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The Swan on the River Pub & Dining

$$ - $$$, British,
The Swan 1 Sandhill | Littleport, Ely CB6 1NT, England
+44 1353 861677
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good27%
  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible8%
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“gammon” (9 reviews)
“sunday roast” (11 reviews)
“bread” (11 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
The Swan 1 Sandhill | Littleport, Ely CB6 1NT, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed two nights. Chalet room overlooking river was good. Clean & comfortable. Nice touch of fresh milk for the room in a mini thermos (ask at the bar). Proper mugs. Nicely furnished. Bed very comfortable. Had dinner the first night - just OK. Went for...More

Thank PHEL56
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful views over looking the river, however not everything is as good as the location. Main meals such as fish and chips and hunters chicken very nice but I think you need to work on your roast dinners, vegetables were cold and actually didn’t taste...More

Thank Sarah P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the rooms are brand new, with nice touches, lovely little balconies looking out over the water and nice finish. My Room was cols, and I couldn't;t turn the heating up any more than it was. the hair dryer was below par, took a long time...More

Thank ColleenFw85
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Stayed overnight in one of their chalet rooms recently. They over look the Great Ouse River and you get a lovely view. Cannot fault the room everything was as it should be. Had breakfast in the pub - Full English which very good although the...More

Thank NorbertSandhurst
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

Visited for an evening meal whilst on a recent boating weekend in Ely and surrounding areas. This pub has an excellent location on the riverbank and the decor and atmosphere are great. However sadly the same can’t be said of the food. As a group...More

Thank hawaii2279
Reviewed 30 October 2017

This hotel was amazing our room was a twin room with a terrace is was absolutely spotless with a amazing view of the river Ouse ,breakfast was excellent we will definitely recommend this place to our friends and we will return

Thank Julie M
Reviewed 26 October 2017

Average meal - though expensive for what it was - and the chips - 3rd meal we've had here and every time the chips are under cooked - How difficult is it to cook chips?

Thank NigelMDriver
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Limited menu and rather expensive but couldn't fault the cooking. Everything was very tasty and well presented.

Thank susan o
Reviewed 13 October 2017

We have visited the Swan several times over 20 years or more and seen its fortunes rise and fall. Our recent visit seems to have found The Swan (formerly the Black Horse) on a crest. The bar manageress recognised me from one of her previous...More

1  Thank Vigorouskingslynn
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

I'm sorry to say it was not great here, I went with two others and ordered the roast dinner. It was very dry, the potatoes where very over cooked. The service was terrible, no one can round to ask how to food was and I...More

1  Thank LA210389
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Questions & Answers
24 September 2015|
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Response from Frank B | Property representative |
Yes - we allow dogs in the bar at the manager's discretion
20 September 2015|
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Response from Littleportlad | Property representative |
Of course....if you there is a table for 2 in the bar area - which is table 24, or in the riverside room table 7 is best..which is a table for 4
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 13 - USD 40
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Swan 1 Sandhill | Littleport, Ely CB6 1NT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Ely
  • Phone Number: +44 1353 861677
  • E-mail
A delightful pub and restaurant idyllically situated on the banks of the River Great Ouse, just north of Ely in Littleport. All of our food is freshly prepared and made on our premises from the very finest of locally sourced ingredients. We supply an range of cask beers including guest beers from local micro-breweries. We can cater for all occasions from a romantic meal for two to weddings, christenings etc as we have a fully equipped function venue.Riverside seating is available on our large decked area plus private moorings are available.
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