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Swan Hotel, Arundel

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It’s a Saturday and we have football in Bognor, so it gives us an opportunity to stop in Arundel for a few beers.

My first re-visit of the day and it's just after 11.30am when we enter this Fullers run Hotel and bar.

4 ales on the hand pumps, I went for the Seafarers' which well kept

A few punters in with several enjoying teas and coffees, like on my last visit in May 2014 this is a pricey pub / hotel but extremely pleasant.

Worth a stop while in the town.
lezford - 5 Mar 2015 09:05
First pub of the day in Arundel and the surrounding area.

This large Fullers' pub and hotel is at the start of the High St.

4 ales on the bar which were Pride, HSB, Seafarers & Spring Sprinter. I had the Seafarers which was good, a bit pricey as already mentioned but the beer is good.

Friendly & quick service from the 2 barmaids even though there were only 5 other punters in during my visit

Wooden floors, plenty of seating, nice old photos of the cricket team and local area adorn the walls, the bar area is nice and bright and there’s an eating area just through to the right as you enter.

Decent pub to start the day in.
lezford - 6 May 2014 14:35
Pricey, but pretty good too. Fullers beer (not quite up to Harvey's elsewhere, but better than most chain-produced beer) and well kept. Service was fairly friendly too. 7/10
HenPen - 26 Aug 2010 22:38
Fairly characterless town centre hotel. Food and ale of perfectly good quality, though it was the most expensive beer I found in the town by some way.
Biggles - 13 Jul 2010 08:57
Booked a table for 6 for a Saturday night.. Bar and restaurant were very busy which was a good sign. Staff cheerful and helpful. The meal was faultless and well priced with all the main meals apart from specials being under a tenner. Good selection of real ales and a great pint of Guinness. None of our party had any negative comments and the pubs on the list for a return visit soon.
Downsrider - 6 Oct 2009 21:32
Having only recently found the attraction to real ale it is nice to be able to enjoy a nice pint in such picturesque surroundings. However as with spending time in picturesque surroundings there is always a requirement to share the occasion with someone, as such i brought along my partner, daughter (13) and canine companion. I cannot stress how important it is that on a pleasant day that you are able to bring your dog inside for a drink. The staff catered to his and our needs we were all suitably refreshed and at a reasonable price.

We returned in the evening (minus the dog) to sample the food. I enjoyed the locally produced sausages(literally across the road from the hotel!), in red wine gravy with beer battered onion rings and mash, my partner had the hotpot which she enjoyed. When it came to my daughter, after 5 minutes deliberation between roast chicken and beer battered fish and chips, having been put off by the new potatoes and boiled veg of the chicken dish, the staff kindly offerred to change the entire dish to have a large crisp salad and quality cooked chips with a gorgeous honey barbecue sauce.

On many occasions i have been to restaurants and had to order a desert to make sure I'm full. However the size of the portions was substantial without being overfaced. I think i will have to come back another day to try the citrus pannacotta and or the chocolate and banana bread and butter pudding and of course the 3 other real ales they have on draught.
benpducker - 15 Apr 2009 00:03
Still probably the best all round pub in town but it's not as good as it used to be and the prices are getting silly (3.90 for a glass of Chardonnay). Good selection of decent beer & good atmosphere.
Burp - 27 Apr 2008 07:36
It was ok. Not busy on a friday. Drinks were reasonable value but there was a funny smell in the bar! No one seemed to know what it was. Good looking menu, but seemed expensive as my sister says they get regualr deliveries from frozen food people. Staff friendly. No atmosphere. Looked clean.
jennybehave - 12 Mar 2008 16:53
Very smart pub in the centre of Arundel that I visited on 28/04/07. I had a cheese & brie backed potato with a pint of Fullers IPA of which came to 8.90. The toilets were clean and the staff friendly. Interior is a mixture of traditional and modern decor with a large screen showing Sky Sports. I've marked this 8 out of 10 - I would recommend a visit...
wezmiester - 30 Apr 2007 21:11
located at the foot of the high street in the very peaceful town of arundel this is very nice on the inside and does rooms to on my next visit to goodwood races i will try this hotel as it looks so much nicer than the one i stayed just up the road .
the food was good beer is very nice to(fullers Discovery)
anonymous - 4 Aug 2006 16:48
Nice place to have a light meal and a drink. Good location.
Phmoo - 1 Sep 2005 16:57
Not much more to add, other than the HSB seemed good and the staff were all very friendly and courteous. We did stay for a meal, the Kitchen reopening at 6pm on a Sunday. The panfried mullet was well delicious though a modest portion, but came with generous amounts of roast vegetables. At 12.50 it was perhaps a little pricey, but far better than your average pub fayre. Great location next to the river too.
benr - 11 Apr 2005 10:17
The elegant Grade II listed Swan Hotel was, for several blissful years from 1995 to 2001, the Arundel Brewery tap and regular entry in the GBG. It now offers Gales GB and HSB. My half of the latter cost 1.13 and was in good condition. Despite the Hotels publicity leaflet stating that there is always a guest ale, there certainly wasn't during my last year's visit and one of the three hand pumps remained unused. The ground floor is separated into a tap-room bar with nineteenth-century oak floors and pine panelling (the old Swan pub sign from around 1750 is displayed on the far wall), and a more formal restaurant area. Todays customers are some couples, a group of horse racing enthusiasts and a few elderly diners. Accommodation available.
thequaffer - 22 Mar 2005 14:22

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