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van Zeller

8 Montpellier St, Harrogate HG1 2TQ, England
(01423) 508762
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Ranked #16 of 346 Restaurants in Harrogate
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $41 - $41
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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87% Recommend
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  • English first
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English first
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Attended Van Zeller for the £35.00 seven course menu as a couple. We were immediately greeted upon entering the restaurant and offered the drinks menu. We were also shown the set menu that we were having and were advised if we didnt like anything then it could be altered. Everything looked so amazing and we stuck with what was on... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Our Children treated my wife and I to the 7 course tasting menu at van Zeller last evening. We found both the food and service excellent. Some of the courses were among the best we have eaten in a restaurant, and we have travelled the world. Of special note were the Hens egg and tomato courses. Defiantly worth a visit,... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We had dinner at Van Zeller's on our recent trip to Harrogate, and it lived up to all our expectations. We had the three course dinner menu, and it was very interesting and innovative food. Perhaps my only (slight) disappointment was my dessert. I chose the fennel doughnut, and found the doughnut a bit heavy. The rest was delicious. Service... More

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Harrogate, North Yorks
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My husband & I have eaten at Van Zeller's a few times now and it has always been an enjoyable experience with consistently good food & service. On our last visit we tried the beef & snails and my husband has never tried snails before & he was pleasantly surprised by how much he liked them and this can be... More

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

My boyfriend and myself loved this place! If you like to try new and interesting flavours this is the place. I would recommend the wine flight.

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We booked to have the early evening two courses and a glass of wine for £30 a head. I'm always suspicious of restaurants that don't provide condiments as it can be a sign of pretentiousness, but I need not have been concerned in this case. All the food we had was well seasoned. Two "amuse bouche", an excellent choice of... More

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Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We went for lunch, and had the special deal lunch menu. The dishes were all interesting and very tasty, with plenty of fresh seasonal ingredients. The cooking was certainly Michelin star standard, and service was attentive and subtle. We didn't have the suggested wine pairings - we weren't convinced they looked quite right to cover all the dishes - but... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

great and interesting food, obviously expensive but didn't feel like being ripped off, as service was very good, not too aloof, conversational etc. Particularly enjoyed the sousvide meat course, and in fact every other course. Had done the Stage 1 of TdF that day (96 miles in the rain with my 13 yr old), and to be honest the thought... More

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Yorkshire, UK
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This was our second visit to Van Zeller and the food, service and ambience have been equally good on both occasions. Highlights from the short menu were a fabulous, intensely flavoured dish of steak with snails, a punchy starter of mackerel, and of course the stellar puddings. Van Zeller is however the kind of place where you could pretty much... More

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Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

The food and service in this lovely restaurant is second to non....... however I feel compelled to only give the place mere 4 stars (rather than 5 which the food and service would merit) for one simple reason. I firmly believe a service charge should be at the diners discretion and should NOT be added automatically. The bizarre fact however... More

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