Sophie P.C shares where she likes to stop and take a break in Dorset.
The Townmill Bakery – Sherborne
- Gorgeously rustic. Sit on trestle tables and enjoy a whole range of freshly baked cakes and buns made downstairs. Jugs of milk and water on the table alongside butter dishes. Relaxed, friendly and smells delicious.
Café Espresso – Sturminster Newton
- Home to probably one of the best chocolate brownies in the area. Wonderful coffee too.
Turnbulls – Shaftesbury
- Famous amongst the children for its hot chocolate specials. Topped with cream, marshmallows and Maltesers, no need for a cake as well. Also great for a grown-up lunch with a girlfriend. The Lazy Susan is delicious.
Costa Coffee – Shaftesbury
- Has the more urban feel. It’s a great place to lounge on a comfy sofa whilst browsing through e-mails. My 2 year old loves the babyccinos
The Cake Tin – Child Okeford
- The place to go if you have a sweet tooth. Ben is a professional pastry chef, so the buns and cakes are the ‘real deal’.
- Great place to go on a bright sunny day when you can enjoy the kitchen garden whilst sipping your coffee. Delicious lunch menus too. A great place for children’s parties too.
The Udder Farm Shop – East Stour
- Great place to stop off ‘on the way’ to somewhere. The children love the play area outside so a good place to go if you want a proper catch up and time to talk to a friend. It’s also where Candice and I first met.
Waitrose Café – Gillingham
- Always a favourite particularly if you need a well-earned break mid shop or a bribe at the end.
Orchard Park and Castle Gardens both have great cafés on site. Don’t miss out on lunch at Castle Gardens after strolling round the plants.
Do you have any other favourites? Let us know in the comments below.