The Swan at Lavenham
Lavishly raftered inn set in a showpiece Tudor town
Among the oak beams and rafters of The Swan at Lavenham – a Tudor gem set in a medieval Suffolk town – you'll find luxurious bedrooms with every 21st century comfort.
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In medieval Lavenham, two hours from London.
Come here for...
● A taste of English history – 15th century Lavenham boasts over 300 listed buildings. ● Olde England surrounds piled with new-age comforts. ● The Swan's famous afternoon teas.
There are two restaurants – The Gallery for fine dining and the Brasserie for informal fare. The Airmen's bar is packed with WW2 memorabilia, and there's also a secluded garden.
Good to know
Watch your head – there are a few low beamed ceilings and sloping floors.
45 rooms and three suites.
Many rooms boast period features such as canopied beds, beamed ceilings, inglenook fireplaces and original medieval wall paintings. Contemporary creature comforts include fluffy robes and plasma screen satellite TVs.
The Swan at Lavenham suites come with big beds, high vaulted ceilings, bags of period charm and every comfort. You could also opt for a Junior suite with a regal four poster bed.
Eat & Drink
The Swan’s lofty Gallery restaurant – a beamed Tudor hall – is just the place to enjoy some first-rate British cuisine. Ingredients are sourced locally where possible and favourites include seared scallops with belly pork, wild sea trout with crayfish risotto, breast of Gressingham duck and a devilish chocolate and pecan tart. There’s a separate “green menu” of veggie starters and mains, and lighter fare is served in the Brasserie.
Breakfast is served until 10:00.
Available 24 hours.
See & Do
You’re in perfect antique hunting country here. Soak up the history with a trip to Gainsborough’s house in nearby Sudbury, or historic St Edmundsbury Cathedral and Abbey. There are plenty of country houses to explore, with Melford Hall and Kentwell Hall among the best. Country walks abound, and Newmarket racecourse is just 30 minutes away.
For some pampering, head to Atlantic Health and Spa at nearby Houghton Hall.
Food, fashion, farming and more are on offer at The Suffolk Show.
There’s music galore – everything from classical to jazz, drive-in movies and fireworks – at the Bury St Edmunds Festival.
ESSENTIAL INFORates Guide
GBP 195 - 400Check In
11:00Minimum Night Stay
Two nights at weekendsOpen/Closed
Open all yearAir Conditioning
Civil ceremonies and receptions for up to 100 guests can be catered for.
High Street, Lavenham, Suffolk CO10 9QA.Parking
There is free guest parking.Trains
Sudbury station – seven miles.Taxis
GBP 10 -15 from the station.Airport
London Stansted – 45 miles.