The Swan Wedmore

Wedmore, Bristol, Bath & Somerset, United Kingdom Book from

Stunningly refurbished historic inn that’s breathed new life into a handsome village in the rural heart of the Somerset Levels
When owner Rob Greacen spotted The Swan in the heart of pretty Wedmore, its historic grandeur was sadly faded. Harnessing the talents of a local interior designer and a first-rate architect, he spent a year remoulding and furnishing the imposing white Georgian building to perfection, and it finally opened its doors to drinkers, eaters and sleepers.

For those who want a relaxed rural break in the Somerset Levels, it’s a perfect base. Downstairs it's an easygoing haven of wood floors, leather chairs, local ales and an open fire. Upstairs, the quirky rooms are exactly what you'd want: stylish and calming yet unfussy and practical. Walls are painted in soft neutrals or stony grey, and natural fabrics are offset with splashes of colour from cushions or pictures, and intriguing pieces of furniture skilfully foraged from eBay and auction rooms. But the heart of this place is the kitchen, led by Tom Blake from River Cottage. His gutsy country cooking, with its scrupulously sourced ingredients, has really put The Swan on the map. The result is a genuine community hub with a loyal local clientele and lashings of atmosphere - a rare thing indeed.


  • Great West Country food: Tom cures his own hams and bacon, fresh fish is delivered daily from Brixham, ciders and ales are locally produced
  • The gorgeous rooms are more hotel than pub: claw-foot bathtubs, Bramley toiletries and each uniquely decorated
  • Cycling through the flat Somerset Levels, hiking in the Mendip Hills and watching incredible murmurations of starlings: this is a beautifully peaceful part of England
  • Fantastic value. All booked up? Try their nearby sister properties The White Hart Somerton and Timbrells Yard


  • The Medium and Small Rooms have bathtubs only (rather than showers)
  • The main restaurant is closed on Sunday nights, but there's a good bar menu: burgers, fish 'n' chips, steak sandwiches
  • This is a busy and popular pub, so don’t expect total silence in the rooms; Large and Loft Rooms are the quietest
  • On subsequent visits, we have found service to be patchy at times

Best time to go

Great at any time of year: fires and a cosy atmosphere in the winter, alfresco eating with views of the Mendips in the summer. Musical fans nay want to coincide their visit with the village’s bi-annual opera event in July. Other key events include Harvest Home in August (traditionally when farmers put on a meal with cider to thank the workers for bringing in the harvest, but now a day of village jollity), a beer festival in September, and Wedmore by Lamplight in December.

Our top tips

  • Don't miss the framed cuttings in the corridor behind the bar. They are from newspapers dating from the 1920s that were found insulating the bedroom walls during the renovation process - quite an insight into life nearly a century ago
  • We strongly recommend a cycling tour of the Somerset Levels. It's perfect cycling country and there are loads of fascinating places to discover en route; staff can arrange bike hire and organise packed lunches
  • Great for...

    Cheap & Chic
    Great Outdoors
    • = Recommended
    • = Best in region
    • = World favourite
    • Pub with rooms
    • 7
    • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
    • All ages welcome
    • Open all year
    • Pool
    • Spa Treatments
    • WiFi
    • Pet Friendly
    • Disabled Access
    • Beach Nearby
    • Off-street Parking
    • Restaurants Nearby
    • Air Conditioning
    • Guest Lounge
    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Gym
    • Concierge Service
    • Bicycles Available
    Room: Large Room 1


    If a claw-foot bathtub in your bedroom and a rain shower in your bathroom floats your boat, book one of the Large Rooms (at the front, but triple-glazed) or the charming Loft Room, tucked away at the top of a private staircase. We loved Large Room 3 with its French-grey walls, white shutters and pretty scatter cushions, but the Loft Room's delicate wallpaper and original exposed beams really stole our hearts.

    At the back of the building, the smaller, cheaper Medium and Small Rooms all share sleek white tongue-and-groove panelling, creating a clean, minimalist feel. This is punctuated with vibrant bursts of colour - perhaps hummingbird wallpaper or 60s mirrors and film posters - and beautiful desks built by a local joiner using sustainable oak from the Longleat Estate. Bathrooms are stylish but simple, with deep bathtubs and underfloor-heated tiles.

    All rooms have fuchsia-pink hairdryers, tea/coffee-making facilities, a flat-screen TV/DVD player and top-notch toiletries by Bramley, a local company. Beds throughout are comfy and kingsize, complete with crisp white Egyptian linens and headboards in deep-buttoned velvets or wool.

    Features include:

    • Central heating
    • Coffee tea making
    • Cots Available
    • Dvd player
    • Extra beds
    • Hairdryer
    • Internet access
    • Ipod dock
    • Iron (on request)
    • Satellite tv
    • Terrace
    • Toiletries
    • WiFi
    • Wifi internet


    Whet your appetite with a local ale, cider or apple juice at The Swan’s handsome oak bar, and prepare yourself for a top-quality meal in the welcoming restaurant. Head Chef Tom heralds from the River Cottage kitchen and takes a lot of inspiration from his time there. Rare-breed pork from the village butcher features strongly on the menu.

    We really liked the beef carpaccio, and the spiced belly of Gloucester Old Spot, but found the venison with juniper and bay a little tough. The excellent meat options are complemented by fresh fish from Brixham - delicious whiting with capers and Jerusalem artichokes - and a veggie option, such as bubble and squeak with fried duck egg and pumpkin purée. Desserts are decadent: dark chocolate trifle with boozy cherries. Book well ahead and bear in mind the restaurant is closed Sunday nights (when you can sample the hearty bar menu instead).

    A simple but delicious organic breakfast is served on mismatched vintage china: bacon sandwiches (cured by Tom himself), smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, and Brown Cow yoghurt with fruit and granola. Bread is homemade, as are jams.

    Should you wish to eat elsewhere, good places include Michelin-starred gastropub The Pony & Trap near Chew Magna, The Ethicurean at Wrington, The Old Spot in nearby Wells or the café at the Brown & Forrest Smokery in Hambridge.

    Features include:

    • Bar
    • Children meals
    • Coffee tea making
    • Organic produce
    • Restaurant
    • Restaurants nearby
    • Vegetarian menu


    • Once an island, the lively village of Wedmore has a lovely 15th-century church plus many clothes and food shops to peruse

    • Hike the Mendip Hills to the north. Or walk and cycle around the blissfully flat Somerset Levels with their unique marsh and ditch systems. In winter, the Levels are famous for birdlife, including murmurations of starlings

    • Admire the limestone drama of the Cheddar Gorge, 5km north, and abseil down its cliffs if you dare. Then visit its vast caves, or see famous Cheddar cheese being made by the gorge’s last remaining cheesemaker

    • Enjoy a tipple at Wilkins, a cider farm near Mudgley, south of Wedmore, or do tastings at the Somerset Distillery at Burrow Hill, famous for its award-winning cider brandy; both are served at The Swan

    • Admire the stunning medieval cathedral in Wells, England’s smallest ‘city’. Take in its Bishop’s Palace, cobbled streets and historic market place. Check for special concerts in the cathedral, or there’s evensong daily

    • Make a pilgrimage up Glastonbury Tor, a grassy mound topped by the remains of the medieval church of St Michael. The town itself is reputed to be the birthplace of Christianity - don’t miss its ruined abbey

    • If the weather's good, stroll around one of the many gardens in the area, including Lytes Cary Manor, former home of medieval herbalist Henry Lyte, or Barrington Court

    • Staff can arrange abseiling, horse riding, golf, hot-air ballooning, kitesurfing and clay pigeon shooting; just ask

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Abseiling
    • Birdwatching
    • Cider tasting
    • Cycling
    • Golf
    • Hiking
    • Historical sites
    • Horse-riding
    • Hot air ballooning
    • Kitesurfing
    • Museums / galleries
    • Plantlife / flora
    • Shooting
    • Shopping / markets
    • Tennis


    Families will enjoy the relaxed country pub atmosphere and there's acres of surrounding countryside for letting off steam.

    Best for:

    Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)

    Family friendly accommodation:

    Medium and Large Rooms can hold a baby cot or an extra bed (for children under 12); the Loft Room has space for a baby cot only.


    Babysitting is on offer by arrangement.

    Children's meals:

    Children can pick from their own menu (pasta, sausages, steak, sandwiches) or chose smaller versions of dishes on the main menu.

    Kids Activities nearby:

    • Wedmore has a public playground
    • Cheddar gorge and caves
    • Go karting
    • Longleat (approx. 1-hour away)
    • Puxton Park (30 minutes away)


    • Doctor / Hospital: Wedmore (5 minutes)
    Kid Friendly:

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