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The Refectory

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The Close | Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury SP1 2EN, England
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Littlehampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We called in for afternoon tea after visiting the beautiful Cathedral. There is a large seating area with additional seating in the cloisters and a good selection of hot and cold food. Although it was busy we got a table with a perfect view of the Spire through the glass roof. My latte was very good and, as my friend... More 

Thank debdancing
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the better cathedral tearooms with a wide selection of dishes on offer. The cake mountain contained many old favourites and the sandwiches and soup were imaginative selections. It got a bit crowded inside when we were there as it was raining but you can eat in the cloisters just outside the refectory if you prefer. The glass roof... More 

Thank Dirne S
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice little cafe, quite expensive but it's a good location with great seating outside in the square.

Thank Genevieve7073
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a wonderful tour of the cathedral, we stopped in here for lunch. The view of the cathedral spire through the glass roof is simply stunning; worth coming here for this alone. The food and beverage options were good too; both hot and cold choices (soup, roasts, sandwiches etc) which seemed to be freshly prepared on the premises. The feta... More 

Thank Ivz_travels
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

If you are on a gluten-free diet, caution is needed in this restaurant! My friend asked which food was gluten-free and was told both soups and the salmon. He ordered vegetable soup and the server went into the kitchen to get gluten-free bread. Having eaten some soup, my friend realised there was pasta in the soup. He checked with the... More 

Thank mariemisso55
Hong Kong, China
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242 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 392 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

The Refectory was a real surprise. The food was excellent and good value and of course you can eat it in the cloisters too. We ordered the butternut squash soup and the pork baguette - both of these were very large and well done. Then we had cold drinks and all of this for 12 GBP - excellent value and... More 

Thank ESVincent
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

A lot of cathedrals and museums could learn from this place. Light and bright with fresh food and a menu that changes daily. Excellent value for money, too.

Thank Bognorboyz
Marlborough, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Have been here before but was disappointed today to find display of cakes etc left open to marauding bluebottles and flies. Admittedly there was not much left to protect but this seemed odd mid afternoon on a Friday when plenty of tourists were around.

Thank CeeandM
Southampton, United Kingdom
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53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

Came across this place by chance. Set inside the Cathedral it's a charming place to meet for coffee. The glass roof provides views of the spire. I didn't sample the food this time as I was just meeting friends but would certainly try it for lunch. Also appeared to have a good selection of cakes. The only draw back was... More 

Thank 87wendywoo
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

If you are visiting the cathedral, stop to sample the delights of their cafe. We went for lunch and liked it so much, that we we t back for afternoon tea. The soup of the day was a huge serve and delicious, and came with a bug hunk of crusty bread. My partner tried the baguette with hot roast pork... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $10
Cafe, British
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Close | Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury SP1 2EN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Wiltshire  >  Salisbury
  • Phone Number: 441722555172
The Cathedral's Refectory Restaurant is open Monday to Saturdays from 9.30Am to 5.30Pm and Sundays from 10.00Am to 5.00Pm (except Christmas Day). This unique glass-roofed area provides a wonderful space in which to relax, meet up with friends and enjoy food and drink, with views of the spire soaring 123m (404 ft) above you. It offers a self-service buffet selection of homemade cakes and pastries throughout the day, Fair-trade coffee, fresh leaf tea, a selection of sandwiches, rolls and panini, afternoon tea - and plenty more besides. Freshly prepared hot lunches and homemade soup are served from midday through until 2.00Pm. 'Early bird' and 'cream tea specials' are available. Families with young children are always welcome at the restaurant, with a "Monster bag" selection menu for younger children. There are also books and a children's play table to help keep youngsters entertained whilst you enjoy your refreshments.

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