A bustling pub at the heart of pretty Wedmore in the engrossing Somerset Levels. It began life in the early 1700s as a beer house, and a century later was given its present grand Georgian appearance and enlarged to include rooms, stables and coaching yard. Part of the award-winning portfolio from boutique hotel and pub brand, Stay Original and sister of The Grosvenor Arms , the pub is a haven of easygoing comfort, with wood floors, leather sofas, woodburners, open fires, real ales and great food served all day. Upstairs, the seven rooms elicit ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ for their striking good looks, generous beds and furniture and objects that include charming auction room finds. As for the food, it’s the Swan’s raison d’être: hearty country cooking just the way we like it from executive chef Tom Blake. Rare-breed pork from the village butcher is a specialty, but there’s much else on the menu to enjoy. Doubles from £75.
Name to Know: General manager Kirsty Schmidt, who knows all the best walks from the hotel doorstep through the atmospheric Levels.
See: Wonderful birds and wildlife on the Avalon Marshes and Somerset Levels with Springwatch producer and nature expert, Stephen Moss.
Eat: Orchard Farm pork belly from Jim Baker’s Gloucester Old Spot pigs in Wedmore.
Buy: Real Somerset cider from Roger at Wilkins Cider Farm.
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