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Bull and Boat

) #49 of 62 Restaurants in Swanage $$ - $$$ , Seafood, British
2 Ulwell Road, Swanage BH19 1LH, England
+44 1929 422222
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good23%
  • Average15%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible17%
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“seafood” (10 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 am - 11:00 pmAll hours
Bar, Seafood, British, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
2 Ulwell Road, Swanage BH19 1LH, England
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Reviewed November 19, 2015

We always come here when we stay in Dorset as the view is second to none. Even on a cold autumn evening sat on the balcony eating cheese n biscuits with a beer it is wonderful. Very friendly staff and lovely atmosphere cool but chilled....More

Thank Meldaffodil
Reviewed November 19, 2015 via mobile

Came down for lunch with my fiance,parents & Labrador as fiances parents recommended it.Really had such a lovely time.Great views of the sea & beach,nice menu.I had the tiger prawn spaghetti which was honestly probably the nicest I've ever had.Everyone else loved their meals too.Really...More

Thank Chica06
Reviewed November 15, 2015

Have been in several times during the summer and autumn months and felt the lack of customers and interest from bar staff in the latter months very noticeable. Food, was small portions and over priced. Manager running the place appeared disinterested and more bothered about...More

Thank jennielynn42
Reviewed November 14, 2015

We were looking forward to a pleasnt evening meal which was good when last we eat here 2 years ago.We sat at a window table.The window was filthy.Many others in the restaurant appeared to be drinkig only and were noisy.The starters were expensive and very...More

Thank graham m
Reviewed October 24, 2015

We stopped here for lunch. The food was okay but the restaurant felt like it needed a good clean. We sat outside before we ordered which could also do with some TLC.

Thank Amandar350
Reviewed October 15, 2015

The location is superb with lots of activities on the beach to look at. A pleasant walk along the front from Swanage town centre it has a lot going for it. Sadly, we never got to eat there. We tried. On Monday, the first day...More

Thank gmkWhitchurch
Reviewed October 14, 2015

Enjoyed many meals here when it was the Ocean Bay, but since changing hands c2 years ago have tried it a number of times and the overall experience has been very mixed. Staff seem disinterested, service and food has been very inconsistent. If it were...More

Thank Ian U
Reviewed October 11, 2015

We arrived for lunch on a Sunday. The restaurant was not busy but we were left standing by the "please wait to be seated" sign for quite some time. Staff walked passed us on several occasions and we were not acknowledged once. Eventually I went...More

Thank Bubble214
Reviewed October 11, 2015

We ate here one busy evening as part of a group of 20 and we had not prebooked. The service was slow as there were only two serving staff on duty. However the waiter was very cheerful and friendly and whilst my food was good...More

Thank Christine H
Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

Went here for a nice meal by the sea. The inside of the restaurant is pleasant however the food is certainty not restaurant standard. The king prawn linguine sauce tasted like it had just come out of a can. When we had finished our meal...More

Thank Sullygoink
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $35
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Scenic view, Families with children
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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