The Swan

4.2
242 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Sunday Lunch
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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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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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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
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O
London
14 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I have eaten in the Swan on numerous occasions and the standard of food is deteriorating rapidly. The menu isn’t very inspiring and the prices have been rising for what is now very average pub grub.

The staff have always been nice, welcoming & attentive, but the fayre they are serving is letting them down.

The owner has definitely taken his eye off the ball with this pub, as he focuses on other more high profile ventures.

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RP
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

I have been to the swan many times, but not lately until Sunday. I had brought my son and daughter in law who were visiting England from Taiwan and wanted to take them to the Swan as I had always enjoyed Sunday roast and fish and chips there and sun your praises. Unfortunately I was disappointed as the food was definitely not as good as it used to be. I thought the dessert choice was very limited and did not enjoy the Sticky Toffee sponge as it was far too sweet.

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SS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday Roast

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PA
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere and creative food options. Reasonably quiet at lunch time but suits a conversational meal.

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LM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The pub has a lovely feel about, being cosy, warm and friendly. The staff are welcoming, polite and helpful. We found the menu prices expensive for what you got. Both ordered burgers which were cooked to individual preferences and were quite tasty but not much above the ordinary. The chips had been sprinkled with rosemary salt but otherwise were pretty ordinary.
Desserts are expensive...we shared one....it was delicious.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice environment. Always good! great lunch....

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GL
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Lovely main course and scrummy dessert but the service wasn’t great on this occasion and it was very cold in the restaurant.

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LO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Fabulous food, but very slow and had to chase constantly which was irritating...

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BW
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A very nice Sunday Lunch after a brisk 5 mile walk, well done and thank you.

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LW
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, would definitely recommend

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great friendly service

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S
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, good atmosphere. Would definitely recommend as a strong alternative to other local pubs

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KH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, great allergy options and substitutions, with no fuss.

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FL
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Second time I was here. Nice food. Service friendly. Good quality.

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SC
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed our lunch on Sunday. Wonderfully limited choice, and could have eaten everything! The chestnut risotto was one of the best risottos I’ve had in a restaurant for years. Rice not too undercooked, but dish kept fairly sloppy, and absolutely full of flavour. The roast beef was also delicious and cooked well. I can’t wait to go back and try and make it through to dessert!

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EE
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

We live locally and were really excited to come to the Swan as so many people recommended it in the neighbourhood. The Wheatshef is usually our go-to, but we gave Swan a try. Such a disappointment! Things started off nicely, but after we ordered and waited 45min+, the food never came! Not even the kids order (fish and chips). I asked the staff if they could check and 'they were plating it right up'. Once it came out, you could tell the pasta had been sitting out under the burner for quite some time and the beef roast was barely visible on my plate since the portion was EXTREMELY small. It's like they didn't have anything left and gave us the bottom of the roasting pan. Over 2 hours and £150 later, when I said something to the manager, we were offered a free pudding. This was a nice touch, but we decided to just leave as we had other things to do and it had already been so long. I'm willing to try it again at another point and hope it's a better experience. Just be a bit cautious and hopefully my experience was a fluke.

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J
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Brilliant evening, food was delicious and service was excellent.

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m
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Whilst we had enjoyed previous visits to The Swan to eat this was our first Sunday lunch and very good it was too. The service was excellent with extra gravy being provided with no delay and one of the chefs even came out to offer us extra Yorkshires. We both had the roast beef with all the trimmings and loved everything on the plates. The sticky toffee pudding hit the spot as well.
Yes, you can go out and have a roast lunch and spend a lot less - however I would suggest the food offered by The Swan provides great value given the quality of the produce used, the cooking skills on display and the service.

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p
London
14 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic Sunday roast, they were busy and there was a wait for food but it was worth it ! Roast beef was incredible and the mince pie sponge pudding was amazing. Check out the swan, it’s a great pub

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b
Surrey
22 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We all enjoyed the dining room area, but we felt the food was style over substance. The presentation was great but lacked flavour and seasoning.

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c
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday afternoon catch up with friends. Service, food and atmosphere all fantastic would return.

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L
London
10 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Had high expectations but a rather fraught and inefficient vibe, very very slow service, didn’t expect such a wait for Sunday roast (no starter or pudding yet 2.5hr from arrival to leaving) food satisfactory but better places and value for money can be found elsewhere for a Sunday roast in Surrey

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RC
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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FW
London
14 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
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
14 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
7 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
7 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
7 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
3 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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