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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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Bradford on Avon
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An out of Season visit to this gem with friends from work. Despite the off season and poor weather the staff were on top form! Our party of ten were well looked after, a couple of menu requests easily dealt with and an unobtrusive but attentive service. Cannot recommend enough!

Thank baza73
Somerset, United Kingdom
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295 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Situated at the eastern end of Swanage beach, this diner offers really nice food and drink in a modern bistro atmosphere - prices are good and the young staff enthusiastic and attentive - definitely a nice place for lunch / afternoon tea and cake / supper - recommended !

Thank rotiel321
London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our visit started promisingly enough with a friendly greeting a warm atmosphere. For a wintery Friday night it was fairly busy which we took as a positive sign. We had been recommended the venue by our B&B host mainly for the good vegetarian options. While they didn't have the specific items we had been told about there were two dishes... More 

Thank missbreezy
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I came here with my partner he had a coffee and i had a soft drink, his coffee was served luke warm and had to be taken back and i had to ask for a new glass twice as it was very dirty. We also had to ask for our table outside to be cleared and wiped. Seemed to be... More 

Thank countrygirl2173
Reading, England, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

food was okay but a very long wait. the night we went in half term holiday there was obviously not enough staff to cope, there were LOTS of empty tables but we still had a very long wait to be seated and served as we were told there was not enough staff in the kitchen to serve all the tables... More 

Thank John R
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

We eat here quite often, I've got family in Swanage and this has always been a welcoming place for us. Especially as the bar area is dog friendly! We went most recently for their Halloween night and it was great food, great value for money and as always the service was excellent.

Thank P L
Poole, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

This cafe/restaurant is situated right on the beach with stunning views over swanage bay and out to sea towards poole. We had coffee which was good. The decor inside is very cosy and modern and looks inviting. However after saying good things i must say i did think the floor inside and on the entrance looked a bit untidy. In... More 

Thank plum1958
Greater London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Male manager (I assume manager) asked if our starters were ok which one of them was not. Cold thick tomato soup, I explained politely this was not nice at all, he then proceeded to argue that was how it comes (which it should not have done as per the menu) then walked of muttering under his breath how Bizarre that... More 

Thank Matt A
Gosport, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Popped into the Bull and Boat for a liquid lunch when visiting glorious Swanage, this was right on the beach so all the better, we had a cheeky Merlot to enjoy the day

Thank George and Mel B
Dorset, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Dined as a group of 8 at the lovely Bull & Boat last night. Had an excellent evening. We all enjoyed our food, and no complaints about the service. Kelly and staff were brilliant. The set Halloween menu was fantastic value for money and we were able to enjoy the evening without feeling rushed. A massive thank you to Kelly... More 

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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
US$10 - US$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
View, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
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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