17 of the greatest pubs near Swanage

Holidaying in Swanage anytime soon? You’re in for a treat, as this beautiful area offers a diverse selection of pubs near Swanage and in it too. Whatever you like indulging in, find some of the best places here!


These locations range from gastropubs and lively music venues to traditional spots with log fires and wooden beams, as well as waterfront bars boasting stunning sea views. Many pubs in Swanage, like the Ulwell Village Inn, welcome children and dogs, making them ideal for family outings for lunch or dinner. However, there are also more adult-oriented venues, like the Snack Bar, perfect for evenings when you want to enjoy live music, play pool, or watch the sunset over Swanage Bay with a glass of wine. Discover these tempting choices that are a short distance from our Swanage Bay View holiday park here…

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Ulwell Village Inn

Nestled in the scenic Purbeck hills and encompassed by the captivating Dorset countryside, the Ulwell Village Inn Bar and Restaurant in Swanage is the perfect haven for a delightful meal, a casual snack, or a refreshing beverage while exploring the stunning Dorset coast.

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This cosy pub restaurant in Swanage takes pride in offering an extensive menu crafted with locally sourced ingredients, showcasing an array of meat, fish, vegetarian, and vegan delicacies, lovingly prepared by a team of experienced chefs.

To complement your meal, why not indulge in a diverse selection of wines, spirits, soft drinks, and locally brewed beers, ciders, and IPAs? You can perfectly accompany your culinary experience, alongside the whole family – even your dog!

Location: Ulwell Road, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 3DG

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The Ship Inn

Across the street from two renowned fish and chip shops, Dino's Pizza & Churro takeaway, and the great Swanage Museum, The Ship Inn is close to the beautiful Swanage Bay and its pristine beach.

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Dine within the warm embrace of the main bar, the cosy confines of the snug area, or revel in the alfresco experience at the street-side tables, where you can enjoy a pub lunch while people-watching under the sun's golden rays (if the UK allows for it, of course)!

Whether dining in the afternoon or the evening, the Ship Inn's menu offers so many options, including tempting sharing platters, mouthwatering burgers, and loaded fries – there’s something to suit every craving. Young diners are not forgotten, with a dedicated kids' menu featuring all the classic favourites, so the whole family can enjoy!

Location: 23A High St, Swanage BH19 2LR

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Tawny’s Wine Bar

Tucked away from the bustling main stretch of Swanage, Tawny's Wine Bar is a hidden gem. It has captivated both locals and holiday goers for years with its unwavering commitment to exceptional cuisine you can find on the menu, locally sourced ingredients, and warm hospitality.

This charming establishment exudes a laid-back ambience, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a cosy dining experience. However, Tawny's extends a warm welcome to those who simply wish to indulge in the establishment's carefully curated selection of wines.

Keep a watchful eye out for Tawny's retro vinyl nights, a delightful event typically held on the first Saturday of each month. During these enchanting evenings, this unassuming wine bar undergoes a mesmerising transformation into a friendly dance floor where a house DJ spins a captivating mix of groovy soul classics and pulsating '70s club tracks, all set against a backdrop of psychedelic disco lights. An unforgettable experience!

Location: 52 High Street, Swanage BH19 2NX

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The Cellar Bar

Along the captivating seafront, The Cellar Bar is an idyllic spot to witness the mesmerising ebb and flow of the waves as they gracefully roll across the bay, complemented by the refreshing indulgence of a perfectly crafted gin and tonic or a glass of wine.

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With outdoor tables offering panoramic views of the shimmering sea and the picturesque Swanage Beach, The Cellar Bar is a delightful alternative to the standard nightlife scene – if that’s not your thing.

It’s a family-friendly haven during the day, providing a tranquil respite to unwind and savour a refreshing drink before embarking on your next thrilling holiday adventure.

Situated beneath The Mowlem, it’s the quintessential destination for a pre-performance drink.

As a drinks-only establishment, there are many options to meet up with friends, whether before a meal at the other locations on this list or an after-dinner apéritif, all while basking in the breathtaking spectacle of the sun shining over the sea!

Location: 2 Mowlem Lane, Swanage BH19 1DD

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The Crow’s Nest Inn

At the opposite end of Swanage, The Crow’s Nest Inn is near Ocean Bay Watersports, so you can refuel after a day full of holiday water adventures with the entire family.

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The restaurant area also serves as a function room, making the pub a popular choice for events like birthdays and christenings – are you planning a special surprise holiday for someone’s birthday?

The Crow’s Nest Inn features a spacious beer garden equipped with children's play equipment, and inside, there's a retro '80s gaming table for both kids and adults to enjoy. You can have it all here…

Location: 11 Ulwell Rd, Swanage BH19 1LE

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The White Swan

Seeking an authentic English pub experience with welcoming service and a vibrant ambience?

Look no further than The White Swan, one of the best pubs near Swanage. Situated in the sun-drenched coastal town of Swanage, Dorset, this establishment has undergone a significant revamp throughout the years, and you can see this when you visit.

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The renovation has bestowed a fresh, contemporary aesthetic upon the premises, while carefully preserving its rustic charm and character.

Are you ready for some top-quality pub grub with the possibility of seeing live bands in a buzzing atmosphere?

Location: 31 The Square, High St, BH19 2LJ

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Snack Bar

Swanage's renowned cocktail lounge, Snack Bar is like a trendy London pop-up shop – just in Swanage – thanks to its compact yet impeccably made space and an exquisite menu with some of the best drinks.

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Whether you want to try their signature twist on the classic mojito, a refreshing Piña Colada, or a locally-inspired drink, the Snack Bar has it all!

It’s also a great pit stop after a night of dining or exploring the town, as it’s nestled on the High Street. The location is hard to miss – sandwiched between the beloved La Trattoria restaurant and the iconic White Horse pub, just a stone's throw away from the beckoning beach.

It makes for the perfect holiday night out!

Location: 10 High Street, Swanage BH19 2NT England

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The Anchor Inn

This 400-year-old building, also known as The Anchor Inn, blends both modernity and cosiness in this vibrant hub of entertainment, hosting regular live band performances that enliven the atmosphere with their melodies.

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During the bi-annual Swanage Blues Festival, the pub transforms into a lively venue, radiating good vibes for everyone who attends.

Ideally situated at the heart of the action, The Anchor's location is nothing short of enviable. Visitors can immerse themselves in the bustling surroundings, with an array of shops, cafés, and restaurants lining the streets. And if that wasn’t enough, the beach is a two-minute stroll away.

Sounds like the perfect day out to us!

Location: 30-32 High St, Swanage BH19 2NU

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The Square and Compass

The Square and Compass is one of the most quintessential pubs near Swanage (around a 10-minute drive away) in Worth Matravers.

Renowned for its traditional home-pressed cider, delectable homemade pies and pasties, and lively folk music performances – it’s the perfect combination of things!

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You can fuel up here before, or reward yourself with a pit stop here after, an invigorating walk with hearty meat or vegetarian pies. The pub also offers a selection of snacks like nuts, crisps, and chocolates.

Family and dog-friendly, The Square hosts many beloved events throughout the year, including live bands, beer and cider festivals, and open mic nights. Do you have the courage to impress on the stage?

Explore the fascinating fossil collection in the back room, featuring locally sourced fossils, Neolithic and Mesolithic flint tools, Bronze Age artefacts, Roman coins, shipwreck finds, and impressive Ichthyosaur and Pliosaur fossils.

Welcome history buffs!

Location: Worth Matravers, Swanage BH19 3LF

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The Red Lion

Nestled in the heart of Swanage, The Red Lion is a traditional family-run pub, offering local brews, ales, and hearty, classic pub food.

Enjoy your time here in the cosy bar area or relax with a drink in the pub's spacious beer garden.

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Spice up your week by participating in the Red Lion's entertaining quiz nights and bring your friends and families along for a game of pool.

The pub's wonderful team loves to engage with the town's events, whether it's providing a sweet stop for kids during Swanage's trick-or-treating at Halloween or hosting live bands during the bi-annual Swanage Blues Festival.

Location: 63 High St, Swanage BH19 2LY

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East Bar

Located at the southern end of town, near Gee Whites and the Pier Head Restaurant, East Bar is vibrant and youthful.

With its spacious bar area, pool table, cosy sofa nooks, and an atmosphere enlivened by contemporary music – it’s the perfect place to be!

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This lively venue boasts a unique feature – a fish tank set into the floor near the bar, which might seem random, but it adds character and intrigue to the venue.

If you’re more of a party animal, the bar frequently hosts DJs for its renowned 'pre-club party' events.

On your summer holiday, enjoy the small outdoor patio area – you can look out over the sea and bay, creating a delightful sun trap on warm summer evenings, perfect for soaking in the coastal vibe.

Location: 1A High St, Swanage BH19 2LN

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White Horse Inn

The White Horse Inn frequently hosts live musical performances, so be sure to check their socials to see which band is taking the stage.

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Additionally, this pub is an excellent spot for sports enthusiasts, as it features big screens broadcasting BT & Sky Sports, allowing you to (hopefully) watch your team score that winning goal, but if not, your mood will soon be uplifted with their top-quality menu.

Location: 11 High Street, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2LP

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The Fonc Lounge

If you want somewhere with a revamped look, The Fonc Lounge in Swanage has unveiled a fresh ambience, new management, and an extensive refurbishment, just in time for the summer season.

It is the place to be this summer!

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Formerly operating as The Club, this spacious entertainment venue now boasts a jukebox, table football, a shuffleboard, a stage for live performances, and a well-stocked bar featuring popular local brands.

The cavernous space has been transformed, inviting guests to experience its rejuvenated atmosphere, so are you ready?

Location: 1 High St, Swanage BH19 2LN

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The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak operates as a charming tearoom and garden, providing a delightful setting for indulging in traditional afternoon teas.

Beyond its culinary offerings, the establishment also presents an opportunity to host private events and celebrations.

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You can rent out the pub or garden as a function room, creating an ideal venue for christenings, birthday parties, and other special occasions – perfect for a special holiday!

Location: 417 High Street, Swanage, United Kingdom

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Swanage Royal British Legion

The Swanage Royal British Legion extends a warm welcome to members and non-members, inviting them to its social club situated on High Street.

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The Club offers daily food service, complemented by an impressive selection of real ales. Regular entertainment is a highlight, featuring live bands that typically perform on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons, creating a lively atmosphere.

With Sky & BT Sports showing, it’s the ideal setting for sports enthusiasts to catch their favourite matches while enjoying a cold beer in a friendly environment.

Plus, you can catch regular quiz nights, a poker league, bingo sessions, and darts evenings, ensuring there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Location: 150 High Street, BH19 2PA

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The Globe Inn

The Globe Inn is a traditional pub that offers a spacious beer garden, live sports screenings, and top-quality pub grub, including wood-fired pizzas courtesy of the visiting Coastal Crust pizza van every Thursday during the spring and summer months.

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For those seeking outdoor adventures, The Globe Inn provides access to dog-friendly walking trails, while the beer garden boasts a gazebo, allowing visitors to enjoy the al fresco experience rain or shine. The garden also offers stunning views of the Purbeck Hills, creating a picturesque setting for relaxation.

If you're staying at the Swanage Bay View Holiday Park, The Globe Inn is just a 10-minute pleasant stroll down the hill, with the charming Bell Street adding to the overall picturesque ambience.

If you drive into town, you'll spot The Globe opposite the Golden Bengal and near Harlees fish & chip shop, making it easily accessible. Location: 3 Bell Street, Swanage, United Kingdom

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Swanage Conservative Club

The Swanage Conservative Club is a members-only establishment that serves as a social club, bar, and restaurant.

It offers a daily lunch and dinner menu, with a reduced menu available during the interim periods.

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The club hosts regular entertainment evenings, including quiz nights and live band performances, as well as screenings of sporting events.

In addition to its dining and entertainment offerings, there’s a snooker room equipped with two full-size tables, as well as a spacious function room that can be rented out by non-members for private parties and events.

With a rich history dating back to 1885, the club has been an enduring presence in the community, adapting and thriving throughout the years.

If you’re visiting Swanage on holiday, you can apply for a temporary membership on their website or give them a call.

Location: 27 Kings Rd West, Swanage, United Kingdom

Honourable mentions go to…

Of course, we could go on with the list of amazing places to visit, but here are a few of the honourable mentions for some of the best pubs near Swanage. We couldn’t possibly miss these ones out!

The Fox Inn

The Fox Inn is a unique, family-friendly establishment perfect for the whole family – even your dog! It offers excellent food, drinks, and gardens with breathtaking views of Corfe Castle and the surrounding hills.

Being one of the best pubs near Swanage, it’s only around a 10-20-minute drive from the Swanage Bay View Holiday Park.

During warmer months, visitors can enjoy the wonderful beer garden and BBQ shack (The Fox's Den), letting the day slip by.

In cooler months, the cosy ambience of the open fire invites guests to snuggle up and indulge in mouthwatering homemade cuisine.

Reputed to be the oldest pub in the beautiful village of Corfe Castle, Dorset, The Fox Inn is a delightful sixteenth-century family-run pub near the village centre, steeped in local history.

While retaining many original features and links to the area's renowned stone industry, it also boasts modernity without compromising its intrinsic charm and atmosphere.

Location: West Street, Corfe Castle, Dorset, BH20 5HD

Castle Inn

Nestled in the beautiful West Lulworth, The Castle Inn is a traditional Dorset pub with a history dating back to 1660, making it one of the oldest inns in Dorset.

Under its picture-perfect thatched roof, you'll find a charming bar and relaxed restaurant.

The menu focuses on seasonal ingredients and locally sourced produce, offering exciting pub classics.

The bar features award-winning Butcombe beer, local cider, wine, and classic cocktails that you can enjoy in the courtyard – an idyllic terraced garden with amazing views awaits.

Rustic and cosy, The Castle Inn is an ideal base for exploring Dorset's stunning Jurassic Coast, the beautiful countryside of the Isle of Purbeck, and must-see attractions like Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, all within walking distance.

Kids and dogs are very welcome to dine, leaving everyone happy!

Location: Main Road, West Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5RN

The Old Inn

The Old Inn is a traditional country pub nestled in the idyllic village of Holt, near the historic town of Wimborne Minster.

It's the perfect destination for homemade, traditional pub meals. The menu caters to all tastes, with freshly prepared dishes like chicken liver pâté and children's chicken nuggets, using locally sourced ingredients where possible. Seasonal specials and delicious desserts are also on offer at one of the best pubs near Swanage.

The Old Inn now features homemade pizzas, cooked in a real fire oven, and a dedicated Pizza Terrace open 7 days a week, creating an exquisite dining experience. What are your favourite toppings?

Location: Holt, Dorset, BH21 7DJ

The Sailor’s Return

A gem of a pub near Swanage, tucked away in the peaceful village of Chaldon Herring, The Sailor's Return is a quintessential thatched country pub brimming with charming nooks and crannies, inviting guests to unwind and savour its rustic character.

With Sunday roasts available (even if you’re a vegetarian), pie Wednesdays, tapas delights for a quick refuel, and more – it’s the perfect way to try a variety of new meals.

Go on, step out of your comfort zone.

Location: Chaldon Herring, Dorchester, DT2 8DN

The Old Granary

Situated on the banks of the River Frome, just off Wareham Quay, The Old Granary boasts stunning river views from its dining room.

This breathtaking scenic location makes it a popular spot for all types of people, especially if you’re on holiday here, as it’s close to attractions like Corfe Castle, Bovington Tank Museum, and Monkey World, and within easy reach of Poole, Swanage, as well as the surrounding Dorset countryside.

If you are staying at the Swanage Bay View Holiday Park, it is one of the best pubs near Swanage, being a 20-minute drive away.

Whether you're seeking a leisurely pub lunch, a family dinner, or cocktails with friends, The Old Granary offers a welcoming atmosphere. They're also dog-friendly, ensuring your four-legged companions feel right at home.

Location: The Quay, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4LP

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