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The Refectory

) #62 of 210 Restaurants in Salisbury ££ - £££ Cafe, British, Soups
The Close | Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury SP1 2EN, England
+44 1722 555172
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good35%
  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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“cakes” (34 reviews)
“eccles cake” (2 reviews)
“frittata” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cafe, British, Soups
££ - £££
The Close | Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury SP1 2EN, England
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1 - 10 of 145 reviews

Reviewed 10 June 2017

Whatever you do don't buy a 'home made' lemonade here. It was absolutely awful. I wondered if it was just my opinion but everyone else in my tour group who'd purchased it were also in accord with me. I bought a cream tea and sadly...More

Thank Roslyn35
Reviewed 8 June 2017

For lunch I had a very small not very interesting quiche which was circular in shape about 2.5 inches diameter. With vegetables this cost a ridiculous £7-95. When I protested at it being overpriced for such a small bit of quiche I was told that...More

Thank 537Wiggyness537
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Lovely venue with great atmosphere. Glass roof lets you see the spire and upper parts of the Cathedral. Nice fresh food and cakes and salads. You can wander through the gift shop back to the entrance.

Thank jon b
Reviewed 29 May 2017

Been here a few times, coffee is fine, but the other parts leave a lot to be desired. The bacon sandwiches we had were the worst I have ever had, to say the bacon was tough, would be an understatement, my shoe leather is more...More

Thank Russellnuman
Reviewed 16 May 2017

After visiting the Cathedral, make sure you don't miss out on the "tea and scones" at The Refectory. Staff are very friendly and whilst you rest and recover, you can marvel at the cathedral through the glass ceiling.

Thank Dirk W
Reviewed 22 April 2017

These two hungry vegans touring around Salisbury nearly fell over when we popped into the cathedral cafe just to see if there would be anything we could eat. Our eyes (and later mouths) feasted on a wide array of gorgeous fresh salads and soups that...More

Thank OregonKittycat
Reviewed 21 April 2017

We visited the Refectory at the beginning and end of our tour of the Cathedral - include it in your trip because the coffee and cakes were great and it is spot on for a light lunch accompanied by home made lemonade and a soaring...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

We stopped in the refractory after our visit to the Cathedral and were ready to sit down by then! We had hot pork baguettes that were delicious and much appreciated. Once we had satisfied our hunger we looked up to see the most amazing view...More

Thank Jules E
Reviewed 30 March 2017

It's a self-service canteen with very limited space. There can be massive queues, but they still manage to be kind. I thought there would be just 'coffee' but when I fussily asked for decaff soya flat white it was no problem :-) Loads of tap...More

Thank David P
Reviewed 28 March 2017

Not cheap but the food was lovely. I had the Homemade soup and bread which was really tasty while the roast turkey on sour bread baggett looked and smaller really nice. The place is a light airy pleasant place to eat.

Thank Kryztyne1
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$10
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations
Good for
View, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Close | Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury SP1 2EN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Wiltshire  >  Salisbury
  • Phone Number: +44 1722 555172
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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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