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From fine dining experiences to casual coffee catch-ups, there’s plenty of places to eat in Dorchester.

Dorchester is Dorset’s county town, the birthplace of Thomas Hardy and a popular holiday destination for many. We have selected some of Dorchester’s best restaurants, pubs and cafes to ensure you have somewhere to rest and refuel after a day exploring the wonders of Dorset.

Check out our favourite places to eat in Dorchester here …

Dorchester Restaurants

1. The Georgie Porgie Pig & Burger Co

The Georgie Porgie Pig & Burger Co. believe in a balanced diet – with a pie in one hand, and a burger in the other! If you’re looking for a fresh homemade meal, with excellent customer service, then The Georgie Porgie is the perfect Dorchester restaurant for you. Their award-winning pies are handmade to order, whilst their burgers are all made using 100% Aberdeen Angus steak mince. A comfortable, relaxed restaurant in Dorchester with food worth waiting for.

Opening Times: Monday to Thursday: 17:00 – 22:00 | Friday to Sunday 12:00 – 15:00 and 17:00 – 22:00
Address: 1 Alexandra Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2LZ
Contact: 01305 259122

2. Myra’s Kaiseki

Located on High East Street, Dorchester is the authentic Japenese fine dining restaurant, Myra’s Kaiseki. Containing a diverse range of Japenese delights, the menu contains a range of tempura, sushi and meat dishes. Full of incredible fresh flavours, Myra’s is a fantastic place to eat in Dorchester whether you’re looking for an intimate meal, a family gathering or to celebrate a special occasion.

Opening Times: Monday to Friday: 17:00 – 22:00 | Saturday and Sunday: 12:30 – 14:00 and 17:00 – 22:00
Address: 20 High East Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1HH
Contact: 01305 751859

3. Yalbury Cottage Restaurant

Experience a friendly atmosphere and wonderful views at Yalbury Cottage. The award-winning Dorchester restaurant is situated in the oldest part of the cottage, full of character, oak-beamed ceilings and inglenook fireplaces. The Lounge at Yalbury Cottage is the perfect spot to treat yourself to a glass of champagne with canapes, whilst browsing the menu before enjoying a meal of locally sourced produce in the restaurant.

Opening Times: Monday to Sunday: 12:00 to 23:00
Address: Yalbury Cottage, Lower Brockhampton, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8PZ
Contact: 01305 262 382

Dorchester Pubs

1. The Brewers Arms Pub

A traditional country Dorchester pub located in the beautiful village of Martinstown, The Brewers Arms is a local favourite. The family-friendly pub offers a fine selection of real ales and delicious homemade food. Home to a cosy open fire and welcoming atmosphere, the Brewers Arms Pub is the perfect place to rest and refuel after a day exploring the wonders of Dorset.

Opening Times: Tuesday to Saturday: 12:00 – 15:00 and 18:00 – 22:00 | Sundays 12:00 – 15:00
Address: The Brewers Arms, Burnside, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9LB
Contact: 01305 889361

2. The Thimble Inn

Just a short drive away from Dorchester, lies the Thimble Inn, a traditional chocolate box pub in the village of Piddlehinton. Making it onto our list of top cosy pubs in Dorset, The Thimble Inn is well known for its high-quality food and roaring log fires. The award-winning pub also boasts two fantastic gardens, complete with streams, bridges and breathtaking views.

Opening Times: Varied opening times, please check the Thimble Inn website for more details.
Address: The Thimble Inn, 14 High Treet, Piddlehinton, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7TD
Contact: 01300 348 270

3. The Saxon Arms

A hearty welcome, traditional pub food and real ales, what more could you want from a Dorchester pub? The Saxon Arms is a stunning thatched flint-stone pub, set in the rural village of Stratton. Their substantial menu includes mixed meat platters, Creedy Farm duck breast, a comprehensive English cheese board and popular Dorset deli board!

Opening Times: Varied opening times, please check The Saxon Arms website for more details.
Address: 20 The Square, Stratton, Dorchester, DT2 9WG
Contact: 01305 260020

4. The Blue Raddle

Located in the heart of Dorchester, The Blue Raddle is an intimate pub popular amongst locals and tourists alike. Converted from a private residence in 1850, this traditional pub is favoured for its excellent selection of beers and ales and fine homecooked meals.

Opening Times: Friday and Saturday: 12:00 – 22:00 | Sundays: 12:00 – 16:00
Address: 9 Church Street, Dorchester DT1 1JN England
Contact: 01305 267762

Dorchester Cafes

1. The Posh Partridge

The Posh Partridge is the perfect place to enjoy a coffee and cake or even a light lunch, whilst enjoying a day out exploring Dorchester. The family-run cafe also serves a tasty breakfast and daily specials, using local ingredients and suppliers. What’s more, The Posh Partridge is dog-friendly, ensuring your four-legged friend can visit too!

Opening Times: Monday to Saturday: 09:00 – 15:30
Address: 29 High East Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1HF
Contact: 01305 342024

2. Taste Brasserie

From hearty breakfasts to delightful afternoon teas, Taste Brasserie is a contemporary cafe supervised by award-winning chef, Todd Moffat. If you’re looking for a place to eat in Dorchester with a lively atmosphere and locally sourced food, this is your place! Taste Brasserie also hosts popular themed evenings including Pudding night and Tapas night.

Opening Times: Monday to Friday: 08:30 – 16:00 | Saturday: 09:00 – 17:00 | Sunday: 10:00 – 16:00
Address: Taste Brasserie, Trinity Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1UB
Contact: 01305 257776

3. Feed The Soul

Serving a range of raw vegan and cooked seasonal food, Feed the Soul is an organic, plant-based health food shop and cafe located in Godmanstone, Dorchester. Promoting health and happiness through pure ingredients, Feed the Soul offers freshly blended smoothies, speciality coffee, raw cake, nut cheeses and much more. Boasting a relaxing atmosphere, this charming cafe is a hidden gem of Dorset.

Opening Times: Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 – 16:00
Address: Feed The Soul, Longmeadow, Godmanstone, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7AE
Contact: 07841 729480

Please check restaurants website for current opening times as these may have been affected due to the current coronavirus restrictions.

Sample the delights of Dorchester during your next trip to Dorset. Book one of these hand-picked holiday cottages in Dorchester, enjoy a charming getaway and discover the best places to eat in Dorchester for yourself. If you’re heading to Dorchester, be sure to read our Guide to Dorset’s County Town.