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The Old Tea House

44 High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1UT, England
+44 1305 263719
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good15%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“scones” (43 reviews)
“cake” (23 reviews)
“cream and jam” (6 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
££ - £££
44 High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1UT, England
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Reviewed yesterday

This was a wonderful place to sit down and try some wonderful English food. We sat in the back garden which was lovely (except for the persistent seagull but that is no one's fault!) and enjoyed the little fountain, sunshine and gardens. The food was...More

Thank Jennifer D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our hostess, Debbie, was very welcoming and happy to accommodate my vegan requirements by providing dairy free 'butter' with my scrummy crumpets! Hubby had the scone, jam & abundant clotted cream and was v.happy with it too :)) We watched as Debbie waltzed between taking...More

Thank jammydodger63
Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

After doing some research online, looking for the best places to go for traditional afternoon or high tea in the area I stumbled across The Old Tea House. Admittedly a sceptic when it comes to reviews, however the feedback did look promising & I was...More

Thank thefunnyguys
Deborah D, Owner at The Old Tea House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2018

Thank you for your critique, I'm glad you liked the scones, xx The high tea is extremely popular, and we always aim to give plenty rather than less xx The fireplace looks better ' dressed: than Empty, but I appreciate everyone is entitled to their...More

Reviewed 14 May 2018

Having just spent 3 hours in the Military Museum we were gasping for a cuppa. Only a hundred metres away was this quaint little (from the outside) tea house. It was absolutely delightful. Had a cup and saucer for the first time in ages with...More

Thank Stephen H
Deborah D, Owner at The Old Tea House, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2018

Thank you for your lovely review I'm glad you had a lovely time kindest regards Debbie xx

Reviewed 7 May 2018

This is a very friendly traditional Tea rooms in the heart of Dorchester. We had a superb thigh tea which consisted of various sandwiches, smoked salmon, beef, cheese and tomato and cucumber followed by a selection of different homemade cakes. Chocolate sponge, coffee sponge, carrot...More

Thank Janice C
Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

This was my second visit to this tea room and I have to say it was an excellent visit. The owners are very friendly and really try hard to make everyone happy and make you almost feel like family members. It really is like going...More

Thank stevojc1
Reviewed 1 May 2018

Fantastic tea rooms in a beautiful old building. The owners could not have been more welcoming and generous!

Thank Philip W
Reviewed 26 April 2018

Popped in on Sunday morning. It was about 11 so time for elevenses really, but we had a cream tea. The woman serving was really cheery and made us very welcome. The scones were warm and really light with plenty of jam and clotted cream...More

Thank Penny A
Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

This was recommended by our hotel. Easter Saturday - 3.30 - no tea cakes, no speciality teas, one poor girl trying to do everything. Complaints from others because of the long waiting times. Terribly sad - should have been better.More

Thank JackiH_11
Deborah D, Owner at The Old Tea House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Sorry your visit wasent what you hoped for, we do have many specialist teas, always available, but yes we did run out of tea cakes on Saturday, made lots of scones instead. Yes we were very very busy, so sorry weren't as quick as you...More

Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

A lovely place, with a warm, friendly welcome. Very cute, & very busy with locals & regulars. The tea & cakes were delicious! Highly recommended :-)

Thank Little_brown_cutie
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Erma v
1 January 2017|
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Response from DrDickDC | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I have only just seen this!! Around £11 I think. Worth every penny.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:30
09:00 - 17:30
09:00 - 17:30
09:00 - 17:30
09:00 - 17:30
09:00 - 17:30
09:00 - 17:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 44 High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1UT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Dorchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1305 263719
Delicious home cooked food everyday - We serve breakfast, morning coffee, lunches, afternoon teas, light and main meals, Daily Specials, Fully Licensed, Bed and Breakfast Available, Walled Tea Garden, Reserve your table for Sunday Roast, Business Lunches, Private Bookings and Parties catered for, Free WiFi is available
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