Lovely lovely place. We knew it from a tea 30+ years ago, but had never stayed. Arrived in the rain today, but a very warm welcome, and a great room (21), followed by a long walk around the lanes, a hot bath, feet up watching tv, then dinner in the splendid dining room. The hotel is just great. To dinner. Our waitress was very well informed. To be honest, I found the restaurant menu to be very limited on main courses. Four, maybe five choices, at a push, I think. Two white fish, one chicken and something else. It all sounded bland. And very white! For this class of hotel/restaurant, in my opinion, it was boring and unadventurous. But when I told the waitress there was nothing I really wanted, she produced another menu (from the Bistro) and we found venison, and plaice, which we enjoyed, but not really memorable. Nice starters and puds. And a very good sommelier.
I would love to stay here again, but would look for somewhere more inspired to dine.
- 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