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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, Waitstaff

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All reviews dover sole foie gras tournedos rossini homemade bread steak pudding ice cream prawns husband and wife team hand written coquille st amazing hosts tasted wonderful fantastic dinner wine list cooked to perfection friday and saturday night
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Reviewed 13 October 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 18 September 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
Thank Philippa80
Reviewed 30 August 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
4  Thank rupes_Bath
Reviewed 30 July 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 30 May 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 30 May 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 28 April 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
Thank fionnaighh
Reviewed 25 March 2018

This place is simply brilliant. Phone call in the morning from Margaret confirming reservation for the evening, something unique to me. Our first visit here but on arrival greeted like a regular. Both Terry and Margaret take you through the menu. Prawns with chorizo for...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Mockbegger
Reviewed 22 March 2018

Down in Swanage again and as usual we had a fantastic perfectly cooked dinner. Terry is a wonderful chef matching flavours and cooking just right. Both he and Margaret are welcoming hosts and our visit was a delight. Perfect Scallops and Dover Sole yet again.

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Philippa80
Reviewed 17 February 2018

What a fantastic experience! Margaret and Terry are the most amazing hosts, here to showcase the best food and tipples in Swanage. Nothing is too much trouble and for those who have not had the chance to dine here, we urge you to make a...More

Date of visit: February 2018
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