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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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Worth it for the view.!!!

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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English first
Salisbury, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW 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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW 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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62 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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93 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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189 reviews 189 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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140 reviews 140 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Most Cathedrals have a restaurant or coffee shop attached and Salisbury Cathedral is no exception with The Refectory tucked alongside the Cathedral with an amazing view up at the building through the glass roof. The Refectory is a great place to call in for a snack or a meal with food to suit the time of day always on offer... More 

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Cwmbran, United Kingdom
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121 reviews 121 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Visited after visiting the Christmas fair. my experience was not what I expected after reading about it on the website, there were only two main meals on sale turkey dinner or chickpeas curry. The hot turkey roll which I had was not hot. There was no salad bar or quiche and a very limited choice of sandwiches and rolls. The... More 

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Banbury
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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I popped in the cafe having not been able to look around the cathedral, had a very nice cup,of tea and a cake. Not too bad on the prices, but I was disappointed to see them selling alcohol, I did not think appropriate being part of the cathedral.

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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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