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The Colonial Restaurant

The veranda of the Colonial Restaurant
The Colonial Restaurant at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Normal opening times: open every day 10am – 3.30pm (kitchen open 10am – 2.30pm)

During Floodlit Evening Walks, restaurant open until 8pm, with last orders at 7:30pm.

The restaurant is just before the ticket office at the Gardens and so can be enjoyed by all. There is no admission charge to use our catering facilities

Our lunch menu changes daily, but we do have daily specials and Sunday roasts.

View October Evening Meals menu

We are now taking bookings for Christmas lunches between 13th November to 19th December, and then 4th to 26th January. Bookings are for Wednesday, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays only. More details in the menu below:

View our Christmas Lunches menu

Your lunch booking includes free entry to the Gardens. To reserve a table, please email or call 01305 871732, 9:30am – 3:30pm.

SPECIAL OFFER: Book before 31st October for a free tea or coffee and mince pie.

A non-refundable deposit of £5 per person is required to secure the reservation. All meals are required to be pre-ordered at least one week in advance.

Food Philosophy

Good Food, the Simple Way

We serve homemade food.
We use locally sourced ingredients from local suppliers.
We cater for vegetarians and customers with allergies.
Gluten-free, dairy-free and wheat-free products are always available.


  • Beef is reared locally in Bridport,
  • Pork and lamb come from the West Country,
  • Fish is caught locally (where possible),
  • Salad leaves and watercress come from Dorset,
  • Vegetables are supplied by UK sources,
  • Gluten-free flour comes from Somerset,
  • Speciality ice cream comes from Chippenham,
  • Crisps come from Berkshire,
  • Coffee is fair-trade, organic and Rainforest Alliance Certified,
  • Tea is organic and fair-trade,
  • Bottled water comes from Hampshire,
  • Wine comes from a supplier in nearby Bridport,
  • Cakes and bread are mostly made in our kitchen, with a small amount provided by local suppliers.
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