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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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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A cold Monday Evening in January, so it was very quiet - only one other table with diners and a couple of regulars at the bar. The pub could have done with being a couple of degrees warmer to be honest, but otherwise pleasant enough surroundings. We skipped starters, but the main courses (1 ribeye steak, 1 lamb shank) were... More 

Thank dee8787
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the Swan for an evening meal while visiting family in the local area. The pub serves good beer and the food was very good, I had the skate which I could not fault. Unfortunately the night we visited there was a very large and noisy group also dining, because of this we were invited by the friendly staff... More 

Thank Russell C
Sidcup, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After we'd booked the restaurant, I had some reservations after reading some of the reviews on TripAdvisor. Glad I didn't take any notice! Had a fabulous meal here the weekend before Christmas with the family. Food really was great. Fantastic choice and portions just right! The mussels were absolutely delicious - some of the best I've had in a very... More 

Thank Elaine C
Wymondham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Six people ate very well here recently; a good range of fresh seafood available, comfortable surroundings and excellent service. I will be eating here again, as I have done for many years, and I recommend it to others.

Thank colbypg
Beccles, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Went last night and had the Monday night special which is basically the fish of the day, peas/mushy peas and chips all for £6.95. There was the choice of brill or halibut and we both chose the halibut in batter. It was delicious! Good portions. Well cooked, chips are good as they are chilled not frozen and the mushy peas... More 

1 Thank Julia W
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Dusgusting leaking urinals, cold room, prices seem to have leapt up and food totally uninspiring. Staff were good as usual, the only good thing about the evening.

Thank vernonbrown
East Anglia
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91 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Hadn't eaten here for several years, but called in without booking last Wednesday hoping there would be a table. The waitress couldn't have been more attentive and explained that there was a tapas supper only that evening if we would like to stay. One look at the menu was enough to convince me to stay and what a treat. For... More 

1 Thank jaydeeEastAnglia
Norfolk, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

I visited on Saturday 15 October (lunchtime), my husband's actual 65th birthday and retirement, to celebrate with our daughter, son and families (including 3 children). Well, what can I say? The food we had was everything from mussel starter, crab thermidor as a main course, steaks, turbot, and lots of accompaniments. Everything all 8 of us had was beautifully presented,... More 

Thank Mightymidget
Norwich, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Went for a birthday treat, hadn't been for 6 months, when we complained then that it was cold, dim lighting, decor seen better days, we were told by waitress then that they would be undergoing a massive refurbishment, so looking forward to the changes we went last night, 4 of us, had to wear coats as still cold, no refurbishment,... More 

1 Thank P W
Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

If you love fish, then The Swan Inn Barnby is the place to go. Set in a lovely village setting, the staff are extremely courteous and friendly and the food is well portioned and cooked to perfection. Can't wait to return for another Dover Sole that overhangs the plate, delicious!

Thank Tina R

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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, British, Pub, Seafood
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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
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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