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The Sanctuary Coffee Shop

Trendle Street | Chapter House Books, Sherborne DT9 3NT, England
+44 1935 816262
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  • Very good34%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Trendle Street | Chapter House Books, Sherborne DT9 3NT, England
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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...More

Thank sheepygold
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
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...More

Thank jolin35
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
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...More

Thank Peter Z
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...More

Thank alxrh
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...More

Thank Annie P
Reviewed April 5, 2015

We recommend this small café for lunch. The soup and other simple food are all freshly prepared and cooked. Locals clearly agree, as most of the people visiting when we did were locals. As visitors we were still greeted in a friendly way. An added...More

Thank John P
Reviewed January 9, 2015

Sherbourne is full of very pleasant surprises and the Sanctuary Coffee shop is one of them. Situated within a second hand bookshop some might regard it as a danger zone!!! The coffee was grand, the cakes attractive (we resisted!) and the books inviting (we gave...More

Thank Teresa C
Reviewed December 30, 2014

We had a lovely family hot chocolate session here - some of the best we've tasted! Very friendly and accommodating staff and wonderful atmosphere, thank you! from the Kings!

Thank Emking26
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
$3 - $6
Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
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
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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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