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van Zeller

8 Montpellier St, Harrogate HG1 2TQ, England
(01423) 508762
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Ranked #18 of 344 restaurants in Harrogate
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $43 - $43
Hours:
Mon 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wed - Sun 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 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
Harrogate, United Kingdom
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

It is a rare delight to eat food that nourishes the eye and the mind as well as the body. Van Zellers Restaurant in Harrogate does all three in spades. We have eaten at Van Zellers (both lunch and dinner) many times and have always been pleased but on a good day we have been a combination of delighted and... More

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

I have been wanting to try this restaurant for some time now and as there was an offer on the seven course tasting menu (£35 pp) it seemed the perfect opportunity! Service was excellent, staff were friendly, knowledgable and genuinely seemed to enjoy their job. The food was also very impressive, we weren't sure what to expect when we saw... More

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW via mobile

I have been surprised by certain negative comments on here...and I'm shocked this restaurant isn't higher up the TripAdvisor rankings! We chose the £50 pp starter/main/ dessert option along with a £30 wine. The portions are small but extremely tasty. There's additional courses thrown in for fun and the whole experience is great! I genuinely don't understand the negative staff... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Last night I very much enjoyed eating at Van Zeller's lovely intimate little restaurant in Harrogate. We chose the 10 course taster menu with wine flight. My partner does not like certain foods and his preferences were readily accommodated in the dishes served. And WOW! these dishes were special! Every one was a delightful adventure of taste and texture with... More

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Coventry, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

I was lucky enough to dine here with friends over the TdF weekend. The restaurant were very accommodating of dietary requirements (as you would expect) and happily changed some of the dishes on the tasting menu to cater for my wife not liking seafood. They were also keen to clarify that it was just a dislike and not an allergy... More

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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We went to Van-Zeller restaurant on recommendation from our son. My wife and I had a very pleasant meal which was served efficiently and professionally. The staff we found very friendly and helpful. They catered well for my wife who is gluten free, the food was excellent. We would certainly visit this restaurant again. Thank you for a pleasant evening.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Can't say the three guests and myself will be rushing back for what was in our opinion distinctly average experience in both taste and service, service would in fact fall below average. Good wine menu and food very pretty, hence having to put up with neighbouring tables taking food photography every 5 seconds!! Maybe my expectations are too high but... More

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12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014 via mobile

Went for lunch and had the set menu at £35 which we thought was excellent value for such great food. Amuse Bouche was intriguing in its unusual textures and flavours (as it should be) followed by smoked hens egg and then duck with five spice and mango all followed by pre desert then fennel donuts. All beautifully presented and tastes... More

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HK-PH1, Owner at van Zeller, responded to this review

Dear A_V_P_UK. Thank you for your review. Sainsbury’s supermarket have also mentioned the smoked hens egg dish in their magazine! Alongside morels, the egg is served with wild garlic that I forage from riverbanks very close to my home with my four year old daughter. I am really glad that you enjoyed it. Best TvZ More

Harrogate
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We had a fantastic meal - 5 course taster menu this time. some really sublime dishes. Want to try the 7 course taster menu the next time we go. It would have been 5 stars but for the very over priced wines. Come on Tom £35 for Prosecco is ridiculous! We would have had 2 bottles of wine instead of... More

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HK-PH1, Owner at van Zeller, responded to this review

Dear Nosmo_king46. Thank you for your review. I am delighted that you enjoyed your meal. Wine prices start at £21.50 and I offer phenomenal wines by the glass including. Laurent Perrier Rose, Puligny Montrachet and Gevrey Chambertin. See you next time. Best Tom More

Bradford, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
183 reviews 183 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I've wanted to go to this restaurant for so long and was so excited about going and in a way I feel it was a little bit of a letdown. There was nothing particularly wrong with the food but I just wasn't blown away. We had the 7 course taster with wine flight. The amuse bouche was a little strange... More

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HK-PH1, Owner at van Zeller, responded to this review

Dear Kt051083. Thank you very much for taking the time to post your review and images of the dishes that you ate. I really do hope that you will come to my restaurant again. My menus change regularly with the seasons and I am really excited about the forthcoming dishes for June. Stay tuned to my social media to see... More

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