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The Sanctuary Coffee Shop

Trendle Street | Chapter House Books, Sherborne DT9 3NT, England
+44 1935 816262
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good34%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Trendle Street | Chapter House Books, Sherborne DT9 3NT, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Brilliant food and coffee . with a very friendly staff, IN the Chapter House Books Shop..so more than just a cafe .and very friendly and helpful staff and own..A must visit if you are in sherborne Dorset..

Thank Dunc R
Reviewed 24 August 2017

I've reviewed the Sanctuary Coffee Shop and Chapter House books before, so I'll not repeat everything I've said about this perfect combination. But what's prompted this new review is the range of cakes now available and which I've only discovered in the last week. So...More

Thank Howard P
Reviewed 23 February 2017

We were visiting Sherborne for the first time, it was a cold wet and windy day, every cafe in the high street was full to overflowing, we were about to give up and go back to the car when a little way from the main...More

Thank Joan J
Reviewed 1 January 2017

Popped in here for a coffee and cake. Selection of homemade cakes. Good coffee. It is certainly different from your normal coffee shops.

Thank GillyFlower
Reviewed 6 November 2016

Sherborne is full of coffee shops, but in my opinion this one beats the lot. For a start, they use top-quality coffee beans from an established Dorset supplier who I've bought my beans from in the past. But it's not just the coffee and the...More

Thank Howard P
Reviewed 31 October 2016

The place could do very well, but they do not know how to make coffee - watery/weak. The thing is, at a couple of pounds, coffee is not cheap and is always enjoyed at a special moment, which generally happens once a day. So, it...More

Thank FridgeNoise
Claire P, Owner at The Sanctuary Coffee Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2016

I'm sorry to hear that your experience with our coffee was not up to scratch. You are one of the first to say the coffee is watery/weak, I will check the grinder settings in the morning as this should not have happened. The blend we...More

Reviewed 13 September 2016

What a wonderful find for book lovers, those who enjoy a peaceful drink/light refreshments away from the hubub of the town, or who just want to sit with a drink and look at the enormous array of books! PERFECT, and Claire the owner and her...More

1  Thank Rachel G
Reviewed 21 August 2016

To find a "proper " seacond hand book shop is a joy and then to find it also has a tearoom made a great start to a holiday in Dorset. Sitting drinking tea and eating Dorset apple cake surrounded by piles of books is our...More

Thank nadders1
Reviewed 4 August 2016

Great coffees and teas, beautiful cakes, charming service...a return to the age of reason, enlightening!

1  Thank Tim B
Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

This place could be a real gem but four of us visited for lunch and it was memorable for the wrong reasons. The prices were very reasonable, the menu was quite appealing but the service was abysmal. There were other customers but it could hardly...More

Thank Hil833
Claire P, Owner at The Sanctuary Coffee Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2016

I'm sorry to hear you had an unsatisfactory visit to us recently, we aim not to disappoint customers, obviously we failed in your case. Please accept my apologies. I just want to reassure you that the coffee shop staff are issued with disposable gloves to...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$ 3 - US$ 6
Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
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Open Hours
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
9:30 AM - 4:45 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Trendle Street | Chapter House Books, Sherborne DT9 3NT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Sherborne
  • Phone Number: +44 1935 816262
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Located close to Sherborne Abbey, The Sanctuary Coffee Shop can be found by making your way through the wonderful Chapter House Books, or there is disabled access via the secluded courtyard. Food is served all day and consists of cakes, slices and scones as well as light lunches. On offer we have soup, Panini, jacket potatoes and cheese ploughman's. Depending on the time of year, we also offer specials such as quiche and lasagne. Apart from Coffee and Tea, there is also a selection of soft drinks, smoothies and milkshakes available. The courtyard is a veritable suntrap and very popular with locals and visitors alike.
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