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The Engine Room Restaurant

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Peverell Avenue | Poundbury Gardens, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3RT, England
+44 1305 257251
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Overview
  • Excellent17%
  • Very good26%
  • Average18%
  • Poor19%
  • Terrible20%
Travellers talk about
“granary bread” (4 reviews)
“dressed salad” (3 reviews)
“prawns” (3 reviews)
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CUISINES
Cafe, British, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
££ - £££
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
Peverell Avenue | Poundbury Gardens, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3RT, England
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Reviewed 5 November 2017

I have used this restaurant several times and after the last visit i feel compelled to write a review. As i entered the restaurant where the opening hours were not clear i was very abruptly barked at "we are not open yet" to which i...More

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TheGardensGroup, The Engine Room team. at The Engine Room Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2017

We’re so sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy your experience with us on this occasion, we always want to give our visitors a warm welcome, so we will discuss with the team and hope this doesn't happen again. We do hope we can tempt you...More

Reviewed 28 October 2017

We went there for brunch today, and really enjoy smoked salmons,avocado, and scrambled eggs, with dressed salad. The staff were lovely and the cakes looked wonderful, looking forward to coming again

Thank 13Annie13
TheGardensGroup, The Engine Room team. at The Engine Room Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

We’re so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your brunch with us this weekend and thank you for your kind review. See you soon. The Engine Room team.

Reviewed 25 October 2017

I've visited The Engine Room on about half a dozen occasions previously and always been quite satisfied. Unfortunately, this wasn't the case this time. On ordering our food we were correctly asked about allergies, which was reassuring as I can't eat butter. Having asked for...More

Thank Anita d
TheGardensGroup, The Engine Room team. at The Engine Room Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

We’re so sorry to hear that you and your colleague didn’t enjoy your lunch with us on this occasion as we pride ourselves on our ability to cater for all dietary requirements. We really value customer feedback, which is always passed onto the team so...More

Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

Went for tea and a sandwich. Service was terrible, food was dry and tasteless and all over priced. Try Olives next door - it’s much betterMore

Thank Sue B
TheGardensGroup, The Gardens Group team at The Engine Room Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2017

We are very sorry to hear you didn’t have a great experience with us. We really value customer feedback, which is always passed onto the team so that we can improve. Our sandwiches are freshly prepared, using locally sourced ingredients so it’s unfortunate the food...More

Reviewed 18 September 2017

We visited late afternoon so wasn't to busy found a table and reviewed the menu choose a sandwich/ Chocolate Cake/Carrot Cake coffee. Sandwich was on lovely thick bread with lovely hand carved ham served with salad and was very nice. The chocolate cake was very...More

Thank Joannef352014
Management response:Responded 20 September 2017

Hi Joanne, It's lovely to hear you had a pleasant afternoon with us at The Engine Room, and thank you for your kind review. We hope to welcome you for some coffee and cake again in the future! The Engine Room Team.

Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

Went here for a late lunch on a Saturday afternoon. Menu options are varied whether you want breakfast lunch brunch or cake so plenty to choose from . Our party had a sandwich , a goats cheese tart which was clearly homemade tasty and generous...More

Thank Alison T
Management response:Responded 20 September 2017

Hello Alison, We’re so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your afternoon at The Engine Room, and thank you very much for the kind review. We always try to serve the best local ingredients and we're very proud of our big cake selection, so it's...More

Reviewed 11 September 2017

Popped in to try as we usually go to the other eatery. You have to go to the counter to order, I think for the prices they charge it should all be table service. Drinks all fine, nice coffee very hot. The menu is so...More

Thank Kelly M
Management response:Responded 19 September 2017

Hello Kelly, We are very sorry to hear that you and your family didn't have a great experience with us on your great grandmother’s birthday. We really value customer feedback, which is always passed onto the team so that we can improve. All of our...More

Reviewed 8 September 2017

Met a friend here for early lunch, great location and easy to park. Ordered an Italian Bruschetta type sandwich that came with salad and wedges and a cold drink. Drinks were served at our table before my friend got back from the counter. My lunch...More

Thank Elaine L
Management response:Responded 19 September 2017

Hello Elaine We are very sorry to hear that you didn't have a great experience with us, and we do value customer feedback, which is always passed onto the team so we can improve. All of our food is freshly made and prepared every day...More

Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

We have often visited the Engine Room. The food is tasty but quite expensive. There is usually a small gluten free choice. Staff are cheerful and efficient. Plenty of parking. The toilets are not easily accessible, tucked away in the garden centre and only one!...More

Thank Robin M
Reviewed 9 August 2017

I took my elderly mother for lunch. The restaurant is clean and airy, and the staff pleasant and helpful. The menu has some interesting and unusual choices, very well presented plates of food, but very pricey.More

Thank José M
Management response:Responded 15 August 2017

Hi there Thank you for reviewing us. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and found our food interesting and well presented; the staff helpful; and the restaurant clean and pleasant. I hope that I can change your mind regarding our pricing.... We source our ingredients...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 16:30
Monday
09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 18:00
Thursday
09:00 - 18:00
Friday
09:00 - 18:00
Saturday
09:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Peverell Avenue | Poundbury Gardens, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3RT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Dorchester  >  Poundbury
  • Phone Number: +44 1305 257251
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Description
The Engine Room Restaurant is set in the engine shed of the original Poundbury Farm buildings and boasts an inspiring menu using fresh local produce. A must for a relaxing cup of coffee or delicious lunch.
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