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Bull and Boat

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2 Ulwell Road, Swanage BH19 1LH, England
+44 1929 422222
10:00 - 23:00
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Pontypool, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went to the Bull and Boat on 19th May 2017 for my 53rd birthday. I have been to the Bull and Boat on two previous occasions when visiting Swanage, but this will be my last visit as the food was not up to standard. I booked a few days earlier and informed them that one of my party was gluten... More 

Thank pauldG5593KC
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Friendly staff, Chantelle was lovely, but the place needs a guiding hand, and general motivation. The melted Brie starter was great, as were my pink giant prawns but my husband was disappointed not to be able to have a burger, as they had sold out!, although his pasta dish was very nice. Could be great, with a good manager.

Thank Margaret E
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In Swanage for the weekend and walked past this bar-restaurant in the day time. Its right on the seafront and looks lovely. Can't believe I didn't check out the review before deciding to eat there. We called up Saturday afternoon and booked for two for Saturday evening. The fact we could choose when we ate and have a table with... More 

Thank dmcb1
Reading, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've not been here for a couple of years as gave up because the service was appalling, but we gave it a go on Easter Saturday evening. We had tried to get into 4 other places, all fully booked, this wasn't. In fact when we arrived it was nearly empty, it filled up but was never anywhere near full. So,... More 

Thank 67Pippa
Kent, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Returning once again for our yearly party here and we were not disappointed. The food was delicious as always and the service was great. Our waitress (Chantelle) was very attentive and made our evening enjoyable. Already looking forward to next year!

1 Thank pp10111111
Southampton, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Mixed reviews for this place so was pleased overall with the experience. Sat outside, overlooking the water on a sunny day which was great. Ordered fish and chips, the fish was fresh and tasty. Batter a little soft for my liking. I don't like the using the sachets of condiments they have available here, made it feel like a chip... More 

Thank _contact_clare
London, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The worst bacon sandwich I have ever eaten eventually turned up, processed bread and microwaved bacon for nearly £5. This place should be closed down.

Thank Tigger_Coco
Bath, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate here last week as a family, very poor service and unhelpful staff with no atmosphere and very bland food.

Thank brianmogford
Swanage, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have visited the above regularly but it appears to have lost some of its gloss. Great location, friendly staff but menu was a bit of alet down,

Thank jpm3216
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wen we asked to see the menu before agreeing to a table the waitress flick a menu at us across the bar and walked off - should have left then. Staff showed very little interest when serving. We asked and were told the chilli had a little kick, well it had absolutely no kick, was watery and full of cheese.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$35
Bar, British, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, View
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?