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Cauldron Bistro


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2016 Winner


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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service

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Reviewed July 9, 2019

I booked by phoning the Cauldron was asked to make an appointment which I did for the Tuesday at 7pm... leaving my mobile number. When I had no confirmation...I assumed as it turned out wrongly. my booking was accepted. I have just been to have...More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed April 15, 2019

Love this little retaurant in Swanage, been going there for years, home cooked food and really fresh seafood

Date of visit: June 2018
2  Thank Peter W
Reviewed March 24, 2019 via mobile

Felt like you’re invited to a small event with only about 6 tables and great personal service. Coupled with superb food - home made foie gras with brandy, great negronis and much more. Unique

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Travelb0y987
Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

Booking essential, this husband and wife team provide that perfect special meal. In their 70s and in Swanage for 30 years they must be doing something right. Several awards. I had cured salmon to start followed by steak rossini, she had foi gras followed by...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Mrg9999
Reviewed September 18, 2018

As usual Terry and Margaret provided us with a fantastic dinner of home cured salmon with soy and ginger followed by a tranche of Turbot which was cooked to perfection and tasted wonderful. I would eat anything in this restaurant and know it would be...More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed August 30, 2018

This restrauant is unique: it is a real labour of love, a blast from the past and very, very personal. All really rather delicious and recommended Terry & Margaret (and it is them, and VERY much 'them' - I said this was personal) only open...More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed July 30, 2018

Recommended by a locally based friend and not disappointed. Open just a couple of days a week and run by a husband and wife duo it was like stepping back in time. That said, the quality of the service and, in particular, the food was...More

Date of visit: July 2018
2  Thank alan19510822
Reviewed May 30, 2018 via mobile

We heard about The Cauldron in March, through some vague recommendation my mum got, and when she told me there’s a couple months waiting list, we booked it asap for the Saturday of our holiday. It’s easy to see why the locals bemoan the fact...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank charlotte f
Reviewed May 30, 2018

Excellent, we were lucky to be able to get a table at this great restaurant. The atmosphere is wonderful and the food just amazing. Holidaying in Swanage, saw the reviews and booked straight away and it was well worth it. All the food was cooked...More

Date of visit: May 2018
1  Thank ElizabethT T
Reviewed April 28, 2018 via mobile

Another fantastic dinner at The Cauldron. Such nice surroundings, amazing food and excellent service. It's the best by far in Swanage. Only opened 2 nights a week so you NEED to book. Thank God for Terry and Margaret. Keep up the good work. We'll be...More

Date of visit: April 2018
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