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“Enjoyable meal with minor niggles”

The Swallows Return
Ranked #93 of 372 Restaurants in Worthing
Cuisines: Pub
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Embracing the rural charm of its tranquil, scenic setting, The Swallows Return offers a modern twist on traditional country pub dining. As well as offering a beer garden for enjoying summertime dining, the cosy dining room is filled with rustic original features and toasty fires for warming winter dining. Championing favourite British recipes, guests can enjoy evenings devoted to the inn's freshly-baked pies, as well as gourmet roast dinners and seasonal cocktail mixes.
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Three of us went for Sunday lunch to see if the restaurant had improved from our last visit over 2 years previously, when frankly it was a disaster all round.

The welcoming was friendly and we were seated quickly. Unfortunately the table we were on was by an opening through into the larger restaurant area, so as I was the one sitting by the opening I had numerous diners and waiters/waitresses brushing past all the time, which was a little annoying, but if we did go again I would simply request not to be seated there. Other than this niggle, the rest of the restaurant area is nice and open and you do not feel squashed against other diners.

Our waitress, Laura, was attentive and we were not kept waiting for anything - in fact we could not fault her throughout the meal - her cheerful and happy demeanour made our day.

We plumped straight for the roast meal, my friend having the roast chicken and my husband and I sharing the roast sharing platter. The vegetables were plentiful and hot, the gravy was flavourful, however although the meat was cooked to our liking it was verging on lukewarm when it got to us. I mentioned this to Laura, but we did not want to wait for anything to be heated up and the meat was not inedible, so we just asked for the lack of heat to be mentioned to the chef.

The cost is very good and the atmosphere in the restaurant is buzzing and busy on a Sunday. I might try again for a mid week lunch with a friend, since it is very convenient for where we shop and to the coast . . . if the food had been consistently hot, then my rating would have been verging on a 5, since there really was nothing else food-wise to niggle us.

Better luck on our next visit.

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Thank Stevetwo
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Large venue , good menus, service good. Friendly atmosphere. Good for lunch or dinner or just coffee.

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Thank Claudia1951
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Slow service, and very average food awaited us at the Swallows Return. When asking what the soup of the day was, we were told that "soup ran out yesterday". Dirty teacup and milk jug had to be returned. The replacement milk jug had a ketchup stain on the outside. Best feature was the clean loos! Avoid.

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1  Thank Sunman239
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Family has been going to the Swallows for Sunday lunch for years. We turn up late (well after the rush) and they've always had a table. Nice and casual. Sadly, no more - book in advance or no-can-do seems to have become strict policy. Change of manager?

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1  Thank AlanK_10
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Went out for a quiet drink with a friend. We sat in comfy armchairs and drank wine/ coffee and had a cheese board and a dessert. It wasn't a budget evening but warm and relaxed. It was hard to get staff attention for refills!

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Thank Josephine7761
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