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The Ugly Duckling Cafe

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Swans Yard, Shaftesbury SP7 8JQ, England
+44 7772 327559
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Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Tucked away in the centre of Shaftesbury this little cafe is a good place to have a drink and a bite to eat. Very friendly staff will always make you feel welcome. Plenty of space outside and have another room just across the passageway.

Thank robtee
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2017 via mobile

Took the family for a bite to eat at this lovely cafe. The food was so tasty & the cake was stunning! Service was so friendly & very fast, we will definitely be coming back to taste the rest of the menu

Thank cerinruth
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54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed February 23, 2017

In Winter it is like a very small steamy airless cramped canteen. But might be better in the Summer when you can sit outside .

Thank DavyWiltshire
Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed February 14, 2017 via mobile

Great coffee, good company & really helpful & friendly will definitely go back, dog friendly under the canopy at the front but still a great visit.

Thank charlieone1
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed January 21, 2017 via mobile

Clean and warm. Very polite and friendly staff. The food was freshly prepared and my jacket potato tasted wonderful and there was plenty of the filling including a side salad. My partner had the breakfast and there was plenty of it. The cafe was busy and the lady serving went out of her way to welcome us and even joked... More 

Thank Sexysomerset
Midsomer Norton, United Kingdom
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646 reviews
254 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 496 helpful votes
Reviewed January 9, 2017

this was a cold day in January and when we entered I was taken aback by the lack of fresh air and the smells of cooking and sweat. There is no other way of putting it, it's no good putting a couple of fans up to blow the stale air around. You need an air extractor, just a little fan... More 

1 Thank Brian-Snellgrove
Whitchurch-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed December 28, 2016

A genuine litte cafe without the grease of a spoon. Food is well prepared, coffee is excellent and you can come away having been served by delightful staff who are willing to help. We go once a week at least, enough said really.

Thank Ade C
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed December 18, 2016 via mobile

Excellent customer service and a good selection of gluten free food. Very friendly staff and very helpful

Thank Nicola W
Sturminster Newton, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed December 10, 2016

When in Shaftesbury this a great place for a spot of refreshment the staff are lovely and the banter is good as is the food. If you haven't been do give it a try you will not regret it

Thank David P
Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed December 4, 2016

We love to go the Ugly Duckling for poached eggs on toast they are just the best. You can sit in the main cafe or just across the pathway in an extension. Very friendly and welcoming people.

1 Thank Theresa C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Swans Yard, Shaftesbury SP7 8JQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Shaftesbury
  • Phone Number: +44 7772 327559

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