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The Engine Room Restaurant

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Peverell Avenue W | Poundbury Gardens, Dorchester DT1 3BY, England
+44 1305 257251
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 10:30 - 16:30
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Fri - Sat 19:00 - 22:30
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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286 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 308 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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!! Don't think I would visit again or recommend!!

1 Thank Kebuts
Derby, United Kingdom
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767 reviews
432 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 400 helpful votes
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. All for £24.40 including a latte and a bottle of sparkling water. Well worth a... More 

Thank OlderGuy1956
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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 of the young staff sauntering past, no one would actually pick them up and bring... 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 by it - there was no 'wait on food' being that it's a not a... More 

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88 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
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 a monkeys attitude. She got up and left. We have had an attitude problem here... 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 12. We've actually changed our menu as a direct result of your comments so that... More 

Filleigh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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!! The food was as ordered and other than the slightly limp salad was fine, however... 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 More 

Dorchester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 staff are very tentative and now you order at the till the service is much... 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 More 

Isle of Portland, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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 Squeak,ham and eggs. Glad we did as it was lovely. Staff were really friendly. Will... 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 More 

Dorchester, United Kingdom
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134 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
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 booking. You are able to enjoy a delicious and leisurely lunch in great surroundings.

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 More 

Dorset, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 More 

Dorchester, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Pleasantly surprised by the gluten free range available here. The menu is clearly marked for gluten wheat and dairy ingredients with a good range of gluten free options. Great service as well! Highly recommend

Thank Jaime B
Management response:

Hi Thank you for leaving us your lovely feedback. I am so glad that you could relax with us as I'm aware of how difficult it can be still to eat out with pleasure when you are dealing with a dietary requirement. We are constantly striving to increase the variety and quality of our 'free-from' and vegan dishes on our... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
British, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
10:30 - 16:30
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
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.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?