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The Black Swan Inn

££ - £££, British,
159 High Street, Swanage BH19 2NE, England
+44 1929 423846
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good25%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fish pie” (42 reviews)
“ribs” (31 reviews)
“whitebait” (9 reviews)
Open Now
18:00 - 23:00All hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
159 High Street, Swanage BH19 2NE, England
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1 - 10 of 782 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visited last year and was pretty good. Staff not great at all this year. Food was average, not great for kids either. Also we waited 2 days to get in as they never seem open or to answer the phone. Try other places as this...More

1  Thank SaintmarkLondon
Reviewed yesterday

We had researched places to eat in Swanage prior to our week's holiday here in August. So glad we booked as it was really busy. I had pork belly special which was so tender and the meat just pulled apart but by far the best...More

Thank Biddy551
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Came here to eat with colleagues for a meal. Have heard brilliant things so was very excited. I went for the burger but was disappointed when my bun was very hard and chewy and the beef tasted bland. We weren't offered condiments etc had to...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very cramped pub-come-restaurant . Not as good as we were expecting, (given previous reviews by fellow trip advisor reviewers). Warm and welcoming, but no where to either sit for a drink, whilst waiting to sit down to eat. Plenty of better places to eat and...More

Thank RubyTaylor2017
Reviewed 6 days ago

the food was completely average, not sure what the fuss is about. service was pretty mediocre too. i'll not be back.

1  Thank T_SEdinburgh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely quaint pub, but food was average. Had pate starter which was nice, but main meal of pork loin with orange and brandy sauce was nothing special. Will say service from staff was very good though.

1  Thank Cathy B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worst pub meals we've had for many years. We both chose the chickenburger. Chicken was like cardboard and the meal was swimming in olive oil which made it far too greasy. Give it a miss.

1  Thank seaviewken
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great place! Was made to feel very welcome. Service was with a smile which is always nice. Order taken promptly. Food was gorgeous. Very generous with the portion size and a real high quality. Plenty of choice too. Couldn't fault it. Would definitely...More

Thank Shelleydomino
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I came here on the last evening of our holiday, and we were not disappointed; in fact this is my second visit to The Black Swan, I'd been earlier in the year with my parents and sister. It was very busy when...More

1  Thank Kathy B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There were 16 of us on a Sunday evening. Our food all arrived piping hot on hot plates all at the same time - so very well co-ordinated. The chef came out afterwards to ask if everything had been ok. The food was very tasty...More

Thank CatWhisperer88
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Questions & Answers
23 September 2016|
Response from Robert F | Reviewed this property |
Jack B
25 August 2016|
Response from NessieNoo | Reviewed this property |
It's quite old but not as old as the jurassic foot print in the beer garden!
Mrs m b
13 July 2016|
Response from Darren H |
There is a small car park at the back of the pub.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 159 High Street, Swanage BH19 2NE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Isle of Purbeck  >  Swanage
  • Phone Number: +44 1929 423846
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