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The Walled garden Cafe

posted by Natalie Paddick

I was invited by Ruben Paddick to come and take some quick pictures of the Swan Hotel’s, Walled Garden Café , before it got too busy on a beautiful sunny morning, last month.


This exciting little hideaway is set at the heart of Swan Hotel. The Swan is situated in small historic city of Wells, Somerset and was established circa 15 century… If not before!! Welcoming the likes of King Henry VII and some notable prime ministers, such as Sir Winston Churchill and Ramsey MacDonald, not to mention some more recent prime ministers, whose names were conveniently missed off the historic ‘blue plaque’ that sits in pride of place by the front door. The Swan has also welcomed pop stars and play writes such as George Bernard Shaw. So let’s face it, there is some history there! The hotel is very much the hub of the small city of Wells. The hotel hosts many events both private such as weddings and also entertains local philanthropic events for the community… It has a lovely vibe…


There are two prominent courtyard dining areas at The Swan. The Walled Garden Café is hidden within the heart of the hotel, which gives the cafe a feeling of a more intimate private space with a laid back chic, music playing in the background allowing you just to chill … A holiday feel if you like, you can make a choice between lounging on a rattan sofa propped up by large puffed up cushions or you can sit at café style tables and enjoy the atmosphere and a light ‘light bite’ …

The Walled Gardens sister courtyard cafe is set to the front of the hotel overlooking the magnificent Wells Cathedral, here you can people watch the theatre of what is going on as the attentive staff walk from the hotel front to courtyard serving food and drinks these waitresses and waiters all stylishly dressed in black balance their trays of food and drink on their poised fingers as they serve their guests.

In the more private Walled Garden Café there is the same stylish verve where the staff serve the summer menu of Light Bites and a selection of Main Courses and Deserts all washed down with a large assortment of hot or cold beverages..… My favourite as ever being a glass of Chardonnay!! This little hideaway has a more continental feel and it is a joy to sit here …




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