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8 Montpellier St, Harrogate HG1 2TQ, England
(01423) 508762
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Today
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Van Zeller restaurant in Harrogate has a chef of rare gifts in native...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch time 3 course set menu

I visited here using a groupon voucher, £35 for 2 including a Bellini each. The staff were very friendly although the service was a little too fast for my ideal meal. The food was excellent, beautifully presented and high quality, quite small portions but overall quite filling as the desert was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Rosie N
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Alne, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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Alne, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I visited here using a groupon voucher, £35 for 2 including a Bellini each. The staff were very friendly although the service was a little too fast for my ideal meal. The food was excellent, beautifully presented and high quality, quite small portions but overall quite filling as the desert was quite rich. Also very generous with the bread which... More 

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leeds UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Bought the Groupon deal, £35 for two people, three courses and a bellini each. Very good value for money indeed. A warm welcome, friendly and efficient staff who checked we were ok with the set menu - we were. The bellini was lovely, really tasted of peach and was refreshing. Excellent bread and we were encouraged to try both kinds.... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I read reviews, did my research and happily told my cousin we'd managed to get into Van Zellers whilst at Harrogate...I've taken ages to write this review as I don't much care for being negative, but realised that had others shared less-than-positive experiences, perhaps flaws might have been addressed....From being watched through the window by staff unwilling to let us... More 

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North-East England
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We visited on a saturday night and despite it being busy the service and food were excellent. Staff were attentive but not stuffy.

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Harrogate, England, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Visited on a busy Friday evening and shared the tasting menu with my daughter in law. The whole menu was wonderful - particular highlights were the pea starter and the smoked eel. Felt that the fois gras with the duck perhaps was the only jarring point - would have preferred a different texture (perhaps some spinach?) and no fois gras,... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

My previous review of this poorly lit venue, with it's uncomfortable seating, ignorant (homophobic?) staff and bland food has disappeared, so I shall try again, without the damning details and see if this review is left... In short: food was beautifully presented, but tasteless. One member of staff, a waiter, was friendly, polite and helpful; other staff (the Maître D... More 

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North Yorkshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We visited for the three course lunch and were delighted with both the quality of the food and the perfect amiable service. This is a true fine dining experience and hence quality comes long before quantity. We chose the recommended wine flight to accompany our meal and were mightily impressed by the very young wine waiter who expertly answered all... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

An excellent restaurant with gourmet quality food and wines. The staff were very kind and attentive and also very knowledgeable regarding each course

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Love the seven course tasting menu, what fantastic flavors in every course. Each course beautifully presented and served by staff who are very knowledgeable. Small intimate resteraunt serving lovely wines to compliment the food.

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North Berwick, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

My husband and I have always tried to be fair when eating in a restaurant that is new to us. Van Zeller markets itself as a fine dining experience, this it is not. We were we thought lucky in obtaining a table on the day we called albeit at 6.pm in the evening as the person who took our reservation... More 

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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 39 - 39
Cuisine: British

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8 Montpellier St, Harrogate HG1 2TQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  Harrogate
  • Phone Number: (01423) 508762

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 39 - 39
  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine, Romantic

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.
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

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