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The Engine Room Restaurant

Peverell Avenue W | Poundbury Gardens, Dorchester DT1 3BY, England
+44 1305 257251
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  • Excellent17%
  • Very good25%
  • Average18%
  • Poor20%
  • Terrible20%
Travellers talk about
“dressed salad” (3 reviews)
“granary bread” (4 reviews)
“carrot cake” (3 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Peverell Avenue W | Poundbury Gardens, Dorchester DT1 3BY, England
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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:Responded 16 March 2017

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:Responded 16 March 2017

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:Responded 16 March 2017

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

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 recommendMore

Thank Jaime B
Management response:Responded 16 March 2017

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...More

Reviewed 17 February 2017

We went for a light lunch - the menu was disappointing and after a long wait our food arrived. The salad in the flower pots was good; however, the burger was not very nice - overcooked, rock hard and didn't seem to have much meat...More

Thank David S
Reviewed 3 February 2017

Visited yesterday with some friends had a very nice lunch. The restaurant is light and bright and enjoyed the view from our table looking out onto the Queen Mothers square. Staff were very good and friendly. Would call in again if we visited Poundbury and...More

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 20 January 2017

My wife and I called in for a much needed breakfast after a visit to Dorchester Hospital. Though not one of the cheapest breakfasts we have had the quality and quantity were fantastic. Full English one with beans ( not mine ) the other (...More

2  Thank Summerleaze
Management response:Responded 21 January 2017

Thank you for your comments - we are really pleased you enjoyed your stay with us! Thank you for taking the time to leave positive feedback on tripadvisor. Have a lovely day and we hope to see you again soon! The Engine Room Team

Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Have been a couple of times in last month and has gone down hill. Maybe it relies on its location in Poundbury ?! Food and drinks are over priced ..... Fairly empty restaurant , got our breakfast order wrong ... Also missed the 3rd breakfast...More

Thank Normal789
Reviewed 30 December 2016

We arrived for a late lunch with a big family group and were helped to push 2 tables together by a friendly member of staff who then told us that we needed to order at the bar. Having decided on the choices from the menu,...More

3  Thank Ros C
Reviewed 13 December 2016

The Engine room is a great place to meet and have lunch.Today, though, I sampled the coffee cake and it was awful. The sponge was fine but it was the bitter inedible engine room axle grease topping that was the problem. I mentioned it helpfully...More

1  Thank Jivingjellyfish
Management response:Responded 22 December 2016

Hi there Thank you for your response. It's a shame you didn't like the cakes! We home-make almost all of the cakes available and generally the cakes get wonderful feedback. I can't imagine what gave you the 'axle grease' effect - I've checked the icing...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
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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