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The Crows Nest Inn

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11 Ulwell Road, Swanage BH19 1LE, England
+44 1929 422651
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We've been regulars at the Crow's Nest for a number of years and have always enjoyed its ambience and food. Great to see a new menu with lots of good options. Steak was lovely, as was the (home-cooked honey roast) ham, (local duck) egg and chips. Good service as always. Looking forward to lots more good meals in this lovely... More 

Thank Clare E
Reading, UK
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was a little unsure that this pub would provide the food it advertised, because from the outside it looked like any other pub just for drinking in or eating bar food. However, the restaurant side was excellent, the food was extremely good and the staff were very friendly and helpful. I would recommend this place, but book in advance

Thank Barbara048
Northampton, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Even though we popped in just as food was almost finishing they managed to squeeze us in and made us feel very welcome The food was of a good standard and the staff very attentive. . There seemed to be a nice vibe about the place . Understand it's under new ownership and from what we witnessed it deserves to... More 

Thank DennisJ316
Lymington, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This pub offers a warm welcome and great unpretentious food. House wine was excellent, beer well kept and the service friendly and professional. Under new management this place is only going to get even better as it;s keeping the same super staff. give it a try

Thank lindenhouse18
Wiltshire, England
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate at the Crow's Nest on a very rainy, dismal. out-of-season Sunday lunch time, because it was close and convenient, without any great expectations, so we were delighted by the excellent food and service we received. We had a warm, friendly welcome and, though we were the only people in the restaurant, we didn't feel too isolated, as the... More 

Thank Lynne S
Swanage, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great Sunday roast staff were all very friendly , meat was very tender and great selection of veg , nicely presented and great value at £8.95

Thank suz c
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were fortunate enough to find this little gem today after being unable to find a table at another pub in Studland. How lucky were we? The Crows Nest is a nice comfortable pub with friendly and accommodating staff. The food was tasty, well presented and reasonably priced too, not something that you always find. I had the burger which... More 

Thank Elcuolo
Southampton - UK
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66 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Visited this pub today for a meal and we all ordered roast as it was the only thing being serviced! The roast turned up and it was served with 3 of the tiniest dried up potatoes! The veg was just peas and carrots, for £12.95 this was honestly one of the most over priced smallest roast I've ever had! I... More 

Thank SarahSouthampton_UK
Swanage, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Recently visited for s family birthday meal. Total of 18 including 5 children we ordered a variety of dishes, all were home made and delicious. I have no hesitation in recommending the Crow's Nest.

Thank Dave M
Reading, England, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Although there were menus displayed is wasn't until after we had been served our drinks that we discovered there was no food being served. Bar staff was curt and unhelpful we drank some of our drinks left half of them and went off in search of a welcoming pub serving food.

Thank John R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$19
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11 Ulwell Road, Swanage BH19 1LE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Isle of Purbeck  >  Swanage
  • Phone Number: +44 1929 422651
The Crows Nest Inn is a family run pub located inn Swanage, in the heart of Dorset. The pub serves a full selection of draught beers, wines and spirits for your enjoyment along with a lovely range of soft drinks for those drivers and non-drinkers. The pubs fantastic atmosphere and friendly staff make The Crows Nest Inn a pub everyone wants to spend the day.

Situated on the premises is a large beer garden and a children's play area, parents can have a refreshing drink during the warm summer months while the children play. Disabled access and friendly staff are on hand throughout the pubs premises, making this pub easily accessible for all. To keep everyone amused there is a retro 1980's gaming table on the premises. The Crows Nest Inn boasts a carefully selected menu using the freshest, locally sourced food around!

Freshly prepared traditional classics and modern favourites are served to perfection every day. All special occasions such as Birthdays, Christenings and Weddings can be catered for in the pubs restaurants area, which can accommodate up to 50 guests at any one time. So whether it's a quiet drink or a lively night out The Crows Nest Inn is the place to be.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?