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The Swan on the River

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Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
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The Swan 1 Sandhill | Littleport, Ely CB6 1NT, England
+44 1353 861677
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Tue - Thu 12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We moored the boat at the riverside by the Swan. Plenty of moorings both sides of the river. Had a drink and went back in the evening for food. Really nice menu and food quality excellent. Lovely feel to the place; obviously recently decorated with some nice interior design touches. Staff very friendly. Prices reasonable. Moorings were quiet overnight. We'd... More 

Thank gorpo59
Denver, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just had lamb rump on bubble and squeak at The Swan on the river. Absolutely first class meal. Beautifully cooked and presented. I cannot recommend this destination highly enough. It has such a pleasant atmosphere to eat, or drink, in.

Norfolk, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went last Friday 7th April for a Special event, table of 16. Service and Food 1st Class. Nicola and her team of willing helpers nothing to much trouble.

Thank rubybluestud
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly staff great location in this sleepy little town, amazing if the weather is kind. Lots of tables and seats by the river but plenty of room inside too.

Thank Richard B
Level Contributor
13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here for lunch. Food was fabulous , service was great. Onion rings to die for with fresh crispy batter. A perfect tiramisu👌🏻 Friendly pub/restaurant with lovely outside seating area. Well worth a visit.

Thank Julie A
Fresno, California
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've heard mixed reviews about this restaurant, but decided to try it anyway. The location is perfect, as the restaurant overlooks the river. The decor in the dining room, however (particularly the geometric design on the walls) does not go well with the setting. Nitpicks aside--we were sat promptly and our first round of drinks came quickly. Another table came... More 

Thank cloughterm
Colchester, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took my mum here for Mothers Day and had a wonderful meal. Excellent roast and friendly service. I imagine the decking area in the summer is a great place to be too. A little tip, the restaurant is divided into 2 areas. The inner area by the bar seemed a little dark - try and get the room next to... More 

Thank Clive H
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went for afternoon tea today and was absolutely amazed. The presentation was outstanding and was served on the most gorgeous own made cake stands. Everything was as fresh as could be and the value for money was amazing. £30 for 3 people and we couldn't even fit the scones in so left with them in a gorgeous packages.

Thank Ciarra G
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Had a table of 12 for a family meal. The pre-orders we made were perfect, no mistakes, even down to how the steaks were cooked. The roast was a good portion size, as were the children's meals. And service was very fast, even though the restaurant was busy! The pictures are a lamb roast dinner, and banoffee cheesecake.

Thank EmmaMH19
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 27 February 2017

I found this restaurant on here on Saturday and looking at the menu, reviews and photos I decided to book a table for a Sunday roast and was it was truly amazing. The roast beef was really succulent and the big Yorkshire pudding held itself even when covered with the gorgeous gravy. The potatoes were even really fluffy inside! The... More 

Thank Paula S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$13 - US$38
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, 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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?