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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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“surf and turf” (9 reviews)
“lobster” (15 reviews)
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Bar, British, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
2 Ulwell Road, Swanage BH19 1LH, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped for a glass of wine to soak up the view while sitting outside. Such a great location but spoilt with old decking stacked up against the railings. Such a shame they can’t lay the decking down. It completely ruins the view of the sea...More

Thank Elsie C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Been to this restaurant a number of times in the past it’s definitely not as good as it once was. Waitresses seemed to be tripping over each other at one point and the steak I ordered was not the best quality I hope they get...More

Thank TheUrbanExplorer77
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is great compared to the last restaurant, also try the crows nest. This restaurant has a great sea view and I think I remember them selling ice cream

Thank jamesoli
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Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Decent Beer after a very long hike and lovely spot.. but fairly unfriendly bar staff. It seemed the girl felt like she was doing me a favour serving drinks! The outside tables are stupid, wicker and cant really even put a pint on them without...More

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Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

We had a fabulous meal sitting overlooking Swanage Bay and Peveril Point in the sunset. Fantastic food, great service and reasonable prices.

Thank John C
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

Got a Groupon voucher for this place. Booked online. Travelled all the way from Dartmoor, looking forward to this, only to be told they don't do this anymore and we should request a refund from Groupon! They weren't very helpful and no apology for accepting...More

Thank Deborah J
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Right by the beach you can sit in or outside and take plastic cups onto the beach we only had drinks here but we were told that the food was very good

Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Heard good things but was disappointed by the end. Had to change booking to a different night as opening hours had changed to winter hours (Not advised at time of booking) ; no prob as given a comp bottle of house wine. But service was...More

Thank Alisdair C
Reviewed 18 September 2017 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$36
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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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