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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 – 4.30pm (kitchen open 10am – 2.30pm)

During the Enchanted Illuminations, the kitchen will be open for lunch from 12pm – 3pm, and dinner from 3:30pm – 7:30pm.

The restaurant is just before the ticket office at the Gardens and so can be enjoyed by all.

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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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