Cafés were invented centuries ago in Europe by diners who eschewed both the rowdiness of pubs and the exclusivity of royal hoagie emporiums. Dine in democratic style with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of tea, coffee, and gourmet breakfast and lunch fare at Dorset Café in Wellesley Hills.
Dorset Café caters to tea-lovers and coffee connoisseurs alike with a plethora of warm, caffeine-laced beverages, as well as flaky pastries and gourmet sandwiches. Replenish the energy zapped by rapid eye movement and sleepwaltzing with a hearty choice from the breakfast menu, such as whole-wheat waffles ($8.95) or a hot pizzette with chevre goat cheese, bartlett pear, and maple ($8.95). Sippers can soothe their mouths from the stress of early-morning chewing with a steamy beverage, such as a large cup of special-reserve, single-origin coffee ($2.35) or a personal pot of loose-leaf black tea ($3.50). The stomach’s midday grumblings turn into afternoon applause thanks to selections from Dorset's lunch menu, which includes vegetarian quiche ($8.95) and gourmet sandwiches (starting at $6.95) that allow diners to choose their bread, fillings, and toppings, creating a lunch as unique as the snowflake fingerprints snowmen leave at their icy crime scenes.
Dorset Café’s four afternoon tea services––held 2 p.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Saturday––allow leaf lovers to take a sip-centric timeout from their daily toils. Try the Devon service ($9.50), which features Dorset's award-winning scones, a choice of either clotted cream and preserves or lemon curd, and a pot of loose-leaf tea, such as organic earl gray, lemon chamomile, or russian caravan. Make a meal of the tea by upgrading to the Dorset service ($20.50), which comes with a mouthwatering mix of assorted sweets, chocolates, and finger sandwiches, five of which form a flavorful fist for punching hunger back into submission or pounding on the table to emphasize an argument.
- At the cozy Dorset Tea & Coffee [sic] in Wellesley Hills, early afternoon light streams in and the ambience is so serene you feel as though you've been transported to another place. – Sheryl Julian, Boston Globe
- Dorset is a classy little cafe with delicious food and wonderful tea. Every time I go not only am I thoroughly satisfied with the menu offerings but am always greeted with a smile and prompt service. – Alex M., Yelp, 05/20/10