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Swan Inn
16 Reviews
Pub
Lower Street
Horning
Phone : 01692 630316
Email :
Homepage : http://www.vintageinn.co.uk/theswaninnhorning/
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Latitude:52.7056 Longitude:1.4619
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Entry Last Updated By : Jake 05 Jun 2011

Reviewed By : grutter
Review Date : October 28 2017
Lovely setting - how hard can it be to get it right?

Have visited this pub every year since 1999. It goes in peaks and troughs and through various chains. Currently it is 'Vintage Inns'. I thought they had got it about right around 5 or 6 years ago, with a varied menu, improving range of beer, better service and attentive management. The past 3-4 years it has got steadily worse each time. Part of this is the chain (one down the road from me has worsened also) but the lax management and service is also evident at The Swan. Last week at lunchtime, the man behind the bar was slow to notice a queue forming and also fairly monosyllabic. We booked our table for 3 for an evening meal. Previously, this has been difficult on a Saturday in half term week,but not this time - a bad sign. On our evening arrival, we were shown to our table. It took another 10 mins to ask what we'd like for drinks. Another 10 minutes later, she returned with two pints of lager, rather than Southwold Bitter and tried to convince me they were correct. Then we ordered, only for her to return another 10 mins later, saying one of the meals was now off. The food was ok, but overpriced. Worryingly, the pub was only about a third full. We returned the following Friday before going back to the boatyard the next morning. This was just for a quick drink in The Swan at about 7.00pm before going down to the New Inn for dinner. Despite a Friday night in half term week, again, the pub was no more than a third full, with free moorings from 4.00pm. not only outside the pubs, but also 4 spaces on the staithe - something I have never seen at that time of year in 18 years of being here. There was no organisation or management evident in our visits this year and they clearly need to get a grip, as people are not coming in through the doors as much as in previous years (The New Inn was packed, by the way). They have relied for too long on the pub's wonderful setting and not enough on the quality of the service. People are voting with their feet. We will not be eating there next year unless a change occurs. Coming into this pub always marks the start of the holiday for me and I'm angry that the owners/management take this for granted.

       
Mooring Description :
About 4 spaces outside the pub. There's normally one behind the Southern Comfort paddlesteamer. There are room for about 7-8 boats on the staithe (free) but normally, you need luck in getting one of these.
Food Description :
Very average for the price. My daughter and I had Hunters Chicken and my wife opted for a veggie option, after initially ordering, then being told 10 mins later that that item was no longer on the menu. The price for 3 meals, 2 pints, one soft drink and 2 desserts came to over £50. The waitresses were slow and on this occasion, they were NOT being run off their feet, with the pub barely a third full. There seems to be no strategic management in running the place, with other customers also grumbling at waiting around. I could understand it in peak summertime and a packed pub, but it was far from it. They need to do MUCH better. I believe there is still a children's menu, but can't comment, as we weren't offered it this time!
       
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : irs101
Review Date : February 19 2013
Great winter stop off

Great food and service. Friendly staff - especially Neil. Shame it's so hard to get in here at other times of the year - but today, moorings are empty and everyone is chilled out!

       
Mooring Description :
Free for customers in the winter - no day boat restriction. Long extension stretches over the hedge to the leccy point on te public staithe.
Food Description :
Really great quality kids menu. Good selection of drinks and food - standard pub food as well as some things a bit different.
       
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : scouseferret
Review Date : August 28 2011
very nice pub with friendly staff.

not the cheepest pub but you get what you pay for here, good food cooked well and very nice beers. not great for kids as the beer garden is all tables and chairs and no place for restless 9 year olds.

       
Mooring Description :
short stretch outside the pub that is reserved for day boats until 5pm,
Food Description :
very nice food, no complaints
       
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : Jake
Review Date : June 05 2011
Great but not enough beer

We went into the swan for an evening meal on the Friday evening prior to the Three Rivers Race( one of the busiest nights of the year) and found that there was a 45 minuite wait for food, but that was expected and we were in no hurry. We ordered and pretty much dead on 45 mins after the food arived, all of a very high standard for such a busy night. I think the only downside to the evening was they clearly (again) hadn't ordered enough beer and at the end of the night they had run out of two out of three of their real ale's. Other than that I guess it was a pretty good evening taking everything into acount.

       
Mooring Description :
Limited to say the least. Throughout the day they are dayboats only. around 5 they allow cruisers on, but there is still only room for 2-3 of them depending on length.
Food Description :
Very good qualiy, a large range of general british pub fayre. Pretty standard menu that dosen't seem to change much.
       
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : Amboman
Review Date : October 06 2009
Friendly staff and good food

The several times we used this pub on our fortnight, we found the staff to be consistently freindly and chatty. Bar prices are average.

       
Mooring Description :
Limited, so we moored at the Ferry downstream and walked up. This also help burn off some of the calories consumed.
Food Description :
All of the food we ate here over the fortnight was superb. Some of the meals weren't quite so generous but generally when having three courses, you were amply filled up. The open chicken pie is not to be missed as well as the shredded duck salad. Have the profiteroles for pud, they are enourmous and are swimming in chocolate sauce. Yumm.
       
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : easyrider
Review Date : October 03 2009
great pub

was in the Swan last Friday and found the staff to be really friendly and happy to serve the customers even though they were quite busy in there

       
Mooring Description :
mooring was directly outside the pub which was a bit tight. The overnight fee was £5 which we thought was quite reasonable
Food Description :
I had scampi and chips which was delicious. My friend had the steak which he said was good. Reasonable prices made the experience even more enjoyable
       
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : RobinS
Review Date : October 03 2009
Excellent Real Ale and very good food

New Inn was jammed so we walked along to the Swan, very pleasantly surprised. The Adnams Bitter, and especially "the Bitter and Twisted" were excellent. Beer prices were normal, but the lagers were cheaper than most places - all less than £3 per pint. Reaaly nice atmosphere and very good service.

       
Mooring Description :
Some outside, some public moorings nearby, but very busy, we were moored at NBYCo.
Food Description :
Very good food, wide selection and plenty that did not come with chips. I had Grilled Tuna steak Nicoise, with green beans, baby potatoes and green salad, and MrsS had Mediteranean Lamb with baby potatoes - camr to £21. A single huge portion of profiteroles between us was enough to finish us off.
       
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : scouseferret
Review Date : November 02 2008
great food & beer

we found the pub very friendly, food was very nice, had a very very good menu and the food we had was very well cooked, i think there where 3 real ales on tap at the bar (cant remember what they were but had 2 pints of one of them). will visit again next year for sure.

       
Mooring Description :
mooring is free for patrons or if your lucky you can moor at the public staith nextdoor.
Food Description :
food was great, recomend the shepards pie.
       
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : NorfolkNog
Review Date : December 21 2007
No Beer!

If you appreciate real ale this is not the best pub to visit as they don't sell any!

       
Mooring Description : Not Reviewed
Food Description : Not Reviewed
       
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : musky
Review Date : August 01 2007
Better than the New Inn

Friendly but empty on August 1st. Not sure when its supposed to be shutting for refurb but it seemed ok. Food and drink prices ok. Only had a drink

       
Mooring Description : Not Reviewed
Food Description : Not Reviewed
       
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : AdnamsGirl
Review Date : June 04 2007
May 2007

As has been said, the Swan will be closed for refurbishment in July but we had a meal here in May 2007 and found a great improvement in the quality of the food since our last visit. Sadly, there was no improvement in the quality of the beer! Only two ales on offer - Green Kings IPA and Marstons. We opted for the IPA which was acceptable but I have had far better elsewhere.

       
Mooring Description :
Moorings available outside pub but you are no longer avble to reserve a mooring in advance. Free moorings availabl;e at the village staithe next door but they are very popular so I would advise getting there early if you want an overnight stop.
Food Description :
Food quality is not bad at all and reasonably well priced. We opted for a homemade steak and mushroom pie plus the mushroom, spinach & butternut squash cannelloni. Will definately go back once the refurbishment has been completed.
       
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : Derek
Review Date : March 06 2007
CLOSED

fROM THE 31ST JULY 2007 THE SWAN WILL BE CLOSED DUE TO A £1 MILLON REFEBISHMENT........... CLOSED THROUGHOUT AUGUST... REOPEN THE BEGINING OF SEPTEMBER ? ? ?

       
Mooring Description : Not Reviewed
Food Description : Not Reviewed
       
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : Doenitz
Review Date : June 03 2006
Better than expected, but it's still Brewer's Fayre.

Huge pub, perfect place, limited moorings, efficient staff (apart from one....more elsewhere!). Had an ok few pints (Green King IPA i think) which were fine....better than the Wherry (i think!) at the New Inn which surprised me.

       
Mooring Description :
Room for maybe three 38 footers at their moorings, plus more at the public staithe. However, day boaters managed to plonk three of their little things in the available space and none were in the slightest bit interested in moving.
Food Description :
had onion rings which were good (i was surprised to see actual onion in them!) and a baguette was pronounced 'lovely' by a crew member!
       
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : Jake
Review Date : March 23 2006
good veiw

a loverly pup with outside seating look down onto the horning sailing club it hasresently had some lardge sun shades put in thay will come in handy in the summer. this pub is rated 9/10 on the best baked bean pup list !!!!!

       
Mooring Description :
there are mooring at the botom of the small garden room for about 4 or 5 boats
Food Description :
nice meal but food a bit poor as it is a brewers faire (good baked beans)
       
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : PizzaLover
Review Date : March 02 2005
Above average Brewers Fayre

The best bit about this pub is the view - possibly one of the best pub views on The Broads.

       
Mooring Description :
The pub has its own moorings (there's probably an overnight charge.. and mooring during the day is busy.) There are moorings further along the bank on the Staithe (also busy), and on the other side of the river (but you'll need a dinghy).
Food Description :
Standard Brewer's Fayre fayre. Jacob's Creek Chardonnay.
       
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

Reviewed By : Richard
Review Date : March 02 2005
If you need a drink...

Not a bad B & B, seems to be a high staff turnover, lot of no smoking areas, moorings poor. Goor beer garden with excellent views.

       
Mooring Description :
room for maybe 5 boats outside the pub, but good moorings on the common
Food Description :
Pre-cooked, microwaved rubbish. poor value for money. Breakfast, excellent
       
Ratings Food: Mooring: Kids: Overall:

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