Coronavirus Update Monday 27/4/20


    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 will only open on Wednesdays for the time being, usual hours of 10 – 12 noon, due to staff shortages.

From Monday 30th March the shop will close at at 2 pm Monday to Friday, and open at 8.30 as usual.

                 Weekend hours will remain the same at present.

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.

Further to the flyer sent out by Thorncombe Community Support for Coronavirus,

we at the shop are fully in support of this and will be happy to talk if anyone wants to contact us .

We can order bread, milk,  fruit and veg daily and  we are trying to get a stock of meat in as soon as possible. You can put in an order. The  next delivery will be on Wednesday.

We are sorry that our stocks are low this is due to the fact that are suppliers are out of stock too.

You can open an account easily to make it simpler for people to pick up groceries for you.

Jut call us on 01460 30282., and speak to Heather or Wilna or  email us through our Contacts page.

Thorncombe Gardening Club 

The Club will be suspending all meetings and holidays until September.


 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.



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- 2 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

 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.