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“Swan fest success! ”
Review of The Swan Inn

The Swan Inn
Ranked #21 of 217 Restaurants in Ashford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$20
Cuisines: British, Bar
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: A traditional country pub featuring a wealth of beams and open fires with a simple, unspoilt front bar and cosy restaurant bar.Set in the historic village of Little Chart in the heart of the Kent countryside, we have a lovely riverside garden and offer delicious home made food using only the finest local produce.We specialise in traditional English cuisine with a wide variety of dishes on offer from both our main menu and our ever changing specials boards. We'd much prefer to see you in person but for details of our latest offers and upcoming events, please visit our website. We are closed on Mondays. We serve food Tuesday - Saturday 12:00pm to 2:00pm & 6:00pm to 9:00pm. On Sundays we provide Roast Dinners & Roast Meat Baguettes, with a selection of Starters & Desserts from 12:00pm to 4:00pm (No evening meals served on a Sunday)
London
2 reviews
“Swan fest success! ”
Reviewed 25 June 2014 via mobile

We recently stumbled across this charming local pub and we are so glad we did! The friendly bar staff were more than accommodating, pointing us in the direction of their first beer and music festival where we were confronted with an abundance of real ales and above average BBQ. Good value for money and a great day out, ended up staying for the whole afternoon. Will defiantly be back to try out their excellent selection of home cooked real country pub food!

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essex
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“Great Real Ale Pub”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

Phil & Kirsten re-opened this old village pub late last year, after it had been closed for 6 months. They have quickly established a loyal local trade, & their reputation for good beers, & good home-cooked food is spreading. The recent Beer Fest was a great -and well-deserved- success for them. Phil keeps the beer well, & rotates guest ales whilst keeping a few staples going regularly. There's sometimes a bit of sport on the box, but it isn't a major theme here. He also does BBQs quite often weather permitting. Garden in front gets busy on a fine day. That out the back is being readied for action. The Boss & I haven't eaten here yet, but we're edging closer. There are several circular walks from the pub, of varying lengths, mostly on quiet lanes or off road. No fruit machines! (or other similar irritations). Generally pleasant atmosphere. Friendly, professional staff.

  • Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Never again”
Reviewed 22 June 2014

Stopped here with my family one afternoon. Put off by rude staff/landlady/owner or whoever she was who swore in front of my kids, a crowd of lairy, paralytic locals on an all day drinking binge, a broken women's toilet and gents toilet floor half an inch deep in urine. Decided not to sample the menu. Nice old building, if a bit tatty, in a pretty village but on the whole, not the classiest establishment the area has to offer and not an experience we will be repeating.

  • Visited June 2014
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Debbie D, Owner at The Swan Inn, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
In response to your review. I was horrified and very upset to see the unjustified comments left on your review. We pride ourselves on being a warm friendly and accommodating pub. We are food led therefore we have and would never have a crowd of paralytic people in here. None of our toilets are broken and I clean them so know that there would never be a load of urine on the floor. I feel therefore that the comments left are unfair and untrue and damaging to all the hard work and effort our family have put in over the past two and a half years to make the swan a lovely place to come to.
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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“Little hidden gem”
Reviewed 15 May 2014

Lovely little restaurant in a small village off the beaten track.
Good food and lovely staff.
Great meal with lots of home cooked food.
Worth a visit if you are in the area.

  • Visited May 2014
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Ashford, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic Saturday evening meal”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

We are spoilt for choice with many fine country pubs in the Ashford area. So this was our first ever visit to the Swan. We did not book, but arrived early so it was not a problem. This is a typical old country pub with a building full of character. Service was very good from the staff. I had liver and bacon, which I think is the best I have ever had. It was a special, so if you like it, get there quick. My wife's salmon was also very good. I have no doubt we will be back at some point and certainly recommend this place.

  • Visited May 2014
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