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Bull and Boat

) #44 of 60 Restaurants in Swanage ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ , Seafood, British
2 Ulwell Road, Swanage BH19 1LH, England
+44 1929 422222
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good23%
  • Average15%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible17%
2 weeks ago
“Great setting overlooking beach”
2 weeks ago
“We must have been in luck!!”
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Bar, Seafood, British, Vegetarian Friendly
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
2 Ulwell Road, Swanage BH19 1LH, England
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1 - 10 of 788 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is our favourite place to sit after a hot day on the beach. Staff really friendly and always good service. Great lovely private beach which welcomes dogs and groups of school children having fun with water sports. You could be on the riviera. We.always...More

Thank Clare E
Reviewed 4 days ago

Over priced, dirty, poor service. We decided to eat outside which has a nice sea view however this is also a public walkway and as it is narrow people and noisy brats are almost up against the table. When the meal came there was no...More

1  Thank David W
Reviewed 4 days ago

Probably the worst service that I've had for a really long time. At least two of the barmaid/waitresses were hugely incompetent - and probably the kitchen staff as well given the absolute inability to deliver the meals that were ordered. One of the barmaids tried...More

2  Thank CarolineAult
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

What has happened to this place? Shocking service and food that takes a supreme talent to make so bland. What a shame. We are not alone, many friends have shared our experience. The location should make this a destination restaurant and yet the owners clearly...More

1  Thank StMark007
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place has an ideal spot on the beach. It is a shame the staff don't particularly care or work as a happy team. On being at the place twice - the 1st time the bar person was denied help from her colleagues as to...More

Thank John_Lamb_2010
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for an early dinner, outside tables still uncleared from the afternoon trade, windows filthy, very expensive for the quality of food. The thinnest piece of what looked like frying steak, was cooked right through not medium rare as ordered, and for £21 very over...More

Thank Coles89
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked a meal here for myself and my partner, whos birthday it was. We arrived to be told they didn't have a booking! Eventually was seated once the table had been laid. Found the whole place to be dirty and uninviting. The toilets were dirty....More

Thank Jo W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in for a coffee and sat on a lovely outside area directly overlooking the beach, with stunning views across Swanage bay. Coffees were very good and although we didn't have time to eat the menus looked good, as did the food arriving at neighbouring...More

Thank Kim P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If we'd read the reviews beforehand we probably wouldn't have bothered but happened to be walking past on our way back to our hotel from Swanage and booked it. Really lovely food, decent service but was deadly quiet for a Friday evening. Lovely spot looking...More

Thank Emmanuelle B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Booked for a family lunch of 9 people + 3 high chairs. The first issue was that they didn't have 3 high chairs, which meant we had to lash one of our children to a chair. Despite the restaurant being virtually empty, the service was...More

Thank JamesWL
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 34
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Groups, 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
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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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