The Swan

4.2
203 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Top tags:
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
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
What 203 People Are Saying
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EE
London
3 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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SH
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly atmosphere, excellent service, good food and lovely decor. What more could you ask for 😀

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JH
London
86 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went to the Swan for Sunday dinner. Food was as good as ever and the wine list is nice and varied.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual, food and service excellent !

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KA
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my local eateries. Probably the best in the area, although we are quite lucky. Not sure if I would take my autistic grandson. I have eaten there a few times and am invited to a party there at the start of next month. That will be a test indeed.
Overall very good food with lovely and efficient service.

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t
Surrey
6 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable fare with a good selection of dishes from two menus. The nibbles selection is well worth a visit even if you're just having a drink.

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MT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was good but we waited over 30 mins for our order to be taken and starters took over an hour!

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PM
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We booked a week in advance for my son's 21st birthday and made sure this was mentioned when we booked. So, it was disappointing when we arrived to find we had been given one of those difficult corner tables, which experience suggests is likely to result in being neglected by the serving staff. The starters were OK - my younger son and I ordered crab and cucumber cannelloni, but we both struggled to discern much of a flavour of crab. Three of us ordered the burger for our mains, which were good. My wife ordered a salmon dish and, while the salmon was good, it came served with some slightly burnt and dry scraps of vegetables, including cauliflower and potato. We were given the menus for desserts and all had our choices ready, but no-one came to take our order, so after 30 mins we decided to leave. Earlier in the evening, we'd observed the kitchen producing a birthday treat of another guest, to whom the staff sang Happy Birthday. When I was asked how the evening had been by a member of staff, I mentioned our disappointment at the table allocation and that the evening had been booked as a special occasion. The answer came that it had been a difficult evening for the kitchen as "there had been three VIP bookings that evening". This was, given the circumstances, deeply insulting. There are plenty of nice restaurants in the area, many of which would have served up nicer food and been less expensive. Also, I've no doubt they would have considered a 21st birthday celebration a good enough reason to be considered a VIP guest for the night. We shall not be returning to the Swan. It's pretentious and has no values beyond valuing diners who spend the most money with them.

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n
London
24 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Exceptional food at The Swan - I had wanted to go for ages and it lived up to expectations

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TC
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Very disappointed. Was expecting great things given the identity of the proprietor but food was very standard fare. More of a tourist standard than the excellence I'd expected. Very expensive for this quality.

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JE
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upon entering The Swan Inn on a Sunday evening I was impressed with how we were acknowledged promptly with a smile and our table was ready for us regardless that we were early.
We decided to have a a drink at the bar first and any questions we had regarding wine, food and cocktails were answered so efficiently.
I was a little sad that they were out of the beef roast but it was wonderful to be offered the ribeye and it was one of the best I have had. Understandably, this is a popular spot for a Sunday I can understand the roast being high in demand over the lunch time.

It is apparent the Swan hires the best of the the best and I noticed how fluid service was around the restaurant.
Nothing is too much hassle and I appreciated the small details that make the hospitality incredible here.
The waiter that served our table for would see to it that we had our water and wine topped up and was a fine blend of friendly, polite and professional.
We had the perfect check back and anything extra we wanted to request or ask was taken care of.
I especially respected the waiter for keeping our table clear and clean after our starters were cleared and the attention to detail of looking after us as guests and our table in general was second to none.

We had a wonderful dining experience and one of the managers took the time at the end of our dinner to see how we were and how our evening had been which was a perfect finish to a superb time had.

I highly recommmend visiting if you expect to have a pleasant evening, catchup with friends or a date as you will be taken care of by such a wonderful team and be served some of the best food and cocktails I've ever had.

The interior of the Swan is truly stunning and it has a relaxed ambience.
All the staff were attentive, professional and experts at provIding high class service and top hospitality.

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JG
London
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Have dined at The Swan previously and enjoyed the experience. On this occasion the food was off the mark. Firstly it took ages to arrive - I had ordered Ox Cheek. The vegetables were undercooked - particularly the broccoli. The potato looked as if it had been stood on the pass for a century but what the dish lacked was a reaaly decent sauce - there was barely a splash.

Very disappointing

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JL
London
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff were great, the food was very nice but small portions for the money charged. Bigger portions needed & maybe a little more everyday choices on the menu!

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CR
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Nice pub/diner, service average but so expensive, it's not a gastropub!

Nice enough overall but not value for money, the service and food needs to be far better to warrant the prices charged.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was beautifully presented and delicious. Super service too. I strongly recommend a visit. I have already returned with friends for drinks and bar snacks.

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SD
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I do like this restaurant but on the two occasions I have eaten there I feel they have the balance wrong on the Main Course. There is too much meat and too little potato/carbohydrate and vegetables. I know you can order these as side dishes but I don't think you should have to. I will be going again though.

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OT
Surrey
11 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We have been many times before. It was good again but we feel that for variety they should have one/two “specials of the day” because the menu is very restricted and therefore can become a bit boring.

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MB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Swan is our favourite pub in Esher and Claygate -great decor, properly trained staff and the food is outstanding. The wine list is well thought out with some really special choices if you’re pushing the boat out. It always feels like a treat to go. Best thing? The negroni barrel and the steaks.

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s
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food but a little pricey. Had a cosy feel to it but did seem to just be full of locals.

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