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The Swan Inn

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The Swan Swan Lane, Barnby NR34 7QF, England
+44 1502 476646
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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193 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This pub is currently having a makeover but the welcome was very friendly. They have a good selection of real ales plus the usual lagers. My lunch of scampi and chips was excellent and served quickly, my friend's choice was delivered but not as ordered despite few people eating. When the problem was pointed out they offered to exchange and... More 

Thank Richard G
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A good fish and chips tonight - simple but delicious. Friendly staff. The kids enjoyed their food too very tasty gnocchi and tomato soup. It is improving after a few years when it was hit or miss.

Thank hollyfive
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Having visited this establishment a few years ago I have to say it has declined greatly. It was a birthday Treat for my Aunt unfortunately wished we had not bothered. Ordered the King scallops which turned out to be queen scallops cooked badly almost raw,with a tasteless pea puree.Next course was sea bass the smallest fillet I have ever been... More 

Thank Elaine997
Norwich, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This pub is under renovation and should be really fantastic when finished. Still managed to provide an excellent lunch which was really good value for money. Very friendly service - couldn't fault anything. Wish it was nearer to my home but will definitely make the effort to go back again.

Thank sarah M
Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As always food was lovely a little disappointed as when arrived renovating was taking place and was told restaurant was closed so we could sit in bar or at the end of bar area where there was four tables so we sat there not the ideal place felt a bit cafe like ,but not the same as no atmosphere wish... More 

Thank Lynneee56
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited Saturday 4th Feb without booking and had a fantastic meal. The pub has recently been taken over in the last few weeks and this shows as the restaurant was practically full by 7pm and was warm and inviting. As for the food, we couldn't fault it, delicious and served hot by very attentive and busy staff who were only... More 

1 Thank Julie H
Beccles, United Kingdom
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125 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was our first visit since the new menu. Still having the flexibility to swop the sauce if you don't like the one the dish comes with. The new menu is varied and well thought of. Food well cooked. Staff great and friendly. The swan is one of our favourites places as the fish is always so fresh.

Thank Julia W
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

New owners who have a lot to do to match the old Landlord. Went there for a Birthday party and bitterly disappointed with the quality of the food. Meal sent back being served cold and on wooden platter, reheated and re served on cold plate. Ordered King Scollops but served Queen, all in all a waste of journey and money.... More 

Thank wallychandler
Beccles, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Living locally, we've been disappointed at the lack of inspiration coming from the kitchen at The Swan Inn Barnby over the years, but in recent days management of the pub has been taken over by a couple from The Queens Head at Blyford. We were therefore keen to try the new menu. This has been brought up to date, but... More 

Thank Matsmum
Norwich, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of my favourite places to eat lunch with the family....the chips are some of the best I've ever tasted, and the portions are very large. I love the crab salad, and we always get plenty of chocolates with coffee. Just yummy. Very good value for money

Thank wendydavis1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Seafood, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Swan Swan Lane, Barnby NR34 7QF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Anglia  >  Suffolk  >  Barnby
  • Phone Number: +44 1502 476646
UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT As of February 2016, local fish merchant, Sam Cole has taken over the Swan Inn from his father, Donny Cole. Over the next we months you will see various changes as we go through our planned refurbishment. The majority of the menu, and all of the old favorites will remain the same! Sam personally selects all of the fish from the early morning Lowestoft Fish Market, ensuring the finest, freshest fish that the Swan is famous for! You are guaranteed a warm welcome from Clare & our team.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?