Nappers Mite: A cafe/restaurant with history
Nappers Mite is a piece of local history,originally built in 1615 by Sir Robert Napper as a set of Almshouses for 10 old men.It is now a cafe/restaurant and the oldest building in South Street,Dorchester.Inside it is full of old worlde charm with its stone walls,stone mullioned windows,original stone doorways and the nail studded oak door.Outside eating is available in the courtyard when the weather is good.A good selection of traditional food with generous sized portions and at a reasonable price.Good and friendly service.Car park close by at the rear of property.
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Favorite Dish: The liver casserole with fresh vegetables and new potatoes.
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The Rajpoot: Great Indian but stay off desserts
At the top of the High Street there are two Indian restaurants opposite each other. We looked at the one on "our side" of the street but it was an upstairs restaurant and impossible to see how popular it was. It also had a specials board outside and according to my Bourdain-fan hubby this is an act of desperation so we settled for The Rajpoot even if the exterior made it look like a quaint, old tea room. Inside, the sound and smells of India hits you and you know by the amount of people here that you are in for a treat. It was quite full when we came but we were taken to the bar and a table was quickly set for us.
The first thing to surprise us here was that narg's kebab was on the menu so that became our obvious starter. This Indian version (lamb mince) of a Scotch egg is something found in only one of all my husband's Indian cookbooks, but one he cooks a lot. It was wonderful, and I continued with lamb with a "chef's special" lamb curry with a name I had never heard of, which was hotter than I thought it would be but with a complex mix of all the spices. Hubby had a chicken and peppery curry, whilst our daughter had a korma with more coconut than I have ever had experienced in one before.
The desserts was what left us a bit surprised since they were not at all up to the rest of the food here. Frozen Italian desserts seem popular with Indian restaurants in England since we've come across those in London too, and they might be good for kids but do not impress. Our daughter stuck to her mango lassi whilst we settled with a mango and pistachio kulfi respectively, which were OK but that's about it. Service was friendly and very efficient and the only thing that really annoyed us was that the poppadums offered as an aperitif ended up on the bill afterwards, making the meal even more expensive. Perhaps it was a statement from the restaurant that they belong to Dorchester's classier establishments. The guests were definitely upper middle class, academics, and celebrating families. Not at all your standard "lager louts" wanting a vindaloo at the end of a pub round. I would come again if in town that's for sure.
Favorite Dish: The narg's kebab was so good it nearly had us in tears. The lamb mince surrounding the egg was wonderfully flavoured and with perfect consistency.
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Nappers Mite: Former Almshouse
Robert Napper built this former almshouse in Dorchester in 1615 for 10 poor people to live after a town fire in which 300 houses were destroyed, during the reign of James I. When the poor laws changed in 1835 this building went through a series of changes. The front of the building was rebuilt in 1842, but the Jacobean style can still be seen in the back elevations with its tall brick chimneys.
Now it is a licensed restaurant with an outside courtyard. There is a small courtyard in the centre allowing you to pass through from South Street to Charles Street.
Favorite Dish: This restaurant serves unpretentious home-cooked food. Items like jacket potato with various fillings, choice of salads, omelettes and filled baguettes. Home-made cakes and tea is the quintessential English experience and there is a wide choice here, also hot chocolate and coffees. There is usually a daily 'special' and the day I was there it was cottage pie and the portions were very generous.
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Little Chef: Little Chef
We stopped at this little chef at Winderbourne Abbas which is a couple of miles west of Dorchester. This restaurant chain is dotted all over the UK. Not known for its culinary achievements but an ideal pit stop.
I would however recommend the French red onion tart, its gorgeous!! Prices are average, £6-8.00 for a main course. It is not unusual to see BOGOF in the national press.
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Wessex Royale Hotel: Wessex Royale Hotel
This is the restaurant at our hotel, We didnt eat an evening meal here, but the menu looked great, higher than average prices.
Breakfasts were fine, the usual toast, cereal, and/or cooked english breakfast. One little moan is the vegetarian breakfast is just the normal one minus meat, no vegetarian substitutes. Staff were very pleasant, couldnt do enough to help.
The Kings Arms: Cheap Eats
After failing to find an Italian restaurant we settled on the Kings Arms, on the Dorchester High Street. This 300 year old coach house, was full of architectural atmosphere, if a little rough around the edges.
As well as the specials board you can order 2 meals for 10.00 pounds which we ended up doing. A Spinach Fritiata with a strong tomato sauce, which was suprisingly enjoyable.
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