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“Hidden gem”
Review of Cloisters Cafe

Cloisters Cafe
Ranked #49 of 240 Restaurants in Chichester
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: Breakfast
Description: Cloisters Cafe prides itself on fair trade suppliers and freshly cooked food, featuring dishes such as smoked haddock with a gruyere and tomato gratin, supreme of chicken in a mushroom and tarragon sauce and roasted sweet potato with a bean ragu. Old favourites also appear on the menu along with baked potatoes and a range of hot and cold sandwiches. There is a roast on Sundays when bookings can be made in advance. Cloisters also has a beautiful walled garden and the stunning Cathedral spire can be seen through its glazed roof. Next to our cafe is the Cloisters Shop, offering a range of unique and gorgeous gifts and accessories, souvenirs and religious items. A perfect way to round off a visit to the Cathedral, or just to find that special present.
Chichester, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
Reviewed March 8, 2012

Excellent food, though less interesting than when it was run by local church groups. Beautiful garden and opportunity to watch the peregrine falcons on CCTV.

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Rowlands Castle, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“A very tasty experience”
Reviewed January 30, 2012

I rate Cloisters very highly, OK it is a rather upmarket self service cafe restaurant but it is, as the name suggests in the Cloisters of the Cathedral and the garden area is very popular in the warm weather. I have also had the pleasure of experiencing a number of private functions hosted by the Cloisters team and 'clear plates and quality food' are the order of the day. On my visit I had the Sussex Game Pie, Roast Spuds, Roasted winter vegetables and peas - a huge portion of top quality food which kept me full until the day day ! Certainly in the winter, why not try the 11am Sunday Eucharist at the Cathedral - even if it is not your thing, just the choral music is worth going for and then go on to Cloisters for Sunday Roast - I think one course is £6.95 and you can then make up your mind about a dessert. It also makes an interesting alternative to the many high street coffee bars for a snack

  • Visited December 2011
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sussex
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191 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“A bright place on a rainy day”
Reviewed January 25, 2012

Visiting the Pallant Gallery for the excellent Burra exhibition I needed a light lunch and had heard the cathedral restaurant was good; it is. The modern light building has been cleverly added to the south side of the cloisters with a sunny garden (no sun on my visit - just dripping coats). Food was fresh and with a good choice. Only two wines but my red Pays d'Oc was very good. Good clean toilets. Friendly smiling waitresses add to the experience.

  • Visited January 2012
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West Sussex
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nice setting in Cathedral grounds!”
Reviewed January 17, 2012

A nice restaurant in Chi Cathedral grounds - bustling given it's a tourist attraction but this shouldn't distract from the restaurant.

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Lovely historic setting, but food other than main dishes needs attention.”
Reviewed December 10, 2011

I often have lunch here when on a day trip to Chichester as I enjoy the historic atmosphere, especially in the summer sitting in the garden. However, the food (apart from hot main dishes which are good) is not always reliable. On my last visit I decided to have a panini with peppers and salad. The panini was not heated up, the interior just consisted of a couple of bits of raw slimy pepper and the salad was not fresh so I didn't eat it. On a previous visit in the summer, the rolls were not fresh. I am thinking of going elsewhere in the future which is a shame as I do like the setting.

  • Visited December 2011
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Thank Jo S S
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