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.

When are we open?

Open 6 days a week

Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 5:00pm

Saturday: 9am – 4pm

The alchemy of cooking

Freshly ground coffee, reviving teas and in-house baked scones, cakes and biscuits are available at The Alembic, all day long. Our delicious range of light and full breakfasts is served from 08.30-11.30 and a varied lunch menu is served each day from 12.00-15.00. Lovely food, freshly prepared.


Our full breakfast menu offers everything from granola and fresh fruit, eggs, Denhay bacon and Leakers toast to sweet potato pancakes, pastries and a delicious daily special.


Choose from creamy soups with crusty bread, vibrant salads, hot plates of pasta and paella and generous sandwiches. Also, make sure you check our daily special.

Afternoon tea

Each day Heidi bakes a varied range of beautiful cakes and pastries, fresh and in-house. Plus, launching soon, proper Afternoon Teas.



Nothing beats a fine cup of coffee. We also offer excellent teas, hot chocolate and locally produced cordials, beers and ciders.


Giles Read checks on us regularly to make sure we’re grinding his Great Taste Two Star Columbian beans to perfection. Our range of aromatic teas is sourced from TLC in Somerset.


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 stock wonderful West Milton Lancombe Rising sparkling cider and select craft beers from Gyle 59, a micro brewery located on the Dorset/Somerset border.



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.


We are in the process of preparing our facility packages, offering wonderful opportunities to utilise the various elements of our space at the Alembic and the LSi for your own events.

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