The Swan Inn

Me and my partner (Sam) both had a day off so we decided to head somewhere we’d never been, yet is on the door step.

A quick 30 minute drive and we were in the Norfolk Broads in Horning. We were both very hungry so we went straight into a lovely pub that was overlooking the beautiful river with a spectacular array of boats.


Inside it matched the outside with huge wooden beams and vintage, inviting fire places. But when we received our food, it felt like we were in a Michelin star restaurant.

For starters I had lobster, prawn and avocado cocktail and Sam had cheddar and garlic mushrooms with ciabatta bread. I was surprised to see lobster on a menu of what looked like such a modest pub, so that was already impressive for me, and indeed the taste matched that – just lovely.

Next up I had lamb rump with cheese shepherds pie, seasonal veg (carrot, cabbage and brocolli) with a red wine jus, and he had a Wagyu burger with triple cooked chips, bacon and cheese. Now then, weirdly enough the best part of this meal was the veg, not only was it tasty but it was the perfect veg! I am a bit fussy with veg and when they don’t tell you what you are getting you can bet it will be peas (ugh), but nope, the best 3 they could pick! Now then lamb rump AND a shepherds pie sounds like a lot, yes? No, it was the perfect portion and so tasty! Like I was with the lobster, Sam was so impressed to see a Wagyu burger on the menu, for those that don’t know, Wagyu is a very, very, good cut of beef and normally quite expensive (this wasn’t) – so that was very cool to see, and he loved it 🙂

For dessert (the only dish I managed to get a photo of!) I had a simple apple crumble with custard and Sam had a chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream. Two words: both delicious! It’s as simple as that.

To Swan Inn seems to be a lovely, typical British pub by the river but ends up giving you so much more. The view was amazing, the food even better and the service I couldn’t fault. When I visited my parents the next day, I couldn’t praise it or recommend it enough.

My rating: 5 stars.

The Swan Inn, Lower Street, Horning, NR12 8AA