The Swan at Forest Row

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Based in the heart of Forest Row, The Swan is the hub of the community. With a large dining area and ample gardens, it’s the perfect place to dine for a country pub affair come rain or shine, with friends or family alike.

Where is The Swan at Forest Row located?

Located in Forest Row, a stone's throw from East Grinstead and around 17 km from the stunning Hever Castle, on the A22 in East Sussex. 

What cuisine is on offer at The Swan at Forest Row?

Serving up a mixture of pub classics, using locally sourced suppliers within a 30-mile radius. The Swan is known for its vast and varied selection of meats, the majority of which are dry aged in house. It also has a fantastic range of vegetarian and vegan pub classics using produce from biodynamic farms in the heart of Forest Row.

What is the signature dish at The Swan at Forest Row?

The sirloin streak with bone marrow butter, water cress & pickled wild mushroom salad and chips is a favourite with regulars, there are also superb vegetarian and vegan offerings, including the vegan burger and pan-fried gnocchi.

What makes a meal at The Swan at Forest Row unique?

Dining in the heart of a busy community, with fantastic amenities and facilities in a newly refurbished dining room. There are many nooks and crannies to dine in, if you are looking for a quiet atmosphere or a buzz with locals, you can choose your dining experience.


Based on 5 reviews

Wow, I’m not sure if there is a new chef but something has happened, we’ve always enjoyed the food at the Swan but our Sunday lunch today was another level. Hubby and I had the roast beef, the meat was beautiful, still some pink parts of the meat, impressive Yorkshire pudding and the potatoes… and the veggies, the gravy, all were utter perfection and we were wowed! To be honest, I was tempted to stop there as it was so good but we decided to share a dark chocolate and caramel mousse. Well I don’t know what to say other than it was insanely good, I expect a dessert like that from a fancy tea room in a cafe in Paris, not in our very own Forest Row! Wow- that stunning dessert is going to stay in my mind for quite some time! All this and fantastic, friendly serving and bar staff. What a delight- utterly thrilled with our experience- thank you all!


One of the best roasts I’ve ever had. There’s nothing to complain about here, I’d highly recommend. All food, starters, mains, desserts are amazing and the service is brilliant as well. The only issue is the small car park, but it helped me burn off some of the calories after dinner parking down the road! Definitely worth a visit, been excellent both times I’ve been recently.


The rooms are big, beautiful, clean and comfortable. Absolutely not a bad thing to say. I have stayed in two different rooms. The bed is so nice I just want to stay in it. The bedding is warm and soft with a spare blanket at the end of the bed. The staff are very friendly, approachable and happy. The food is fresh and delicious, locally sourced I think!


Cannot say enough good things about The Swan. Staying here for work and the staff are impeccable. Had a delicious lunch and dinner and I must say, the food is excellent. Room I'm in is spacious, warm, very cosy and well equipped. I can't thank the staff enough for making me feel welcome. Highly recommend if you're in the area. 5/5


Loved the food. I’m a good cook and quite often am disappointed when I go out to eat but not here. We had the Festive menu. When booking state you want the Festive Menu. Everything down to the gravy was delicious and cooked properly. Nice atmosphere and good service too. Thank you.

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Facilities & information


No smoking

Child friendly

Free car parking (on site)




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Arrival information & directions

Address: 1 Lewes Rd, Forest Row, Kent, Forest RowRH18 5ER, United Kingdom

If you're arriving by car, the pub has ample free parking available on-site. The address is The Swan, Lewes Rd, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5EJ. Please note that during peak times, parking can be limited, so it is recommend to arrive early to secure a spot.

If you're arriving by public transport, the nearest train station is East Grinstead, which is approximately a 10-minute taxi ride away. Alternatively, there are bus stops located just outside the pub, serviced by the 291 and 291A buses.


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