Alembic Canteen @LSi Meet + Eat

Where are we?

Built in 1832 and boasting a vibrant and varied history, the beautifully restored Literary and Scientific Institute is located in the heart of Bridport.

What are we?

Bright and spacious, the Alembic Canteen serves delicious food and drink made from best quality, locally-sourced ingredients.

Open 6 days a week

Monday to Saturday: 9am – 3pm

The alchemy of cooking

Freshly ground coffee, reviving teas and in-house baked sweet treats are available at The Alembic, all day long.  Our delicious range of fresh, modern food is served from 10am-3pm on weekdays and from 9am-2pm on Saturdays. Lovely food, freshly prepared.

The food

During the week, we serve a range of mixed plates, cheeses, cured meats and smoked fish from 10am till 3pm. You can also choose from fresh quiches, soups and breads, delicious, healthy vegetable sides and locally grown organic salads.

Our cakes and biscuits are made fresh, in-house, the selection changing from day to day.

On Saturdays, we offer a full Brunch menu with a selection of Alembic favourites along with several hot options and daily specials. Served from 9am till 2pm.



Nothing beats a fine cup of coffee – hot or iced. Ours is roasted by Reads in Sherborne. We also offer excellent teas from Tea Lovers Co., hot chocolate and a range of locally sourced beverages: Furleigh Estate wines, locally produced cordials from Juicy Lucy’s, beers from Gyle 59, Town Mill Brewery and Palmers Brewery and cider from West Milton Cider Co.

Soft drinks

Juicy Lucy’s Cordials are produced right here in Bridport with unique flavours such as rhubarb and elderflower. Alternatively, enjoy a glass of Palmers Brewery’s premium ginger beer or West Milton apple juice.

Something stronger

We are fully licenced stock stunning wines from Furleigh Estate, West Milton Lancombe Rising sparkling cider, select craft beers from Gyle 59, a micro brewery located on the Dorset/Somerset border and beers from Town Mill Brewery and Palmers.



Our programme of special events and featured chef evenings will be expanded and updated regularly. Chef pop-ups, specialist food and drink events… please get in touch and let us know what you would like to see at The Alembic.

Part of the community

Alembic Canteen is a not-for-profit organisation which contributes to the Bridport Area Development Trust in its role of maintaining the LSi and other community projects in Bridport.


If you are interested in holding your own event, a special occasion, a dinner, a wedding reception or another kind of function with us at the Canteen or at the LSi  please click here.