Dorset Magazine Food, Drink & Farming Awards 2016: Tearoom or Coffee Shop of the Year

PUBLISHED: 09:05 07 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:36 07 October 2016

Dorset Magazine Food, Drink & Farming Awards 2016: Tearoom or Coffee Shop of the Year

Dorset Magazine Food, Drink & Farming Awards 2016: Tearoom or Coffee Shop of the Year


Here we announce the winner of one of the most popular categories at the Dorset Magazine Food, Drink & Farming Awards 2016, Tearoom or Coffee Shop of the Year


The Courtyard Tea Rooms, Poole

According to our readers The Courtyard Tea Rooms is a hidden treasure tucked away in bustling Poole. The tearoom itself is cosy and quirky with plenty of character. Readers were impressed by the amazing range of loose leaf teas, including Elderberry and White Tea and Fairy Jasmine, with tea flowers that unfurl in your Japanese cast iron teapot. Readers were especially keen to recommend the Earl Grey fruit cake, ginger fudge topped flapjack and the excellent range of freshly baked scones. “The afternoon teas here are legendary,” declared one reader, “A slice of their Dorset apple cake warm with clotted cream is a wonderfully indulgent treat.”

The Little Teapot, Poole

This small but perfectly formed teashop in Poole High Street, had people waxing lyrical about the home baked feather-light scones and fabulous range of homemade cakes and sandwiches. Readers loved the personal service and the fact that tea is served in proper china teapots and the coffee is freshly ground. Of particular note was the English High Tea, which comes with all the trimmings. “Marie and her team provide a friendly service in this proper tea shop,” said one reader. “They have a delicious selection of gluten free cakes from lemon drizzle to chocolate muffins and scones too, and it’s all freshly baked.”

And the winner is…

Worth Matravers tea & Supper Room, Swanage

Set in a tiny stone building in beautiful Worth Matravers, it has everything a tearoom should: from a gorgeous setting by the village duck pond, mix-and-match vintage china, bunting, and a beautiful oasis of a garden. This is the backdrop for what our readers described as the most amazing cream tea they have ever tasted – “the scones were melted in the mouth, the blackberry and apple jam a delicious variant on the more traditional strawberry, and there were savoury scone with chutney too.” Diana and her team who run this establishment were described as delightful and their food amazing – everything is homemade right down to the dog biscuits. “It is a gem in the Purbeck crown,” declared one reader. “Its quintessentially English and quintessentially Dorset!”

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Tearoom or Coffee Shop of the Year was sponsored by McCarthy & Stone

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