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The Close | Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury SP1 2EN, England
01722 555172
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Dining options: Lunch, Coffee & Tea, 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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  • 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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Salisbury, England, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We arrived here just in time before it really did begin to fill up. We didn't have to wait long and I was very pleased that there were a lot of foreign visitors to out lovely cathedral as well. I was very intrigued with the loose leaf tea pot that we had, rather like a cafetierre. The baguette and the... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We thought we would try a breakfast here, but there is very little on offer at that time of day. The cakes looked great for later on though. The service was a little unsure, with a couple of young girls maybe still learning. A yoghurt was ok, & my bacon bap was cold by the time we had waited for... More 

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Ontario Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

After touring the Cathedral we stopped for a cup of tea and slice of cake. What a perfect venue to contemplate a perfect day's excursion and the view through the glass roof is superb. The tea is made with loose leaves, btw, and one of the best we've had anywhere in the UK. Desserts are varied and tasty.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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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 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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91 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 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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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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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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