The Swan Inn, Lympstone

4.3
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47 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
Enjoy a meal at The Swan Inn
In the picturesque village of Lympstone, right next to the harbour and train station.

We offer traditional inn food and a great selection of drinks, coffee, tea and snacks, as well as holding BBQs in the beer garden when the sun is shining.

Come along and enjoy great food served in a fantastic atmosphere.
What 47 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.2
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4.2
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DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

As it was known to be owned by the River Exe Cafe I was expecting a similar standard of food and service. We waited a long time for our drinks, they had no gluten free bread despite saying one of the guests was gluten free. We had to wait a long time for each course. My liver and bacon were completely overcooked and very dry. I was offered a free apple crumble and custard which was cold. I asked was it meant to be cold and the waitress said yes and something about how the apples are prepared??! The service wad really haphazard. I was most disappointed especially as out was a special birthday and we were even at the wrong table. I think River Exe would be horrified!

CH
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Waitress Kate was brilliant - keeping the kids entertained and the parents "topped up" on the wine a very pleasant experience and also made a special effort for our little girl Storme birthday

DK
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We thought we would try the swan as it has changed hands recently. The food was lovely and good value. Service was a bit slow... we like to at least be offered a drink even if our order isn’t taken.. we don’t mind taking a bit of time over our food, but others may wish to be served more quickly. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. They have a lovely wood burner in the restaurant, and it would have been nice on a chilly night if it had been lit... we found the pub a bit cold. Definitely will be back ...

H
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely food & great friendly service :)

AC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Sadly they had run out of two items on the daily specials menu and didn’t have any rioja either so not a great start. Food we did have was ok but nothing special!

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely roast dinner Sunday lunchtime.

TW
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely warm country pub in a beautiful village.
Very welcoming staff, nothing too much trouble.
The food was very well presented and delicious, value for our money.
Our server, although partime, as only 17 years old and studying at college, certainly knew the menu and was a real great ambassador for the pub ensuring we had a lovely evening.
We will definitely visit again.
Thank you.

t
London
12 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Friendly service, prompt and efficient. The food was really excellent.

ST
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service, great Sunday lunch venue

B
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. Really enjoyed and excellent value in a wonderful environment.

L
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner, service and experience. I highly recommend this pub.

MT
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great Pub,, there is a warm atmosphere and the staff are polite and attentive. We booked a table on a Tuesday night for a meal for two, the quality of the food far exceeds the price you pay for it, it is quite simply delicious, in fact it was so good we went back the next night even though we had intended to eat elsewhere. If you want a quality meal in a cosy pub then look no further.

LH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and wonderful service, the staff were all lovely

a
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I enjoyed my lunch meal but i do find that the evening menu is much better as I have eaten there in the evenings too

LP
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the most amazing meal here on saturday, we will be back soon.

DG
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Really enjoy eating at The Swan. Staff are always friendly and efficient. Food is usually fantastic although the grilled plaice I had this time wasn't at its best. Overall though, an enjoyable evening.

SM
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly staff. Loved it. Nice to be able to have one scoop of ice cream after the meal. Couldn’t fit in a whole pud but the ice cream did the trick and finished it all off nicely.
Thank you ... we will be back.

PM
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Sadly the first choice of food we asked for was unavailable, though we were not informed when the order was made. Quite nice food when it came but the service was slow even though you were not busy ( only one other table occupied in the dining room when we ordered). Nice atmosphere.

JS
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Certain items on the menu weren’t available.
Service was slow and had to remind staff of our drinks order
Food was cold. Lamb was tough so had to swap to turkey. Veg and potatoes were left soggy by being covered with a likewise huge soggy Yorkshire pudding.
A choc or biscuit with coffee would have been nice.
Miscommunication between staff.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Disappointing experience .food was quite cold , meat was tough. We waited 1 hour for service . Definitely not in ‘top 10 best Sunday lunch category as promised . Would never go again

HH
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely Sunday lunch with family. Good size children's portions for half adult price. Very pretty village. We cycled from Topsham. Can recommend as a day out.

PB
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was actually one of the best meals we have had for a very very long time. Delicious.

DF
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality food cooked well and a decent size serving. Staff were efficient and friendly.

AC
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Roast Beef very poor. The service stretched when busy. Staff tried hard

MP
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Overall we enjoyed our visit to The Swan. The only observation we think should be stopped is the waitress having to ask if we wished to include a tip when paying by card.
We think this is very embarrassing for a waiter/waitress to have to ask. It's also embarrassing for the customer who may not intend leaving a tip at all.

T
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely welcome as soon as you walk in, great service all evening, great food, we will be back

TD
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal thank you.
The staff were very attentive.

OT
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good value food, service needs a bit of finesse but staff were keen and overall this left a good impression.

G
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, served in a traditional old world Devon pub, full of character. Staff were friendly and helpful throughout, providing extra gravy (which was amazing and hot), and mint sauce with no trouble or fuss. Highly recommended.

DG
3 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Well worth a visit. Staff always friendly and attentive

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Family Sunday roast! Was fantastic and desserts were grewT! Drinks took a little while at the beginning but other than that fab.

RT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent Sunday lunch - tasty and generous portions
Good value.

Service a little slow but the ambience and the company made up for this. The restaurant was very busy.

Really helpful front of house who accommodated our request for an additional person with a smile

DS
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoy the evening thank you will go again

SG
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Delightful staff. The Camembert sharer starter was the best we’ve ever had. Our burgers were over cooked but were replaced efficiently with perfect ones, with no problem. Well done!

SC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly impressed with the Swan Inn. Knowledgeable, attentive staff (thank you Lucy!). Food was excellent and we sampled a wide range of the menu between the 4 of us. Crab / Pulled Pork / Steak / Pie / Fish / Burger. Even with a busy Saturday evening the food arrived hot and quickly. By focussing their efforts on a limited dinner menu they are obviously able to make things fresh each day. Very reasonably priced as well, would definitely visit again.

MB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We went just as beer fest was ending so the scaffolding took away a bit from nice ambiance. Staff were friendly efficient and very welcoming. We had a dog which was fine.
We had delicious crab starter and really fresh lemon sole beautifully cooked.

h
London
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Consistently good food and great choice of beers. Looking forward to returning

R
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff and the chocolate mousse I had for dessert was incredible! Would definitely reccomend.

CF
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Appropriately attentive waitresses. Good information given when asked.
Meals enjoyed by the whole party.

Too improve, main courses could have included some low saturated fat options easily without lowering food standard. Deserts too could have had some low fat options such as fruit with fat free Greek yogurt, sorbet. I have a raised cholesterol but I still want to enjoy eating out!

GK
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, amazing location and very friendly helpful staff. Couldn't have asked for more. Thanks a lot. Will certainly be back soon.