The Swan, Alton
First mentioned in a rental document in 1499, the Swan hotel is an iconic building, set in the old market town of Alton. A tavern and hostelry, it was listed in 1674 as having 18 chambers, a parlour, kitchen, brewhouse, malthouse, old kitchen, and wine and beer cellars. It was further developed in 1777 to become the coaching inn you see today.
The Swan would have been well known to famous local residents; author Jane Austen and naturalist Gilbert White. Henry Ford and the actress Merle Oberon once stayed whilst Ford was on the way from Southampton to his Dagenham plant, and Kathleen Kennedy, sister to the American President, John F. Kennedy, moved in for a time shortly after her marriage to William Cavendish, the Marquess of Hartington.
This charming hotel is the perfect setting to enjoy dishes from our seasonal menu, accompanied with a great range of cask ales, premium lagers and fine wines.
Food served 11am – 10pm every day. Last check in is 11pm
46 bedrooms (some dog friendly)
The Watercress Line Steam Railway – ½ mile
Jane Austen’s House Museum – 2 miles
Gilbert White’s House and Garden – 5 miles
Alice Holt Forest – 9 miles
Birdworld – 9 miles
Farnham Castle – 10 miles
Winchester Cathedral – 18 miles
Postcode; GU34 1AT
Follow signs for the town centre. The Swan is on your left, with its car park at the rear, off Drayman’s Way, accessible by following the road around to the left.
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"the hotel was lovely and warm so it was nice to have a meal in a warm restaurant and the staff worked very hard because it was very busy"