Welcome to our Garden Café

Join us in the Garden

The Garden Café which is extremely popular with walkers out enjoying our beautiful area, offers a relaxed and friendly atmosphere whilst providing a wonderful view of part of Lyme Bay and across to Portland. We serve a fine selection of daily specials - good homemade, unpretentious and wholesome 'comfort food' made using our own organic meats, herbs and veggies alongside other equally superb local produce. Our cakes and scones are baked on the premises daily and our cream tea is, we are frequently told, one of the best! As everything is made to order, we can tailor most meals to suit individual dietary requirements.

The garden back's onto Eype Down, a woodland backdrop, which during May has a breathtaking display of Bluebells - a joy to behold (and inhale). So come and enjoy a quiet break, read the daily papers and local information provided, study your map, soak up the view - and simply enjoy! We care very much about you - our customers - and have built our business on the back of your comments, suggestions and requests received over the years. What matters the most to us is knowing that we will see you here again and again, as we prefer to think of you more as friends passing through rather than customers here for the day. We hope the experience will stand out in your memory for all the very best reasons so that we know we have achieved something a little bit special. If you are new to us, we hope you will agree and if you have been coming here forever then thankyou so much - we love you too!

The café is open from March to the end of October from 10am, with last orders at 6pm. Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday's except Bank Holiday's). Join us for breakfast served from 10am until 11.30am, mid-morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea. We are licensed and serve a fine selection of local ciders and ales plus wines, continental lagers and prosecco. We aim to fill that gap between afternoon tea and the lure of the pub, and we serve our meals all day! We actively encourage our customers to walk to us if they can - there are numerous routes you can take which vary to suit different abilities. Please ring for directions if required.

For our menus, see below, including our new Vegan Menu.

What we cannot produce ourselves we source, where possible, from other local suppliers:

Fish - Davys Locker, an established supplier of First Class Fish and Shellfish, which is purchased daily, mainly from West Country ports.

Vegetables - Our Own Garden produces a lot of the veg, salad and herbs used in our kitchen. The lovely Holland's family at Washingpool Farm Shop supply us with the rest.

Meat - Apart from the free-range chicken supplied by Rawles Butchers in Bridport, all the organic meat used on our menu is produced here at Downhouse Farm - and we are very proud of it!

Dairy - Leopard Dairy products, Blandford supplies our delicious Dorset Clotted Cream, and our Mature Cheddar and Blue Vinney used in our popular platters.

Ice Cream - Purbeck Ice Cream are a great family run, farm based business using milk from their own dairy herd.

Beverages - Comins Tea House, Sherborne and Clipper Teas, Beaminster supply our organic and fair-trade Tea’s, Coffee and Hot Chocolate. 

Eggs - On sale here are our own and our friends free range eggs. As our kitchen uses so many, our hens would never lay fast enough (no matter how much we squeeze them!) and so a number of free range producers in Somerset under the umbrella of ‘Blackacre Farm Eggs’meet our demands! Thank you to all those chickens out there!

Crisps - Burts hand fried in Devon & naturally delicious.

Cider - West Milton Ciders made from Dorset apples.

Ales - Dorset Brewing Company, Dorchester


Thank you everyone for helping us in our quest to produce yummy food!


MENUS - Please see our specials boards for our home- made meals.....



Downhouse Farm Traditional Breakfast £9.50/£12.50

Our own Cured Bacon and Traditional Free Range Pork Sausages, Free Range Fried Egg, Mushrooms, Grilled Tomatoes & Toast + Tea or Coffee

Downhouse Vegetarian Breakfast £9.50/£12.50 V          

Veggie Sausages, Hash Browns, Free Range Fried Eggs, Mushrooms, Grilled Tomatoes & Toast + Tea or Coffee

Bubble & Squeak £7.50 or double it up £10.50 (V/VG option)                                                   

A Pattie of Bubble & Squeak (Floury Maris Piper Spuds, Caramelised Onions & Savoy Cabbage), topped with Free Range Fried Egg & either Home Cured Bacon or Mushrooms


Three Scrambled Free Range Eggs £7

Free Range Fried Egg £3/£5.50

Baked Beans £3/£5.50

Breakfast Sandwich

Bacon or Sausage £5

Bacon, Sausage, & Free Range Fried Egg £7.50

Seasonal Fruit Compote with Greek Yoghurt, topped with Granola £6.75 V

Please ask for Breakfast Special of the Day


Hot Drinks

Pot of Tea, choose from;                              

Clipper Organic Everyday Tea, English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Rooibos, Herbal or Fruit Tea,  all with extra hot water included £2.20

Pot of Comins Loose Tea; Breakfast, Earl Grey, Assam, Darjeeling, Lapsang or Green £2.40

Cafetiere of Coffee £2.40

Americano £2.35

Latte £2.50

Cappuccino £2.50

A Mug of…

Coffee £1.60

Fresh Lemon with Local Honey £2.40

CadburysHot Chocolate £2.50

(Add Marshmallows or Cream for an extra special Hot Chocolate 70p per item)

Cold Drinks

A Glass of…

Large Down House Farm Speciality –                        

Ginger & Apple Punch £3.75

Sparkling Elderflower Presse £3.00

Robinsons Orange, Ribena, Cranberry or Roses Lime Cordial Still £1.60 Sparkling £2.50          

Coca Cola, Diet Coke, Cloudy Lemonade or Ginger Beer £2.75

Fresh Orange or Apple Juice £2.75

Water (Still or Sparkling) £2.00

Iced coffee £2.75

Iced tea with fresh lemon £2.50

Local Dorset Nectar’s Organic Apple Juice

Or Apple & Elderflower Presse  £3.50

Our Renowned Farmhouse Cream Tea-Two Fresh Homemade Plain Scones, Generous Portions of    Local Jam & Clotted Cream and a Refreshing Pot of Tea

(your choice)

2 Plain £6.95, 2 Fruit Scones £8.75, 1 plain & 1 fruit£7.95

Go on…treat yourself to one of our homemade bakes…

Farmhouse Fruit Cake £3.80

Dorset Apple Cake £3.70

Chocolate Brownie £3.50 GF

Sunflower & Pumpkin Seed Flapjack £3.00 GF

See our daily specials for seasonal cakes baked fresh this morning.

Plain Scone with Butter £1.50

Large Fruit Scone with Butter £2.50

Tasty Cheese Scone with Butter £3.00

Cheese, Chive & Cayenne Scone with Butter £3.00

(Add Clotted Cream or Ice Cream £1.50, or a Portion of Jam 40p)

Maybe a light snack to fill the gap?

Home Marinated Olives £3.00 V

A bag of Burts Crisps (Made in Devon) – Lightly Sea Salted, Mature Cheddar or Salt & Vinegar £1.20

A Basket of Crusty Bread, with Dipping Oil and Balsamic Vinegar £3.75 (£1.00 extra per additional person) V

A Chunk of Bread and Butter £2.00

Dressed Side Salad £3.95

Toast & Butter £1.00/£2.00 V

Cheese on Toast £2.75/£5.50 - Add Tomato 50p/£1.00 V

Cheesy Beans on Toast £3.25/£6.50 V

Welsh Rarebit (with a bite!) £3.50/£7.00 V

Where would we be without a good old sandwich?

All Served with a Side of Crisps

Mature Local Farmhouse Cheddar or Local Blue with Homemade Chutney or Onion £6.95 V

Free Range Egg Mayonnaise £6.95 V

Free Range Bacon £6.95

BLT – Free Range Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato with Mayonnaise £7.50

Local Ham, Mature Local Farmhouse Cheddar, Mayonnaise, Lettuce & Tomato £7.50

Prawn with Mayonnaise or a Squeeze of Lemon Juice £7.50

We do have gluten free bread available – please ask! G

Especially for the little ones…

Children’s Ploughmans- Cheddar or Ham, Tomato, Cucumber, Apple Slices, Bread & Butter £7.50

Down House Farm Organic Burger in a Bap with a Mixed Side Salad and Crisps £7.50

Down House Farm Free Range Pork Sausage, or Veggie Sausage with Mash Potato and Gravy £7.50

Sustainable Fish Fingers and Baked Beans £6.00

Pasta with Tomato & Basil Sauce and a sprinkling of Cheese £6.00 V

Children’s Sandwich– Jam, Marmite or Peanut Butter £3.00 V




Vegan Breakfast - £9.50

Hash browns, mushrooms, tomato, baked beans, vegetarian sausages & toast and Tea or Mug of instant coffee

Bubble & Squeak £7.50 or double it up £10.50

A pattie of bubble & squeak (maris piper spuds, caramelised onions & savoy cabbage) topped with mushrooms and grilled tomatoes

Baked beans on toast £3 / £5

Seasonal fruit compote with Granola £6.00


Spicy Lentil Dahl - £8.50

Onions, garlic, spices, tomatoes, red lentils and coconut milk – with crusty bread

Hearty mixed vegetable & butterbean casserole - £8.50

With crusty bread

Vegetarian chilli - £9.50

With cous cous

Massaman Curry  - £12.00

Sweet potatoes, peppers, green beans, cauliflower, roasted peanuts and mixed spices – with rice


Vegetarian sausage & onion £6.95

Houmous & salad £6.95


Home-made vegan scones with ‘Heavenly whipped’ vegan cream and local jam - £7.95

Sunflower and pumpkin seed flapjack- £3.00






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