairly effective, although waitress needs to wear mask over mouth AND nose. Will we go back? Yes, if passing.

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Rjah
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Only good for drinks. Food over priced and underwhelming.

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ChristineC
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful old pub, really lovely staff and a great Sunday roast

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Finn
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience1

Staff were very friendly but it was incredibly noisy and the food was both very expensive and not very tasty.

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CatherineF
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friendly, accommodating, lovely food presentation.

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GaryW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, interesting food well presented. Staff engaging and knowledgeable

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StewartH
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We had a lovely time whilst at the pub the waitress was very nice and professional. Food was very good but my wife was sick on the way home and overnight after eating the chicken. So not a great ending to what was a lovely start at a pub restaurant we’ve been to many times.

If my memory serves me right there was no vegan option.

Overall disappointing.

Stewart.

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Mejoe
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We were met by a waitress who wasn't wearing a mask/visor; they had run out of orange juice when we asked for orange juice and when we ordered coffee at 8.45 we were told they had shut down the coffee machine for the day; all in all not a wonderful experience; we were in a small room with two tables and the table next to us had a very loud noisy group of people who would have been better to be seated in their larger room

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jemima
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good service all Covid safe. The fish and chips were outstanding, excellent quality fish and the accompanying lentils a interesting and tasty change from the usual peas.

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GaryT
Brighton
13 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit today. Super busy! Staff were so so lovely and the food was amazing. Will definitely be back.
🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

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Mi55moppett
West Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly and very welcoming. Keen to support you considering the covid 19 regulations. Food is good vfm and well presented. Will revisit soon.

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SallyW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Sunday Roast, wonderful wine and great service.

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GeorgeR
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Covid entry to The Swan excellent. Clear signage and sanitising stations available. I went to the gents toilet and it was excellent. Service ok but waitress had to go back twice to establish some menu items as she didn’t know what they were e.g. Pie of the day. One of the main courses was slightly undercooked but was ok. However no one came near us to tell! Overall we liked the place but there is room for improvement!

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vipCopey
West Sussex
25 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t fault this place. The staff are super friendly, food is yum, always give plenty of gravy for roast which is a bonus. It’s clean and well decorated. Good for kids too.

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KeithK
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice lunch in the garden. Food and service were very good.

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SarahK
London
10 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was really good and the service was great, couldn’t fault it. The only reason for not giving full marks on the food was because they’d ran out of a few things we would have liked but there were other options and what we had was great.

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Mikew
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it is one the best places to eat in Forest Row. It has a great selection of wine produced at it's own vineyard in Kent

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Mattzee
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were lovely, food was great and beer was good too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
15 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great! Everything.

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DorothyD
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

My friend and I enjoyed a nice meal at the Swan and had a good chat to the staff who were very friendly and I am sure we will return sometime in the future

Dorothy Dickson

27.08.20

FAQs

The Swan at Forest Row offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01342 822627.

The Swan at Forest Row is rated 4.2 stars by 61 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.