About Us

The Swan Southwold is owned and run by Adnams, a family-run brewery and distillery. The Swan Hotel building dates from the 1600s, but there’s been brewing on site for at least 670 years!

The Adnams brewery was established in 1872, at the same time as The Swan was purchased by brothers Ernest and George Adnams. Throughout Adnams’ long history, the company has been awarded for its forward-thinking, sustainable and innovative approach to business. The Adnams brewery and distillery is energy-efficient and allows the production teams to craft the very best quality beer and spirits.

Over 600 years of brewing history means that The Swan is steeped in beer – not literally! – but you’ll find references to brewing and distilling throughout the hotel, from our hand-made ‘Jack Brand’ tiles in the bar, through to the copper light fittings.

You can enjoy a tour of our brewery and our distillery, or have a go at making your very own bottle of gin to take home with you. Find out more about our tours and experiences here.



Voted one of the UK’s best seaside towns by The Rough Guide in 2017, Southwold is a wonderful place to stay and enjoy the very best of the east coast. As well as stunning natural scenery, you can enjoy shopping or browsing an array of characterful shops and galleries. We’re right in the heart of town so in the perfect location for your adventure in Southwold to begin.

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