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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%
Travellers talk about
“gammon” (9 reviews)
“sunday roast” (11 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 - 22:00All hours
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
The Swan 1 Sandhill | Littleport, Ely CB6 1NT, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Been coming to this place a number of years. It has changed hands quite a lot and never seems to take of which is a shame as it has such a good location. Anyway came here on a sunny Sunday afternoon for some tea and...More

Thank Daniel C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We arrived early for our booking and was taken to a table which was ready by a lovely waitress. That was the best bit. Every went down hill from there the manager took a instant dislike to us when we complained about the very flat...More

Thank sarahayland
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife's main meal arrived and the ham was grey and off ,the chips were reheated and hard .My meal was gammon very chewy the chips tasted of fish the rest I say no more will not return

Thank birtie2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have put posh nosh as my title as thats what the food is. Unfortunately its not to my taste the breakfast that is. I had the full English which was plenty full but i prefer a greasy spoon kinda breakfast. The toast was a...More

1  Thank benjewdrop
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have just returned from staying at this amazing place. The setting is beautiful right on the river & each room has a little veranda to sit over looking the river. The rooms are beautifully furnished with a top notch shower. We ate in the...More

Thank Maxiene
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

quiet riverside location next to bridge. Garden area is small but pleasant. Resturant is small and functional. Food menu was limited. No gluten free options shown on menu. Possibly slightly expensive. We had steak which was okay but have had better. £20 for sirloin plus...More

Thank V8CXX
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I were staying nearby and decided to pop in for dinner. The setting by the river is brilliant and we sat near. As we were sitting and eating outside the pub policy says we pay for our drinks and food before hand...More

Thank Dan S
Reviewed 12 August 2017

The Swan on the River has just opened it's rooms, separate from, but next to the pub, and they are very nice. Not huge, but enough space for 3 of us (one on a sofa bed), very good shower, consistent wi-fi, and the USB charging...More

Thank Natasha F
Reviewed 9 August 2017

A lovely place to stay. Can't recommend it enough. Rooms were spotless and beautifully decorated with top quality fittings. A great touch was milk for tea in a thermos to keep it fresh. Only stayed 1 night but had a lovely meal in the restaurant...More

Thank Barbara M
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Had the two meals over a recent weekend. Service was as it should be, very good with friendly staff. Food was to an equal standard as was the Ale. All in all a very good pub.

Thank NorbertSandhurst
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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 14 - USD 41
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
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, View, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
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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