We arrived in picturesque Lavenham for a two day stay in glorious sunshine, this allowed us to make excellent use of the Swan's lovely little garden with drinks from the bar.
The reception and sitting areas at the Swan are rather lovely, and have obviously had time and plenty of money spent on them.
Our room, a Junior Suite was very comfortable with plenty of room and quite a luxurious feel, it was a very nice place to relax and enjoy a romantic break(only slightly let down by a few minor scuffs and marks - unavoidable in a busy hotel).
Breakfasts were delicious, and of a very high standard with an excellent selection available.
On the first night we ate in the Brasserie, my Scotch Egg, Bacon and Black Pudding Salad starter was a little disappointing, the bacon and black pudding weren't just crisp they were quite hard! For my main I took advantage of the excellent value 'Super Club' a homemade Chicken Kiev, Fries and Salad including a glass of white wine for £10. This on the other hand was fantastic.
My Husband loved to Charcuterie Board and his main of Chorizo Stew & Lamb Shank was equally well received.
We opted for the The Gallery a la carte on our final night, it began with some tasty Canapes in the sitting area before we moved into the truly magnificent setting of the restaurant (warm and glowing with oak beams galore and a really sumptuous feeling...perfect for a romantic dinner!)
Starters of Confit Pig Cheek with Scratching Risotto was delicious if not a little too filling, my Husband's Liver Parfait was divine altho we found the Brioche Sauce a little sickly sweet.
Main of Pan-Fried Cod with Saffron Rice and Seafood was lovely, light and tasty.
Desserts of Peach Jelly (grainy and sweet lacking in the delicate peach taste I hoped for) with White Chocolate Cannelloni (too sickly sweet)& Raspberry Sorbet (the best bit but only two tiny teaspoonfuls) and Deconstructed Lemon Meringue Pie (vast amount of lemon curd with pipings of grilled soft meringue and some crunchy bits) were both, unfortunately on the disappointing side.
Overall, the hotel was really lovely with a fantastic ambience and feeling of refinement. The food overall was really enjoyable and of a high quality (altho here and there it felt they were trying to hard to be stylish instead of just providing really good tastes).
I would recommend this lovely place to anyone who wants a relaxing break in a beautiful and historic building in a wonderful corner of Suffolk.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestling in the Suffolk countryside, between Bury St. Edmunds and Sudbury, is The Swan Hotel & Spa in Lavenham, perhaps one of England's most iconic hotels. The Swan dates back to the 15th century when it played a key role in Lavenham's wool trade. Today it is a quintessential English country hotel and restaurant, proud of its achievement of AA 4 Red star, two AA Rosettes & Visit England Large Hotel of the Year 2013. Ancient oak beams and inglenook fireplaces blend beautifully with rich furnishings and fabrics to create the perfect ambiance for rest and relaxation. The historic old bar boasts a wonderful collection of memorabilia, including a wall signed by British and American airmen stationed at Lavenham Airfield during World War II. The Swan is a wonderful place in which to celebrate a variety of special occasions, including romantic weddings, christenings and family get-togethers. It is also a unique venue for seminars, meetings and conferences, where 15th century inspiration combines with 21st century innovation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lavenham Swan Hotel
- Swan Hotel & Spa Lavenham Suffolk