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The Swan on the River Pub & Dining

) #15 of 87 Restaurants in Ely €€ - €€€ , British,
The Swan 1 Sandhill | Littleport, Ely CB6 1NT, England
+44 1353 861677
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good26%
  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible8%
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12:00 - 22:30All hours
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
The Swan 1 Sandhill | Littleport, Ely CB6 1NT, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Popped out for Sunday lunch, she and I both had roast beef. It wasn't bad and service was nice and friendly. As you often find this time of year the roast potatoes were not that crispy. The beef was cooked well. However it lacked any...More

Thank Marcus H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Was on a cycling holiday round Norfolk/Cambridgeshire and came across this gem which was great as was ready for some food. Great welcome from those working there 👍. Plenty to choose from off the menu I had the spaghetti and meatballs made from fresh pasta...More

Thank DaveH801
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great location, clean and well kept, friendly staff. Our salad starters were very good, as was the beer. However my son and I had the sea bass from the specials menu. For both of us the fish was clearly off, something the chef must surely...More

1  Thank CharlieBentley
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful evening on the river good food clean reasonable prices. Friendly staff. Real ales. Nice decking area looking over the river.

Thank Barbara S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Myself and my wife visited the swan for lunch. This was our second visit as the pub we used to use (the ship inn) has introduced a new menu that is exclusively pies, not what you want on a hot day. The food was excellent...More

Thank Ian W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here with a large group on our way to a work weekend on the coast. It's a really nice spot on the river with a good patio, but the food is nothing special! Standard British pub fare and not done particularly well. My tomato...More

Thank Stacey S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

popped in yesterday at lunchtime, greeted straight away and given the menus. drinks order taken and came straight away. We ordered the light lunches ! All 4 were delicious and more than enough - 2 people had ordered the prawn cocktail starters which on hindsight...More

Thank 125ian
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A well run public house serving freshly made seasonal food in exquisite surrounding. Situated on the river one can dine inside or out and watch the world pass by at a leisurely pace.

Thank Sleepingshark12
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Had lunch here with my wife, out side table near river sunny day almost perfect great looking place and the Doom Bar beer was spot on. Had the asparagus and egg starter - a bit tired and limp and the egg just a little over...More

Thank Chailey L
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Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

Very friendly engaging staff who were very attentive. Food service was very quick and tasted great. Highly recommended.

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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
US$13 - US$39
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
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, View
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
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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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