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“A ways to go, but they are trying hard” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dorset Tea & Coffee

Dorset Tea & Coffee
Ranked #6 of 6 Coffee & Tea in Wellesley
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Cafe
Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Takeout
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Takeout
Washington DC
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50 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“A ways to go, but they are trying hard”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

We stopped by for breakfast. I don't know how long this has been open but the overall vibe is that the owners (a family? two women?) are rookies but trying very hard to make the thing work. They are selling themselves as a Dorset Tea Shop. They don't quite come up to that standard. The tea is good, but not great. The scones are commendable but come with too little jam and clotted cream and the clotted cream clearly came out of a jar. (Suggestion, rather than selling "imported" clotted cream, get the stuff made fresh and locally -- THAT would be more like a Dorset Tea Shop.) There is potential here. The tea service was nice (they've got the right crockery). The coffee is above grade and all the items we ordered, salmon, bagels, tomatoes, were fresh. Boost the presentation a bit, get more experience on the flow of production/service, and either lower the bar on the English tea shop angle or actually take the extra step to meet it, and I'd very much want to return.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
“waffles”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2012

I had their amazing waffles for brunch they were huge i would say share them if you come with friends. for drink i love their crimson berry ice tea(tart yet sweet) a treat on a hot day.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, Massachusetts
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“So-So for the price...very expensive!'”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2012

10 dollars for 2 watery coffees and 2 small macarons? Yikes!! much more expensive than anticipated.

Visited January 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Nice little lunch spot, great tea and coffee.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2010

Nicely prepared food, scones, tea, coffee and treats. A tad on the expensive side.

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Portland, Maine
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799 reviews
565 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 495 helpful votes
“A Nice Tea Room...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2010

The Dorset Tea & Coffee is a small venue on Washington Street in Wellesley. I have been many times for their wonderful Earl Grey Tea and a light salad or sandwich. They do offer special teas for groups, which I hear are quite nice. I did get a bad salad there once and they were not very apologetic...the roasted red peppers had gone by...they did bring me something else. Their imported ham on a baguette is a very nice choice. I would stay away from the quiches. The woman who is usually at the counter taking orders and the money is not friendly at all...If I were the management, I would rethink that position. As I say, the salads are fresh and made right there and the French baguettes are wonderful. The establishment is small and sometimes there is not enough room to sit, but in the nicer weather they put a few tables on the sidewalk, which is a great option. I see now that they are open for breakfast, but I have not tried it yet. The one time I had the quiche is was not good. They have local artists work on dispaly and often times the work is really intersteing and can stimulate conversations. One time I ordered sandwiches for an office meeting and they did a really nice job with that order. Despite the negatives I have mentioned, I will go back, because to go for tea and pastry is a real treat and they do that very well. They understand that the "tea" experience is to be enjoyed!

    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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