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The White Swan - Gressenhall, Dereham, Norfolk

The White Swan - Gressenhall

4.4
4.4
455 Reviews
£25 and under
Pub
The White Swan in Gressenhall is a beautiful country pub full of community spirit!
We're passionate about local beer, friendly welcoming service and proper pub food done well. The menu features beer battered fish & chips, local sausage & mash and homemade curry. You'll find classic pub fayre with a signature touch using fresh, seasonal & local produce and a kids menu too. Sunday roast served up family style so everyone can dig in and enjoy.

Relaxed & informal atmosphere, a cosy & enclosed garden to the rear with a kids play area, and garden room available for private hire.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Pub, British
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon, Tue 11:00–22:00 Wed, Thu 11:00–22:30 Fri, Sat 11:00–23:00 Sun 11:30–20:30
  • Phone number
    01362 861296
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Pete Murrell
  • Area
    Dereham
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 455 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Gluten-free-friendly

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Neighbourhood gem

455 Reviews
  1. Mark

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The pub has a cozy feel to it, friendly staff, really good food, good choice of beers all at a reasonable price. Will be going back again.

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  2. MikeR

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service all we hoped for in a pub meal, decent choice on the menu, two items not available. Haddock was my first choice but apparently it’s cooked with the black skin on which I don’t like so opted for another option. If I were being really picky my only negative observation was the hopelessly small napkins! Will certainly go again.

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  3. PollyB

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food and great service! Will definitely go back again!

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  4. DaveC

    Kent

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We have eaten here on many occasions. It never fails to impress all our friends and family that we have had the pleasure of taking there.

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  5. allans

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    hard to find due to closed dur to works, diversions not clear. staff were helpfull but busy. long wait for our meals to arrive at the table. no parking at all. with a disabled wife,not very helpfull.

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  6. JulieM

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fourth visit and will be returning. Lovely food, friendly staff and nice atmosphere.

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  7. GeorgeH

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Enjoyable Friday lunchtime with friends Fish and chips were great Good pub grub and good local beers Friendly

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  8. BeaW

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fresh, tasty and well presented food. Seating not particularly comfortable for any extended period. Friendly and professional staff. Would definitely return.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal for my wife's first mothers day. Highly recommended!

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  10. YvonneW

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    4 of us ate and held a meeting. All enjoyed the food and the staff accommodated us well. Will definitely be going again.

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  11. NeilM

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely drinks and meals across the board. Service very good. Cannot fault.

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  12. Dom40

    Hertfordshire

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff were all very friendly and the roast dinner was very tasty albeit insufficient roast potatoes, just two small sections of a potato! The bread and butter pudding was very soft, not caramelisation on the top and would never have known there was any marmalade present. Shame as previously very good.

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  13. JulieM

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second visit for Sunday lunch and it was delicious. A lovely warm welcome and the staff are very friendly. Can't fault the food and there is a good selection. We felt the price at £21 for two courses was good value for money, considering the quality and presentation of the food. Great pudding options, too. Would definitely recommend.

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  14. ElizabethH

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely beautiful food. Not rushed but you are not waiting ages. Served in a beautiful tranquil little slice of Norfolk. Quaint decoration, spacious but not over sized. Staff are so friendly too. Really is such a lovely place. And the food… is just outstanding. 100% recommend. They serve local beers, gins, other liqueurs too.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely lunch of delightful fish & chips and a beautifully presented & tasty cheesecake. Very glad the pub is open on a Monday & great to enjoy a slow, relaxed meal. Special shout out to our server, Amelia, who always goes above and beyond and really makes the experience 🙏😊🌟

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  16. Robert

    Netherlands

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice ambiance and good service. Parking is hopeless. We had the Sunday Roast. Main courses were good, desserts not great. Apple & Blackberry Crumble was far too dry. The Creme Brulee was supposed to come with short bread but came with some kind of very crispy round biscuit; definitely not shortbread. We might go again but would be wary of ordering desserts unless they are improved.

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  17. Beth

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely cozy pub with a varied and delicious menu! Friendly staff and great service! Mussels, steak and duck breast were delicious, our only slight negative was that the sticky toffee pudding was a little dry. Really good selection of spirits distilled in Norfolk.

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  18. MandyL

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very friendly staff, lovely village pub and food good. Will definitely go back

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  19. BarbaraD

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal, attentive waiting staff and warm and cosy surroundings.

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  20. Outing

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place , great food , only gave a 4 for food as 2 of our group were a bit disappointed with one course , but overall food was really good , will definitely be back

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  21. Zidderray

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love our local pub, food always good, service always great

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  22. LisaJ

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I lovely local pub and a nice valentines experience thank you

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  23. AlanB

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really enjoyed our meal on Valentines night, nice warm friendly atmosphere and good food.

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  24. Amanda

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was lovely and we will be going back again. If you order Duck, be aware that pan seared (or pan roasted) does not cook the meat totally. So if you don't like the natural juices being clear to see, just ask for it to be well cooked. I wasn't aware of this and it was a bit of a shock. However, it was very tasty but next time I will ask for it to be well cooked. All in all the food was excellent quality and beautifully served. The service was fabulous and the waitresses went above and beyond to help. The place was clean, airy and plenty of space between tables. Wonderful evening.

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  25. AnnaC

    Essex

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Valentines evening however we chose the main menu. Pork belly & Fish & chips. Food was Devine, service efficient & friendly. We will be back very soon.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful Sunday lunch, probably the best one I have had around here for a long time.

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  27. LeiSha

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice place - newly refurbished. Lovely ambience. Noisy dogs barking every time somebody did anything! 😠 The worst thing was the food which was mediocre at best. My chips were cold though they did offer to replace and removed them from the bill. That said, my burger was fresh and tasty - thank you. My wife had 2 starters rather than a main and both were oily inside and made her feel a bit yuk 🥴 for the rest of the day. A shame as we were hoping to frequent more often, but very much doubt that now.

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  28. MarkR

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another lovely meal at The White Swan, a great little pub and good value. Will be back again soon.

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  29. Chris

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service. Good food. Friendly and welcoming.

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  30. NiClGu

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A lovely venue providing a good food selection in a friendly environment with good service. We'll come again.

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  31. PeterR

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great pub in a lovely little quiet village

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  32. Paul

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and service. Good value. Many thanks.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food were excellent staff friendly and efficient. Just one point I think could be improved! We find this in virtually every pub that we go to that there is a large selection of flavoured gins too many for the staff to remember and not possible for us to read from the bar so why don’t all pubs have half a dozen laminated Gin menus on the bar for customers to read making it easier and less time consuming for everyone. Thank you

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  34. JoyF

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our second visit in 2 weeks and the food was as superb as the first time. Highly recommend the fish and chips. Light crispy batter and piping hot.

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  35. Jayt

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sunday lunch. Food was good. Beef for me chicken for other half. Chicken was a cooked portion. Beef were cooked slices. Wouldn't go for that again Vegetables were very good as were the desserts. Nice service and well looked after

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  36. SueC

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great welcome when walking in, lovely log burner, and friendly staff. Very community run pub which had a nice feeling My partner had duck which he said was rather nice I had Childs portion of roast beef, which was ample size meal. We didn’t have room for desserts but were well satisfied with the sizes of our meals.

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  37. PhilipH

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely early evening supper -good food and lovely staff, will recommnded

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  38. CharleyB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service and a lovely setting. Will return!

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  39. Tris

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely have this little pub as are local. The staff are very welcoming and friendly. Roast dinner is nice also

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  40. KC31

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good traditional village pub. Warm and cosy with friendly staff. All enjoyed our roast dinner and desserts were delicious.

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The White Swan - Gressenhall is rated 4.4 stars by 455 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for The White Swan - Gressenhall

The Green, Gressenhall, Dereham, Norfolk NR20 4DU

Additional information

  • Area
    Dereham
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon, Tue 11:00–22:00 Wed, Thu 11:00–22:30 Fri, Sat 11:00–23:00 Sun 11:30–20:30
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Pub, British
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Pete Murrell
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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