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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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“swanage bay” (23 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 - 23:00All hours
Bar, British, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
2 Ulwell Road, Swanage BH19 1LH, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited at the end of our trip for lunch before we headed off. We choose here as we know it has the veranda and setting right on the beach - the only restaurant in swanage I'm aware of with this beautiful setting. Our friends...More

Thank Becather
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great location, could do better on the menu. Main menu looked expensive and limited lunch snack menu. Sandwiches served with taste free nachos and a dollop of coleslaw. Next time I'll have a look first on TA to see if there is somewhere else nearby...More

Thank gucci_10
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tonight we were looking forward to eating at the bull and boat after eating there 3 times in previous years. We were shown to our table and ordered our drinks and starters/mains without a problem. The restaurant is nicely decorated and has a beautiful outlook...More

Thank valmoorton
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A group of six of us had a late lunch here after a long walk across the coastal path. To be frank, we weren't expecting much. It was relatively empty and we were just hoping for something decent. Well, we did them a huge disservice!...More

Thank Sarah P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From the moment we entered we knew that the complaints we had read about were total rubbish .the food was superb cooked fresh so be patient the wait is worth it .the wine is excellent ,but the service we received from Natasha and Jordan was...More

Thank paulhopper1961
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We recently visited for a friends special birthday and quite frankly wish we hadn't! Inattentive staff with a 'couldn't care less' attitude. Waited half an hour to be offered drinks and menus. Dirty glasses. Waiting an hour for our meals,for them to get the order...More

Thank Baggers32
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This has become a regular stop for us when staying in the area and didn't disappoint again this summer. We arrived at about 7pm and were let straight to our table, Drinks ordered and delivered with no fuss. We opted for Soup, pate and duck...More

Thank baza73
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Couldn't work out if they were short staffed or didn't care...asked for cutlery but it never came, so I had to take my own from another table, took so long to get served a drink at the bar, my little boy had finished his dinner...More

Thank Hoteljunkie123
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived at restaurant at around 8pm. I was surprised to see the place was pretty empty for such a nice warm evening, even though it was the end of a bank holiday weekend. The restaurant itself is well decorated and clearly a lot of...More

Thank Matthew N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I feel sorry for the staff who are battling against the most incompetent management. Tomato soup arrived instead of mushroom, mackerel instead of trout, no condiments, no spoon for the soup, no croutons - the petty list of inefficiencies continues, but to serve scampi &...More

Thank SEJackson
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$37
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, View, 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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