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Shops & Cafes in Antelope Walk

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Dorchester’s quaint and characterful Antelope Walk is steeped in history and features many independent shops and cafes. The walk makes for a great little hub for shopping and places to eat when you’re in Dorchester. From the Top End Deli down to the Celtic Kitchen Pasty Shop, you’re more than likely to find something that takes your fancy.

The history of the walk dates back to the late 1500s with buildings such as The Oak Room, where Judge Jeffreys was notoriously known for his unforgiving sentencing, making a visit to the walk an event on its own.

The Loft Cafe

The Loft Cafe - Antelope Walk

The Loft Cafe is a cozy and welcoming place, the perfect place to drop in for a bite to eat. They serve a wide range of sweet and savoury options which includes pastries, cakes, soup, and sandwiches. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or just something to keep you going during your visit, their daily changing menu offers a variety of food for everyone. There are also two floors with plenty of seating, and if the weather’s nice, you can sit outside whilst soaking up some sun and watch the world go by.

Opening days and times are Tuesday to Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm.

Celtic Kitchen Pastry Shop

Celtic Kitchen Pasty Shop - Antelope Walk

The Celtic Kitchen Pasty Shop pasty shop has been a firm favourite amongst locals since its opening in the late 90s. Their pasty collection includes meat based options such as the Traditional Cornish and Steak & Stilton to vegetarian and vegan friendly options which include Cheese & Vegetable and Spicy Mediterranean Vegetable. Keep an eye out for the occasional pasty special and it pays to get in early on a Saturday as they sell out quick!

Cold drinks, shortbread and flapjack can also be bought if you fancy making a meal out of it.

Opening days and times are Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm.

Top End Deli

Top of Town Deli - Antelope Walk

Situated at the top of Antelope Walk, The Top End Deli is ideal for grabbing “food on the go”. The Deli offers a number of tasty savoury and sweet options, from brownies, cakes, shortbread, and flap-jack to sausage rolls, pies and pastries.

Everything from the deli is made using locally sourced produce, so it not only offers locals great food, but also supports Dorchester’s surrounding food producers.

The Top End Deli is open Monday to Saturday, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Harper’s Barber Shop

Harpers Barber - Antelope Walk

The unique and classy Harpers Barber Shop isn’t just your regular barbers. Alongside getting a haircut, you can enjoy their bar that offers a range of alcoholic beverages with snacks. A vintage theme runs through the barbershop and bar, so it isn’t just a haircut and drink you get during a visit, but an overall experience.

Owen & Simpson Cook Shop

Owen & Simpson - Antelope Walk

Owen & Simpson Cook Shop are an independent, family run business that stock a wide range of cookware, electrical, storage and tableware needs. A visit to the cook shop is perfect for a loved one’s upcoming birthday when you know they like to keep busy in the kitchen. Their wide range of kitchen utilities from mixers, plates, smoothy makers and knifes make a great gift and addition to any kitchen.


Naturalife - Antelope Walk

For healthy living, Naturalife is your one stop shop, selling everything you need for a healthy way of living. Natural Life was founded in 1988 with a small shop in Crewkerne and has expanded to South Somerset and West Dorset since. The shop offers a range of whole foods and body care products, as well as their Naturalife Therapies from their team of therapists. These services include bowen technique & spinal touch, food intolerance testing, massages and hand and foot reflexology.

Opening times are Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 5:30 pm.

The Oak Room

The Oak Room - Antelope Walk

The Oak Room is famously known for its use in 1589 by Judge Jefferys where he carried out the the trials, known as the Bloody Assizes – over 300 cases were heard here and  74 of the accused were executed.

In the 90’s it was converted into a tea room and restaurant, but still maintains its original oak paneling and theme (even the waitresses wear old fashioned pinnies!). Food and drink served at the oak room include morning coffee, light lunches, afternoon teas, and Dorset cream teas.

Opening days and times are Monday to Saturday, 9:30 to 4:30 pm.

Mirari Lingerie

Mirari Lingerie - Antelope Walk

Mirari Lingerie is a boutique shop offering a wide range of women’s lingerie, as well as mens underwear. The shop was established in Antelope Walk back in 2004 and the area has proven to be a great location ever since. A professional fitting service is offered free of charge on all clothing, so you can ensure that no matter what you buy, it will be the perfect fit.

Opening times are Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.


Robin James

Robin James - Antelope Walk

Robin James has 3 Aveda Lifestyle Salons and Spa’s across the South West and we are lucky to have one in Dorchester’s Antelope Walk.

From a cut and blow dry to a complete makeover for your wedding day, their team will give you the confidence to leave the Salon feeling relaxed and delighted with your hair.

Men and Women hair salon and spa treatments.

  • Open 08.30 – 17.00 most days
  • Early closing on Saturday – 16.00
  • Late nights – Thursday – 19.00 & Friday – 18.00


Phoenix offers a range of professional beauty treatments, aesthetic and weight management programmes all from their boutique salon in Antelope Walk. You will find a warm and friendly team that can advise on the right treatment for you all under one roof.

  • Beauty therapy
  • Massage therapist
  • Nail technician
  • Aesthetics
  • Weight Management
  • Life coaching
  • State of art sun beds

We hope you find this shortlist of shops and cafes in Antelope Walk helpful. Dorchester features many hidden gems and we consider this one of them!

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