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), and provide a two-course home-cooked lunch every Tuesday for only £7 .The menu is updated weekly . We also sell home cooked delicious  Bacon Baps every Saturday morning from 9 – 11 am.

Take a look at the products and services we provide.

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


New fun idea…every Wednesday ….starting 8th January at 2.30 pm:


Do you enjoy crafting?

Would you like to meet other crafters and boost your skills while chatting over a drink and cake in our cosy, welcoming village shop?

If yes, please come along to our new group starting on

                          WEDNESDAY, 8TH JANUARY AT 2.30 PM

Everyone welcome, crafters and non-crafters.

For the first session Fiona will bring along samples of some of her favourite crafts. Come along and bring your current project or a finished one to inspire us all!

Cost: £3 per session to include tea or filter coffee and cake.

Let’s have some handmade fun!

Wednesday afternoons 2.30 – 4.30 pm at our shop


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 Friday: 8.30 am-5.30 pm
Saturday: 8.30 am-1.00 pm
Sunday: 9.30 am-12.30 pm

New: from 24th September the shop will close at 2 pm

Tuesdays 8.30 – 2pm

At the recent meeting of Thorncombe Village Shop Management Committee a decision was made that, due to the acute shortage of volunteers, the Shop would close at 2 pm each Tuesday afternoon with effect from 24 September 2019 and until further notice.  


Minimum spend on a debit or credit card: £5.00
Cashback available: Maximum of £50.00

Post Office opening hours

Monday & Wednesday: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Come in and see the new layout and furniture in the shop!

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.

And now Spring is on its way you can sit outside as well!

  For more pictures of the refurbishment see our Gallery Page.