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“Courtyard Cheer”

Locks Victorian Tea Rooms
Ranked #4 of 17 Restaurants in Dunster
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Breakfast
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Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed 16 June 2014

Dunster is fairly local to me so I'm a fairly regular visitor, however it is the first time I've been to Locks Victorian Tea Rooms. The town is usually very busy with tourists and weekend visitors but today, maybe because it was Fathers day, was very quiet and peaceful. That peaceful atmosphere was certainly present in the part-cobbled courtyard that you reach after walking through a passageway between two shops. Seating was comfortable, not too close to your neighbour with very attentive and cheery staff and equally cheery Sparrows. Various flavoured Teas and Coffees were available and we chose Peppermint tea with 2 Cream Teas and two Sandwiches. The sandwiches were superb, not the flaccid mass produced supermarket stuff but glorious thick slices of what seemed to be home baked bread which was delicious, accompanied by Coleslaw, Salad and home made Chutney. I had Tuna Mayonnaise and it was stuffed full, no thin scrapings here! The accompanying Cheddar sandwich was on Granary and equally impressive! The Cream Teas came with a choice of Scones including Cherry which was quickly demolished.
A couple next to us opted for a triple decker cream tea and ended up with 'carry out' boxes as they couldn't finish it all. Very reasonably priced for a 'tourist' town and recommended, particularly on a nice sunny day.

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Reviewed 12 June 2014

Visited Dunster and spotted the umbrellas of the tea room from the national trust car park.
The waitress was very attentive and took our order quickly. We chose afternoon tea for two so had a few decisions to make in terms of cakes and sandwiches! The outside was very busy and a few tables occupied inside. The drinks and food came in reasonable time and it was very well presented. We chose a ginger scone which was amazing with honey and a dollop of clotted cream! The cakes were of a good size and the doorstep sandwiches were very tasty. I can see why some people have said it is pricey but I think it gets away with it as it was all very relaxing and pleasant, in such a tranquil part of Somerset.

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Thank Sarah H
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

This lovely little tea room is much more than that. You have to go through an 'arcade' between two shops and arrive in a cobbled courtyard with seating. There is then the tea room with windows overlooking the garden, a covered terrace with seating and a very pretty sheltered garden with back entrance access to the field and parking for the castle.
The service is cheerful and polite, prompt. The food & drink good with a huge choice for a small place and the prices reasonable so you can indulge a little more.
Dogs are allowed in the garden. Smoking is not allowed but you can always step out if necessary. Access for wheelchair may be tricky depending on the size and type. Being cobbled and garden people with mobility problems could probably manage if they are ok on uneven ground.

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Reviewed 31 May 2014

Such a lovely place, we found tranquility here in the courtyard amidst the madness of Dunster By Candlelight!

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Reviewed 30 May 2014

We've been here a couple of times now when visiting Dunster. Outside seating area is lovely if it's not raining! Inside is nice but a bit squashed. Food is lovely. Cakes are lovely too. Service is ok. Tables are left uncleared for quite a while which means you might have to sit down to a dirty table on arriving.

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Thank Allison D
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