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Swan Inn

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Bar, British, Pub
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37 York Street, Sidmouth EX10 8BY, England
+44 1395 512849
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited The Swan for a drink and a snack. Very friendly staff and good value for money. Will visit again when next in Sidmouth.

Thank John S
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Friendly staff with good reasonably priced food and just a good old traditional pub as all should be!

Thank Tim H
Sidmouth, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Some pubs seem to charge visitors more for drinks than they do the locals. Some charge the same. The Swan Inn just overcharges. Simply check the price of the same round of drinks in the other Sidmouth pubs - The vastly inflated price at the Swan Inn will shock you. I will however say that the meals are good value... More 

Thank Robert B
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

We frequently visit Sidmouth and love the town . Discovered this gem when out for a late afternoon walk . It has a proper traditional pub feel to it and served a nice pint too . Staff were friendly and helpful . Just behind the town centre and close to the seafront . Will definitely return and try the food... More 

Thank Jo H
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100 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Missed my Christmas visit this year as abroad. Wonderful warm welcome on Xmas day doesn't exist elsewhere. I'll be back for folk week if not before. Keep on keeping on.

Thank Side'li
Melbourne, Australia
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Good Simple English pub food and a good atmosphere for a couple of drinks on a cold December evening, recommended!!

Thank Ashley P
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

We went to visit the swan inn after reading some excellent reviews, to be told they "didn't have a license for children"... I've heard of pubs not allowing family's in during the evening, but this was for a family meal on a Wednesday at lunchtime! Absolutely appalled, and were told we were not allowed in. Disgusted!

Thank alexoke
swaninnadmin, Manager at Swan Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments, and I am sorry we could not accommodate you on your recent visit, due to all of your children being under 14. We are only a small, traditional, privately run, fully licensed, family run pub. We are constrained not only by licensing law, (sections 48 and 49 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001)... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

8 of us had lunch in this very traditional establishment. Service good and food excellent. Good value for money. This place was a recommendation and was up to expectation.

1 Thank 403tim
Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Excellent food, piping hot and seved quickly. Well kept ales from Young's brewery. The best bit - no tv screens and no canned muzak - what a pleasure to find a pub where the customers talk to each other and laugh out loud. A little gem of a pub.

1 Thank Chris C
Billericay, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Visited lunchtime and then evening on a Friday. Pleasantly surprised that the pub met all expectations gathered from the positive reviews below and more. The pub is a proper locals pub and the regulars and staff are friendly and welcoming. The food is very good typical pub fare and the dining part of the pub was packed both lunchtime and... More 

1 Thank Nick L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$20
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 37 York Street, Sidmouth EX10 8BY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Sidmouth
  • Phone Number: +44 1395 512849
Charming pub dating back from the 16th Century just minutes from the seafront, opposite a ford across the River Sid, the Swan is a relaxed and friendly pub offering a warm welcome to all visitors and locals alike. Traditional quality pub food, with an ever changing menu and seasonal specials, served every lunchtime and evening either in the bar or in the beautiful beer garden with its award winning floral displays.

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