Great news! From September 1st our Tuesday lunches will be starting again…..

Once we are out of lockdown.

A delicious home-cooked meal, main course and dessert, only £7.50.


Lunch is served from 12.30 – 1.30 and is open to all – but please phone to book :


01460 30282

We hope you have all admired the shiny new shop front? A much needed re-vamp that looks good, and should last for years.


    Paul, our resident wine expert has now completed his fascinating and clearly well-researched survey on new stock, a helpful and informative guide to the range currently on the shelves – read more here

The Post Office has now resumed its usual opening hours on Mondays and Wednesdays, 

10 – 12 noon

The shop closes at at 2 pm Monday to Thursday, and at 4 pm on Friday, and it will open at 8.30 as usual.

                            Weekend hours  remain unchanged.

If you would like to phone in an order it will be packed in a box and you will be able to collect from the shop door.

We would like to reassure our customers and volunteers that stringent hygiene measures are being taken in the shop, the cafe area and the kitchen to protect us all.

If you have any concerns please don’t hesitate to talk to one of the staff or volunteers.

We can order bread, milk, fruit, vegetables and meat daily.  You can place an order.  Deliveries are usually on Wednesdays.

You can open an account easily to make it simpler for people to collect groceries for you.  Just call us on 01460 30282 or email us through our Contacts page

Thorncombe Village Shop is at the heart of the village of Thorncombe – literally, as you’ll find us at the centre of this popular village. We’re a happy, busy shop, providing a valuable community service 7 days a week. As well as supplying our customers with a varied range of groceries, we run a cafe where you can sip a cappuccino or a cup of tea and treat yourself to one of our delicious cakes. We have free Wifi so you can catch up with your emails – a useful service for holidaymakers.                     

The shop is run by an association whose aim is to serve residents of and visitors to the village of Thorncombe, in Dorset close to the borders with Somerset and Devon.

Most of the staff are local volunteers who will be glad to help you find what you need in the shop, or order goods in for you. 

In addition to groceries, papers and beverages, we have a part time Post Office (see below for opening hours).

  We also sell home cooked delicious  Bacon Baps every Saturday morning from 9 – 11 am.

Breakfast on first Sunday monthly; two sittings: 9 – 10.15 and 10.15 – 11.30


Take a look at the products and services we provide.

Come in and see us soon – you’ll be given a warm welcome.



Some recent reviews in our Visitors’ Book:

“A warm friendly welcome and excellent cup of tea! A truly lovely community shop.” Customer from Corsham, Wilts

” What a lovely shop and a lovely village to stop and have a cuppa.”

Customer from Bridport

” A very welcome find for refreshment before our walk! Something for everyone.”

 Customer from Sevenoaks, Kent.

” How lovely to be guided to your village tea room with a lovely cup of tea and scone (Manager’s Special too!) We were at Forde Abbey.”

 Customer from Lindfield, West Sussex.

” Lovely shop and staff. We were evacuated here in 1944″

Customer from  Beechworth, Australia

Shop Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday:8.30 am- 2 pm  

Friday: 8.30 am to 4 pm

Saturday: 8.30 am-1.00 pm
Sunday: 9.30 am-12.30 pm


Cashback available: Maximum of £50.00

Post Office opening hours


Monday and  Wednesday: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

With comfortable chairs and roomy tables the cafe area of the shop is certainly worth a visit – come in for a bacon bap, or coffee and cake. Try a bowl of Homemade Soup or a toasted teacake with your coffee. You’ll be welcomed with a smile.

Tea, coffee and cake can now be enjoyed inside or outside the shop, with the necessary social distancing.

  For more pictures of the refurbishment see our Gallery Page.