The Swan Hotel

3.9
45 reviews
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The Swan Hotel and Restaurant nestled in the quaint village of Almondsbury is mere minutes from the M5 and just twenty minutes from Bristol city centre. So if you’re seeking a break in your journey near the Severn Bridge, a spot to meet colleagues near the airport, or a lovely meal out of Bristol, The Swan is the place to book. The kitchen produces a seasonally changing menu of freshly prepared British dishes using fine ingredients and local suppliers. Besides the a la carte menu and daily chef’s specials, there are super set lunch menus and an unmissable Sunday roast lunch. You’ll find weekend entertainment in the bar and lots of events to enjoy, especially alongside the well-kept real ales of which The Swan is justly proud.
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Bristol
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Met family for an evening meal on a Friday. It was busy but the staff coped quite well, was polite and accommodating, although I felt they could have had more help. The food was very good, although portion sizes were on the small side. Would definitely recommend.

OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Location is easy to get to, plenty of parking. Friendly staff and amazing food.

Ambience and decor is lacking slightly but I am sure that will evolve with time.

M
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Burgers lovely great service nothing too much trouble

OC
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The food experience was extremely poor.....the burger meat tasted very odd and the meat was compacted and solid....i think it was cooked in old oil...chips were wet and soft....the fish and chips did not fare better.....we were tired and hungry after a long drive....had we known it was this bad we would have made the effort to go elsewhere....in addition the dining area wasn't particularly clean and the windows needed a very good wash.....we simply would
not ever come here again.....

OT
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were here for an evening out whilst staying at the hotel next door . The food was fantastic really fresh and tasty my husband said the batter on the fish was amazing light and crispy and very tasty . The chips were out of this world chunky and not fatty at all .
My husband had the pistachio meringue with blood orange sorbet which he said was fabulous he isn’t a pudding person but couldn’t recommend it enough .
The staff were lovely really friendly helpful polite and professional .
We would love to go again

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I have eaten at The Swan many times before but unfortunately not when booked on this occasion through OpenTable as your booking didn't go through !!!!

SO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely food and cheerful waiters but the waiter didn't know how to add a tip onto the bill so I think the hotel not the staff got the tip!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

On arrival at specified time, we were inform there was no booking under the name of Ball. On showing confirmation on my phone I was informed it was not on their system and as they were fully booked they could not accommodate us. No further help was given so basically we were shown the door. This spoiled the night out as at that late hour there was nowhere else to go!!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had an enjoyable Sunday lunch. The portions for the large lunch were enormous!
Really nice to have plenty of nice veg.
We would definitely go back.

OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was very good and the food although on the pricey side was very tasty and sufficient to fill.
Unfortunately we were let down with the on line booking - which the staff appeared to know nothing about - and when our friends turned up before we did, they were told that there was no table booked for us. However, they did manage to find us a table.

EM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Staff were extremely helpful in accommodating four adults, two toddlers and a baby. Patient and friendly approach. Food was of an excellent quality too.

OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After a three hour frantic drive from Derbyshire, we arrived late and were met by accommodating friendly staff who immediately made us welcome and comfortable. we were two of a posse of five all coming to Bristol for a schools hockey national event and so arrived at different times. Food was served promptly and was delicious, table side manner was attentive without being distracting and we all left feeling that the journey had ended well and with a hearty meal set us up for the following day of watching the girls hockey tournament.

OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our meal was well presented and tasted nice. The waiting staff were attentive without being a disturbance. Will use this venue you again

OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food. Very helpful staff. Although they didn't recognise the open table booking they found us a table for a party of 7 and even managed to russle up a passable espresso martini from a YouTube video recipe. :)

OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The second time only that we have eaten at The Swan but we have been very impressed on both occasions and will certainly be visiting you again. Thank you for your excellent service and food.

G
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Busy Sunday lunchtime. Food was delicious and promptly served by very friendly staff. Drinks are reasonably priced and beer is well kept.

CG
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lived in Almondsbury for much of my adolescent life and would not have used the Swan for much then (1970s). I was looking for a place for lunch with my wife and daughter, en route from Cardiff to Bristol Airport, so The Swan fitted the bill and was much improved on my childhood.

They enjoyed the Monkfish, and I the roast pork. Roasted items (potatoes & parsnips) could have been better roasted and more flavoursome, but all in all it was a good meal

I have very poor hearing. Therefore, I liked that the dining area was carpeted and had lower ceilings - means that it is quieter and that there is less sound resonance (a real problem with pubs and restaurants these days as hard floors and wall surfaces abound). It would have been great if there was a way of silencing the 'piped music' which for a person with bad hearing is like tinnitus, masking other sounds

Staff were friendly and helpful. We enjoyed our visit, thank you.

DR
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Booked online and when we got there they didn't have our booking. My husband wanted mash with his steak rather than chips and was told by the waitress they didn't do mash. Chips were of varying shapes and sizes and looked like someone had taken an axe to the potato. The steak on the other hand was beautiful and cooked exactly as we had asked. Was the meal and the overall experience worth nearly £50 for 2 steak meals and a pint and half of lager I am not sure!!

OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Pricey good food let down by presentation and inappropriate service.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were looking for a spot at the M4/M5 junction to meet family - The Swan was in the perfect spot, and the food and service were excellent. They also had a very good (and entertainingly presented) children's menu.
Recomended.

OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We visited for a family meal to celebrate my birthday. Our age range was from 6 months to 85 years and we all enjoyed it thoroughly.
Our waitress on the evening was lovely, very helpful and attentive without being overbearing, food delicious, the best steak I've had in a long time.

OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2016
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Good food and service from a venue within quick and easy access of the M4/M5 junction near Bristol. We visited for Sunday lunch, when the venue was busy, obviously popular, but for us too noisy and with an outlook onto a main road.

OT
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2016
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

Our first visit to The Swan. Welcome was excellent, and staff attentive throughout our visit -although a new server seemed unsure of menu content & wine list! Food arrived reasonably quickly, and nicely presented, although my partners offering seemed to lack vegetables! My 'Chicken/Chorizo Burger', although nicely presented (I am never sure why food is expected to be eaten off a 'bread board!), turned out to be a breast of chicken rather than a 'Burger' as described on the menu!
Would consider another visit.

p
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2016
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Really good food, Attentive staff. Arrived as 1st ones there in empty restaurant at 19.00 and ate eventually at 21.00. Children missed their train back to Cardiff. No explanation as to the delay but many tables concerned about the delay.Told it is just the usual friday night- so some reservation about returning

Y
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An exceptional New Year's Eve feast complete with lovely costumed staff, unusual and scrumptious food. An unexpected great time. Well done. We will be back even if it is 20 miles from home. Happy New Years Milords and Ladies.

BK
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I took my wife and my mother out for a Sunday lunch and chose the Swan Hotel based on previous reviews. We were welcomed by very friendly staff and the service was efficient and without unnecessary delays. The quality of the food was very good indeed and every need was catered for. Well done the Swan Hotel - we will be returning.

j
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2015
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

some problems withh food - but good service and quickly sorted out.

J
Bristol
3 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2015
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

A very pleasant restaurant very friendly staff and good atmosphere. We have passed this pub/restaurant many times and have never been in. We booked our table through "book a table" on line and were very pleasantly surprised. The food was excellent! Our compliments to the chef

l
London
10 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely staff, so considerate with our new born baby, would love to go back!

C
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We booked into the Almondsbury Interchange Hotel for a night and then looked for a nearby restaurant for our evening meal. Looking on the map we noticed the Swan Hotel was nearby. In fact it turned out to be next door! The dining reviews were good, we could walk to it and so we booked a table. It later turned out we were able to use our TasteCard for a 50% reduction in the cost of our food which was even better! But that aside, the meal was excellent value even at full price and the service was very good too. We didn't have to wait long for our food which was sumptuous and the waitress was very attentive. We will need to stay in Bristol again and will have no hesitation in repeating this experience.

b
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On arrival met by waiter who took us to our table.our meal was ordered with the help of the waiter who was really up to speed with the menu.the food was spot on and ample portions.timing between courses good even though restaurant was busy.my wife and I had a very enjoyable evening.possibly a little background music would help with the ambience

S
London
12 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A favourite haunt when visiting my mother-in-law in Bristol. She's a VERY fussy, very elderly lady and it's been difficult to find a restaurant that she hasn't found fault with! Thank goodness for The Swan. We had a wide range of food between us; I'm a definite carnivore, my wife is a vegetarian and MiL I've covered. We didn't have room for a dessert after a lovely starter and generous main dish, so I still haven't made more than the first two dishes so far; maybe next time. I recommend getting a Swan Hotel VIP Card as it gives you a 20% discount on food, making it even better. I also like their good range of beers so need to persuade my wife to drive next time so I can give them a proper try!

h
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had a very nice meal and the staff were vety attentive which marks out the Swan from other pubs/restaurants in the area. The person I was with has a wheat intolerance which can make make the menu difficult to chose from. But this was not a problem because the waitress quickly reassured us and presentedted a menu for special diets. The food was very good, the atmosphere just right and the staff couldn't have done more.

S
London
12 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2013
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our third visit to The Swan Hotel and the standard was as high as ever. My (very fussy 92 year old) Mother-in-law had the goats cheese starter, as did my wife, why I went for the pork medley. If you like meat this is a great starter. For main my wife had one of the vegetarian options, whilst M-i-L & I opted for the gammon. All the food was beautifully cooked and the chips were HOT. There was a wedding reception on at the same time and the staff coped beautifully with both 'ordinary' customers and those at the reception. Good wine, very reasonably priced plus some excellent (real) beer choices. As we live in London we only get to The Swan when visiting M-i-L in Bristol. If you like good food go to The Swan.

BN
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed good food in the sun! Quick service, great range of beers and a very tasty burger.

a
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2013
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Experience overall was good. We enjoyed the food and service. I would say however the venue decor is in need of a facelift and it was so dark over our table it was hard reading the menu. More suitable for pub meal that special occasion food.

s
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2012
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

A good menu, large portion sizes, no obvious children's menu but prices good so you didn't feel too bad about paying full price. A good selection of games to keep children occupied too.

T
Gloucestershire
6 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2012
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were a party of 4 of which one was a coeliac. The staff were very helpful in liaising with the chef and there was actually a proper pudding that was gluten free which doesn't happen very often. They had run out of fillet steak so we were offered a complimentary drink. The food was very well presented and was of a good quality. We will definitely return.

FD
Bristol
5 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2012
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Four of us tried the Swan Hotel for the first time and all were pleased with the experience. There was a large group in one section of the restaurant which delayed our starter slightly but the attentive staff kept us informed.
The menu is straightforward and the food is presented very well in sensible portions and at prices that allow you to think about a starter or dessert -or both.
Our only comment if there is one is that on an exceptionally cold night in an old building it began to get uncomfortable seated next to the window. I'm sure the majority of milder evenings wouldn't pose this problem.
Overall, good staff, tasty, well prepared and presented food; an enjoyable evening.

ML
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2012
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I've gotta say that the food was superb, well mannered and friendly staff, the only thing that let them down was the lack of choice on the menu. Aside from that all round thumbs up from me. If you have a dessert, go with the sticky toffee pudding its a winner.

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