About us

Discover the rich heritage of The Swan Inn, one of Sussex’s oldest pubs, adorned with original features and our renowned ‘Sawblade’ floor.

Mark & Ellie

The Swan pub was built around 1398 and is oozing character and history.

Ricci Kent and Mark Dale came to the Swan in 2007. We are cousins and our grandfather William Raymond Dale, grew up in the neighbouring village Brightling.

He is on a picture which is hanging up in The Swan, as he was part of the local football team. This was taken in 1948 just after he returned from serving with the Royal Leicestershire regiment alongside Major Generals Chindits in Burma during the 2nd World War.

We have also a very successful outside catering business which Ricci now runs day to day.

Nowadays you will find Ellie, Marks wife behind the bar. Ellie has been working front of house since 2012. We have the mad Jack Fuller folly walk on our doorstep, and a great view in the summer to the coast. The winter it is a relaxing warm ambience with 2 roaring fires. All our food is created onsite and all ingredients is sourced locally.

Fantastic food

We offer both traditional and modern cuisine, all cooked where possible using local and free range produce. We offer snacks and Ploughman’s, Sunday roasts, fresh fish, homemade pies, suet puddings, local game, summer salads and shellfish (crab/lobster – available during July/August).

To allow us the maximum flexibility to offer you the freshest seasonal dishes our menus are displayed on chalkboards in the pub and these change frequently. We also have our ‘Daily Specials’ for you to choose from.

If you are thinking of visiting us and would like to know what dishes will be featuring you can click here to see our menu or if you would like to book a table please call us on 01424 838 242.

Having a drink

We have an excellent selection of wines available by the glass and bottle together with quality cask ales, premium beers and ciders for you to savour. We take great pride in the quality of our draught beers and cask ales and we endeavour to serve you with a perfect pint every time.

We also have a range of quality teas and fresh coffees for you to enjoy. For the discerning diners and drivers we also offer a wide range of quality soft drinks.

The Swan really is the ideal place in which to unwind and enjoy your favourite tipple with great company.

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