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The Sanctuary Coffee Shop

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Trendle Street | Chapter House Books, Sherborne DT9 3NT, England
+44 1935 816262
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:45 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 4:45 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

To find a "proper " seacond hand book shop is a joy and then to find it also has a tearoom made a great start to a holiday in Dorset. Sitting drinking tea and eating Dorset apple cake surrounded by piles of books is our "cup of tea" but might not be to everyone's taste (they don't know what they're... More 

Thank nadders1
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great coffees and teas, beautiful cakes, charming service...a return to the age of reason, enlightening!

1 Thank Tim B
Chester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place could be a real gem but four of us visited for lunch and it was memorable for the wrong reasons. The prices were very reasonable, the menu was quite appealing but the service was abysmal. There were other customers but it could hardly be considered busy and the options offered weren't exactly difficult to produce or so you'd... More 

Thank Hil833
Claire P, Owner at The Sanctuary Coffee Shop, responded to this review

I'm sorry to hear you had an unsatisfactory visit to us recently, we aim not to disappoint customers, obviously we failed in your case. Please accept my apologies. I just want to reassure you that the coffee shop staff are issued with disposable gloves to use when handling food, which are removed when taking orders or payment. More 

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793 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

This cafe is at the 'rear' of a second hand bookshop. It is small with quite a few tables and they serve very nice homemade cakes - the most enormous slices. I wish it was more comfortable though, the slightly damp smell of second hand books pervade and the chairs are not designed for long term sitting / reading.

Thank sheepygold
Sherborne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

I want to keep this place all to myself! The Sanctuary is a hidden gem at the rear of a Harry Potter type bookshop! The coffee is excellent, the cheese scone fresh and tasty. Service spot on with a smile.

1 Thank Jennifer D
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37 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2016

We occasionally drive up to Sherborne from the Dorset coast and always enjoy a relaxing wander around the the lovely little market town. Although we usually have a peer into the windows of the bookshop, on this occasion we couldn't resist popping in and, needless to say, ended up with a couple of purchases plus had a a lovely chat... More 

Thank jolin35
Sherborne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

A must to visit. The staff are all friendly,courteous and intelligent. Food fresh and excellent. On a warm sunny day the courtyard is a retreat from the madding crowd.

Thank Philip T
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

This out of the way coffee shop is hidden at the back of a bookshop filled to overflowing with fascinating used books. The coffee was pretty good but the real star was the toast and marmalade. Thick doorstops of good brown bread came with plenty of butter and a large bowl of truly great marmalade. No plastic sachets in this... More 

Thank Peter Z
Weston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

If your a real second hand book fiend this is the place for you. Push through the piles of delights - and there's a great little café tucked away. We had a great reasonably priced lunch and found it quiet and welcoming. Fresh made delicious soup and paninis, and lovely cakes to come back to when the browsing got too... More 

Thank alxrh
Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This was our third visit for tea and cake - we like to review after a fair three. The charm and quiet of the courtyard on a sunny day was literally a sanctuary in Sherborne and in fact the only place in the centre of town with seating not on the road side. Great cakes all homemade, the carrot cake... More 

Thank Annie P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$3 - $5
Cafe, British
Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 4:45 pm
10:00 am - 4:45 pm
10:00 am - 4:45 pm
10:00 am - 4:45 pm
10:00 am - 4:45 pm
9:30 am - 4:45 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Trendle Street | Chapter House Books, Sherborne DT9 3NT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Sherborne
  • Phone Number: +44 1935 816262
Located close to Sherborne Abbey, The Sanctuary Coffee Shop can be found by making your way through the wonderful Chapter House Books, or there is disabled access via the secluded courtyard. Food is served all day and consists of cakes, slices and scones as well as light lunches. On offer we have soup, Panini, jacket potatoes and cheese ploughman's. Depending on the time of year, we also offer specials such as quiche and lasagne.

Apart from Coffee and Tea, there is also a selection of soft drinks, smoothies and milkshakes available.

The courtyard is a veritable suntrap and very popular with locals and visitors alike.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?