What You'll Get
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
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Aug 23, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Limit 1 per visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.