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The Engine Room Restaurant

Peverell Avenue W | Poundbury Gardens, Dorchester DT1 3BY, England
+44 1305 257251
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  • Excellent16%
  • Very good23%
  • Average19%
  • Poor19%
  • Terrible21%
20 Apr 2017
“Stopped for Coffee and Cake, average service and food”
9 Mar 2017
“Not brilliant”
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British, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Peverell Avenue W | Poundbury Gardens, Dorchester DT1 3BY, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My colleague and I meet here for a drink and cake following meetings in Dorchester. The service is always good, the atmosphere is lovely and relaxed and the cake is fantastic.

Thank Jacqui C
Reviewed 20 April 2017

We were staying in the area so went to do some shopping at Waitrose and fancied a coffee and snack, so went across the road to the Engine Room, service was a little slow, and the Coffee's and Lime and Zuccini cake was just average!!...More

1  Thank Kebuts
Reviewed 19 March 2017

We came to the garden centre to stock up for spring, and took the opportunity of some lunch in the Engine Room. salmon, scrambled eggs, avocado, toast and some leaves. Very good - if a little unimaginably served. Service fine too - food arrived promptly....More

Thank OlderGuy1956
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

Popped in here today with my husband for an impromptu sandwich at lunchtime. Our tea was served quickly, but we waited nearly half an hour for the sandwich. What was more frustrating was that we could see them waiting on the pass, but despite many...More

1  Thank Annie186262
Management response:

Hi there Thank you for leaving us feedback which triggered me into looking into this because I was confused by the thirty minute wait. I have spoken to the three people working that day in the front of house and they are just as confused...More

Reviewed 7 March 2017

My wife called in here for coffee and fancied soup from the menu. Ten minutes too early, she was told. This wasn't a request for a full roast dinner, it was soup. To make it worse the rejection was done in a surly don't give...More

Thank BigChiv
Management response:

Hi there Thank you for leaving us feedback and I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your stay. I would like to explain that the soup will have been still cooking on the hob having been freshly prepared that morning to be ready for lunch service at...More

Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Visited here with my sister and our two toddlers for lunch on Saturday. We parked our buggies well out of the way and sat on a table in the corner to try and minimise disruption to other diners. All was fine until our food arrived!!...More

Thank charliebriantevans
Management response:

Hi there I am so sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your stay with us. Perhaps give me a direct email on erchef@thegardensgroup.co.uk and we can discuss it further. Many thanks The manager

Reviewed 24 February 2017

Excellent quality food. So nice to have bacon that is thick and tasty, sausages that are actually made if meat and the vine tomatoes were so tasty. Best breakfast in Poundbury. Worth spending the money (which is a bit pricey) Could not fault anything. The...More

1  Thank gillrchef
Management response:

Hi there Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay! Hope to see you again soon. The Engine Room Team

Reviewed 22 February 2017

Met up with my good friend who recommended having lunch at The Engine Room. Very impressed with everything from the clean surroundings to the very yummy food. Spoilt for choice as it all sounded so good. We both chose the special which was Bubble and...More

Thank michelleandphil2017
Management response:

Hi there Thank you very much for your positive feedback. We are very glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again soon! The Engine Room Team

Reviewed 22 February 2017

This is a lovely place for lunch. It is smart and clean with nice staff. The menu is good with plenty of choice and a good range of cold drinks. Tables can be reserved and are clearly marked with your name and time of your...More

Management response:

Hi Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. We are very glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, The Engine Room Team

Reviewed 21 February 2017

me my mum and dad had a lovely lunch on my bithday it was cook very well and yes i would go again thank you

1  Thank debbiegrubb3
Management response:

Thank you ! See you again soon and Happy Belated Birthday ! :-) Kind regards, The Engine Room Team

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
10:30 - 16:30
09:00 - 17:00
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09:00 - 17:00
19:00 - 22:30
09:00 - 17:00
19:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Peverell Avenue W | Poundbury Gardens, Dorchester DT1 3BY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Dorchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1305 257251
Close to the local Poundbury garden centre.