11 Somerset & Dorset delis and cafes for grub on the go
Where to go to get top notch nosh to take away and where to go to eat it – now Boris says we can.
Now we can meet up with one other person outside, let’s grab a coffee, grub and a mate – and get out there. Here’s our pick of Dorset & Somerset’s delis and cafes with nearby walks, parks and green open spaces.
Grab your grub from Pinsents delicatessen on the edge of the cobbled Market Place in Castle Cary. My kids love their amazing (and huge) Scotch eggs, but their inventive soups and salads are stonking too.
Where to eat it. Turn left out of the deli up the cobbled alleyway, which takes you between some houses, through a kissing gate and up to Lodge Hill, with seating and a telescope offering fantastic views over the Mendips.
Grab your grub from grocery-cum-deli The Monmouth Pantry on Broad Street. We love their selection of locally produced cheese, cured meats, dips, sourdough breads, pastries, pastries – and these magnificent meringues.
Where to eat it. On the seafront, where else? You’re just an olive’s stone throw away (but we know you wouldn’t) from the beach.
TRULL, NEAR TAUNTON
Grab your grub. All sorts of homemade muffins, cruffins, buns and savouries straight from the oven at The Gaia Garden Deli in the village of Trull – plus sarnies on different breads, homemade Scotch eggs (this week’s guest egg is flavoured with masala), paninis and Taunton’s Brazier coffee. Always trying out new things, on the menu this week: roasted roast potatoes with rosemary and thyme. Yes please!
Where to eat it. Hunt down the village’s secret waterfall (clue: it’s down a little footpath at one end of Trull Park).
Grab your grub from Ingredients on Cheap Street. Their excellent takeaway sourdough sandwiches are filled with the Mediterranean (and Dorset) charcuterie and cheeses for which they are known. Hot pasta dishes coming soon.
Where to eat it. Head over to a bench in Pageant Gardens near the station, a pretty two-acre garden with bandstand created in 1906 in commemoration of a pageant celebrating the town’s thousand+ year history.
Grab your grub from vegan cafe Cascara in the centre of Bath. The previous winner of a Best Cafe Muddy Stilettos Award are offering almost their full menu to to takeaway, so assorted sourdough toast (with avocado, smoky beans), toasties (like kimchi & cheese), soup, pastries, juices, coffee and more.
Where to eat it. You’re just a short walk away expansive green space and views across the city in The Royal Victoria Park.
Grab your grub from The Picnic Park Deli in the Westover Gardens area of Bournemouth’s historic Lower Gardens. This park kiosk just won Cafe of the Year in the Dorset Tourism Awards 2020, well-known as a place where people gather for music, art and fitness events (and will do again, soon). On the takeaway menu: brunch buns, things on toast and hand-pressed cheese melts.
Where to eat it. Amongst the ornamental, Grade II listed Lower Gardens, which run from the town centre to the pier.
Grab your grub at The Deli on the Quay, right on Poole harbourside. At the mo they’re offering brie and cranberry panini, smoked ham and cheese toasties, hot soups and bacon sarnies.
Where to eat it. Head over to the waterside Baiter Park for big green spaces and views of the boats and across the harbour.
Grab your grub – freshly baked quiches, frittata, caramalised onion sausage rolls and tray bake cakes – from The Shaftesbury Deli on the High Street.
Where to eat it: Castle Hill Gardens, or a little further on, Castle Hill itself, which is renowned for it wildlife, including 40 species of birds, and on a clear day, views of King Alfred’s Tower on the Stourhead Estate and Glastonbury Tor.
Grab your grub from the Queen’s Street Deli (former winner of Best Deli in Somerset in the Muddy Stilettos Awards). All sorts of cheeses, charcuterie, Lievito Bakery breads, sarnies and some yummy cakes to go.
Where to eat it: Stroll up through the streets of Wells to Cathedral Green where you can get noshing against the beautiful backdrop of the Gothic Cathedral.
Grab your grub from The Fridge, in the Tudor Arcade on Dorchester’s South Street (there’s another branch in Bridport), especially if you like cheese. They keep over 100 different varieties as well as cheesy savouries like these Blue Vinny & Bacon whirls, plus artisan breads, Isle of Wight tomatoes (apparently they’re a thing) and more.
Where to eat it. Work up an appetite on the adult-sized trim trail (there’s a play park for kids too) in the Victorian Borough Gardens or tramp over the ramparts of the vast Iron Age hill fort Maiden Castle (free entry).
Grab your grub from urban farmshop The Salt Pig Too (the other Salt Pig is in Wareham) on Station Road. Renowned for its meat and with a brilliant butchery, expect stuff like Cantonese burritos, pulled lamb and mint ciabatta, chilli beef sausage rolls but veggies are catered for too. Liking the sound of wild garlic, feta and tomato pasta and the spicy curried wedges.
Where to eat it. On the flat sandy beach or up on the cliff tops in the 320-acre Durlston Country Park and nature reserve.