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“A Fab Hotel” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of White Swan Hotel

White Swan Hotel
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Pub, British, Gastropub, Bar
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Good for: Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Ongar
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43 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“A Fab Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2013

We stayed here for 1 night we had a lovely twin room with a fab bathroom too, hotel was very clean , room was very nicely appointed, staff very polite and helpful , we had breakfast which I have to say was one of the best fully cooked breakfasts I have ever had !!! Even better then some 5* hotels I have been fortunate to stay in ...so very well done and thank you to all the staff at the White Swan we will be back :0)))

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank thomascat
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English first
Southampton, England
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Welcoming atmosphere, great location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights as a couple. The hotel was clean and comfortable although our room was a little compact! The staff were great and the food was lovely. Located at the top end of Stratford Upon Avon centre so you can pass all shops while making your way down to the river or theatre. No more than an easy 10 minute walk away. Would definitely go back again. Rooms are quite pricey but we had a great time so can't complain!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KellyS1980
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Bowral, Australia
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49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Unprofessional wine service”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

My wife and I had a pre-theatre meal in the restaurant, but had a bad experience at the outset with the wine. A server brought the bottle of wine that we had ordered, with the cork already removed. She then proceeded to fill my glass when my wife noticed that there was a large lip stick mark on the rim. Upon inspecting my wife's wine glass there was also a lipstick mark on its rim. Clearly the glasses had not been washed! The server apologised, blaming the lunch-time staff, and returned with two fresh glasses into one of which she had poured the wine that had originally been poured into one of the unwashed glasses! Unfortunately, we were so stunned we did not do the obvious and send the wine back. Such unhygienic behaviour is totally unacceptable and reflects the extremely poor standard of training of the server who should have inspected the glasses prior to pouring. In addition, it is customary to uncork wine at the table and offer a taste for the person ordering it prior to pouring.

As regards the meal, we both had rump of lamb, which was saturated in fat. Some may like this style of cooking, we do not!

Avoid, you have been warned.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank ADO10
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Adelaide, Australia
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608 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 374 helpful votes
“Great service; pleasant surroundings; nice food.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2013

Stumbled upon this establishment by chance after being turned away from several other eating places because they were booked out. We were warmly welcomed and soon seated in the nicely decorated but dimly lit dining room. There was an extensive menu but we were only in the mood for a casual meal after a long day of travelling. We both selected the pub style burger accompanied by chips and a simple salad.
The meals and drinks that we ordered were served promptly by a friendly and hospitable young man. When our meals arrived, the serves were huge, very tasty and filling. With our appetites sated we had no room for dessert but we did each enjoy a very nice cappuccino coffee at the conclusion of our meal.
Just before we were about to leave, it was a nice touch to have the manager of the dining room come over and inquire whether we had enjoyed our meal and ask if everything had been to our liking. This was despite the fact that we had partaken only in a very casual meal.
Highly recommended as a venue for a nice, reasonably priced meal.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BigHugh51
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stratford upon avon
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Excellent food in atmospheric surroundings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

The White Swan Hotel ( This is not the Dirty Duck as referred to in a recent review) has recently had a major refurbishment and is owned by Fullers. We have used it as a local for many years but not eaten there. We decided to try the food as the new menu looked very interesting and reasonably priced. We were completely amazed by the quality and standard which is fine dining at pub grub prices. The menu is conservative but inventive, exciting and interesting. If I sound like a food critic I make no apologies. The service the first time my husband and I went was poor due to staff shortage but we decided to take some very special guests as the food and experience was so good. We were not let down. There were more staff working and the waitress remembered us and thanked us for returning. One of our guests said the scallops were the best he had ever had and he had eaten in some of the best restaurants. The wild sea trout with savoury panacotta is amazing and the trio of mixed quail gorgeous. We all tried each others starters and mains as we couldn't make our minds up which to have. There is a Fix Prix menu for £15.00 for two courses or £19.00 for three. I hope visitors and locals use this little gem and make it successful in a town where we have too many over priced ostentatious restaurants which do not offer good value for money.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank theresa h
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