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)