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The Swan Inn

01395 270403

The Strand
Lympstone
EXMOUTH
EX8 5ET

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Still well on form

We've been regular visitors to The Swan at Lympstone for some years now, and it's good to report that it's still well on form. They took on a new chef earlier this year (2012) and the food is good quality and reasonably reliable. We recently popped in for lunch. The wait for the food was extremely long (the best part of an hour), but, to be fair, the pub was rather busy. When the food arrived they had missed out a couple of extras we'd ordered, but fortunately they soon put that right. I had a large fresh Exmouth mussels cooked in white wine, garlic and cream, served with two crusty rolls and butter (£11.95), plus extra chips (£2.50). It was very good, the mussels were plump and tender, the sauce was tasty and overall I felt it was better than when I'd had the same dish at the Swan a year before. Surprisingly though, I recently had even tastier Exe Mussels at the Grapevine in Exmouth, where they add a little onion and some extra herbs to the dish. My partner had the The Swan Inn prime double beef burger with bacon and cheddar cheese, served with salad and chips (£11.95). The burger was high-quality and very tasty, and the chips were also good. The slight let-down was the dish ordered by my partner's brother. The deep-fried breaded whitebait served with tartar sauce (£5.95) was too heavy on the breaded coating and generally far too greasy. A crispier, thinner coating and a lighter oil would have helped. The mixed side salad (£1.95) was fine. On the downside, the condiments sachets by the bar didn't have a very wide range, were not high quality and gave a slightly down-market feel to things. So overall everything was good, but not five star.

By ExeCellent at 12:09 on 27/04/12

      
 
      

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3 Reviews of The Swan Inn

       
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    Still well on form

       

    We've been regular visitors to The Swan at Lympstone for some years now, and it's good to report that it's still well on form. They took on a new chef earlier this year (2012) and the food is good quality and reasonably reliable. We recently popped in for lunch. The wait for the food was extremely long (the best part of an hour), but, to be fair, the pub was rather busy. When the food arrived they had missed out a couple of extras we'd ordered, but fortunately they soon put that right. I had a large fresh Exmouth mussels cooked in white wine, garlic and cream, served with two crusty rolls and butter (£11.95), plus extra chips (£2.50). It was very good, the mussels were plump and tender, the sauce was tasty and overall I felt it was better than when I'd had the same dish at the Swan a year before. Surprisingly though, I recently had even tastier Exe Mussels at the Grapevine in Exmouth, where they add a little onion and some extra herbs to the dish. My partner had the The Swan Inn prime double beef burger with bacon and cheddar cheese, served with salad and chips (£11.95). The burger was high-quality and very tasty, and the chips were also good. The slight let-down was the dish ordered by my partner's brother. The deep-fried breaded whitebait served with tartar sauce (£5.95) was too heavy on the breaded coating and generally far too greasy. A crispier, thinner coating and a lighter oil would have helped. The mixed side salad (£1.95) was fine. On the downside, the condiments sachets by the bar didn't have a very wide range, were not high quality and gave a slightly down-market feel to things. So overall everything was good, but not five star.

    By ExeCellent at 12:09 on 27/04/12

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    His Lordship and myself are great fans of The Swan..

       

    His Lordship and myself are great fans of The Swan - good food, decent wines, real ales and proper cider make for an enjoyable dining experience at a reasonable price, and we often bring our visitors here for lunch or dinner. It's very popular, so advisable to book ahead for a good table. Many of the ingredients, including the meat and fish, are locally sourced, and there are some imaginative vegetarian dishes on the menu. Portions, in the best pub tradition, are generous - the spectacular seafood medley has defeated HL on more than one occasion. It's true that the service can be variable, though the staff are always friendly and helpful, and it's surely better to wait for a freshly-prepared dish than be served quickly with a reheated one. Just one warning - though the starters and main courses are often excellent, the desserts can be disappointing. So our advice is to skip pudding and enjoy a coffee by the log fire instead.

    By AuntDahlia at 12:57 on 26/03/10

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    What is it about Lympstone pubs and having to wait..

       

    What is it about Lympstone pubs and having to wait a long time to be served? I love the Swan in the summer - it's perfect for long balmy evenings, sitting outside - though they really ought to try to break up that 'regulars on one side of the terrace' thing they've got going. The food is generally very good but you often have to wait for it. We've been back several times but have had up to an hour's wait for food sometimes. Worth the wait but that's not the point really. Definitely a summertime pub, though the lovely leather couches by the fire in the bar are also really nice for a meet-up with friends. I think they could do with more of this type of seating, filling the whole area near the bar, as it's really inviting.

    By CoastalMummy at 16:56 on 12/02/10

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