North East, 52.15493,0.72788
Real Ale is sold here.
The St, IP29 4QA
grid reference TL 867 542
Set in the heart of rural Suffolk in the village of Lawshall the Swan Inn is everything that a country pub should be. A beautiful 18th century thatched building crammed full of period features and lovingly restored in 2013. On the menu you will find all the traditional classics with a few extra culinary delights. A large garden encourages children to play. A real ale festival is held in May. Food available every day.
There are a number of coins nailed to the underside of the beams in the pub; it was a local custom during the Great War for departing soldiers to nail one up, to be retrieved when they returned. Sadly, many didn't.
- Beer festivals
- Beer garden or other outside drinking area
- Dogs welcome: Not in restaurant
- Evening meals
- Family friendly
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox
- Separate bar
- Smoking area
- Traditional pub games available: Quoits in summer. No darts
- WiFi available
Nearest railway station
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about 1902 (interactive map)
A report in the Ipswich Journal, on 5 Jan 1820*** states that pub is to be sold (Landlord not noted).
The death was announced on the 1st August 1860 of Mr T Russell of Westgate Road, Bury St Edmund's, aged 19, and the only son of Mr John Russell, of the Swan Inn, Lawshall.Ipswich Journal, August 1850**
Died on 26 March 1865, William Russell, formerly innkeeper of the Swan Inn, Lawshall, aged 60. Ipswich Journal, Apr 1865**
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(Some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)