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Submitted on Sunday, 10th July 2011
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Swan Hotel, Ambleside

Keswick Road
Postal town: Ambleside
LA22 9RF
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Ian Mapp left this review about Swan Hotel

Stayed here once before. Very expensive, as I remember.

For today, it has the honour of being the first pub on the Inn Way to Lake District - a 90 mile, 44 pub crawl over 7 days.

Cask Marque Accredited - I took a perfect Wainwright out in the sunshine and drank in the shadow of some Wainwrights. £3.60.

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On 17th May 2017 - rating: 7
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Will Larter left this review about Swan Hotel

A quote from Wordsworth's poem, The Waggoner, appears on the inn sign: "Who does not know the famous Swan?", but anyone reading it today would be mighty puzzled as to the origin of its fame. Perhaps like modern "celebs" it's just famous for being famous?

This is a roadside inn, just on the edge of the village, the public bar to the right having its own entrance. (The remainder of the Swan is in the posh hotel league.) It's quite a small bar, with a dining room behind. There are two dining tables in front of the bar, and to the left by the brick fire place are two nooks with smaller chairs and tables for drinkers.

Three hand pumps on the bar, two with ales on when I was there: Jennings Cumberland Ale and Marstons EPA. As these are probably the two blandest beers in the Marstons stable, I don't expect many real ale aficionados will be beating a path to the door of the "famous Swan" any time soon.

On 17th January 2012 - rating: 5
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Swan Hotel

Part of the MacDonald hotel group, built in 1650 as a coaching house and is one of the oldest pubs in the Lake District. Very warm and friendly. Good food too - on my next visit I think it's worth a stay. On handpump Jennings Crossbutt, Golden host and an EPA.

On 30th July 2011 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Alan Hurdle
Windermere, 9.35 miles, 3 hr 0 min walk (show)
Staveley, 13 miles, 4 hr 10 min walk (show)
Burneside (Cumbria), 15.87 miles, 5 hr 6 min walk (show)
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4th Apr 2023, 19:21
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4th Apr 2023, 19:21
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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