The Refectory

The Refectory

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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
3.8 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.8 of 5 bubbles
Value
3.6 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
3.9 of 5 bubbles
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About
The Cathedral's Refectory Restaurant is open Monday to Saturdays from 9.30Am 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 selection menu for younger children.
PRICE RANGE
£5.00 – £8.00
CUISINES
Cafe, British
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles273 reviews
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David J
Northampton70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 none
Visited at 12.45 on a Sunday. Paid 5.55 for a very large hot homemade carrot and coriander soup with large roll and butter which was thoroughly enjoyed. Staff were active and helpful. Prices are not cheap but are good value bearing mind this is a top tourist destination. Would certainly visit again.
Written 1 March 2020
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KWD_11
Cheltenham543 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
Excellent food served by very quick and efficient staff. The lunch time specials tend to sell out early – due to their excellence – so arrive soon after noon if you want the best choice. The setting of the refectory is noteworthy, being bolted onto the exterior wall of the cathedral. This is a meeting place for the cathedral’s well to do middle class clientele, with prices to match, but certainly you can’t fault the quality of the food or the setting.
Written 14 February 2020
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abqsage
Fort Myers1629 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
We decided to eat in the Refectory after attending the Sunday Eucharist at Salisbury Cathedral, and it was a really great lunch experience!! They offered a real feast with the Sunday Roast, with huge pieces of carved pork, dressing,several vegetables, potatoes, and gravy. My wife and I shared one plate and were quite full with some left over. We also tried their incredibly delicious meringue, and also had a creamed tea, and it was a lunch we'll remember for a long time. The setting is also awesome. The Refectory has a glass ceiling so that you can look out and see the cathedral walls and towers, making for a unique setting. We loved it, and want to return again when we can.
Written 6 January 2020
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matticace
Salisbury254 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 friends
Overpriced at £10 for a disappointing main! My friend and I stopped here for a quick bite to eat at lunchtime. Service was quite slow, and when my macaroni cheese finally came out it was sloppy, cold, and extremely bland. The side salad that came with it was quite nice however.
Written 31 October 2020
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Family Adventures
United Kingdom18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 couples
We ordered soup, one of us had potato and leek, while the other had carrot and coriander. Both came with a nice chunky piece of bread. The soup, while tasty, would have been nicer had it not been so liquidised. The homemade lemonade was very bitter, and the plain scone we had for afters was sent back due to its bland flavour. This was replaced with a lovely piece of lemon drizzle cake without any fuss. The breakfast tea was very nice. All in all, average food, nice location.
Written 8 March 2020
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AbeTring
Weymouth72 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 couples
My wife and I regularly visit Salisbury to see family and we often call in here for lunch. Last week we re-visited and I had the delicious mushroom soup with granary bread - good sized helping and reasonably priced at £6.50 - Couldn’t fault it. Mrs Tring had a warmed up tuna melt ciabatta, an unusual but ultimately disappointing choice for her and not one she will be repeating. As I yummied my through my soup which also had cheesy croutons she looked on enviously, almost resentful of my very presence. She finished off with a good quality scone with jam and cream and only allowed me to try a quarter of it. A revenge tactic for me choosing a better lunch than she did. So….the food and location is good. However the visit was spoiled somewhat by our server, we had settled down at a table at the end of the counter and I had started my lunch when he appeared with Mrs T’s tuna thingy. Before handing it over he looked a bit taken aback and asked if we were guides? We had no idea what he meant…he then said we were sitting at a table reserved for Cathedral guides only. I asked him how we were supposed to know that? He then said there is usually a sign on the table but someone had moved it and he would be “tearing them off a strip”. There were loads of other tables so I didn’t think it was a major issue however he ordered us to move! He said he would be in trouble if they came in and couldn’t sit at their usual table. In hindsight we should have politely declined and stayed where we were, there were loads of other empty tables but we passively agreed, I picked up my soup, my drink, my carrier bag, my coat and we shuffled off to a different spot with people looking on wondering what we had done wrong. In my view this was a pretty appalling way to treat paying customers who had already started eating! We will go back because we quite like it there but if the manager reads this please have a word with yourself and reflect if you think you could have handled this a bit better? Thanks.
Written 31 March 2023
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CharfieldPTC
Wotton-under-Edge373 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 couples
Oh dear. Whilst visiting for the excellent Tower Tour, we thought we would have lunch here. We stood by the sandwich counter and most of the weekend young staff did a great job of walking back and fore without making eye contact. Eventually someone came over and served us but there was no smile or glimmer of customer service. A couple of soft drinks and sandwiches £21. Wow, this must be something special. No! 2 tasteless sandwiches and the cheese and ham toastie was a sloppy mess of wet ham and imitation cheese. I have given an extra star because the tables in the cloister were a nice touch. I’d suggest eating elsewhere or going hungry.
Written 19 August 2023
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JJJC_Family
786 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 couples
For a restaurant in a cathedral, this was a surprisingly good choice for dining, particularly for the convenience factor when you don’t have time to eat in an external restaurant and see the cathedral or if you just get hungry while visiting the cathedral. We got decent portions of chicken, grilled vegetables and potatoes at a cost of 13.50 pounds. And it was decent quality and well prepared. Our dessert was a cookie that was tasty, but we really lusted for the other options which looked very tasty, but probably had a heck more calories. The ambiance was also much better than I expected. Service was speedy, too. For us, this was the ultimate win situation, except there was so much food, it took a lot longer than we wanted to take and ate up our already limited time in the cathedral to the point where we basically mostly took pictures. Oh well. That’s life. We should have got out of our hotel earlier.
Written 12 June 2024
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Maximus
17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 solo
Very pleasant upmarket ambiance with very appealing quality food and drink offering. Pricing is extortionate though about 30% more than you would pay elsewhere for same quality I thought. Theres plenty of alternatives very close in the town but I guess they just don't have the wow location factor!
Written 19 February 2020
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XRXM
North Yorkshire516 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 none
Contacted out to I believe Compass Catering the whole place does not feel like a church restaurant/cafe. It just is poor in so many ways. Like The Bell Cafe which the cathedral owns they have chosen to contract out and clearly the company has to make large margins. Surely there are enough local people plus volunteers to run this properly.
Written 18 August 2021
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Refectory16
Dear Brian G Thank you for your recent review placed on both our Refectory site and our Bell Tower Tea rooms site. I am sorry that you have chosen to present such a general view and comparison. At the Refectory we are very proud of our offer, which includes a full range of home crafted cakes and pastries, daily changing soups and lunch specials, cooked on site by our Chefs. Our hot drinks offer of freshly brewed loose leaf tea from the Brew Tea Company and handcrafted Barista coffee options is a stand out service in Salisbury and beyond. In terms of the Bell Tower Tea rooms, The Corona virus pandemic and subsequent actions and controls we have had to follow have constrained our offer by the space we have available, and we hope to reinstate our full service, once we feel it is right to do so, however please be assured that the offer also includes those same home crafted choices, albeit in a more controlled service style Regards Paul Jackson
Written 28 August 2021
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matforddavid
Exeter157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 friends
Three of us meeting for a visit to the cathedral; between us we sampled a meaty main, a vegetarian main and toasted panini. Very good, but slightly bland, but that is cafe style. Prices were reasonable. All were good standard for a cafeteria meal, and we would all go back if we were visiting. Service was friendly. The cafe has chilled tap water as an alternative to the bottled drinks. It is spacious, light and airy
Written 23 August 2023
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UK-Artisan
London127 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 couples
Midweek Hot lunch. Hot cottage pie, cold vegetables, cold plate let down what could have been a reasonable lunch. Nice tea and pastries, muffins, cake etc.
Written 5 April 2023
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LizardJ
Leidschendam1003 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 friends
Delicious vegetarian lunch. We ate here during our visit today and it was tasty. The mushroom stroganoff with salads and the carrot and coriander soup were good. We loved the CD decor and the lack of single use plastic items too. A complimentary tap water stand was good to see too. It’s a lovely cafe.
Written 1 January 2020
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David B
19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 solo
I visited to have a quick lunch and chose to have vegetable curry which was actually a vegetarian casserole as there was no curry powder in at all. Staff were friendly but I think the main meals are expensive for what they are. Also no signs available to indicate what was on the lunch menu.
Written 18 October 2022
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Victoria B
Raleigh1661 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 none
We wanted to see the Salisbury Cathedral, but we also needed lunch and we were traveling from London to Bath with a stop at Stonehenge, so we needed something fast. The Refectory was perfect because we not only got to see the Cathedral from the outside, but we got to peek at some of the areas inside and have a delicious lunch. My favorite view was looking through the skylights at the spire of the Cathedral. Our lunch was great! I appreciated a spot with fresh salads and veggies for my little kids. Everything was delicious even down to the espresso (says my husband!)!
Written 11 April 2023
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