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van Zeller

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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
Closed now
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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, Late Night, 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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  • 49
    Very good
  • 28
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  • 8
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  • 11
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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
Excellent restaurant - as good as any Michelin starred

Absolutely fabulous from the word go, excellent food and excellent service with great value for money. My partner and I both had the 10 course taster menu, and picked our own wine. The food was as a good as any of the Michelin starred ones we've been. Gorgeous food, beautiful styled and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
amanda1985stoke
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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371 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Absolutely fabulous from the word go, excellent food and excellent service with great value for money. My partner and I both had the 10 course taster menu, and picked our own wine. The food was as a good as any of the Michelin starred ones we've been. Gorgeous food, beautiful styled and amazing tastes. Wine was kept topped up, waiters... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Cambridge, England
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We ate at Van Zellar on a long weekend break in Harrogate. I really can't fault the place at all. Amazing, beautifully presented food, excellent wines and friendly service without being stuffy. Desert was the star of the show, rhubarb and ginger, a work of art and tasted out of this world. It's not cheap, but then don't go here... More 

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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We have eaten tasting menus at several restaurants, including Michelin starred, and this was an excellent example. Some we have had in the past lacked pizazz, but by dish 3 (rabbit) we were hooked by this one. We had the menu without the wine flight; substituting an aperitif, a good bottle of 2009 St Emilion and a glass of port... More 

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2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

What an amazing meal! Having done a few tasting menus at a few restaurants around Yorkshire which left me a little disappointed I wasn't sure what to expected from Van Zeller but I wasn't disappointed. The food was amazing with each course complimenting the next and some unusual combinations such as smoked eel with apple and goats curd and an... More 

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Harrogate
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74 reviews 74 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I'm not sure how to start this review, some parts of the experience was amazing, some parts where at best average. Firstly because we were a party of 6 we had a reduced menu to choose from, we were told about this beforehand but I still feel it's a bad practice, I'm paying the same as everybody else but I... More 

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Charing
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Outstanding, half the price of London and half again as good. Imaginative, wonderful mix of flavours all of which you could taste individually, interesting wine list, khowledgeable senior waiters, small venue but none the worse for that.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We eat out in Harrogate quite a lot and had tried to reserve a table at Van Zeller for some time, without any luck, so for a special treat, I booked well in advance for my partners birthday. It was mid-week so the restaurant was not as busy as we expected (see above), there were only a few tables in... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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536 reviews 536 reviews
381 restaurant reviews
333 helpful votes 333 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

restaurant wasn't as busy as I thought it would have been so when we were there at 830pm it was pretty quite and hence not a great deal of atmosphere/ambiance. Food was good. Salmon main to be recommended.

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derbys
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

We had the tasting menu and unusually argued about the best bits! If you ask us this is verging on Michelin star but not sure. Must be the best in Harrogate. I would but say that with other places you may be disappointed with the flight of wines at the price But all very well done by staff.

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Harrogate - England
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

My wife and I ate here in February 2015 and having spoken to many people since I can now honestly say the food was very poor and very unpalletable and poorly presented. Black snails, raw pigeon and opaque eggs(Edwina Curry eat your heart out!) were almost inedible. We had the six course taster menu bought for us(groupon) for a Christmas... More 

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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 38 - 38
  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?