Swanage’s characterful town centre owes a lot to its traditional pubs, providing a wide choice of real ale, cider, lager, wine, spirits, teas, coffees and soft drinks. From bar snacks to gastro dining there’s a variety of different options.
The Black Swan is well-known for its excellent food, serving venison and game when in season, as well as locally caught fish and vegetarian options. There’s always a specials board too. Booking is recommended.
Live music is often on offer at the pubs, especially during the many music festivals, where the pubs double as music venues. The White Horse in the High Street at the junction with Institute Road regularly hosts bands throughout the year.
Other pubs in town in the High Street are the Red Lion, the Ship Inn, the Anchor Inn and the White Swan. At the other end of the High Street on the way out of town are the Globe Inn and the Royal Oak. The Crows Nest Inn is over towards north Swanage and is popular with those living over that side of town but also those who like to take a stroll home along the seafront after a nice meal.
There are three bars in town. The Snack Bar is well known for its cocktail menu but famous for its toffee vodka! The East Bar is Swanage’s only nightclub. The Cellar Bar is newly opened in the downstairs of the Mowlem theatre and is a very welcoming venue, perfect for pre and post theatre drinks, and group get togethers with large squishy sofas.
Of course, Swanage also has lots of other places for food and drink, including a number of good restaurants, cafes, Indian and Chinese takeaways as well as traditional fish and chip shops.
The Black Swan Inn
The Globe Inn
The Red Lion
The Ship Inn
White Horse Inn
The Anchor Inn
The Royal Oak
The White Swan
The Crows Nest Inn