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The Swan Hotel, Wells

11 Sadler Street
Wells
BA5 2RX
Phone: 01749836300
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Swan Hotel

A prominent pub/hotel in the centre of Wells just opposite the cathedral, rumour has it that the hotel purchased the building opposite about 200 years ago and knocked it down to make their beer garden, meaning of course that any punters sitting there have to cross the road with their pints! This has the added benefit of opening up the view of the cathedral, which looks quite splendid from both the garden and the pub itself.

As might be expected from a hotel bar, it has quite an elegant feel to it with purple and gold fabric arm chairs, gold embossed wall paper and an attractive stone fire-place. Whether that’s ever used or not I’m not sure, but there was a copper scuttle filled with coal next to it so it at least looked the part. Flooring was some type of wooden laminate whilst there were plenty of beams on the black wood ceiling. A few black and white photos of the locale were on the walls, which were otherwise covered with pale yellow paintwork and some fawn wood panelling down below. A small TV at the end of the bar counter was showing a terrestrial news channel. A large window at the front gave an excellent view of the cathedral as mentioned previously. A separate lounge bar to the left looked to have a much larger fire-place with cream wood panelling above it and there were plenty of leather arm chairs in here as well as carpet on the floor.

The menu looked to offer a decent selection of pub grub dishes such as burger, ham egg & chips, fish & chips, etc., and these were mostly priced somewhere around £8, which was slightly unexpected. There is a more formal dining room to the rear, so presumably there is another menu available here. As is the trend in many such places, a selection of croissants and other pastries were on the end of the bar.

The solitary beer on tap was Tribute, whilst the ciders were Thatcher’s Gold and Addlestones. All in all, I thought this was better than many hotel bars - the prices were reasonable and the staff friendly, although the limited ale choice perhaps makes it an unlikely destination for the true beer aficionado.

On 1st May 2016 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Blackthorn _
Castle Cary, 11.01 miles, 3 hr 32 min walk (show)
Bruton, 12.83 miles, 4 hr 7 min walk (show)
Highbridge & Burnham-on-Sea, 16.19 miles, 5 hr 12 min walk (show)
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2nd Jan 2017, 19:34
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2nd Jan 2017, 19:34
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Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 01 May 2016 by Blackthorn _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 01 May 2016 by Blackthorn _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 01 May 2016 by Blackthorn _
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 01 May 2016 by Blackthorn _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 01 May 2016 by Blackthorn _
  • Darts : No last updated 01 May 2016 by Blackthorn _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 04 June 2015 by john mcgraw
  • Micropub : No last updated 01 May 2016 by Blackthorn _
  • Pinball : No last updated 01 May 2016 by Blackthorn _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 01 May 2016 by Blackthorn _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 09 May 2014 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 01 May 2016 by Blackthorn _
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