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Bull and Boat

2 Ulwell Road, Swanage BH19 1LH, England
+44 1929 422222
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good22%
  • Average15%
  • Poor15%
  • Terrible18%
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Open Now
10:00 - 23:00 Hours
Bar, British, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
2 Ulwell Road, Swanage BH19 1LH, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited for some hot drinks on Saturday afternoon. My wife ordered a hot chocolate for her and a cappuccino for me. After half an hour the hot chocolate arrived...at last our drinks were going to arrive. No such luck! My Wife duly finished her drink...More

Thank gefk2016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just got back from Mother’s Day lunch. Venue is great, right next to the beach. Food pretty good. Let down by service which quite frankly was all over the place. It’s Mother’s Day. It’s busy. I get it but there were clearly not enough staff...More

Thank odavis170
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such a great location. I’m not surprised they always appear empty Slow staff who don’t appear to care about service. Tables left dirty Nothing a good manager, who cares, could put right. Come on it’s a sitting gold mind with proper management.

Thank Elsie C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

And friendly staff. Good place to sit and people watch. Super big hot chocolate. Teacake was fine. Nice inside on a windy day

Thank Graham S
Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

We stopped for coffee on our way into Swanage and were lured back for the reasonably priced Sunday Roast and lovely view. We were surprised that dogs were allowed inside. There were about 7 but all well behaved and didn’t bother us as we were...More

Thank Teresa N
Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

The food here was very nice but the service lacked somewhat making the experience less enjoyable. Very slow service but this could have been due to the quieter period and less staff maybe.

Thank Estalouise91
Reviewed 25 December 2017 via mobile

Having eaten here on many occasions when visiting Swanage, on our last visit we were interested to see they were open for Christmas lunch, we booked a table and were looking forward to it. It’s hard to say exactly what was wrong, it’s more a...More

Thank Sarah M
Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

Had a really great meal here on Saturday. Really tasty cheese fondue to start with made with local cheeses - plenty of bread, easily enough for the two of us. We then had Sea Bass which was cooked perfectly with a very tasty Thai style...More

Thank Graeme961
Reviewed 2 December 2017

We visited yesterday for a very unexpected dinner. Bull and Boat is a beautiful restaurant located right on the sea front with beautiful views. Upon arrival we were the only two guests in the whole venue. After we were shown to our table we ordered...More

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Reviewed 13 November 2017

Went here this Saturday . 19 of us to celebrate my mother in laws 80th birthday . We had a fantastic evening .The location is beautiful , with amazing sea views . The food was spot on . Everyone enjoyed the food they had ....More

Thank may103
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$38
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
View, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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
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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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