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Bull and Boat

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Bar, British
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2 Ulwell Road, Swanage BH19 1LH, England
+44 1929 422222
10:00 - 23:00
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Swanage, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our favourite restaurant a few years ago - we thought we'd give it a try as we hadn't been for about 3 years. So disappointed - the menu was good, quality of food was good, staff were friendly but dress/uniform was sloppy. The waitress scuffed along in her comfy boots so you could hear where she was at... More 

Thank SwanageMumma
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The manager Kelly will make you feel welcome whilst you enjoy truly exceptional fresh local foods in front of the most fabulous view of the beach and sea.

Thank Shannon R
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282 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Difficult to rate - good but not very good. Lovely position overlooking the beach, but a little cold and staff seemed a bit stressed. That said the lunch food was fine and reasonable portions.

Thank Sheffview
Dorset, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had the vegetarian choice from the Christmas menu here for lunch on Boxing Day. Opted for two courses, main and desert, and enjoyed every mouthful. Jordan did a wonderful job looking after my husband and I on what was a very busy lunch time. It was my Birthday, and the food and service was a real treat and good value... More 

Thank bushwalkergirl
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice lunch, generous portions. Menu was limited but our party of 8 all found something tasty. Not the cheapest of places but a lovely location for a relaxed lunch

Thank AlisonDav1965
Swanage, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have had several visits to the bull and boat none of them have let us down. From a flying visit to holding business events there. all have been handled with extreme professionalism. Service and food was great so whatever you are doing just keep doing it.

Thank jdsimmo26
Bradford on Avon
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

An out of Season visit to this gem with friends from work. Despite the off season and poor weather the staff were on top form! Our party of ten were well looked after, a couple of menu requests easily dealt with and an unobtrusive but attentive service. Cannot recommend enough!

Thank baza73
Somerset, United Kingdom
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296 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Situated at the eastern end of Swanage beach, this diner offers really nice food and drink in a modern bistro atmosphere - prices are good and the young staff enthusiastic and attentive - definitely a nice place for lunch / afternoon tea and cake / supper - recommended !

Thank rotiel321
London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Our visit started promisingly enough with a friendly greeting a warm atmosphere. For a wintery Friday night it was fairly busy which we took as a positive sign. We had been recommended the venue by our B&B host mainly for the good vegetarian options. While they didn't have the specific items we had been told about there were two dishes... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

I came here with my partner he had a coffee and i had a soft drink, his coffee was served luke warm and had to be taken back and i had to ask for a new glass twice as it was very dirty. We also had to ask for our table outside to be cleared and wiped. Seemed to be... More 

1 Thank countrygirl2173

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$33
Bar, British
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, View, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Ulwell Road, Swanage BH19 1LH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Isle of Purbeck  >  Swanage
  • Phone Number: +44 1929 422222
Welcome to the Bull and Boat on North Beach Swanage. We aim to please everyone whether you're looking for a light lunch, bistro dinner or tapas in our cafe lounge but all relaxed dining; we offer a fully stocked bar with local real ales or lagers on draft, extensive wine list and a selection of hot beverages including our own blend coffee! so you're welcome to join us just for drinks if you wish.Our Team of chefs source fresh local meats, vegetables and even fish straight from Swanage Bay! We welcome children and offer a full children's menu and baby changing facilities.We have plenty of outside seating including a beach deck for lunchtime dining with fabulous views of Swanage Bay, pier and town. Coming by boat? we offer 8 courtesy moorings opposite the Bull And Boat for drinks or diningOur Bistro is one of Swanage's top restaurants and by night a more intimate dining experience; we have regularly changing black board specials to accompany our a la carte menu and a generous vegetarian selection: you can eat from the same menus in our cafe lounge for a more casual feel. We Have sofas, tub chairs and coffee tables should you wish to join us for a social drink and enjoy the eclectic decor of marine artifacts and all things Bull!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?