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Bull and Boat

SwanageEuropean, British££££
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21 Reviews

About Bull and Boat

Located right on the seafront, at Bull and Boat you can enjoy great food and great views. Whether it's for lunch, dinner or to share some tapas over a bottle of wine, Bull and Boat is the ideal location, crafting each of its British and European classics from the best locally-sourced produce, including fish freshly caught from Swanage Bay. You’ll find Bull and Boat located on Ulwell Road – to snag one of the best tables, booking in advance is advised!

Opening Times

Closed now
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


Bull and Boat
2 Ulwell Road, Swanage
Swanage BH19 1LH

Menu Highlights


Light Bites

Chefs Soup of the Day, Croutons.


Dorset Pork, Chicken Liver & Garlic Pate

Ale Chutney - Toast.

Dorset Ale Battered Tiger Prawns

Sweet Chilli & Housemade Tartare Dips.


Eggs Benedict

Poached Eggs & Bacon on a Toasted Muffin, Topped with Hollandaise Sauce.

(V) Vegetarian English

Vegetable Sausages, Hash Brown, Tomato, Egg & Toast.

Full English

Smoked Back Bacon, Butcher’s Sausage, Egg, Black Pudding, Baked Beans, Hash Browns, Tomato & Toast.


Jumbo Ale Battered Fresh Haddock

Peas - Homemade Tartare - Chips.

Roast Chicken Supreme

Herb Mash - Carrot, Courgette & Leak - Pesto Cream.

10oz Dorset Sirloin Steak

Chops - Onion Rings - House Salad - Pink Peppercorn Sauce.
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More about Bull and Boat, Swanage

For seafront dining at one of the most picturesque spots in Swanage, head to Bull and Boat, which offers all-day dining in its light, airy space with a relaxed, maritime feel. Situated on Ulwell Road, Bull and Boat specialises in classic British and European dishes such as ale-battered fish & chips, roast chicken supreme and seafood spaghetti. To quench your thirst, the restaurant offers a fully stocked bar with a selection of local beers on tap, as well as a comprehensive list of wines and hot beverages – including the signature in-house coffee blend.

On a fine summer’s day, you’ll want to dine in the open on the outdoor deck while you people-watch and take in mesmerising views of Swanage Bay. With an A-star crew on hand to serve you appetising creations made with the freshest locally-sourced produce, everyday feels like a holiday at Bull and Boat. To secure the most popular tables at this relaxed seaside bistro, you’ll want to reserve ahead of your visit.

21 Bull and Boat Reviews

Very Good
21 Reviews
Noise levels:Pleasant
Value for money:Reasonable value
Waiting time:Good
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Graeme N.4 months ago · 0 reviews

Had a really great meal here on Saturday. Really tasty cheese fondue to start with made with local cheeses - plenty of bread, easily enough for the two of us. We then had Sea Bass which was cooked perfectly with a very tasty Thai style sauce. Finished off with Christmas Pud ! The food and service were both great. I would recommend a visit.

peter m.8 months ago · 0 reviews

Never had a bad meal here was very tasty , the lady who was serving us was polite , some of the other staff could cheer up a bit ! Will return without a doubt

PAUL H.8 months ago · 0 reviews

From the moment we entered we knew that the complaints we had read about were total rubbish .the food was superb cooked fresh so be patient the wait is worth it .the wine is excellent ,but the service we received from Natasha and Jordan was first class always attentive and making sure everything was ok .would highly recommendable nd the views of the bay make it worth while .

Christopher H.a year ago · 0 reviews

Great food and service. The quality of the ingredients shone through. Whist this is really the low season the waiting staff did and excellent job and the restaurant was reasonably full.

Anthony T.7 months ago · 0 reviews

Food was excellent however the service attitude was lacking . Two bottles of wine ordered and delivered with a curt "do you want these opened?" Soup spoons were thrown on the table. We had to request bread with soup ,and finally we had to wait 40minutes for desert. It really is a shame that service let down our experience Additionally someone with a large dog was allowed to enter the dining area to have drink then left . Not very hygienic.

David C.a year ago · 0 reviews

All very good but our allocated table was scrunched up next to another allocated table. There were other tables unoccupied so it would have been better to spread us out a bit. Otherwise, all very good indeed. Scallops and chorizo, great. Duck breast, great. We bream, great. Fruit crumble, great. Cheeseboard, great. Ambience, mostly good as mentioned above.

Pete P.a year ago · 0 reviews

We went to the Bull & Boat as part of my Birthday celebrations 6 people and a baby We were shown to our table and menus were on the table We asked if we wanted drinks but hadn't been given the Drinks menu! Drinks order sorted We ordered our food A while later 2 starters turned up a while later the three other starters turned up, to be fair all very nice Mains arrived mine was s rare Sirloin it wasn't Rare medium at best My other halfs Sea Bass was just one small fillet a measley portion for £18.75 Our plates weren't cleared away so in the end I complained I have another table booked next Saturday for 9 but am seriously considering going elsewhere

paul d.a year ago · 0 reviews

My 53rd Birthday and the third occasion that i have been to the Bull and Boat when staying in Swanage. However, this will me my last after a disappointing experience. I booked the tab;e well in advance and made the Bull and Boat aware that my mother was gluten free, but they struggled to cater for this. My meal was unsatisfactory and when I complained, staff could only say sorry and no attempt to knock anything off the bill. Poor meal experience.

Jonathan R.a year ago · 0 reviews

Despite the restaurant not receiving my booking through the Quandoo app they were still able to accommodate my party of 8 on Mothers Day. They were a little short staffed but the food was good and the setting is great on a sunny day!

Anna A.9 months ago · 0 reviews

The food was good, but they had to check what we had ordered even though written down. The place fillets were a fillet, not two or more so we were either not given enough or they need to change the description. the staff could do with some customer service training. The restaurant is definitely not as good as it used to be.

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