The Swan Arundel is an ancient grade two listed pretty pub on the banks of the river Arun and perfectly positioned in the heart of Arundel. It makes for a delightful and charismatic weekend break in one of the prettiest and most interesting market towns in the beautiful South Downs.
From the quaint and sympathetically refurbished boutique rooms, to the rustic pub downstairs, you will feel like you have stepped back in time when you arrive at the Swan Arundel. Public parking can be found just behind the pub (£7 for the night) and being located on the main street, you are positioned a short stroll from everything, including the castle.
These are cosy and charismatic. Wooden floors with oatmeal hessian rugs complement the crisp white sheets and the clapboard, nautical cream-blue themed decor. Old fashioned sash windows clad with shutters in some rooms and curtains in others look out upon the thriving little town. There are some thoughtful touches like the fresh home made shortbreads from the kitchen as well as acouple of bottles of water. Their executive rooms are larger and recommended as they have abit more room and a king bed, (2 singles pushed together), which was both super comfortable and huge. Perhaps it was alittle too comfortable when combined with the excellent beer and country air… my last thought before falling asleep was “I must turn the TV off”, next thing I knew it was morning and yes the TV was still on! Bathrooms are well equipped and stylish if a little cramped, we had a large free standing deep roll top bath as well as a shower, (number 10 “Butser”)! Rooms start at £95.
Bar & Food
I spent the evening in the bar & it couldn’t have been more enjoyable. The pints were superb, the ambiance with candles and lanterns, pretty traditional decor with lots of dried flowers above the bar, was delightful and the food was lovely. Don’t miss the grouse special (see photo of menu board) which was exactly that, rather special and their apple crumble was truly scrumptious.
The Swan Arundel definitely deserves a spot in my Luxury Travel Diary luxury country pubs with rooms list. The staff to be warm and friendly and they really seemed to care, I will return!
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