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The Sanctuary Coffee Shop

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Trendle Street | Chapter House Books, Sherborne DT9 3NT, England
+44 1935 816262
09:30 - 16:45
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:45
Sat 09:30 - 16:45
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United Kingdom
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73 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 drag, we chanced upon this little gem, really quirky concept of secondhand books piled up... More 

Thank Joan J
Surrey, England
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217 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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
Sherborne, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 food. I'm there at least twice a week for the atmosphere as well. Maybe it's... More 

Thank Howard P
Maidstone, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles 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 really is not good to make weak coffee. Improve your coffee, and you'll do better.

Thank FridgeNoise
Claire P, Owner at The Sanctuary Coffee Shop, responded to this review

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 use is roasted in Dorset and is most normally praised by customers. Please, if this... More 

Sherborne, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 staff are so friendly!

1 Thank Rachel G
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104 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 "cup of tea" but might not be to everyone's taste (they don't know what they're... More 

Thank nadders1
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

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

1 Thank Tim B
Chester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles 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 be considered busy and the options offered weren't exactly difficult to produce or so you'd... More 

Thank Hil833
Claire P, Owner at The Sanctuary Coffee Shop, responded to this review

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 use when handling food, which are removed when taking orders or payment. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

This cafe is at the 'rear' of a second hand bookshop. It is small with quite a few tables and they serve very nice homemade cakes - the most enormous slices. I wish it was more comfortable though, the slightly damp smell of second hand books pervade and the chairs are not designed for long term sitting / reading.

Thank sheepygold
Sherborne, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

I want to keep this place all to myself! The Sanctuary is a hidden gem at the rear of a Harry Potter type bookshop! The coffee is excellent, the cheese scone fresh and tasty. Service spot on with a smile.

1 Thank Jennifer D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$5
Cafe, British
Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 16:45
10:00 - 16:45
10:00 - 16:45
10:00 - 16:45
10:00 - 16:45
09:30 - 16:45
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?