The Swan Wedmore
We've dined here a few times albeit not recently, as far ambiance, its a very fine building in a lovely village setting eat inside or out, the inside is an excellent mix of old and new. Some tables are close together or tight up against the wall the service is attentive and the food ok. For me its gives the impression that you are about to experience something special however whilst good it just didn't leave you feeling the same way.
We went for a long overdue date night. The bar was very busy with people having after work drinks. because of this, we had to wait over 30 minutes for ours. Otherwise the food was very good and the service friendly.
We left the The Swan with memories of great food. My husband ordered the steak - fantastic - and I ordered one of the great sounding & tasting vegetarian choices. If you are a veggie you won't be disappointed. I chose the restaurant due to the Chef's River Cottage links so had high hopes of a vegetable adventure and it delivered! Broccoli, ricotta, herbs & a bit more broccoli (sauce). It was unique and flavoursome, thank you. I would have liked something with a little bit/crisp just for final added texture (shout to kitchen) and the chips…well they were the crispiest chips we have ever encountered - fab!! My two young boys were happy. Relaxed atmosphere, village looked a great place to live/visit and they sell their own bread. Tick tick tick. Recommend and would visit again. Thankyou.
Really nice meal with friend, staff good and attentive
Exceptional service, an excellent and interesting menu, tasty food and a lovely setting. Thank you.
Relaxed, shabby chic country pub with restaurant and outside space. We stayed for a couple of nights and had two dinners and breakfasts.
They have someone good in the kitchen - the food was very nice - better quality and more interesting than the average pub, but not over fancy.
Our only gripe was that the staff are very young locals, which is nice in many ways, but they can't answer questions about the menu. There needs to be a stronger management presence and the staff need to be better briefed.
Group of 7 plus baby. Nice surroundings and excellent food. Ordered a mixture of steaks, duck confit etc. Desserts lovely.
Excellent Roast Sunday Lunch. All locally sourced food and fantastic quality.
I had the Beef; best beef I have had in years.
My son had the flatiron steak, great.
The bread is baked on premises and is excellent.
Service was fast and the staff friendly.
Is this enough words for a review yet? I'm not writing a novel you know. Kanye Ipsum to the rescue..
Will Ferrell has reached walking living breathing god status! New project with 2 Chainz and Wayne dropping this Friday Respect to everyone working hard to keep a roof over their kids # ok another super serious question ... is there a portable fan situation?
This was my 3rd visit to The Swan and yet again it has disappointed. It is obviously popular vut I can't help but think there is an element of 'emporers new clothes' about this place with no one prepared to admit that they are being ripped off. I ordered the Plaice that probably had 2 mouthfuls of edible meat on it with the rest just comprising of skeleton and skin. Was with company and was therefore mindful of making a complaint. Definitely won't be coming back.
We were a group of six, two of whom who were having birthdays either side of the weekend. A few of our group were disappointed as the menu had changed for the one that had been sent to me via email and I had forwarded it them. Two of us had the venison but it was rather dry, had too much pasta (I forget the name of the pasta) and there were no vegetables. The deserts were okay. The menu wasn't that brilliant for a Saturday night's dining, and I've had better in the past.
They say the food here is inspired by River Cottage. Having eaten there recently we can assure you the food at the Swan is better. The service was low key but efficient and the Venison Ragout was simply outstanding. This restaurant is well worth a visit.
If you are looking for quality that is affordable go to the Swan Inn on Thursdays for steak night. The steaks are melt in the mouth delicious and really affordable. Great complimentary bread and seed-dip as a starter too.
Couldn't fault our visit, friendly and helpful staff. Varied menu with some really different options e.g. cuttle fish, sharing platter was great- pulled pork patties, breaded cheese, something creamy with ? beetroot on a home made crispbread. Oh the bread on the table alone was delicious- freshly bakes, tomato, olive, granary bread with butter and seed pot- super.
I had hake- one of the best pieces of fish I have ever eaten, lovely and crispy outside soft and not overcooked on inside, super roasties, butternut squash, with swede I think- all very nicely prepared and presented. Salted caramel Choc pud with REAL hunks of honeycomb- slight burned taste- super treat. Local ale was good - 5 in our family party all well fed and very pleased with our venue choice - on holiday from Cambridge . Quirky décor- woolley clouds on the high ceiling, collection of shades gathered together as main central light - good fun.
Portions are on the small side for the price, although quality is excellent.
Sorbets are good to end a meal and should be a constant feature on the menu.
And one final point: when booking, we had specifically requested a table in the bar area because we intended bringing our dog with us (dogs being allowed there but not in the restaurant) .This had been overlooked by The Swan, and our table was in the restaurant section. It didn't matter as in the end, we did not bring our dog, but this was an oversight that might have caused a problem had we done so.
Good food and service much better than previous reviews seen on the site.
Excellent meal. We couldn't fault it. Ham hock terrine, one flat iron steak & one rib eye, followed by amazing ice cream with sauce etc & a fantastic marmalade bread & butter pudding. The restaurant was full, but service was great - quick, friendly & polite. Haven't had such a positive dining out experience for a long time.
We were absolutely thrilled with the quality of the food. The dishes were incredibly well done, fantastic local produce cooked to perfection. Could not recommend highly enough. The staff were incredibly helpful and the food came quickly. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and cannot wait to return.
Not sure what the negative reviewers are on about! Really enjoyed ourselves
We have just moved to the area and I wanted to treat my husband to Sunday lunch. Wedmore is a very pretty village with (at least) 2 'foodie' pubs and The Swan made it easy to book online.
On entering the pub there is a nice lunchtime atmosphere and we were shown to our table very quickly. However, once the waitress had seated us she never made eye contact again which made the rest of service a little more relaxed than perhaps we would have liked. The waitress who did server us was very sweet but by her own admission new to the job and still learning. That said, the menu was very tempting and as a veggie probably appealed more to me than my husband.
Our starters were very deceptive: on arrival (fish cakes) we thought they looked a bit mean but they did the job as appetisers. Once we'd got through our mains (a steak and a veggie burger) we had no room for any dessert even though they looked very tempting.
I'm planning to visit again to see if service is any better as the place itself is really appealing; hope my husband is prepared to join me ;)
We had booked a table for 2 for a 6.30pm dinner, so the restaurant was very quiet, possibly 6-8 couples. Initially we were served drinks, bread with oils and vinegar. We both ordered the Lyme Bay Fish which was roasted so the skin was tough and over cooked, served with chips and salad with a tartar sauce. My colleague order the ice cream for dessert, but only request two scoops, but a large sundae glass with 4 scoops arrived, so 1/2 was wasted. I ordered the chocolate with salted caramel tart together with the dessert wine to accompany it, the tart was an enormous slab of very rich chocolate on a base, unfortunately couldn't do it justice and didn't get my dessert wine to help 'wash it down'. The waitress was no where to be seen to ask where it was.
When we received the bill, we had to get the dessert wine deducted as I had been charged for it. The waiter shouted across the restaurant to the waitress asking where the wine was, she shouted out some other person's name and left the room.
All in all very disappointed, the food was mediocre, service not attentive and not a good experience.
Very helpful staff, well chosen menu and quality food. I will be visiting The Swan again. The only negative comment I can make us that it is rather noise in the restaurant.
Usually eaten here in the evening, and it's very busy and service can be slow, so thought the lunchtime slot shouldn't be a problem, however to start with was fine the 2 girls that were waitressing seemed to be managing, but later on in meal, everything slowed down. Really need more on to cope with the few numbers there were. Waitress was very pleasant, and not her fault she couldn't really cope.
The meal was a pollack and crab kedgeree, which I assumed was going to be quite filling, but it was a big portion for lunch and very 'samey' could have done with less of the Kedgeree and a little something extra, rather than a few leaves on the top!
Nice, but nothing special. Desert was good.
Six of us enjoyed sunday lunch at the Swan last sunday. As ever, the Swan is welcoming and flexible while leepkng a balance between having excellent food without becoming stuffy and retaining a pleasant pub feel in the bar.
The menu makes choosing incredibly hard as there is so much to like. The staff are cheerful and efficient and there is a mix of customers including very young babies. All of this makes for a friendly lunch time atmosphere that is more redolent of mainland Europe.
To start I had little crispy rissoles of breast of lamb which were really tasty and helped by gherkins and salad. This was followed by plaice, which was fresh and tasty. The pannacotta for pud was light and completed an excellent meal, which we all enjoyed.
Thanks again to all the st aff at the Swan.
We really enjoyed eating here, the food is excellent, the staff are friendly and attentive without being pushy, the atmosphere is warm and cosy and comfortable.
We were 3 couples meeting to celebrate my birthday. We had a lovely evening and I was given a complimentary glass of 'fizz', which was really nice.
Overall the opinion of the food was mixed. I had a fishcake starter which was lovely but my husband had herring fillet which he said was rather dull. I then had a flatiron steak (a cut I had never heard of), which again was very tasty and well cooked. However 2 others had pork shoulder, which looked as though it had been shredded and then reformed. It was dry and not very appetizing. Of course being typically English, we said nothing! My ice cream for dessert was fab.
Good food, well cooked & eaten in very comfortable surroundings. The ice-cream, made on the premises, was wonderful. The whole experience fully enjoyed by the whole party, with intentions to revisit, hopefully in the summer.
Quite the worst service we have EVER had ANYWHERE. The menu's arrived quickly, but we could not get anyone to take an order for a pre-dinner drink so had to resort to getting it from the bar ourselves. No attentive service at all during the meal. When we wanted a further drink it took an age to get anyone to take the order and once it had been taken we watched the Waitress wander round the restaurant, sort cutlery and have a chat with her colleagues before finally putting the order through the till which resulted in a further delay before the drinks arrived. When we wanted the bill and finally managed to get someone's attention, we then sat and waited for it to arrive for 15mins before finally giving up and resorting to standing by the till until someone served us! Not really what you expect for a restaurant at these prices.
Food was mixed. Shared starter platter was lovely, but the Cauliflower Tempura was tasteless. The Turkey main course was really poor and was not as outlined on the menu - turkey was not Bronze and had a rather processed texture, potatoes were not rosemary but rather deep fried, parsnips appeared to be boiled rather than roasted and no sign of any honey, no crispy ham hock but one of the elements of the shared platter turned up on the plate which was a shame if you had already eaten it once! Deserts were lovely. We gave up on trying for coffee as by then we were losing the will to live.
Booked this very last minute for my husbands birthday and it was the last slot before lunch service finished. It was just us and our 2 year old and we were just looking for a nice lunch. Food was lovely as usual if a little pricey. Service was poor, we werent offered drinks or checked on and the place wasnt busy so think it was a case of trying to get us to eat and go! It was a little disappointing as I had been here the previous week for dinner and service was great and it was full!! Might be planning a return visit with family next week so will see how that goes, might have caught them on a bad day.
Two of us ladies have a pre-Christmas lunch each year, no husbands allowed. We had booked a table but as it was a mid-week booking, booking wasn't essential as it was fairly quiet in the restaurant. The food as always was delicious and the service very excellent, thoroughly enjoyed our meal.
Our visit took place on a Tuesday lunch time. Good choice on the menu - we were able to pick a starter and main course that we hadn't tried before and enjoyed them both. The service was attentive without being intrusive.
Five of us were out on a Monday evening to celebrate my daughters graduation. Meal was good, some very inventive tastes but very expensive.
Unfortunately the waitress was very new and did not know much about the menu and had to keep referring to the manager.
As you might expect the place was empty as it was a Monday evening.
Partridge was very tough, no veg offered as part of meal. Not offered drinks on arrival. Went there for birthday treat for wife, will never return.
we had a terrible experience this time. went with our friends and have eaten here before and had a wonderful evening good food could not fault ..but this time not a good experience....but what saved our evening was how understanding we were dealt with by staff who apologised for the evening and could not do enough to rectify ! only one of us had a starter as ran out of two of the options we wanted to order. Only had one potion left of one of main courses which three of us wanted. Steak was medium cooked not med rare and very thin . But my fish dish could not fault. Was offered free sweets but had to send one back as was cold! and should have been hot!we all thought that choices on menu have got far too fussy! too many taste combinations we love gourmet food but some of the dishes were not desirable ! Will not be back for some time such a shame.
Blown away by the quality of the food. Each dish we had from breakfast through to two very memorable evening meals was outstanding. Highlights for me slow cooked shine of beef and top class plaice. My wife fell in love with crab arancini. Fantastic cooking here, well worth a detour.
What a fantastic 'Gastro Pub' !
Food was amazing and presented well. Staff were very friendly and efficient. Lovely atmosphere.
Very disappointed with the quality of the food. Expectations were high having eaten here on previous occasions.
The service was poor, we had to wait to be seated without any acknowledgement from the waiting staff. The waitress was unwelcoming, no smile and quite frankly we felt we were an inconvenience to her.
I booked a table for a family Sunday lunch on my wife's birthday. The restaurant is really nice inside and has a good outside area at the rear. The staff were really friendly and helpful and when they found out it was my wife's birthday brought over a complimentary glass of prosseco which was a nice touch.
The menu changes daily dependent on what is in season and available but I can highly recommend the breaded pork which was part of the sharers board as a starter. They were exceptional. The roasts were all really gd and one of the family had the flat iron steak which caused some considerable food envy. We had three small children with us and the staff couldn't have been more accommodating and helpful when we were asking for their food to come out at different times to the adults and other small requests. Overall we found the swan a great place to eat with excellent staff and reasonable value for the high quality of food served. It's somewhere we'll definitely return in future.
The staff at the swan were very accomodating we made a mistake on the booking and needed an extra place, even though they were busy this was not a problem , food was fab and waitress very attentive , it was a group of seven people and we all enjoyed our meals .
Excellent food with very pleasant friendly staff. Good enough to encourage us to book for a second night. Taste was fantastic. Really good value
Had a lovely lunch at the Swan the duck was to die for best I've tasted!!