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The Swan on the River

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Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
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The Swan 1 Sandhill | Littleport, Ely CB6 1NT, England
+44 1353 861677
12:00 - 23:00
Open now
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Tue - Thu 12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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133 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

pleasant pub, good location, good food, welcoming staff and they are dog friendly (in the bar). lunch time meals are just the right size and nicely prepared and cooked. well worth a visit.

Thank russelld49
Ely, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ll servicesent ,good quality food and an excellent view of the river cam, if you are lucky You can see the Cambridge Rowing boat go by.

Thank BrianR1943
Ely, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely loved this pub. Very attentive staff and a lovely atmosphere. We had booked the table in advance, and were very accommodating with our late arrival. As it was a big family gathering, there were plenty of choices for starters and desserts (we opted for the same main to make life easier). Got to taste a bit of everything and... More 

Thank laraedwards85
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We decided after a busy day to visit the The Swan as it's our closest pub and not been for a year or so. The food has improved but still very average. The starter of Squid wasn't great.. however the burger was an improvement... it's somewhere to go due to convenience and not quality of food.The staff were very polite... More 

2 Thank Peter M
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Well, where do I start? We returned back here for a family meal on Saturday, we sat down and within minutes there was a medical emergency, the manager and staff explained the situation which everyone was understanding. I went to visit the bathroom and saw the owner confronting a staff member saying "We start serving food now! Step over his... More 

5 Thank flyingpostman
Tydd Saint Giles, null, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

A visit to the Swan did not disappoint, a simply lovely place. An incident arose when a visitor who had been feeling unwell and had just come in, collapsed in front of the kitchen doors. This meant the kitchen was totally cut off from the restaurant causing food to be delayed whilst emergency services attended. The staff were exceptional, very... More 

Thank Paul J
Ely, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Having had a tough day and finishing in Littleport we found this great little Inn on the riverside. The staff were very friendly and we were made to feel very welcome. We ordered drinks and ordered our food. When it came it was presented well and the portions were good. Food was hot all the way through and was also... More 

Thank Vernon S
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for a night on our boat. We had arranged to leave my brothers car in the carpark so he and the sister in law could meet us and have a boat trip. We all had an excellent meal, the waitress was an absolute star and a credit to herself and the pub. Decent food and drink that... More 

Thank rushdensaint
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

The reason I've given 5 stars rests with the staff. Very friendly and polite. I really appreciated being asked if I wanted ice in my OJ and lemonade. Usually I am subjected to most of my drink being frozen water. The menu was very good. Not too many mind boggling selections. I opted for roast lamb and boy was it... More 

Thank Dave S
Haddenham, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

We went for lunch on a wonderful sunny day (today), we ordered from the main menu though. I went for the Pie of the Day which was steak and red wine with chips, seasonal veg and gravy and my partner went for the Flat Iron Steak with tomato, mushroom and chips. The food was pretty standard pub grub and the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$37
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, View, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Swan 1 Sandhill | Littleport, Ely CB6 1NT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Ely
  • Phone Number: +44 1353 861677
A delightful pub and restaurant idyllically situated on the banks of the River Great Ouse, just north of Ely in Littleport. All of our food is freshly prepared and made on our premises from the very finest of locally sourced ingredients. We supply an range of cask beers including guest beers from local micro-breweries. We can cater for all occasions from a romantic meal for two to weddings, christenings etc as we have a fully equipped function venue.Riverside seating is available on our large decked area plus private moorings are available.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?