Somerset, United Kingdom

The Swan Wedmore

Rates from (ex tax)$95.55

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP85.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Pub with poise

Setting

Whitewashed Wedmore

Right in the heart of a picturesque little village in Somerset, the Swan Wedmore hotel is a white-washed old inn and public house with a dash of modern rusticism. The staff is warm and welcoming, the head chef previously worked at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Canteen, and the bar buzzes, fueled by real English ales (as expected) and some serious cocktails (not as expected). Upstairs, the understatedly romantic rooms have oversized bathtubs and the kind of beds you can't wait to crawl into.

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Facilities

Photos The Swan Wedmore facilities

Need to know

Rooms

Seven.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability (no charge). Earliest check-in, 11am.

Rates

Double rooms from $95.55 (£71), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP85.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include breakfast (full English).

Also

Caffeine-fiends will be grateful for the jar of freshly ground coffee and the accompanying cafetiere; sweet-tooths will enjoy demolishing the stash of old-fashioned candies. Have afternoon tea in the restaurant: home-made cakes and brownies, artisan teas and top-notch coffee.

At the hotel

Gardens, library, stash of DVDs and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, iPod dock, coffee-making facilities, minibar and Bramley bath products. All the bathrooms have underfloor heating.

Our favourite rooms

The three Big Rooms are exactly that, their soft grey, cream and stone hues enlivened with rich berry accents. French furniture, stately six-foot beds and cast-iron claw-foot bath tubs up the ante. The pick of the bunch is Big Room One, which has a bath by the bedroom window, so you can spy on the Wedmore-ians while you soak. Ornithologists will enjoy the vivid bird-print wallpaper in Medium Room Four.

Packing tips

Leave room in your case for fruity-fragranced Bramley body lotion and bubble bath, which are sold at reception. Bring your Barbour and binoculars for country roaming.

Also

Guests wishing to dine at the hotel are strongly recommended to book a table, as the restaurant is popular with guests and locals alike.

Pet‐friendly

Dogs may join their humans in all room types for £10 a stay, but be sure to let the hotel know you'll be travelling with one. They'll be welcomed with a gift box that includes treats and a toy. See more pet-friendly hotels in Somerset.

Children

Welcome. A cot (free) or an extra bed (£20, including breakfast) can be be added to Large rooms on request. There’s also a kids' menu in the restaurant.

Food and Drink

Photos The Swan Wedmore food and drink

Top Table

Sit tucked away on one of the sofas at the side and admire the flagstone floor and the boxed corkscrew collection, or watch the action at the bustling bar with a perch by the door. If you want first dibs on the freshly baked treats, sit by the cake stand.

Dress Code

Imagine you’re off to your local – jeans and jumpers won’t be frowned upon.

Hotel restaurant

Head chef Tom Blake and sous chef Josie learned their craft at the River Cottage Canteen, famed for its panache with simple, seasonal British ingredients. You’ll find the same culinary integrity at the Swan. Sample dishes include: potted pig on toast with gherkin and mustard salsa, and bubble and squeak cake with a fried duck egg and parsnip puree. Style-wise, the main details are: hefty wooden tables, antique tapestries and a striking chandelier crafted from an abundance of lampshades. The restaurant books up quickly, so make reservations asap.

Hotel bar

Budding barmen (and lovers of fine ale) will fit right in at the Swan, whose heart is definitely in the bar. There’s a weekly signature cocktail, a host of local brews, and enough wine and spirits to keep you carousing ’til sunrise (if it weren’t for that big bed beckoning).

Last orders

Breakfast on plump sausages and melt-in-the-mouth black pudding between 8am and 11am on the weekend (7.30am–11.30am during the week); enjoy lazy, boozy lunches between 12pm and 3pm; dine under the striking lampshade chandelier between 6pm and 10pm.

Room service

None, although there are spiced nuts, olives and addictive Japanese rice crackers in big glass jars at the bar, an all-day bar menu, and cakes waiting to be sliced and munched from elevenses onwards. Rest assured, you won’t go hungry here.

Location

Photos The Swan Wedmore location
Address
The Swan Wedmore
Cheddar Road, Wedmore
Somerset
BS28 4EQ
Somerset
United Kingdom

Planes

Bristol airport is a half-hour drive away.

Trains

The nearest station is Highbridge & Burnham, a 20-minute car journey from the hotel. First Great Western trains from London, Birmingham, Exeter and Cardiff connect here (www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk).

Automobiles

Bristol and Bath are both around 40 minutes away by car. The hotel has plenty of free parking, and the rooms are just a short shuffle away, so you won’t have far to lug your bags.

Worth getting out of bed for

There are plenty of things to do nearby, including golf, fishing, riding, cycling, walking, pot-holing, abseiling, bird-watching, and – of course – willow-weaving. Just ask staff to point you in the right direction. We recommend doing a cheese or cider tasting at the Ethicurean (theethicurean.wordpress.com), mentioned above. Wells is only around 20 minutes by car, so it’d be a shame to miss the historic cathedral (there are also plenty of cafés, shops and restaurants, if religious relics don’t excite you). Alternatively, drive into Glastonbury (also a 20-minute drive), and admire the abbey, the Tor, and Gog and Magog (two ancient oaks). Wander around Wedmore itself (it won’t take long), looking at the village shops and snug pubs.

Local restaurants

The Pony & Trap on Knowle Hill in Chew Magna is cut from the same cloth as the Swan, boasting a Michelin-starred chef and a menu that courts carnivores. The lamb shoulder with sweetbread boudin, sautéed liver, roasted cutlets, aubergine and red-wine sauce piqued our interest (+44 (0)1275 332627; www.theponyandtrap.co.uk). Goodfellows (+33 (0)1749 673866) at 5 Sadler Street in Wells is a one-man-band of a restaurant: pop in for a pastry and coffee in the morning, generously priced lunch, tea and cake in the afternoon, or seafood feast after-dark. Dine downstairs in the round, and watch chef and owner Adam Goodfellows wrestle with shellfish. The Ethicurean in Wrington is the kind of joint we never want to leave: it has a bustling café, its own cheese school and even a cider barn (http://theethicurean.wordpress.com; +44 (0)1934 863713). They also host seasonal tastings – try the sherry and game. Unsurprisingly, it’s garnered some high-profile fans: The Observer named it the UK’s best ethical restaurant in 2011.

 

Local cafés

Continuing the many-fingers-in-many-pies trend, At The Chapel in Bruton has a bakery, a bar, a wine store, a café and a restaurant (atthechapel.co.uk; +44 (0)1749 814070).

Local bars

Stop for a pint (and maybe some pub grub) at the George Inn (+44 (0)1934 71212; www.thegeorgewedmore.co.uk) on Wedmore's Church Street. 

Reviews

Photos The Swan Wedmore reviews
Michelle Matthews

Anonymous review

‘Watch out for the cider.’ Such is the sage advice from our cabbie as we are arriving at a London train station bound for Somerset. ‘That scrumpy is lethal,’ he warns. ‘Randy farmers are also something to look out for…’ he continues, raising the stakes for this romantic weekend away. I gently elbow Mr Smith for looking sheepish at the mention of the virility of West Country gents.

As charming and diminutive as Wedmore is, the Swan, with its smartly painted white exterior, definitely claims status in the smarter part of this stoney village. This Somerset stay’s boutique-hotel makeover has attracted football teams, family gatherings and romantic couples – the well-heeled and the salt-of-the-earth. As perhaps you can tell, these weary travellers keen for a little weekend rest, have promptly, and very happily, been distracted by the inn’s buzzing bar. After a glug of anthropological observation, and a pint of Cheddar Ales’ Gorge Best Bitter, we grab our room keys and head up to the sanctuary of our suite.

‘Look, you can see halfway up the high street from here,’ Mr Smith informs me. No doubt if they knew, the good people of Wedmore would go about their business a little more easily knowing he is on lookout. I nose around, as though inspecting a new friend’s abode. Sweet treats, padded coathangers and full-size bottles of potions by Somerset apothecary Bramley… She’s the kind of lady who knows how live comfortably, yet with great panache. She’s literary, quirky, but damn she likes everything to be so, so comfortable. The spacious bathroom has me torn between a rain shower (inclement weather is of course a theme in Somerset) and a clawfoot bath (which I imagine in a Bramley bubble-bath state).

Luxury isn’t always defined by anything obvious or expensive – for us, as we hit the so, so comfortable sack, it’s just knowing that the kitchen stays open until almost noon the next morning. What sweeter thing can a holidaying hedonist hear? When we descend for breakfast, the coiffed Somerset ladies are already in for elevenses. The tempting confections atop the jade milk-glass cakestands challenge us to resist them. Having no fixed schedule, we make loose plans to return for them in the afternoon, where we’ll cosy up by the fire, calories in hand.

Strolling the streets and greeting the locals, we shamelessly plumb them for advice on essential activities. Proud Wedmorians speak of fierce skittles tournaments and cider. Husbands paint outrageous pictures of Wilkins ‘proper’ farmhouse cider, while wives look on, their grimacing faces not-so-subtly warning us against visits to its Mudgley source. However, keen for the full Somerset experience and the lure of it being ‘properly weird,’ we pay Roger Wilkins a visit and help ourselves. To reveal more details would be to spoil the surprise. Let’s just say that it’s an iconic brewery frequented by rockstars of such renown their surnames are dispensed with.

Back at the Swan, where the decor is more geared at lounging and loitering than a brewery, I notice the upcoming pork and cider evenings to be held in the garden. With local butcher Jim Baker’s pigs just a few hundred yards away and Roger’s cider from the neighbouring town, you’d be lucky to hit four tractor miles in total for the meal. Local provenance is preferred, and amid promises of seasonal and organic ingredients, our virtue is assured as we tuck into delicious icy scoops of Mendip Moments’ Somerset Strawberries and Clotted Cream.

After hiking the quiet lanes lined with apple orchards, a hot bath is calling my name. Soaking in the bubbles by the window, it is my turn to command watch over the town’s main streets. Mr Smith innocently informs me he is decamping to the lobby to gather more local knowledge. Hang on, there is no lobby. Dramatic skies and leaky clouds come and go and eventually Mr Smith returns having emptied the Otter Bright Ale tap with the local Ferrari owners’ club.

Securing a table in the dining room requires a little forethought. Word sure must have leaked out about chef Tom Blake’s installment direct from the River Cottage Canteen: even on a wintry midweek the room is full. Dining in the bar is no sacrifice though, and more social. The kitchen mixes things up from time to time here and we’re here for curry night. A menu geared at carnivores, pescatarians and vegetarians, beckons us with mild, medium and hot-but-not-fiery concoctions. Charmed by talk of local otters from our first breakfast, we’ve become attached to a kitsch pair of the critters dispensing salt and pepper, and request that they grace our table for all meals.

Armed with all our intel the next day, we leave town for an afternoon in nearby Wells. England’s smallest city, notable for its impressive cathedral and bishop’s palace, it also hosts Vickers Close, a picturesque street that claims status as the oldest purely residential street in all of Europe. Glastonbury too is only 10 miles away too, so we fantasise about staying here for the next festival.

As fans of the camaraderie of country pubs, but suckers for the comfort of an intimate boutique hotel, it suited us just right to stay at the Swan to while away a few days in Somerset. Especially as it is even possible to journey here by train from London Paddington (and then take another train, and then a bus – but that’s another tale). And did we mention they do a great cider?

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Swan Wedmore’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The stylish room, the bath overlooking the street and the luxury products.

Don’t expect

Quick service in the restaurant or a 'Do not Disturb ' sign!

Rating

Stayed on 6 Aug 2017

We loved

The generous bathroom and stylish decor. Wilkins cider farm was AMAZING. He is a fantastic character and host, and his cider is delicious. You won't regret it (until morning...)

Don’t expect

Lively nights.

Rating

Stayed on 23 Jun 2017

We loved

The big room, Bramley products, lovely breakfast, beautiful location.

Rating

Stayed on 1 Apr 2017

We loved

The room and bathroom – so sumptuous and relaxing. The hotel is very close to Cheddar Gorge which is stunning for a walk or drive.

Don’t expect

Rock and roll party vibes!

Rating

Stayed on 25 Feb 2017

We loved

The food in the restaurant was exceptionally good and the welcome was very warm and friendly. Breakfast was served in the bar and was a relaxed affair, which clearly attracted many locals on this particular Sunday morning. We stayed in the loft room, which was cosy and comfortable. The low beams have now been beautifully padded. Spend a day in nearby Wells – lots to see there, such as the Cathedral, Bishop's Palace and the original springs from where the smallest city in England gets its name.

Don’t expect

A lift – it's an old, quirky building with stairs to bedrooms.

Rating

Stayed on 11 Feb 2017

We loved

The busy bar and restaurant. The cakes. The amazing bath in the huge room. The chilled out vibe. The local shop across the road is amazing!

Don’t expect

Room service. A busy town.

Rating

Stayed on 27 Jan 2017

We loved

Fresh croissant and delicious breakfast.

Don’t expect

Traditional menu.

Rating

Stayed on 14 Jan 2017

We loved

Comfortable room, Bramley soaps, food..

Don’t expect

To go clubbing

Rating

Stayed on 22 Dec 2016

We loved

The room and the food. Top Quality!

Don’t expect

Car Parking is tight

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Stayed on 12 Nov 2016

We loved

The Loft Room! Nice bath and shower! Take a country walk up to Glastonbury Tor.

Don’t expect

...Beans with your breakfast.

Rating

Stayed on 9 Oct 2016

We loved

The food was fantastic and make sure you book the loft room with the roll-top bath, was fab-u-lous! Make sure you prompt for the Mr & Mrs Smith extra. Visit Cheddar Gorge which is only a few mins away. 9/10

Don’t expect

A busy vibe in the town. This is chilled out countryside.

Rating

Stayed on 16 Jul 2016

We loved

The quaint village setting. 8/10

Don’t expect

Anywhere to hang up your clothes (4 hangers on coat hooks?) or easy parking

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Stayed on 6 Jul 2016

We loved

The food, and the bedroom decor. Also the friendliness of all the staff. We visited Stourhead - a beautiful NT property about an hour away.

Don’t expect

An itemised bill! Bars of soap (only liquid soap provided).

Rating

Stayed on 14 Jun 2016

We loved

The room (room 7) in the loft with the fabulous bird wallpaper, big bath and sumptuous shower. Very welcoming young staff and lovely food. Stroll round the picturesque village, or only 20 minutes by car to Wells, Glastonbury, Cheddar gorge and Burnham-on-Sea.

Don’t expect

To be disappointed.

Rating

Stayed on 10 Jun 2016

We loved

Everything about this hotel, but special mention goes to the impeccable service and fantastic food. Both dinner and breakfast were our favourites of the holiday (and this included a stop off at Rick Stein's in Padstow). The village of Wedmore is exceedingly charming and worth a stroll around. We had a great pint at the George Inn, just up the road. 10/10 

Don’t expect

We loved EVERYTHING!

Rating

Stayed on 29 Apr 2016

We loved

The room decor was great. They make a small room cosy and stylish. The evening meal we had was fantastic, great food, wine and service. We didn't hang around in Wedmore but Wells is always lovely to visit and is not far.

Don’t expect

A shower! Only one room (a large one) has a shower over the bath. We only had a bath, which was not made clear when booking. Don't expect a decent sized breakfast. It tasted great but I thought the portion sizes were half what they should have been.

Rating

Stayed on 16 Apr 2016

We loved

The full English breakfast was one of the best we have had.

Don’t expect

A super slick operation. We felt it was a little disorganised at times.

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Stayed on 25 Mar 2016

We loved

The room, staff and food. Easy distance for Cheddar Gorge, Burnham on Sea, Wells, Bath and Glastonbury

Don’t expect

To arrange a table for evening meal at last minute; they get booked up quickly

Rating

Stayed on 25 Mar 2016

We loved

Relaxed, friendly place, atmosphere and staff. Really nice but unfussy food. Nice quiet location in quite a pretty and large village. Good value for a comfortable casual break.

Don’t expect

Lots of facilities in the rooms - or at least in our medium room there was nowhere except some wall hooks to hang clothes (adding some hangers would have been useful) and the lighting was pretty poor (e.g. you couldn't really see to put on makeup or shave in the bathroom and there wasn't a mirror in the bedroom).

Rating

Stayed on 24 Mar 2016

We loved

The room was good and food excellent. Recommend a visit to Tyntesfield House, location of recent episode of Sherlock and Dr Thorne....Large gothic house with extensive grounds. National Trust.

Don’t expect

Buffet style breakfast, just a la carte....

Rating

Stayed on 15 Mar 2016

We loved

The staff were all to a person very helpful, polite and attentive, and the hotel was lovely with a welcoming warm atmosphere.

Don’t expect

The only thing missing in the room was a full length mirror for the ladies.

Rating

Stayed on 10 Feb 2016

We loved

Everything. The room was absolutely beautiful with lovely features such as the large bottles of gorgeous products, speaker for iPhone/iPod, robes and fresh coffee in your room. The staff were lovely and very helpful and the food in the restaurant was amazing, really good selection of locally sourced food.

Don’t expect

Not to love this place, because you will!

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Stayed on 7 Feb 2016

We loved

Enjoying a G&T and reading in the huge bath! The bed was very comfortable too.

Don’t expect

Room service or fantastic soundproofing.

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Stayed on 1 Jan 2016

We loved

The spacious room and giant bathroom. I know everybody says it, but the bath products are amazing! The staff members are friendly, the atmosphere is comfortable and welcoming, and the food is excellent, with a really carefully thought out menu and quality ingredients. We would highly recommend it!

Don’t expect

Hotel service, but why would you - it's a top quality pub, with excellent food and rooms.

Rating

Stayed on 7 Nov 2015

We loved

The staff were super helpful and friendly, nothing was too much trouble. The food was gorgeous and the location perfect for walking.

Don’t expect

Peace and quiet - all bedrooms are above a busy pub, only really a problem at kick out time and to be expected in any case. Beans! The menu was rather limited in some respects - no beans, fruit or yoghurt for breakfast. Having said that the food was really lovely regardless.

Rating

Stayed on 6 Nov 2015

We loved

The location of the hotel on the edge of the village within easy walking of shops. Good television and great to have coffee/tea and water. Considering there was a bar beneath us, it was very quiet once the bar closed. It was lovely to be offered a free Bramley product but as we were flying and restricted to hand luggage, we were unable to avail of it. The restaurant food for dinner and breakfast was excellent. The service at dinner was particularly good. There is a lovely walk around the village if you have time so bring suitable footwear.

Don’t expect

A wardrobe to hang clothes in!

Rating

Stayed on 16 Oct 2015

We loved

The lovely room (rm 1), huge comfy bed, lovely products, sweet staff, location and surroundings. Wedmore is a picture perfect village. The village shop is very charming. Lovely range of country fare.

Don’t expect

A mini bar or slippers. It's more B&B than fancy hotel extras.

Rating

Stayed on 22 Sep 2015

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