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Cafes in Dorchester

Friday, January 8th, 2010
Enjoy a Hot Cup of Coffee in Dorchester
Enjoy a Hot Cup of Coffee in Dorchester

If you are venturing out to do a bit of shopping this weekend then it probably won’t be too long before the cold winter weather gets the better of you and you are in need of a nice ” cup of something” to warm you back up.

Not only does the town have a great selection of shops but if you are looking for somewhere to rest those weary feet and recharge energy levels for the final shopping push, Dorchester is blessed with a superb choice of Cafes and Coffee shops offering a selection of fine foods and beverage to suit all tastes.

Dorchester Cafes and Coffee Shops

Here are a selection of highly recommended outlets from which to choose:-

If shopping in South Street there are a number of delightful Cafes close at hand. You can drop into Char Chars for a warm soup and a selection of gluten free produce and on fine days relax and eat alfresco in the outdoor seating are.

The Corner, The Gorge Café and Costa Coffee all serve good coffee and a selection of cakes or you can nip into the historic Nappers Mite for a snack.

Nappers Mite in South Street, is a former almshouse founded by Sir Robert Napper in 1615.

If you plan to visit Goulds department store, head upstairs and stop off at Café 11 to enjoy a cup of tea before resuming your shopping. Starbucks Coffee is just across the way and serves a variety of drinks and refreshments including a selection of sandwiches, croissants, cakes and muffins.

On Trinity Street you will find both Noah’s Coffee Lounge and Taste*.

A recent review describes Taste* “as having a great vibe, always busy and the service is brilliant. It also has a great choice of food on the menu and they have a great kids menu with platters of fresh food. It is clean and the staff are always attentive”.

If you are planning to visit the Market on Wednesdays, then the onsite Cafe is idea for hot food, bacon rolls, cakes or nibbles. There are also loads of cold drinks to choose from to quench your thirst.

The Oak Room on Antelope Walk is ideal for morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon teas. This historic traditional tea rooms with oak-panelling were formerly Judge Jeffrey’s Court Room. Transport yourself back in time with table service by waitresses in “Nippy” uniform, based on the old style Lyons Corner House service.

The Oasis located in the Borough Gardens is a great stop off point if you want to grab a quick snack for the family while the children have fun in the park. Or why not try the new Town Mill Bakery next to Waitrose down Tudor Arcade, a great new cafe, come bakery that has recently opened. Order a coffee and a sandwich made with freshly baked bread and enjoy the atmosphere!

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A reviewer recently wrote about The Old Tea House on High West St – “I would recommend stopping in this beautiful ‘olde worlde’ cafe if you are looking for delicious food, generously sized portions, and reasonable prices. The staff are pleasant and helpful, and the place is lovely and clean.”

The Horse With The Red Umbrella located opposite the Dorset County Museum has the same welcoming ambiance and serves fantastic cakes and teas.

Potters Cafe Bistro located on the quieter Durngate St is warm and inviting. They serve local food and organic bread and have a cosy open fire in the Winter time. The Walnut Grove is located on the same street and is an ideally stop off point if are planning to visit The Dinosaur Museum.

With such a wide choice of Cafes to complement the superb shops you can be sure of a warm welcome in Dorchester.

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