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Bull and Boat

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2 Ulwell Road, Swanage BH19 1LH, England
+44 1929 422222
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Thought we would give it another try, but just for a drink this time! No change. Outside empty table full of dirty China. Bar cluttered with dirty China. Apparently don't have any ginger ale. So we gave that a miss and went to the Grand Hotel. Much better choice.

Thank Alouette25
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here for a snack after walking the dog on the beach on a chilly, misty day and had to sit outside because of the pooch. Whilst very few were eating, it still took nearly half an hour for them to prepare a baked potato and a sandwich, which meant we were well and truly frozen by the time it... More 

Thank Nick C
Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice breakfast - well cooked, well presented, reasonably priced. The restaurant is right on the beach, and we were blessed with sunshine in March, could honestly have been anywhere !!

Thank Stever2507
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately very poor experience... It was supposed to be nice and sunny day so we decided to book a table day before. We requested to sit outside as we were coming with a dog. We also thought our daughter could have a little play on the beach while waiting for food. When we got to the restaurant our table wasn't... More 

Thank Ewelina G
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Called into the Bull & Boat for lunch the other day decided on a baked spud for me due to diet problem none of the fillings where suitable so I asked If could have a plain one and if so what was the cost, yes you can have a plain one madam and the cost will be the same rip... More 

Thank dorzetgirl
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great location with views overlooking Swanage bay. We sat outside for lunch as it was a nice day and the cover provides shelter from the wind. I had a chilli jacket potato which was very nice and my side salad was full of different vegetables which was a nice addition to the meal. We had 2 meals and a glass... More 

Thank Amy S
Swanage, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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 February 15, 2017

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 

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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017 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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20 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017 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 

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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
$10 - $34
Bar, Seafood, British
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children, Large groups
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
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?