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The Swan at Southwold

With just 800 residents, you’d be forgiven in thinking Southwold was just another sleepy seaside town. Well far from it…

Hustling and bustling: the thriving coastal town attracts visitors from miles around. An array of independent shops, the bright lights of the pier, outstanding fresh fish from the harbour and the very best fisherman style pubs are framed in bunting and beach huts. It’s easy to see why people fall in love with the place!

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Ideally located in the centre of Southwold (and just a stagger from the Adnams Brewery) is The Swan Hotel. Welcoming guests for 350 years, they’ve had time to perfect things… I think by now they are more than deserving of their 4 stars from the AA!

Shown to the grand dining room at the front of the hotel, we were seated by friendly and attentive serving staff. A vast sash window framed a dreary, seaside scene outside- juxtaposed by the rich, warm colours and large, gold-framed paintings on the ‘right side’ of the glass.

I find that some restaurants lack synergy between the kitchen and the dining room. However, the staff at The Swan brought out amuse-bouche soup courtesy of the head chef and were keen to pass on his regards. This was a nice touch and went further to making us feel welcome and at ease.

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I find that starters can sometimes offer a more interesting selection of ingredients and combinations than the main courses, however this menu was wonderful to read throughout. Ham Hock Roulade, Black Pudding Scotch Egg, Tomato Chutney and Potato Crisp proceeded Wild Garlic Stuffed Pork Belly, Braised Cheek, Mushroom and Smoked Dapple Baklava. I thought this sounded rather good and tasted rather good too. The chilled Ham Hock Roulade was in perfect contrast to a wonderful piece of Pork, and the Baklava was unexpected and superb.

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We came at the right time to The Swan Hotel, as the bedrooms had recently undergone wonderful refurbishments – we’d highly recommend taking a look (and trying out the incredibly comfortable beds!). As summer is now into full swing, visitors would also get a real flavour of this vibrant seaside town. We urge you to pull up a pew in

the heart of the town at The Swan Hotel, and enjoy a Great British summer by the sea. We’ll see you there!

For more information see www.adnams.co.uk/hotels/the-swan

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