We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Oak Room

$$ - $$$
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Antelope Walk | Dorchester, Dorchester DT1 1BE, England
+44 1305 250760
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

84 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 84: English reviews
Royston, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
48 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

Found this by accident when we wanted a lunchtime snack. It is an amazing oak-panelled room with a superb oak fire surround and over mantle. It is just like a cafe in the 1930s. Apparently the room was used by Judge Jeffries for the 'Bloody Assizes' in the 1600s. So ... history as well. Food was simple but nice. Go... More 

Thank Michael J
Bedford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

We ordered pasties. The pastry was tough to the point of being inedible with very little meat and served with stale lettuce. But the cakes looked nice Both M & F toilets had problems.

Thank Colin G
Dorchester, England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

Just been here for lunch, thought it would make a achnage as haven't been her for quite a while - really wish we hadn't bothered. Steak & kidney pie - well almost! small square of pastry, most of which was so hard I couldn't cut it let alone eat it, three pieces of meat and no kidney. came with lumpy... More 

Thank PaulineLS2013
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

Called in at random on a slightly overcast visit to Dorchester one Sunday whilst looking for somewhere for a quick bite to eat. The place was about half full and serviced by a single waitress who was apparently responsible for seating people, taking orders, bringing food, clearing tables and taking payment! To be fair, in my opinion she did a... More 

Thank Andy H
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

We are relatively new to the Dorchester area and sought this tea shop out from trip advisor although we were willing to be impartial and make up our own minds. On a positive note the surroundings are quaint, there is lots of history surrounding the building and the waitresses were smart with uniforms from a by-gone age. Maybe it was... More 

Thank Christine M
Derby, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
688 reviews
381 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 360 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

Everything from the music, the surroundings and the 'nippy' styled waitresses sets you up for food a la the 1940s. All very interesting. We were allowed to pick our own table by a helpful 'nippy' next to the window, with a view over Antelope Walk. We took the Cornish Pastie and the Brie and Bacon Panini, with a diet coke... More 

Thank OlderGuy1956
Level Contributor
39 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

We called in while holidaying in the area. A waitress quickly ordered us to a table, there were plenty of vacant ones! Had light snacks, soup, sandwiches and dessert. All very nice, soup could have been a little hotter. Customers following us also got the glum waitress directing them where they didn't want to go. Shame, odd that the menu... More 

Thank Carol52 C
Essex, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016

The panelled tearoom has quite an interesting atmosphere as it is like stepping back in time but everything is somehow a little jaded. We just ordered sandwiches which were perfectly ok but nothing special. Prices however are very reasonable. It was fine for a quick lunch stop but I wouldn't rush back. Nice for those who can remember the days... More 

Thank wenjaye
Level Contributor
220 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

The Oak Room located in Antelope Walk in Dorchester (County town of Dorset) is a traditional tearoom retaining original oak panelling. Carpeted flooring. Appropriate soft music. There is at table waitress service. Staff are pleasant, polite & efficient. They wear black dresses, white pinney & white lacy headbands which is known as a "Nippy" uniform. This is a tranquil "step... More 

Thank Gregory O
Derby, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

This was like a trip back in time to a Lyons corner house tea room. (It deserves 3 and a half stars really as the prices were very reasonable ). Sandwiches were nice, service good. A bit of history and old world charm at below average prices.

Thank kara18

Travelers who viewed Oak Room also viewed

Iwerne Minster, Blandford Forum
Shaftesbury, Dorset

Been to Oak Room? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
British, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Antelope Walk | Dorchester, Dorchester DT1 1BE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Dorchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1305 250760

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Oak Room staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?