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Cauldron Bistro

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5 High Street, Swanage BH19 2LN, England
+44 1929 422671
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Another visit to this great little restaurant and as usual superbly cooked quality food ably presented by husband and wife team Terry and Margaret. Love this place. Fantastic Dover Sole of a really good size, great starter of Scallops, all really good.

Thank Philippa80
Reading, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

We visited The cauldron about 6 years ago and have mentioned it a few times since. Soooooo pleased it is still open and now we know will be booking again very very soon as soon as we have a weekend free to spend away. Amazing restaurant, food and hosts.

1 Thank Wendyanne_16
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

This restaurant is run by a husband and wife team, Margaret and Terry, who now only open on a Thursday and Friday night and quite obviously do it for how much they enjoy preparing lovely dishes for people. A lovely touch is the handwritten menus and personal approach they have. This isn't mass produced- they are cooking for you. Margaret... More 

Thank sally r
Margaret F, Owner at Cauldron Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Sally, We are very pleased you enjoyed your meal with us at The Cauldron Bistro and thank you for your kind review. We would just like to say that we are open Friday and Saturday not on Thursday and Friday as you have suggested in your review. Thanks again for your comments and we look forward to hosting you... More 

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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

So we tried a few other places in Swanage, but they were all fully booked. We tried a last minute call to the Cauldron Bistro rather than Harry Ramsdens, no answer but left a voicemail. Call back within minutes and they had a last minute booking! Lucky us!! So we arrived at 7:15 and we were sat by Margaret the... More 

Thank Lee D
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Excellent food and husband and wife small restaurant only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. You need to book in advance we thoroughly enjoyed out meal.

Thank MVL78
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

We were so fortunate to be able to book in for a table on a busy Friday night in August, and we were certainly not disappointed, the food proved to be a taste sensation, a cascade of flavour! The service was impeccable, a truly marvellous experience! Don't forget to book, it can get busy!

Thank Ange1007
Swanage, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

I have eaten here a few times over the years when staying in Swanage and I have to say that each time I visited with my partner we were welcomed like family. The food menu caters all tastes and the food quality is of a very high standard. The atmosphere is relaxing and just an all round pleasant place to... More 

2 Thank Rabbitsinkent
London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

There is nowhere better in Swanage for exceptional food. All very quaint with a warm welcome. so disappointed to find they only opened Friday and Saturday evening, we would have diner her much more during our stay in Swanage, had it been open.

3 Thank Foodloversclapton
St Albans, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016

We had an imprompu meal here this evening, luckily they had space, but you must usually book. We had the Dover Sole and Coquilles Saint Jacques as mains and they were simply superb! The food is not cheap here, but the atmosphere, service and food are exemplary. We will be back next time we are here. Well done indeed.

2 Thank Stevethedivercat
Southampton, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

I visited The Cauldron on a Saturday night with my wife and 2 friends on a weekend visit to Swanage. It is a fabulously quirky little place run by a husband and wife team who have owned the restaurant for the past 28 years. They only open on a Friday and Saturday night and only do one sitting so booking... More 

3 Thank jimboss700

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 High Street, Swanage BH19 2LN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Isle of Purbeck  >  Swanage
  • Phone Number: +44 1929 422671

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