This place is lovely. Its not the cheapest place in Stafford but its still affordable and well worth a bit of extra money because its lovely!
Ive only usually come here for hot drinks. The seating area is so comftorble, and theres a nice private area to the back with chairs & tables.
The few times Ive come here for breakfast I had a bacon roll it was everything a bacon roll needed to be, but it was made special by being able to choose if I wanted white or brown bread, red or brown sauce?
I came once in the evening when some live music was on (at the back in the outdoors part) it was really busy. A bit too busy to enjoy it properly - couldnt see the band and had to que forever for a drink. The only real complaint I have is that either they didnt have enough glass collectors working, or it was too busy for the staff to come around and collect the empty glasses - so people started leaving empty glasses everywhere and the place ended up with alot of smashed glass on the floor (and in the water feature!)
But that complaint is minor, this place is one of the nicest places in Stafford.
I've never stayed the night, but I've had some very good times in the bars & beer garden & recently had an excellent meal in the bistro.
We sampled the Tuesday night vegetarian and vegan night which, at £23.95 for two starters, two mains and a bottle of vegan wine, seemed excellent value for a restaurant known as the posh end of Stafford's dining experience. There was short wait owing to a large party arriving just before we did, however we were warned of this immediately on our arrival & the waiting staff were eager to keep us happy, offering some complementary bread and olives whilst we waited for our starters and a free glass of wine when they noticed we'd reached the end of the bottle before the main course arrived. When the food did come it was excellent - my wife's starter of pine nut & pistachio scotch egg was probably the favourite dish, however my goat's cheese roulade & our mains of leek & cheese sausages & wild mushroom pie were also all very good.
The ambience of the restaurant is a little varied being split into two rooms. I would have preferred to sit in the front of the two rather than in the back room where we were placed as, in spite of being well furnished the back room ended up with a corridor feel as waiters rushed food out past us and punters stumbled their way back to the toilets.
All in all a very good night though.
The Swan is a really nice bar, restaurant and hotel. I've never eaten or stayed there personally, but I've been into the bar a few times.
It's quite posh - I felt a bit out of place in ripped jeans and trainers (surprisingly!). The drinks are quite expensive, worth it if you wanna go somewhere a bit nicer.
There is a really nice beer garden out the back, with lots of seats and a bit of a water feature. Gets busy at the weekends.
They also sometimes have live music here, not sure if it is a specific night but I have heard they have jam nights.
The Swan is about the classiest place to eat or drink in Stafford town centre. So much attention has been paid to details - and several different zones to choose from.
The coffee bar is airy and efficient - prices moderate. Your drinks can be taken into the adjacent front bay window reception area, the restored carriage 'tunnel', or you can order them from the bar when the coffee bar serving room is closed.
Seating is mostly on comfy, if deep, brown armchairs and sofas.
Bars - two main bars, which do get crowded on busy nights. There's one main lounge, also with the afore-mentioned brown furnishings. Lighting is just about right. Exits at the end of the lounge and the carriage area to the carpark and garden. Yes, bar prices are more than most places in town, but the whole atmosphere is nicer than most!
Garden zone - plenty of space for smokers, heaters in the evening - and a stage for entertainment. Summers the past year or so have featured DJs on Thursdays and live local [mostly] bands on Fridays. The latter should appear at 8pm. The one I saw - Rich Flava [good drummer, great lead guitar, flat singer ] - started at 9pm. Once the crowd gathers, you can't see much at all. Sound is more than adequate, but the bars still had canned music playing inside!
Food - various snacks during the day in the coffee bar areas, deli platters and similar most of the day - 9 freshly made/baked pizzas @ average £7 each, with a selection of mixed toppings [including duck - which is rather nice and different] or 12 for a £1 extra. Mon-Thurs, order two pizzas and have a free bottle of very palatable wine!
Menu Fixe for lunch and dinner - interesting choices, beautifully presented and cooked. A la carte in the evening to splash out on. I've not tried the latter.
Staff are very helpful and the establishment attracts mums with youngsters having coffee and cakes, business clientele, 'ladies who lunch', general shoppers, and gourmands alike. If you're solo, you don't feel conspicuous with a pot of tea and something to read.
Toilet facilities - the Ladies has 4 cubicles - inadequate for evenings when busy - women were complaining whilst waiting - kept clean though and the girl on Reception acted upon my report of lack of toilet paper!
Very nice building good beer patio/beer garden, there's been some money spent on making the hotel bar/drinking area a cosy experience. Lots of original features left in including some of the horse stalls.... It gets full in the summer at week ends expect a lot of pretentious weekend warriors. Food is really good here drink is pricey but it is a hotel after all.
The Swan Hotel is a very classy hotel and restaurant. The rooms are very nice, the food is first class - but don't expect a cheap visit. The staff are extremely obliging and helpful and will cater to all reasonable requests. The car park is quite spacious, but it still gets full at times, so make sure you arrive fairly early if you want to guarantee a space. There is a nice outdoor area where you can sit and have a drink in warm weather, but the inside is also very nicely decorated and caters to a quite posh clientele. If you can afford to have a meal here, you will certainly enjoy it, but if not, it is worth coming just for a drink and to enjoy the atmosphere.
Visiting Nelson's and Apres for some cheap drinks we head to the Swan for a touch of class. Not cheap, and does get busy but its a nust for a night out.
excellent food, relatively affordable considering the quality of the food. We ordered a 3 course set lunch on a Sunday and each course is wonderfully presented. I would highly recommend it. Even our 6 year old asked us when could we go again. A+++++
i stayed here when i was in england and it is a nice place the staff are brilliant.
The county towns leading independent, family run hotel...the place to be.
This 18th Century former coaching inn has been a part of Staffords history for over 300 years, and since a comprehensive modernisation by The Lewis Partnership it has once again become a focal point for residents and visitors to the town.
With its relaxed atmosphere and attention to professional service, a warm family welcome awaits customers at The Swan Hotel, in the beautiful county of Staffordshire.
Whether your need is for accommodation, contemporary dining, a private function or the best in informal evening entertainment, our unique, historical setting provides the perfect solution.
Located in the heart of Staffords shopping district, only a short walk from Stafford train station and a 5 minute drive from the M6, The Swan Hotel combines 18th Century history with 21st Century style.
Established in 1700.
The Swan Hotel, located in the heart of Stafford, Staffordshire, is believed to have been built on the site of an old monastic college.
Thought to have originally been two houses that were combined in the mid 1700's by the construction of an archway that once gave entrance to the yard at the rear of the hotel, and the construction of rooms above.
One of the original houses is believed to have been called The Swan. During the mid eighteenth century the houses were converted to an inn, accommodating travellers between the growing industrial areas of South Lancashire and The Black Country.
The early nineteenth century saw passengers arriving by coach at all times of the day and night and business was booming.
However the opening of the railway line through the town in 1837 saw a dramatic decline in business for The Swan.
The hotel has been mentioned in various writings, most famous of which was by Charles Dickens.
The famous author found himself stranded between trai
Established in 1988, The Lewis Partnership took over the Grade II listed Swan Hotel in Stafford town centre in 2002
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