Courtyard Café and Tea Room

Enjoy our 17th century courtyard setting for an alfresco dining experience

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Whether you visit the Model Village or not, you can enjoy our 17th century courtyard setting for an alfresco dining experience.

We serve Dorset cream teas (we bake all our own scones), breakfasts and light lunches, all made on the premises, and we have enormous cakes made by Jessica’s Farmhouse Cakes in Bridport, with no additives or genetically modified ingredients. We try to source many of our ingredients locally – clotted cream from Blackmore Vale, Dorset Blue Vinney cheese, Craig’s Farm Dairy milk, Dorset Pate and meats – and we grow a lot of our own herbs and salad leaves in the summer.

Our aim is to provide good quality local food at reasonable prices in a relaxed atmosphere. Nothing is too much trouble – unusual requests welcomed! Gluten-free options are available.

We have a table license so you can enjoy a glass of wine, London Pride ale or Somerset cider with your meal, plus a wide variety of soft drinks. We also have Italian coffee, freshly ground, no wishy-washy nonsense here!

There is a lovely terrace in the Model Village where you can enjoy dining with wide reaching views of the Purbeck Hills, the castle and our gardens. The terrace can seat up to 20 people.

We are able to cater for wedding receptions, birthdays or anniversaries, up to 70 guests.

Our opening times do vary depending on the time of year, but we are normally open from 10 am serving freshly cooked breakfasts and baguettes – just phone for more details. Our current menu is shown below.

    • All Day Full English Breakfast

    • English Breakfast

      Two rashers of bacon, one sausage, one egg, two hash browns, grilled tomato and baked beans.

      Served with toast, marmalade or jam.

      Sausages are from local butcher and eggs are free range.

    • Vegetarian Breakfast

      Two eggs, two hash browns, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms and baked beans.

      Served with toast, marmalade or jam.

      Eggs are free range.

      Gluten-free breakfast available.

    • Breakfast Baguette

    • Double Free Range Eggs with Bacon or Sausage

    • Sandwiches and Baguettes

      Choose sandwiches on bloomer bread or a 10-inch baguette. All served with a dressed salad. Smaller servings available. Gluten-free options available. Please ask about allergen advice.

    • Mature Cheddar Cheese

    • English Gammon Ham

    • Bacon or Sausage

    • Tuna Mayonnaise

    • Egg Mayonnaise

    • North Atlantic Prawns

      With lemon mayonnaise.

    • Pickle, Chutney

      Onion or tomato.

    • Jacket Potatoes

      All served with a dressed salad. Smaller servings available. Gluten-free options available. Please ask about allergen advice.

    • With Butter

    • English Gammon Ham

    • Bacon or Sausage

    • Cheddar Cheese

    • Baked Beans

    • Tuna Mayonnaise

    • Chilli Con Carne

    • North Atlantic Prawns

      With lemon mayonnaise.

    • Vegetarian Chilli

    • Soup of the Day

    • Home-made Soup of the Day

      With crusty French bread.

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      Only served when purchased with a meal. Over 18s only.

    • Wine by the Glass

    • Bottle of White or Red Wine

      750 ml.

    • Peroni Lager

      330 ml.

    • Applewood West Country Cider

      500 ml.

    • London Pride Ale

      500 ml.

    • Drinks

    • Filter Coffee

    • Cappuccino

    • Latte

    • Mochaccino

    • Hot Chocolate

    • Yummy Chocolate

      With marshmallows and whipped cream.

    • Large Coffees

    • Cafe Frappe, Childhay Manor Milkshake

    • Breakfast Tea for One

    • Speciality Tea for One

      Earl Grey, Darjeeling, Assam or Lapsang Souchong.

    • Herbal Teas

    • Soft Drinks

      Coca-Cola, Fanta, Ginger Beer or 7Up.

    • Presse

    • Apple or Orange Juice

    • Still or Sparkling Mineral Water

    • Juice Carton for Children

    • Cakes

    • Dorset Cream Tea

      Two fruit or plain scones, jam, clotted cream, with tea or coffee for one. Gluten-free available.

    • Scone and Butter

    • Scone, Butter and Jam

    • Cheese Scone

      With chive butter.

    • Selection of Handmade Cakes

      See front counter for today's choices.

    • Toasted Tea Cake

    • Hot Buttered Toast

    • Gluten-free Caramel Shortbread or Chocolate Brownie

      Please ask for further gluten- and dairy-free options.

    • Puddings

    • Speciality Ice Creams

      Knickerbocker Glory, Banana Split or Chocolate Nut Sundae.

    • Dorset Apple Cake

      With clotted cream.

    • Treacle Sponge, Chocolate Sponge or Spotted Dick

      With custard.

    • Children's Menu

      Served with a bowl of five fruit and vegetables.

    • Mini Ham or Cheddar Ploughman's

    • Sandwich

    • Filled Half Baguette

    • Filled Half Jacket Potato

    • On Toast

      Sausage and beans, bacon and beans or egg and beans.

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