Cafes and tea rooms

Light bites and locally sourced treats.

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In the mood for something to refresh you while you explore? Or perhaps you’d like a hearty breakfast made from the best, fresh ingredients? Or maybe you just want a light lunch followed by a slice of that famous Dorset apple cake? Head to one of the region’s cafes or tearooms for some of the best treats available.


Many of the cafes and tearooms in Dorset are locally run, with owners and managers that are passionate about their business, their homes and the food that they serve, so you can be sure of a delicious pick me up and some local knowledge thrown in as well.

Light, local produce

The majority of Dorset’s tearooms and cafes pride themselves on using the best local produce in their cakes, sandwiches, soups and drinks, some of it is even created right there in the same town.  So, whether you want a delicious bacon roll to start off your day or some freshly roasted coffee as a pick me up or perhaps a freshly prepared smoothie or milkshake on a warm day, you’ll find plenty of incredible menus to suit your tastes, budget and appetites.

Speciality cafes

For those of you with special dietary requirements, you needn’t worry, the cafes and tearooms in Dorset work hard to make sure that there are options for you and some of them are even completely stocked with items that are vegan or gluten free. Nobody is going hungry while they’re in Dorset!

These eateries are also often set in beautiful locations, so whether you are in the town centre, at the coast or in the countryside, you will be able to recharge with some incredible food and some amazing views. They really are the perfect place to stop off, rest your feet and watch the world go by. Whether it is on a clifftop, a riverside, the middle of nowhere or right on the beach, make sure to take advantage of the views and the food. It’s even better when you consider that many of them operate all day, especially during the summer, so no matter what time you decide you’re hungry or you want a cup or three of something refreshing, they will be more than happy to tempt you with cakes, pastries and other treats.

These cafes and tearooms are also often dog friendly, so after you’ve spent the day splashing about at the beach or enjoying the many fields and hills of the county, both you and your furry friend can relax.

Part of the joy of stopping off in a café or tearoom is getting to experience their charm, you’ll find some have quaint outdoor seating, cute table clothes and a décor that absolutely must appear on your Instagram feed and that’s before you’ve ordered and seen the care and effort put into the presentation of your food and drink!

Afternoon Tea in style

Our neighbours in Devon might lay claim to the cream tea, but we’re the home of the best cream in the south west, so stopping off for afternoon tea with a big dollop of locally made clotted cream, some tart locally produced jam and perhaps even some home-made scones is an experience you can’t miss out on.

Want to try as many of Dorset’s cafes as possible? Why not stay a few days at one of the region’s many self-catering properties? Or stop off at a couple while you explore the top attractions? You can find a whole range of accommodation options here and plan your visit with our what’s on page.

Looking for a more substantial meal? Click here to see what restaurants are available.

Hive Beach Cafe

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Watch House Café

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Café by the Lakes

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The Beacon

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The Scented Botanist at Keyneston Mill

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Joe’s Cafe South Beach

  • Address: South Beach, Studland, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 3AU
  • Tel: 07931 325243
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No.8 Cafe

  • Address: 8 Tabernacle Walk, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 7DL, UK
  • Tel: 01258 269615
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The Tea Clipper

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YC’s Cafe & Wine Bar

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Yellow Bicycle Cafe

  • Address: Salisbury Street, Blandford Forum DT11 7AR, UK
  • Tel: 01258 480356
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