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8 Montpellier St, Harrogate HG1 2TQ, England
(01423) 508762
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Ranked #19 of 359 Restaurants in Harrogate
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $37 - $37
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Description: Van Zeller restaurant in Harrogate has a chef of rare gifts in native Yorkshireman Tom Van Zeller. Creating delicious and innovative British cuisine is the mission here, and one that has succeeded admirably. The smart dining room is both stylish and comfortable, a fine, intimate bistro-style setting for the kitchen's high ambitions. Chef Van Zeller started his career locally at the famous Betty's Tearooms and Rudding Park before learning his craft in some Michelin-starred restaurants in London, Sydney and New York. Now returning to his roots, Van Zeller won the backing of esteemed restaurateur David Moore (two Michelin starred Pied a Terre and Michelin starred l'Autre Pied) in creating Van Zeller restaurant. Almost immediately, his creative cuisine has earned Van Zeller Best Newcomer at the 2010 Northern Hospitality Awards, Best Chef at the 2010 Harrogate Hospitality & Tourism Awards and a pair of AA rosettes. Van Zeller is one of Harrogate's destination restaurants.
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English first
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

There was a warm inviting atmosphere here when we arrived without a reservation one cold December evening. This is formal, but not stuffy dining in the French manner. Professional, friendly and well informed staff ( and plenty of them for a small restaurant). Every mouthful was cooked and presented perfectly. For my superb raspberry pudding, even the plate matched the... More 

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Mountsorrel
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We had the ten course tasting menu and it was fantastic, like getting ten birthday presents as you don't know what's coming next. The restaurant was easy to find, warm welcoming and pleasant. A couple of downsides - two courses in a row had really strong garlic puree on, both dishes were excellent on their own but following each other... More 

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Wargrave, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

I'd visited VZ last year so a whole 12 months have past. This time i came with a larger group and we had been told the advertised 7 course taster for £35 was not available now so we went ahead with the 6 course for £60. I make no apologies for this appearing picky as our bill was over £100... More 

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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

I instantly compared Van Zeller to michelin star and michelin recommended restaurants that I've visited, from the moment I got there. This is a positive in itself and shows the standard that we are dealing with here. There are some areas of this review that will be seen as being too picky. This is only because I think the restaurant... More 

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Yorkshire
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66 reviews 66 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Superb lunch today in Yorkshire's finest restaurant. Whatever the others offer, nothing can beat this kitchen team for sourcing, cooking and presentation. The combinations and skills are, without question, a surprise and a delight. Service is professional, knowledgable and friendly. Van Zeller customers all know that this restaurant is worthy of a Michelin star, however, despite the powers that be... More 

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Ilkley, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We had the 7 course taster menu. I had the vegetarian one, my wife had 2 courses with fish. I liked the way the food was presented and also the way that the dishes concentrated on one or two main ingredients eg the dish with beetroot cooked in (probably) 4 different ways. My favourite dishes were the slow poached egg... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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124 reviews 124 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
255 helpful votes 255 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Went to the restaurant to attend a function. We had the £50 per person menu which was weird....edible soil...what's all that about !? Staff were ok - would go if I was paying for myself.

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York, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Last visit was several years ago. While it was very good then it's now probably one of the best that Harrogate has to offer. The location is central but tucked away down a little back street. A lovely restaurant with modern decor. Really enjoyed the rabbit dish not to say I didn't enjoy the others but that was the stand... More 

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Billericay, United Kingdom
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347 reviews 347 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

We try to eat here any time we are in Harrogate. It is a very pleasant environment, clean white tablecloths and napkins, great service. The food is outstanding. Portions not too large so you concentrate in the flavours, which were fantastic. From the "pre-starter" to the amuse bouche to the pre-desert and desert, the tastes and textures of the food... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We ate in the evening, and really enjoyed the experience. One can choose a la carte, or a large or small tasting menu, and we decided on the former. Intriguing blends of flavours, beautifully presented food, and attentive but certainly not pretentious service. Best to book, as the place is both popular and small.

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Additional Information about van Zeller

Address: 8 Montpellier St, Harrogate HG1 2TQ, England
Phone Number: (01423) 508762
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  Harrogate
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 37 - 37
Cuisine: British

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