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Salisbury Cathedral Refectory restaurant

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The Close | Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury SP1 2EN, England
01722 555172
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Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice and good value

Church cafes are almost always a good find and this one is a cut above the average, serving simple but professional beverages and cakes etc. at a very reasonable price. The main area was a bit too warm for my comfort (not surprising, as it's a conservatory and it was a warm day, albeit not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Church cafes are almost always a good find and this one is a cut above the average, serving simple but professional beverages and cakes etc. at a very reasonable price. The main area was a bit too warm for my comfort (not surprising, as it's a conservatory and it was a warm day, albeit not particularly sunny) but it was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Called in for coffee and cake, pleasant cafe, and good selection of cakes, looked very clean and light. Pity they don't have wifi.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

The Refectory cafe is a lovely spot for lunch in the Cathedral. You go through a line for the food and there is a fair amount of seating. Lunch was just starting and the selections were very fresh looking with a nice variety. I had a Potato and leek soup that was very nice on a rainy day,. There were... More 

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Derbyshire, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We only popped in for a cup of tea and slice of cake. More accurately a huge eccles cake with rhubarb cordial and a slice of Victoria sponge with coffee. The eccles cake was excellent and I will make some of that cordial. The coffee scored a reasonable 6 (Sir's best cafe coffee has only every scored an 8), but... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Great wholesome home made food at affordable prices with very friendly service. Thoroughly recommended

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I've used this restaurant /cafe for lunch a couple of times now, first visit was for an afternoon coffee break. Both myself and my husband had coffee and cake and were in agreement that it was very good. Cakes were homemade and portions were reasonable but very pricey. On our second visit we had the two soups on offer. My... More 

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Bargoed, Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Called in for coffee and a delicious Danish Pastry when visiting the cathedral. Excellent choice of food and beverages. Lovely decor and comfortable surroundings. Loved it!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Stopped here for a light lunch, but some items had sold out by 2, an airy pleasant room, in a school canteen way, very nice outside seating, Possibly the smallest cups I've every seen in a restaurant, poor value for money,

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

The restaurant is very nice, open & airy with the glass roof so you can see the outside of the cathedral . The food all looked very nice but was rather expensive but we had panini's which were both very good & tasty .Overall we enjoyed this visit & would definitely visit again if in the area

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The cafe is lovely and a lot of the products are made fresh. The staff are nice and pleasant but the prices are ridiculous- £3 for a small diet coke and £6 for a sandwich!

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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 8 - 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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