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Welcome to the Trading Post & Café from Shirley and Robin

Robin and Shirley (artist Ann Day) have owned the café for more than 25 years and during that time it has changed its look, name and menu several times. It has also sold art, crafts, jewellery and now sells brocante.

The brocante is sourced by Shirley who has a good eye for beautiful and intriguing items. The couple noticed the growing interest in vegetarian and vegan food and were inspired to focus on the food that they already eat and enjoy. So in June 2018 the café was re-launched with a fresh, colourful, on-trend vegetarian and vegan menu!

Shirley has been a vegetarian for 35 years, and the café has always leaned towards vegetarian choices.

The Trading Post

Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and a Bit o’ Brocante

Vegetarian & vegan food

Treat yourself! Venture over to lovely Beaminster to try our delectable vegetarian and vegan food. Our breakfasts are hale and hearty and our salads are inventive and well-dressed. Classic lunch dishes, such as our Dorset Rarebit, have been given a twist and we’ve created new favourites – try our tasty beetroot booster burger. We serve moreish bread from Evershot bakery and we use other local suppliers such as Beaminster’s excellent Fruit ‘n Two Veg.

Gluten-free cakes

We guarantee it will be worth a trip just to try owner Rob’s scrumptious gluten-free cakes such as coffee & walnut with a gooey buttercream icing and Dorset apple cake. Rob is a Master Baker and these cakes are a revelation! There are vegan treats too. 

We are open Tuesday – Saturday from 9am – 2.30pm (last orders at 2pm). Find us at 3 Hogshill Street, a minutes walk from the town’s square.

About Us

Robin and Shirley (artist Ann Day) have owned the café for more than 25 years and during that time it has changed its look, name and menu several times. It has also sold art, crafts, jewellery and now sells brocante – sourced by Shirley who has a good eye for beautiful and intriguing items. The couple noticed the growing interest in vegetarian and vegan food and were inspired to focus on the food that they already eat and enjoy. So in June 2018 the café was re-launched with a fresh, colourful, on-trend vegetarian and vegan menu!

Visit Beaminster

Beaminster is a delightful market town with a host of independent traders and it is a great place to browse for birthday and Christmas gifts. There is a lovely church and a museum. There are a number of walking trails in the countryside surrounding the town. A flat and picturesque walk between Beaminster and the charming village of Netherbury takes about 40 minutes each way.

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