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Tearoom or Coffee Shop of the Year winner at the Dorset Magazine Food, Drink and Farming Awards 2015

PUBLISHED: 01:00 25 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:09 09 December 2015

The Courtyard Tearoom winner Best Tearoom or Coffee Shop sponsored by Dorset Tea: Steve Harris (BBC Dorset Breakfast Show) with Kris and Lee Whalley ( Teh Courtyard Tearoom)

The Courtyard Tearoom winner Best Tearoom or Coffee Shop sponsored by Dorset Tea: Steve Harris (BBC Dorset Breakfast Show) with Kris and Lee Whalley ( Teh Courtyard Tearoom)

Andrew Plant/Imagine Photographic

Who makes the best tea or coffee? Is it tea bags or leaves? Is it instant or freshly ground? Who serves the nicest cakes or the best scones? Judges were looking to find the best in the county.

Dorset magazine Food, Drink and Farming Awards.Dorset magazine Food, Drink and Farming Awards.

Sponsored by Dorset Tea

Winner: The Courtyard Tea Rooms, Poole

The Courtyard Tea Rooms is according to our readers a hidden treasure. The tearoom itself is cosy and quirky with plenty of character and there is also a pretty courtyard. Readers were impressed by the menu of loose leaf teas, and they loved the Japanese cast iron teapots. They also appreciated the extra effort that owners Lee and Kris Whalley, who took the business just over a year ago, went to with the range of homemade cakes, scones and savouries including gluten free.

Highly Commended: The Little Teapot, Poole

This tiny but perfectly formed teashop in Poole High Street, had people waxing lyrical about the home baked feather-light scones and a fabulous range of homemade cakes and sandwiches including gluten free and dairy free at no extra charge. Tea is served in proper china teapots and the coffee is freshly ground. Readers loved the English High Tea experience at the Little Teapot, which comes with all the trimmings

Highly Commended: Oliver’s, Sherborne

This popular coffee shop on Cheap Street offers great service, great food and drink and according to our readers a ‘ridiculously good chocolate fridge cake’ also mentioned was their ‘legendary cherry and almond cake’. Readers said that it offered just what you wanted in an independent coffee shop: fantastic coffee roasted and ground by Reads of Sherborne, a great range of cakes and savouries made on the premises using locally sourced ingredients.

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