There was a very nice atmosphere in the pub on the Saturday evening, but having arrived to check in at 6pm we were lucky to get a table for dinner as we had not been advised when booking the room that we also needed a dinner reservation. Others have mentioned small food portions, but I'm less convinced. They serve the food on exceptionally large (unnecessarily so) plates. Perhaps they think it's Haute Cuisine (?!). I also got my glass of wine in a glass that could probably hold an entire bottle - so again, the serving size appeared mean but it's purely psychological.
Dinner was lovely, and the chocolate nemesis dessert absolutely to die for!
One of our companion diners had the cheesecake but it was tasteless. It was passed around the table for us all to have a taste, and it did just taste like gelatine. When we mentioned this to the wait staff they were very defensive. If it was my establishment I would have offered a replacement dessert or at least not have charged for it as it was sent back uneaten (apart from the few mouthfuls we taste-tested).
The rooms were lovely. Nicely decorated, spotlessly clean, and comfortable. HOWEVER they could seriously do with replacing the windows with proper double glazing! We heard traffic all night, and there was a cold draught coming through. And good grief I'd love to know what the crowd upstairs from us were doing because it sounded like horses trotting around on the wooden floors NON STOP. - But can hardly blame the hotel for that.
At breakfast the next morning we were seated in a different area of the pub, and noticed a large shelf full of games, toys etc that could have kept the children nicely entertained at dinner the previous evening. The staff should point this out to diners. Happy, entertained children make everyone's dining experience more pleasant.
If I need to come back to the area again, we would stay at The Swan but would likely have dinner elsewhere if we had the kids with us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With views across to the River Severn, this hotel is located in the village of Almondsbury and is within 2 minutes’ drive of the M4 and M5 motorways. Locally sourced, fresh produce is served on the daily changing menu in The Swan Hotel’s restaurant. Free private parking is available and Bristol city centre is just a 10-minute drive away. Bristol Airport can be reached after a 30-minute drive and Bath’s historic city centre is 35 minutes’ drive from The Swan. A flat-screen TV and tea and coffee making facilities are included in each room, which also has a private bathroom with luxury toiletries. Food is served throughout the day in the restaurant, and guests can relax with a drink in the bar area. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. ... more less
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