We did stay at this Hotel a few years ago and then it was far and above our expectations. Although expensive, it was worth every penny but not on this visit for cream tea. Had to ask for extra tea bags to colour the water. Scones were dry and tasteless and obviously bought in. Jam the same. It was not worth the money and lunch time was no diffrent, I could have been at any average tea shoppe and not the Hotel of accolades bestowed on it. They obviously need some stiff competition in order to bring their game up and get it to the standards it was once well known for and in which people travelled miles to experience. I fear that they are now sitting on their laurels for the reputation that had been built in the past. Maybe an evening meal is better but they cannot exist on surroundings and ambience alone...word and mouth is a powerful tool
- 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