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“Superb!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cauldron Bistro

Cauldron Bistro
Ranked #26 of 81 Restaurants in Swanage
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Windsor, England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Superb!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

We managed to get a last minute booking and enjoyed a lovely dinner at this unique and quaint restaurant. The owners are extremely passionate and clearly knowledgeable about the industry, the food, service, wine and atmosphere were faultless. Book ahead or you may not be as lucky as we were! Thanks for a memorable evening, we will visit again.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
swanage
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A unique ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014 via mobile

This is a unique restaurant with an outstanding reputation. The owners are absolutely committed to the experience they are delivering. They can explain the provenance of every single item on your plate or in your glass and how they composed the menu. It's wonderful to see the passion and commitment. The Cauldron is unique the only problem maybe getting a booking!

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Godalming Surrey
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54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Individual Service & Unique Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2014

Having frequented Swanage for many years we had never eaten at the Cauldron so decided to try it on a recent visit. Can agree with the suggestions to book early as despite calling well in advance had to change our plans to accommodate the last table available.
It was really worth it and we enjoyed a very relaxed evening and meal. The owners are clearly passionate about their restaurant, their food, their cooking and their service and it shows at all levels. Nothing pretentious just good old fashioned service with adventurous and carefully cooked dishes
From the moment we arrived we were given first class attention and each yes each item on the menu described and detailed with not only what it was but also how it was prepared.
They had obviously been very successful in running this restaurant in the past and we understand that rather than retire they now run it on their terms with a limited no of tables spread over the evening which allows them to give the right time and attention to the food and their guests. We felt a little like outsiders as all the other guests were well known by the owners and it seemed like we were in the middle of a personal dinner party! so hope to return and become regulars!!
We enjoyed freshly made humous and home made bread to nibble on and shared a starter of Coquilles St Jacques which were well cooked and presented, plenty for two to share, My wife had Maigret of Duck and I had Linguine and Salmon. We shared a dessert of bread and butter pudding I have to say was so light and tasty the best I have ever had
The decor and furnishings may be a bit dated but all adds to an overall calm and enjoyable experience, It is unusual these days to find somewhere that is clearly being run with such enthusiasm and enjoyment from the owners which of course can only result in one thing, a truly excellent dining experience.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Hastead1
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Excellent Quality and Cooking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014

We were lucky to find this restaurant open and enjoyed a first class meal of a slightly less modern style but very accomplished cooking and fabulous well hung steak. Friendly owners and we were made to feel very welcome. Definitely worthy of 5 stars and another visit but it is quite expensive.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Fleet, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“One of the Best Restaurants”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

My wife and I had decided to get away before the December rush and found most of our usual areas to stay were booked up. We then looked at Swanage which we've visited many times but never actually stayed and booked ourselves in to a lovely B&B.

I decided to see if there was at table available at the Cauldron Restaurant as I'd eaten here twice before although the last time was over fifteen years ago!

I phoned to make the our reservation and was greeted by the friendly tones of Margaret and the table was booked without fuss. I received a courtesy call on the morning of the booking confirming our reservation.

We are arrived at the restaurant and received a very friendly welcome from Margaret who owns the restaurant with her husband and chef Terry. The restaurant had not changed at all!! It only has 8 tables and is intimate and quaint but with a cosy feel to it.

The menu is small but there are specials as well with the emphasis on fresh seafood although there is enough to keep carnivores and vegetarians satisfied. I was also pleasantly surprised to see some drinks with the specials as well, Polish Bison grass vodka either served ice cold or the traditional Polish way with fresh apple juice and also home made pink lemonade. The wine list again is concise yet covers all bases.

I choose the King Scallops to start and my wife had Mussels both were deliciously cooked and presented well. We both chose our mains from the specials, my wife had coquille st jacques and myself the dover sole, both were cooked to perfection!! We shared a dessert and then took coffee and a whisky.

Throughout the meal the warmth and friendliness that came from Margaret was enchanting, Terry's cooking is faultless, we found out that the day we visited that is was his 70th Birthday. It is rare to come across people that have such love and passion for what they do which is all the more remarkable that they have being doing this for 45 years!!

The Cauldron has a charm that you cannot buy or set out to achieve it just comes naturally to Margaret and Terry, the restaurant is much more than the sum of it's parts, it was that something special.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Gregjohnson75
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