The Swan

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£25 and under
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Sunday Lunch
We are a beautiful 2 Rosette Restaurant situated in Chiddingfold. Aaron Foster our head chef works with locally sourced seasonal produce to create delicious British delicacies to make your taste buds sing. Enjoy a home away from home experience with our Ales produces in Hampshire.
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ST
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ,everybody put themselves out despite the fact that booking through Open Table did not get through

MB
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a business lunch. Food, service and ambiance all excellent.

SC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The food was lovely apart from the bread and butter pudding which was like a dry cake. This was changed for the berry crumble which was a plum crumble.

ST
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal we have had for a long time.The whole evening could not be faulted

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Adriana and staff were great
We shared Whitebait which was beautifully presented and enough for two
Sirloin steak and haddock were excellent
My partner says to mention the lovely chips!

HW
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good service and great food.

C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Having arrived 30mins early for our table, we were told this is fine and shown to a table. The restaurant was very quiet. We decided on our menu choices, ordered, then waited 45mins for soup, and pate to arrive. Main courses followed, but vegetables were badly cooked and barely warm. My pheasant was also barely warm and over cooked. My husband's Pork was tasteless, and again virtually cold. Luke warm gravy didn't help. An offer to heat the food up was made, we declined as we had another appointment and due to the time taken to serve us, we had to eat and go. A discount was given, however we were very disappointed as we had driven 50 miles to try the Swan for lunch.

KK
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The staff were attentive, the food was good and of good value, but I found The Swan very cold. Actually it was very cold, there was a terrible draft coming from an open door behind the reception desk and when I went to the loo before we left the window in each of the 3 cubicles was wide open and it was the coldest night of the autumn so far. But the decor was cold too, totally soulless and bland with not a hint of colour. Also, though the food was good, our main course, steak pie was presented in such a way that it wasn't easy to eat. The pie came in a dish so deep that it kept the pie so piping hot that by the time it was cool enough to each, the vegetables were cold (even though we'd used the pie dish lid to cover them) and with it being so deep it was difficult to get the pie out. So, sorry, but we won't be back and I won't be recommending The Swan to friends.

LR
Surrey
9 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good menu, speedy service, quiet and provided a location to sit that reflected out special request.
We enjoyed our lunch

RH
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visited this public house great food. Helpful service only negative custard serving small 😏

j
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Whilst overall I would recommend dining at The Swan, be sure to tell them if you have an allergy as they do not label their dishes, even where nuts are involved. I had to send a pork loin back because it was garnished in nuts. Booked a table for 6pm and it was not ready until 6.30. Food did taste good though.

AB
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely menu, nice setting, cosy and attentive.
Good Gin too!

LB
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect evening! Great service, excellent food, and a lovely warm atmosphere. What more could we ask for!

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday roast! All staff were so courteous and friendly. We’ll certainly be returning. Couldn’t fault anything.

SM
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant Sunday dinner on 1-9-19 would recommend it to anybody wishing for a country pub atmosphere! Very friendly staff and there was no need to get a loan , very well priced ! 😊 Steve Mears.

OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great roast dinner with the family! Would definitely recommend this pub!

SG
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very friendly and obliging as we arrived early. Good, tasty food and a very large roast. An enjoyable experience. We’ll come again .

AF
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Just about recommend - food could have been better in some areas I felt, the starters did not all arrive at once we thought one had been forgotten. I was asked when booking if it was a special occasion and I said it was my mother in law's birthday but nobody mentioned or asked me about this. Wasn't greatly impressed overall.

HJ
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked a table for my friend and I and our children. The staff are really professional, knew their menu inside out and were approachable and good humoured with the children. We always feel welcome there. It’s like visiting family.

AT
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good Food, good service pleasant experience . I would recommend this venue to anyone.

CR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food on a lovely evening in the garden. Service was fine, but food better

JH
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Visited early evening so the restaurant area was very quiet. Staff attentive and food excellent.

LH
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were really helpful organising seating around one of my party's wheelchair, and in their service overall.

The food was delicious and beautifully presented, and it was a hot busy day for the kitchen, so must have been torturous for them.

There's a slight issue with accessing the garden area if using a wheelchair, but I have been assured this is being dealt with, and in the interim the staff there are only too happy to assist if necessary.

We will definitely return.

FS
West Sussex
5 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was very good and the two young staff were very pleasant but were struggling to cope at the pinch points. Don't know who was responsible for cleaning the outdoor patio, but they should be told their duties include emptying the previous evening's ashtrays and sweeping old cigarette butts from under the tables. Otherwise, a pleasant lunch.

R
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service staff were exceptional, even brought my wife a little cake for her Birthday with candle after over hearing us mention it, very nice touch. Highly recommend the Swan.

JS
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Having been several times midweek, and very happy with all aspects, we were bitterly disappointed with Sunday lunch. No vegetarian option for the roast, nor facility to adapt another veggie option as potatoes roasted in animal fat and no veggie gravy. However, meat eaters stated the meat was cooked beautifully (lamb and chicken) but highly dissatisfied with temperatures of food, quality of vegetables (some over cooked, some under) and rubbery Yorkshire puddings. Embarrassing for me as I highly recommended the place as somewhere good to eat. The manager tried very hard to recompense but we (and he) should not have been put in that uncomfortable situation.

SC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely meal, although the accompanying sauce with the sea bass was too strong and garlicky... hard to taste the fish. Roast beef excellent.
Great service and ambience.
We’ll be back.

SJ
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely old pub in beautiful surroundings with friendly staff. There are bar snacks & a restaurant with a large car park opposite. I understand there are rooms also, a delightful & interesting part of the country to visit.

B
Surrey
6 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just love coming for dinner at The Swan. Perfect place to visit on our way home.

HB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

It was a cool day but sunny the food was nice but cold ,my roast beef and veg was disappointing as cold veg is not very appetising even though the beef and lamb were nice .We had to prompt to be served,and waited a while between courses even though not very busy. We were not offered wine.
The dessert was really good though ,lemon posset ,I would recommend it!

SM
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My mother, wife and I arrived 5.30pm on a Sunday. Just missed the Sunday lunch rush and the restaurant was almost empty so we had a choice of tables. Apparently they had 80 settings earlier. The restaurant and pub have a very good setting solid wood furniture, linen napkins and quality glassware. The staff were very helpful, not just because we were the only customers for a time. Food was very good, battered haddock chunky chips, peas, Grilled fish, samphire and other veg and I had roast beef. All very good. My mother is very hard to please and she said we must go back, so that's praise indeed.

MA
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I really enjoyed our first trip to the Swan, the food was really tasty, well cooked and presented. The Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc we chose was not too expensive but still had a beautiful smooth note. No complaints we’ll be back!

SM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Unfortunately we didn't have a god experience at the Swan this time, we have been many times normally for birthdays and every thing is five star. This time however was not the case. I have a feeling they may have been short staffed. We ordered our food and our starters arrived they were fantastic couldn't fault them at all. However, the mains took a while to arrive. My husbands and brother in laws fish and chips arrived first, well the fish looked like it had been halved for the pair of them it was such a small piece of haddock it looked like a child's portion. My husband mentioned this and the waitress said we will charge half price for your fish and chips. My rib eye steak was ok and my sister in laws pork chip was ok. Normally we always very pleased indeed with everything. The plates were taken away we were not asked if we would like dessert. In the end we asked if we could have coffee it was far to late to have a dessert. We had the coffees on the house and the waitress bought me a birthday dessert which was very sweet of her. So disappointed this time with our visit. The fish and chips were taken off the bill completely and the coffee was also on the house.

SR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Came here for Sunday lunch and the roasts were outstanding. My only negative would be the lack of veg on the plate.

The desserts were also amazing and good value for £6.

d
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Good food let down by poor inattentive service. We were there 10 mins before anybody asked us for a drinks order. Staff seem more interested in talking to each other. A shame because we’ve been before and the service was good. Next time I’m afraid we will think twice.

A
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was exceptional

Although the smoked ham hock terrine was less a terrine in the traditional sense, but more a chunk of meat, the quality of the ham and the flavour of the chutney and accompaniments were fantastic

The asparagus with crushed peas and crispy duck egg was delicious

Mains wise - I was really impressed by the tomahawk chop and especially the chipotle salsa. The wild garlic yoghurt with it was a great and unexpected delight!

The braise lamb was not quite what it seemed too. The lamb was a little rare and fatty. It appeared to have been booked on a barbecue which added great smoky notes but it probably needed some time in a pan or in the oven too. Not braised as such but again absolutely delicious especially with the purees and wild mushrooms

I would be back in a flash!

DP
London
17 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Pleasant pub but lacks ambience in restaurant. Tomahawk Pork Chop was very good but vegetables overdone. Service could be a little sharper.

TF
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday lunch, lovely environment, fast and welcoming service

OT
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mother’s Day Meal

GC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Positives: Starters (curried cauliflower soup, crayfish and avocado salad), mains (roast beef and pork belly, veggy risotto), one desset (lemon posset - to pud!), flavoured gin and draft beers, friendly service, ambience and reasonable value.

Negatives: Sauces and one veg left off mains, one dessert (apple and brandy sorbet - no taste of brandy and not a sorbet).