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Antelope Walk | Dorchester, Dorchester DT1 1BE, England
+44 1305 250760
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Royston, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Found this by accident when we wanted a lunchtime snack. It is an amazing oak-panelled room with a superb oak fire surround and over mantle. It is just like a cafe in the 1930s. Apparently the room was used by Judge Jeffries for the 'Bloody Assizes' in the 1600s. So ... history as well. Food was simple but nice. Go... More 

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Thank Michael J
Bedford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

We ordered pasties. The pastry was tough to the point of being inedible with very little meat and served with stale lettuce. But the cakes looked nice Both M & F toilets had problems.

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Thank Colin G
Dorchester, England, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Just been here for lunch, thought it would make a achnage as haven't been her for quite a while - really wish we hadn't bothered. Steak & kidney pie - well almost! small square of pastry, most of which was so hard I couldn't cut it let alone eat it, three pieces of meat and no kidney. came with lumpy... More 

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Thank PaulineLS2013
London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Called in at random on a slightly overcast visit to Dorchester one Sunday whilst looking for somewhere for a quick bite to eat. The place was about half full and serviced by a single waitress who was apparently responsible for seating people, taking orders, bringing food, clearing tables and taking payment! To be fair, in my opinion she did a... More 

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Thank Andy H
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

We are relatively new to the Dorchester area and sought this tea shop out from trip advisor although we were willing to be impartial and make up our own minds. On a positive note the surroundings are quaint, there is lots of history surrounding the building and the waitresses were smart with uniforms from a by-gone age. Maybe it was... More 

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Thank Christine M
Derby, United Kingdom
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667 reviews
369 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 356 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Everything from the music, the surroundings and the 'nippy' styled waitresses sets you up for food a la the 1940s. All very interesting. We were allowed to pick our own table by a helpful 'nippy' next to the window, with a view over Antelope Walk. We took the Cornish Pastie and the Brie and Bacon Panini, with a diet coke... More 

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Thank OlderGuy1956
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40 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

We called in while holidaying in the area. A waitress quickly ordered us to a table, there were plenty of vacant ones! Had light snacks, soup, sandwiches and dessert. All very nice, soup could have been a little hotter. Customers following us also got the glum waitress directing them where they didn't want to go. Shame, odd that the menu... More 

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Thank Carol52 C
Essex, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

The panelled tearoom has quite an interesting atmosphere as it is like stepping back in time but everything is somehow a little jaded. We just ordered sandwiches which were perfectly ok but nothing special. Prices however are very reasonable. It was fine for a quick lunch stop but I wouldn't rush back. Nice for those who can remember the days... More 

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Thank wenjaye
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219 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

The Oak Room located in Antelope Walk in Dorchester (County town of Dorset) is a traditional tearoom retaining original oak panelling. Carpeted flooring. Appropriate soft music. There is at table waitress service. Staff are pleasant, polite & efficient. They wear black dresses, white pinney & white lacy headbands which is known as a "Nippy" uniform. This is a tranquil "step... More 

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Thank Gregory O
Derby, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

This was like a trip back in time to a Lyons corner house tea room. (It deserves 3 and a half stars really as the prices were very reasonable ). Sandwiches were nice, service good. A bit of history and old world charm at below average prices.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
British, Cafe
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Antelope Walk | Dorchester, Dorchester DT1 1BE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Dorchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1305 250760

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?