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Potters Cafe Bistro

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19 Durngate Street, Dorchester DT1 1JP, England
+44 1305 260312
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Shell Cove, Australia
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76 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have been to this cafe quite a few times. This is our second visit from overseas to Dorchester and we made a beeline to Potters Cafe for lunch. Their variety of food is great and is so delicious. Their coffee is excellent and their service is first class. It is quite a small cafe, but has upstairs and outdoor seating... More 

Thank Brishe11
Dorchester, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If a cafe, restaurant is always used by locals, then,as the saying goes...."It is a sign that the business is really good. The Potters is always full of local people. It is friendly, homely, attentive to individual needs,dog friendly, with good food and drinks, papers provided, lovely log fire in winter, pretty courtyard garden to the rear for the Summer... More 

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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with my daughter and her newborn baby. The staff could not have been more friendly and accommodating. Good food and lots of happy locals enjoying their lunch.

Thank Justine P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

My current favourite place for lunch. Outstanding food, friendly service and a nice atmosphere. There is a lovely, rustic, homemade feel to the foods on offer and prices are very reasonable for the quality received. A great place to eat.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

This is a gem hidden away. We stopped over for a coffee break en route to Devon and found this purely by accident. The courtyard setting is beautiful; food selection amazing and wonderful friendly staff. If you are in the area make a point of visiting - it's well worth it.

Thank humbert1865
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Such a warm welcome when you come in and choice of sitting by a lovely open fire or sitting outside in the pretty little courtyard garden. I am often in for a morning cappuccino or a yummy lunch - delicious food and especially the apple cake! You can also take in your dog! Great place to either go on your... More 

Thank helenj6135
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

We were recommended this place by some dog walkers we met near the river as we had our gorgeous lab with us and had just done a river walk.The staff were friendly,provided a dog biscuit, and we enjoyed our meal-mushroom pancakes. The fire was lit,service good and have since encouraged friends to go who too had a great time.

Thank penguinRomsey
Alrewas, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

We were in Dorchester en-route to Cornwall and found this very nice café tucked down a side alley off the main street. We enjoyed well prepared simple food, a good ham hock terrine and salad for me and a good egg sandwich for my wife. Will visit again.

Thank MJB1938
Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Family small cafe with basic furniture however they have a varied menu and prompt service. Ordered 2 salads and was pleasantly by the presentation, quality and portion of the meals served - no hesitation in recommending this cafe and would return if the opportunity arises

Thank paul a
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Great English breakfast in a lovely setting with a log fire. Good selection of homemade cakes and great menu.

Thank Mushroom J

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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
Cafe, European, British, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19 Durngate Street, Dorchester DT1 1JP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Dorchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1305 260312

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?