formerly Old Swan, Royal Hotel, New Swan
Due to the latest government regulations, pubs currently have to close by 10pm. Opening hours displayed on this page may not take account of this change.
The pub has reopened.
Real Ale is sold here.
Re-opened mid-October 2017 following a major refurbishment
Market Place, IP18 6EG
grid reference TM 508 761
Completely refurbished over nine months in 2017, this Grade 2 listed building offers 35 guest bedrooms and two restaurants, the Still Room and the Tap Room (the latter is also the bar). Guests can also take afternoon tea in the Drawing Room and enjoy private dining for groups in the Reading Room or Juniper Room. Across the courtyard to the rear is also the meeting point for tours of Adnams Brewery.
- Accommodation available
- Bus stop nearby (see transport links for details)
- Evening meals
- Family friendly
- Function room available to hire
- Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
- Pub sells beer from local brewers
- Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox
- Restaurant or separate dining area
- Separate bar
Nearest railway station
The Swan is shown on this old OS map from about 1903 (interactive map)
A reference appears in the Ipswich Journal, May 10th 1755*** to the Old Swan, Southwold.
The Swan, in Southwold, lately kept by Mr Thomas Turner has now been taken by John and Eliz. Ayliffe (late servants to John Rush and Nicholas Bacon Esquires).Ipswich Journal, July 19th 1755***
NOTE: This advertisement was repeated on 2nd August 1755 but was preceded by another: Tho. Turner (at the Swan)...has for sometime been removed from the Sign of the Old Swan, opposite the Market-Place, Southwold. ...he hoped to accommodate his Friends and Customers. This infers that two local premises of similar name may have existed at the same time?…
(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 book information from Bob Mitchell)