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Winchester Cathedral Refectory

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The Visitor's Centre, Inner Close | Inner Close Hampshire SO23 9LS, Winchester SO23 9LS, England
+44 1962 857258
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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178 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

Love this little pit stop refrectory as it always has good fair priced food in a wonderful spot to meet friends and escape the crowds

Thank Binks0045
Southampton, United Kingdom
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173 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

Visited with family today for lunch as part of our cathedral visit. The till is just pure chaos. One person at the till when the queue was 25 people long. Some food need to be ordered at the till and others at the cafe itself and queue was for both. Wait for 2 cheese sandwiches and a burger was 55... More 

3 Thank Mkris9
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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179 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016

I went here after a visit to the Cathedral. The food was of reasonable quality, but expensive, a sausage roll, chips and small bottle of wine was £10.50. It was crowded at the time and service was very slow. This was probably in part due to the Christmas market.

Thank B7152FJpeterw
Southampton, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2016

If we are in Winchester we support The Refectory and appreciate that the majority of the staff are volunteers who without exception are always pleasant. The food which appears to be cooked on site is pretty good (with the exception of the packaged sandwiches which are overpriced and often dull, white bread, mayo and tuna at almost £4 !). The... More 

3 Thank maryY7949FT
Winchester, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016 via mobile

If you want a light meal or tea and cakes, just by Winchester Cathedral, the Refectory is ideally positioned. We have taken friends from US and Canada there recently but have been a bit disappointed by the menu and the organisation of this cafeteria. The management should spend more time keeping washrooms clean and operating inside and outside the building.

3 Thank tomwO6177GV
Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

Good food at reasonable prices, and all home cooked. Quite busy but friendly staff (apart from till lady) who look after you well. Good for lightish lunches and snacks.

Thank Charles G
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132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

If you didn't know it was there, it's certainly hidden away. Nice selection of cakes and good coffee at a reasonable price. Like any café serving fresh coffee, there can be a long wait at busy times, but both the inside and outside seating areas are very pleasant. Yes, it can be a little noisy, but the high pitched roof... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

The notice we saw said that the refectory was a 'hidden gem'. It seemed pretty crowded when we went there on a Monday lunchtime. Even though it is a large area, every table was full and there was a long queue at the counter. In the end we decided to view the cathedral and come back later. It was less... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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792 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 323 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

On a busy Sunday afternoon.Tables were not being cleared 'people not being shown to empty tables a bit of a free for all !!!No staff on the tills !!No evidence of a manager .Only had a drink.

3 Thank Mary38677
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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156 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

We had a cup of coffee here but came back for lunch after visiting the cathedral. Friendly staff. Good food. Weather good so sat in walled terrace.

Thank Michael B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Visitor's Centre, Inner Close | Inner Close Hampshire SO23 9LS, Winchester SO23 9LS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Winchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1962 857258

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?