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The Close | Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury SP1 2EN, England
01722 555172
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Description: The Cathedral's Refectory Restaurant is open Monday to Saturdays from...
The Cathedral's Refectory Restaurant is open Monday to Saturdays from 9.30Am to 5.30Pm and Sundays from 10.00Am to 5.00Pm (except Christmas Day). This unique glass-roofed area provides a wonderful space in which to relax, meet up with friends and enjoy food and drink, with views of the spire soaring 123m (404 ft) above you. It offers a self-service buffet selection of homemade cakes and pastries throughout the day, Fair-trade coffee, fresh leaf tea, a selection of sandwiches, rolls and panini, afternoon tea - and plenty more besides. Freshly prepared hot lunches and homemade soup are served from midday through until 2.00Pm. 'Early bird' and 'cream tea specials' are available. Families with young children are always welcome at the restaurant, with a "Monster bag" selection menu for younger children. There are also books and a children's play table to help keep youngsters entertained whilst you enjoy your refreshments.
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  • 13
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
What a wonderful setting!

We regularly come here for morning coffee or afternoon tea and the setting must be one of the most spectacular in the country. The glass roof enables diners to have a constant view of the cathedral spire and roof and even on a dark winter's day there is something interesting to see. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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English first
Southampton, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Visited here today with my husband. Thought we would have the bean curry. I was offered salad with it as a "meal deal". I asked for rice instead and was told it didn't come with rice just a very small naan bread. It didn't taste of anything really especially curry, a bit more curry powder perhaps and it wasn't that... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

My friend and I went to the restaurant one afternoon for tea and cake. It was lovely. All the cakes, biscuts and brownies are all home made and lovely. It was a tough choice out of the brownie or the cream sponge cake! I would definitely recommend for an afternoon tea.

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Adjacent to the Cathedral and at the end of the gift shop. Lovely, airy feel about the place with great views through the glass ceiling of the Cathedral. Lovely selection of soups with a big chunk of lovely bread. I enjoyed the beef stew. Very welcome on a crisp, cold but sunny day. Generous portions. My cousin enjoyed a large... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 via mobile

You probably couldn't have enjoy a cuppa in a better environment. The drinks were spot on a lovely pot of tea (properly done with tea leaves) and a really lovely latte. Unfortunately the cakes look lovely but the taste doesn't live up to it. I couldn't eat my scone, and my daughter left the brownie. The cheese scone was a... More 

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Farnham, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

On a cold February day, after visiting the cathedral and listening to the Royal Marines band practicing, it was a delight to nip in for a decent cup of tea and good cake. The soup looked good too. It was bright and airy and perfect for what we needed. Nice modern toilets too.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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85 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We regularly come here for morning coffee or afternoon tea and the setting must be one of the most spectacular in the country. The glass roof enables diners to have a constant view of the cathedral spire and roof and even on a dark winter's day there is something interesting to see. The restaurant itself is beautifully designed and laid... More 

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London, UK
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97 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The restaurants attached to Cathedrals and similar attractions are a mixed bag and The Refrectory is better oranised, offers a more imaginatie range of food and provides better alue than many. Even on a Saturday lunchtime the wait to be served was short and tables were aailable.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The food here was very amazing. Looks like they have just done everything up recently, and it looks very nice. The glass roof is amazing! This is really a good place if you like history of democracy,etc.

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Last time I went here about 2 years ago the food was dull and overpriced. Now oh my word it was fantastic. Great setting, good quality food, reasonable prices and nice selection and very baby friendly. Even had gluten free desert. No entrance fee to the cathedral is required to get in to the cafe and toilets. Well worth a... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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203 reviews 203 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Well worth a stop, if only for the breathtaking view of the cathedral spire through the sloping glazed roof! Helpful and chatty staff, and a calm, clean atmosphere. Great tea and cake.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: The Close | Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury SP1 2EN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Wiltshire  >  Salisbury
  • Phone Number: 01722 555172

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 12
  • Cuisine: British

Description

The Cathedral's Refectory Restaurant is open Monday to Saturdays from 9.30Am to 5.30Pm and Sundays from 10.00Am to 5.00Pm (except Christmas Day). This unique glass-roofed area provides a wonderful space in which to relax, meet up with friends and enjoy food and drink, with views of the spire soaring 123m (404 ft) above you. It offers a self-service buffet selection of homemade cakes and pastries throughout the day, Fair-trade coffee, fresh leaf tea, a selection of sandwiches, rolls and panini, afternoon tea - and plenty more besides. Freshly prepared hot lunches and homemade soup are served from midday through until 2.00Pm. 'Early bird' and 'cream tea specials' are available. Families with young children are always welcome at the restaurant, with a "Monster bag" selection menu for younger children. There are also books and a children's play table to help keep youngsters entertained whilst you enjoy your refreshments.

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