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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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Swanage, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great Location overlooking the bay. Ask for a window seat in the evening. Food very nice. Fish good. Not rushed at all,which is good as you can enjoy the evening. We payed £65 for two starters and main courses plus a bottle of wine. I gave it four star as although we had a pleasant evening and the food was... More 

Thank ShepsHollow
Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Location is great and having experienced mediocrity in food and service elsewhere in the area, this place was a lovely surprise. Food was very good with a varied menu and lots of local produce, especially the seafood. The service was excellent. A staff that are prepared to go the extra mile, my husband asked for a variation to a dish... More 

1 Thank PolLessa
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Late lunch with a large family group after a longish walk from the nearby long stay car park (free off season) to swanage and back to build up an appetite. Most of us chose fish and chips (very large portions with good batter!) off a fairly limited range of options. Great location overlooking the beach and good service considering there... More 

Thank bucksimp
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We knew this place didn't have a great rep for food but thought we would try....my goodness was it bad. Beef was thin slices of lukewarm chewy beef. The gravy tasted like it had washing up liquid in it. The 2 roast potatoes weren't crispy and more like oily new potatoes. There are no greens with the roast, just a... More 

Thank Njls
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice views, pleasant enough. Prices are good and service very good. We had a nice chilled morning until a huge barking dog and noisy guests turned up and it was spoilt immediately. I know its an area that allow dogs but id have thought this time they would have asked guests to leave as the dog was so noisy...

Thank Mandy S
Wiltshire, England
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had Sunday lunch on a glorious out-of-season day in January. The restaurant was (as usual) understaffed, so the atmosphere was manic, though the service slow. We planned to eat, then enjoy the sunshine, but were three hours having lunch, which meant it was going dark when we left. The food was disappointing. We remember excellent dining in the past... More 

Thank Lynne S
Stockbridge, Hants
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70 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family & I celebrated my Birthday on Sunday 21st January. This was our second visit to the Bull & Boat. The service was a little slow but we enjoyed the lovely views whilst waiting. The food on the Winter menu was excellent. We learned that the restaurant is closing for a month on the 20th Februarey for a complete... More 

Thank Charles M
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having visited several times before, and really enjoyed the food and ambience, we were looking forward to a beer and light lunch after walking over from Studland. Very disappointed, the menu has changed - very uninspiring light bites, now it's just sandwiches. The atmosphere was uninviting - dirty crockery on the bar which was still there after we had finished... More 

Thank Hester888
Swanage, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

This was our favourite restaurant a few years ago - we thought we'd give it a try as we hadn't been for about 3 years. So disappointed - the menu was good, quality of food was good, staff were friendly but dress/uniform was sloppy. The waitress scuffed along in her comfy boots so you could hear where she was at... More 

Thank SwanageMumma
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

The manager Kelly will make you feel welcome whilst you enjoy truly exceptional fresh local foods in front of the most fabulous view of the beach and sea.

Thank Shannon R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 34
Bar, Seafood, British
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Groups, 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
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?