Visitors can relax and enjoy our stunning new café without needing to pay for admission to the museum.
Here you can enjoy tasty freshly made food and drinks in beautiful surroundings featuring photographs from the Museum’s collection.
Take your pick from their selection of specialist teas and coffees, perhaps with a delicious cake, or try their seasonal menu of light lunches and appetizing sandwiches. Everything is prepared freshly in-house by their chefs. The café is fully licensed and serves a range of local ales, wines, and soft drinks from across Dorset to complement the food.
TASTE Café will be the third eatery in West Dorset offered by local business owners Todd & Louise Moffat who opened its sister venues TASTE Brasserie, Dorchester in 2004 and TASTE Café at Chesil Beach in 2014.Download menu
Friday 22 September 2023, The Victorian Hall will also be closed all day for a private function. The Fine Foundation Dorset Story Space, next the the Thomas Hardy's Dorset Gallery will also be closed for an hour around Midday.
Daily: 9.00am - 4.30pm
Sunday: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Bank Holidays: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Dorset MuseumHigh West Street
Dorchester DT1 1XA
Taste Café will be the third eatery in West Dorset offered by local business owners Todd & Louise Moffat who opened its sister venues Taste Brasserie Dorchester in 2004 and Taste Café at Chesil Beach in 2014.
As a Member of Dorset Food and Drink, we aim to use and promote the very best of Dorset products from local independent businesses.
You can book the café for private evening events.Find out more
Food and Drinks
We pride ourselves on offering contemporary wholesome dishes freshly prepared with the highest quality ingredients.
Menus reflect seasonally available produce, many plant-based and vegetarian dishes using local and regional suppliers where possible to give freshness and vibrancy on every plate.
Our delicious home-baked, cakes, traybakes, scones and much more are legendary within the local community and beyond.
Each morning granola yoghurt, pastries, Todd’s famous smokey beans on sourdough, to name but a few are being prepared whilst Dorchester wakes.
On Sundays, we’ll be offering an exciting Brunch menu too and as we drift towards mid-morning our amaretti brownie or lemon drizzle cake is hard to resist paired with carefully made hot and cold beverages, loose leaf teas, or Taste’s fiery and restorative ginger cordial served hot or cold!
We are passionate about coffee as the grinder roars to life our barista takes care to produce that perfect cup every time.
We champion our West Country coffee blend Suspension from Bristol roasters Clifton Coffee Co and our delicious decaffeinated beans from Dorset based roasters Finca.
It’s all about freshness… seasonal soup with our home cheese scone and daily specials boards of contemporary, wholesome deliciousness with many plant-based and vegetarian dishes for all.
The afternoon brings more tasty treats with our home scones for afternoon tea, jam and West Country clotted cream or just a pot of tea with lemon & blueberry cake or a Bakewell slice.