The Swan

4.3
221 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Top tags:
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Chef Claude Bosi has acquired The Swan Inn, the pub has been updated whilst still retaining a traditional pub feel. Serving classic pub and comfort food favourites. Typical dishes include crab on toast, skate wings with beurre blanc and Jersey Royals, The Swan burger, treacle tart with clotted cream and rhubarb jelly and custard. A traditional roast with all the trimmings will be served on Sunday. Children will have their own menu.

The Swan Inn has a large dining area for up to 55 guests, outdoor seating for up to 100 guests, and a private dining room on the first floor with views across the common seating up to 18 diners.
There are six bedrooms available to book should you wish to extend your stay with us.


The Swan Inn is conveniently located close to both Esher common and Sandown racecourse.


We look forward to welcoming you…
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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British
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 12:00 - 15:00 and 18:00 - 21:30
Sunday: 12:00 - 20:30
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01372 462582
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Parking Details
There is parking in the area, please be respectful of our neighbours
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Public Transit
The nearest BR station is Claygate.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Outdoor dining , Wine
What 221 People Are Saying
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RC
Surrey
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, all freshly cooked to order. Great friendly atmosphere.

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FW
London
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good pub. Excellent atmosphere and very comfortable. Had a great Sunday lunch with the family but any occasion could be had here!

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d
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This gastro pub is a regular top place to go for lunch or dinner.

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MC
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We had a lovely evening but felt the food was a little over priced for what is essentially a pub and had a fairly rowdy atmosphere.

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p
London
12 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it here, warm and friendly staff, delicious Sunday roast and good atmosphere. Will be back!

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p
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

Went for Sunday lunch. Food quality very average for the price being charged.

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SR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently good value. A welcome change from chain restaurants - selfishly we hope that this remains a best kept secret.

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MM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Nice pleasant lunch here with my daughter. She is 14 months old and they were great with her. Food was nice - perhaps a tad over seasoned, but nice menu with some different choices.

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DR
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and an interesting gourmet menu.

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DW
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We drove from Ealing to Esher for Sunday lunch, just because it was Claude Bosi's establishment. We are happy to say it was well worth the drive. The cockle popcorn was a revelation and the Beef roast was immaculate. Fabulous flavour in the vegetables, tender beef, wonderful Yorkshire puddings and sumptuous jus.

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SR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have now enjoyed an evening at The Swan on numerous occasions over the summer and have never been disappointed. This is one of Esher's best kept secrets .... and selfishly I hope it stays this way!!.. Thank you to the team at The Swan.

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JS
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Quite expensive for what it was, but nice food. Offered a chilled bottle of red wine - staff need training!

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JW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Definitely worth dining at The Swan Inn, Claygate - lovely food, cosy and a real bonus for us, dogs are allowed in the restaurant!

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AC
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our experience of The Swan has been a bit hit and miss (mainly hits) but there have been occasions when the service didn't meet expectations. Our last visit was however a success. The food was very good and made a change from the repetitive menu's of many of the other gastro pubs in the area. Personally I'd prefer it if the dining room was more comfort than bistro. Wines are good (drank too much so the bill reflected that :) ), the bar seemed to have a welcoming pub like vibe and I do believe there is a serious effort to offer really good service. I don't believe anyone who takes food seriously would be disappointed. Their other pub/restaurant in Oxshott is possibly a bit more homely but I'd recommend either for a relaxed but good quality meal out.

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DC
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

The Inn has an attractive interior, but the menu was very limited Added to this, two of our party had a garlic allergy (notified when we booked) but the staff had done nothing to accommodate this. As a result, there was only one starter we could have and only two mains to choose from - burger or fish and chips. The fish and chips when it arrived was just oozing grease. Any chip shop would have done better. Very disappointing for an establishment owned by a well known chef and quite pricy too.

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SL
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic time with great food and fizz.

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AS
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food with limited menu - very expensive £25 for roast beef, service a bit inattentive, atmosphere was good but stuck in a corner with no view (would have been good as a couple but not for a group).
I would go back but at the price it will need to be a special occasion.

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EE
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a stunning meal. The new autumn menu is to die for. This place just never fails to impress. Already booked to go back next weekend!

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EE
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always an excellent meal served by attentive staff. We are so lucky to have such high quality restaurant food at The Swan

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E
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A pleasant enough Sunday lunch but sadly not up to the 'neighbourhood gem' standards of our last visit, a year or so ago, when we found the food and service truly outstanding.

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RT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I visit The Swan regularly and always recommend it saying it does the best fish and chips in Surrey. However on this occasion (Sunday lunch) I was with a client and wanted to take him somewhere reliable. Unfortunately on this occasion it did not live up to expectations. Once we sat down it took 20 minutes to get a drink, the food took 50 and was ok (we had the roast) but not great and the service was very pleasant but it just felt as if the management were having a day off.

It’s still the best pub around for a pint and fish and chips!

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J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Excellent food and imaginative menu, but at times we just gave up waiting for service (eg had to ask for wine list and then nobody thought to ask us what we wanted). Waiters seemed more interested in chatting to each other at the bar than worrying about customers.

Some of the food is over priced - more like Central London prices.

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BM
London
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very nice although we thought the deserts were a bit over priced, the service was slow especially
as they did not appear to be that busy.

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c
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Best meal I have had outside London and better than some I've had in London. Am coeliac and they even do gluten free fish and chips and fried cockles. Amazing. Well done to the chef. Staff are very friendly too.

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L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

Service was good, the venue itself is lovely but had no atmosphere.
We had Sunday roast, it was nice, had the usual trimmings but only came with a small portion of meat. Overall not a bad experience but wouldn't return as it was a bit over priced for what we got.

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T
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great upgrade and pretty easy to park nearby. Nice decor, attentive service and well priced and interesting food. I would go again as it was a very good experience.

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f
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was quiet on a Monday evening but food was excellent. Service was efficient but could have been a bit more friendly

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LH
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Thank you for a very relaxing and hugely enjoyable lunch. Fabulous food, professional waiters, attentive but not overpowering and super ambience. A great experience on every culinary level.

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DF
London
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were recommended by a friend and booked at short notice last Sunday for our family of 4. Decor, service and food were all excellent (we had 1 roast, 1 fish and 2 burgers)

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DO
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 1food 5service 2ambience 2

Sadly the outside diners got priority over us ( we had pre booked a table). It then meant the chef had far too many orders for him to cope with. We were constantly told our food was on the way when it obviously was not. However the waiter was very kind and when the food eventually arrived it was absolutely delicious. They need to re think the booking system and outside diners. It’s a lovely local pub....we were not charged for our food which was very thoughtful.

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TW
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small, but deliciously crafted menu. Comfortable, ambient surroundings with a great garden that has a summer barbecue.

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LM
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The staff were delightful but the experience was very disappointing.

Our table was booked for 8.30 and our order taken promptly but the wait for both courses to be served was interminable. Our main course finally arrived at 10.15.
A table adjacent to us also complained of the wait and was told it was due to a large party upstairs. If a kitchen is unable to cope with a large party and also maintain service to the other tables then bookings should be rejected.
The food was expensive and the starter portions miniscule - and this is from a person who hates overfull plates and vast quantities of food. I chose a prawn cocktail but the prawns were tasteless and, in my opinion, smacked of cheap, catering produce but certainly not at cheap prices. My husband enjoyed his crab but, again, for the cost, there needed to be more of it.
Burgers, I am told, were fine and my risotto was very good.
Wine list is limited and expensive, also. Our £41 bottle of Gavi di Gavi was ordinary, to say the least.
The Swan is within walking distance of my home and I would love to say it was a neighbourhood gem but it is far from it. It needs to up its game on the service and quality front and reduce its prices to bring it in line with similar establishments locally.
This is a pub with a restaurant, not Hibiscus, and needs to act as such.

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LS
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Sadly we were let down by the poor service again at The Swan. Very slow service at the bar, despite it being quiet, so that wasn’t a good start. The food took over an hour to arrive and no one took the time or initiative to apologise or update us. The staff generally could be more attentive rather than avoid us!

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c
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

arrived at 20:30 had to ask waitress to be served at 21:00 as service staff ignored us.

ordered food waited to 22:00 for food not even the starters ordered came out.

The place was not even busy apart from a few people ordering burgers in the beer garden.

watched loads of food being sent back, chap on the opposite table sent back the haddock as it tasted "funny". then walked out.

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KL
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went with my parents earlier this week. Our fish finger sandwiches were not very hot but this was was rectified quickly, efficiently and very obligingly and fresh, hot sandwiches were brought. The food was very good as it has been whenever I've visited. I like The Swan very much indeed.

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h
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We went to the Swan for Sunday lunch to celebrate a graduation. The food is really excellent, and was utterly delicious.

Outdoor space is pretty nice, with a large patio area and booths around, and tables in the middle giving a mix of covered and open outdoor seating (which given the hot weather this month was great). It was only 50% occupancy, so didn’t feel busy, and we weren’t rushed. In fact the opposite.

We arrived for our reservation (not really needed today) and were asked if we wanted to sit outside - we said yes and were pointed to the garden and told to sit anywhere. We did. Nobody came to see us, so I had to grab someone passing to get menus and drinks. Food order was taken pretty quickly but took a while to arrive, however after that we barely saw any of the team. The tables are a little tucked away which means the wait staff need to be proactive to find out if everyone is ok.

I had to ask for dessert menus, I had to ask again for someone to come and take our dessert order, I had to go and find someone to take payment. A bit of organisation and the system could be great, as it is we remember the excellent food and the slow service. It would be great to be able to remember both being great and we would definitely come back.

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HW
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the unobtrusive and professional service, the food was delicious and there was a great wine list!. We knew that we wouldnt be disappointed as we had eaten at the Hibiscus in the past, and although the Swan had a more casual feel to it (it is a pub after all) the main thing was the food. It was all delicious. A really top notch experience, could not fault it and look forward to coming again.

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LS
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Nice pub and friendly service .
Food .... slow to come out and un-impressive really, over priced for what it was , tasted ok but I’ve had much better for that price.
My boss, who is local had the fillet steak. I asked for it blue but this did not happen , more like medium rare.
I had the cod, interesting but another 30-40% more on the plate would have been great .
Shame as the menu read really well.

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S
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was our first time at the Swan Inn and we were impressed with the setting and the ambie. The beef roast was perfectly cooked and delicious. It came with all the trimmings. The kids fish and chips was good and my nine month old tucked into it. However my 3 year old was not impressed with his al dente tomato pasta. The bar nibbles were generous in size and delicious. The restaurant was full and the staff were slightly overwhelmed as it was Father’s Day.

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JW
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Our first visit and we went on fathers day with two kids. we were the first sitting at 12.00 lunch. The place looks great and has a wonderful feel. The waiting staff were great and kept our drinks topped up. Our only disappointment was the waiting times for food. We were the first slot for lunch and had two cold starters which seem to take a long time. Then two roasts. We had to follow up with waiting staff twice as with two kids in tow who were so hungry. We waited 30 mins for two cold starters to arrive after ordering ( crab & Prawn cocktail). Then another 45 mins for two roast mains to appear. The food was great and kids menu lovely although the kids chips had way to much salt on them they were covered in salt. Out food was fantastic and we would go back maybe in evening. The service on this day was way to slow and if the kitchen was behind on orders in would be great is someone could tell us. Great place overall we will be back without kids.

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