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The Swan on the River

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The Swan 1 Sandhill | Littleport, Ely CB6 1NT, England
+44 1353 861677
12:00 - 23:00
Closed 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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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Eight of us called in on spec whilst on holiday. There was a good choice of food for the group, that included three vegetarians and two young really fussy eaters. All the food seemed and I think was freshly made. The staff were very helpful no the river front setting was great.

1 Thank Jackie B
Hastings, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great meal here on Saturday evening. It was very quiet but the staff were welcoming, food freshly cooked and couldn't fault it. Had fish and chips which was huge, lovely homemade tartar sauce, partner had sausage and mash which although smaller was still good. Atmosphere is less cosy than a traditional pub as it is more of a... More 

1 Thank kayyemm
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40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good lunch menu and not too pricey. Decent childrens menu too. Good service but would like to see more choice of ales on tap.

1 Thank Dave S
Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We met friends for Saturday lunch and had a lovely meal. The bar was warm with the lovely fire going. We had lunch in the restaurant, the food was fine although the portions were quite small.

Thank Kerry C
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a venue we visited many years ago and felt we did not want to repeat the experience, friend persuaded us that the place had undergone a reformation and indeed it had. Visited for a pre-dinner drink and then dinner, the atmosphere was both relaxed and friendly. Dinner was good old fashioned pub grub, well cooked and delivered with... More 

Thank Nick B
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food,lovely place,the garden right next to the river is absolutely beautiful,nice,friendly,polite staff,but it's a bit too expensive...

Thank Adam N
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 31 December 2016

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
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 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
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 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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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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

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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, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids
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?