Our pick of Swanage restaurants

August 15th, 2018

Swanage is home to a wide selection of fantastic cafés and restaurants within a short walk of the town centre and beach. Whether you’re looking for a taste of the seaside with locally caught fish, a trendy cafe or a traditional pub meal with all the trimmings, there is something for everyone to enjoy! We’ve hand picked some of our favourites for you to try during a trip to Swanage – we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

The Village Inn

Our very own on site bar and restaurant, the Village Inn is open for lunch and dinner. With a bar, family restaurant and dog friendly patio area, it is the perfect place to visit for a light bite or evening meal.

Gee Whites

Sample a platter of locally caught seafood at Gee Whites restaurant over looking Swanage Bay. Enjoy an al fresco dining experience from the Top Deck roof terrace, which has far-reaching views out to sea. If you’re short of time you can order the delicious food to take away, or if you are just looking for a midday snack, there is also an ice cream parlour serving a range of tasty sundaes and milkshakes.


Chilled Red

Tucked away in a quiet courtyard just a couple of roads from the main high street, Chilled Red is well worth a visit during a trip to Swanage. Serving an ever-changing menu of freshly cooked food, this brassiere style diner has earned a reputation for excellent food and friendly and helpful staff.

Salt Pig Too

Live Local… Eat Local is the motto of the Salt Pig Too who serve a tasty selection of meat and fish, all sourced from farms within 8 miles of the café. The café prides itself on its relationship with local farms and makes its own sausages and bacon from their own rare breed pigs, which are available to purchase from the on site urban farm shop at butchers.

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The Black Swan Inn

Situated on the outskirts of Swanage, just a short walk from the harbour and town centre, the Black Swan Inn serves a variety of home cooked and hearty meals. The traditional countryside pub is favoured amongst locals meaning it is necessary to book to secure a table. The beer garden is popular during the summer months and is the perfect place to sit back after a busy day exploring the Purbeck region.


Cauldron Bistro

The Cauldron Bistro is a charming and quirky restaurant famed for homely atmosphere. The bistro is only open on Saturdays and Sundays and limited to just 12 covers, which are lovingly prepared and served by husband and wife duo, Terry and Margaret.

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Seventh Wave

Seventh Wave café bar and restaurant is set in an enviable location, over looking Durlston Bay and Swanage. It is part of Durlston Castle visitors centre and offers an array of locally source produce as part of its daily and specials menu. Whether you sit in the contemporary dining area or on the wrap around terrace you will be treated to stunning views and tasty food!

Bliss Food Co

Bliss Food Co. create delicious homemade meals with only the freshest locally sourced ingredients. Their small but beautifully decorated restaurant has a warm and friendly atmosphere and the staff are known for being helpful and welcoming. The menu is varied with plenty of options including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dishes.

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The 1859 Pier Cafe & Bistro

Situated at the bottom of Swanage Pier, with lovely views across the bay, The 1859 Pier Cafe and Bistro is brand new to Swanage and is set to become a firm favourite. In addition to the cafe, there is also a refreshments tuk tuk serving a selection of drinks, snacks and ice creams!

What our guests say

  • A gem of a place

    Sandra, Winchester

    What a find. I almost don’t want to tell you about it.

    It’s a family park with lovely, mostly new, fresh, clean spacious caravans – all set out almost in steps on the side of a small hill. The larger hill rises behind you, the sea spreads out in front and the swimming pool beckons behind the bar.

    The people are friendly, the site is clean and welcoming and the scenery unbeatable. It’s a gem of a place.

  • Always my no.1 choice when visiting Swanage


    Always my no.1 choice when visiting Swanage. A truly wonderful location, lying under the stunning Ballard Down and surrounded by beautiful countryside. Being only a 10 min walk from Swanage and the coast means it’s conveniently located for all amenities.

    The staff are always very helpful to sort out any problems and keep the site in fantastic condition. A 5-star park.

  • Friendly, clean & well kept

    Cheshire, UK

    Stayed here as a base to tour Isle of Purbeck and go on to Air show in Bournemouth. Not the cheapest site but definitely the cleanest and well thought out.

    Swimming pool , shop and pub/restaurant all in proximity and well kept/stocked. Bus stop right outside entrance. Grass pitches have plenty of space and well drained with shower blocks water/ drain points really handy.

    Will definitely be using this site again.

  • Lovely weekend

    Tina, London

    We have just returned from a lovely weekend caravanning at Ulwell Cottage Caravan Park.
    Lovely clean site with indoor heated pool. We went in the pool around 5pm and were the only ones in there (apart from life guard) it was lovely and warm and clean.

    We walked to old Harry’s rock and then Down into Swanage itself and had fish and chips and an ice cream.
    Staff on the site were helpful and friendly. Lovely stay.

  • Our second, lovely Christmas at Ulwell

    Jane P, Cheltenham

    After the success of Christmas 2016 at Ulwell, we returned again for Christmas 2017 and had another great time. Lovely warm caravan, peaceful and relaxing on site and a fantastic carvery on Boxing Day at The Village Inn.

    Thanks to all staff who were working and made sure we had such a great break away.

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We are currently at an amazing 4.5 score at TripAdvisor, based upon 200+ reviews from verified guests.

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Proudly associated

Over the years the family has developed the park to award-winning standards and in a style which compliments its surroundings.

  • Camping and caravanning
  • AA
  • British Holiday & Home Parks assocation
  • Poole Tourism
  • Visit Britain

Finding us


From Bournemouth via the Sandbanks chain ferry and following the B3351 into Swanage.

Please note: The Sandbanks Ferry will be out of action until at least October.

From Wareham using the A351 into Swanage, turn left along the seafront towards Studland.


The park is situated on the main bus route from Bournemouth to Swanage.


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