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The Refectory

The Close | Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury SP1 2EN, England
+44 1722 555172
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good37%
  • Average13%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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“cakes” (29 reviews)
“soup” (11 reviews)
“meringue” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cafe, British, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
The Close | Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury SP1 2EN, England
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Reviewed 7 December 2018

I love The Refectory. It's a great place to stop in for a quick brew after touring the cathedral or having been to a service. Lots to choose from, great food.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank cinmac5283
Reviewed 19 November 2018

Although the Refectory is inside the cathedral cloisters you don’t have to pay their entrance fee to use it. It serves snacks, hot and cold meals and drinks, is well kept and the food and drink are reasonably priced and tasty. If you look up...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank John C
Reviewed 18 November 2018

We stopped here for a coffee and tea whilst viewing the Cathedral. They do hot and cold food quite friendly staff. plenty of seating enough on the menu if you are hungry. We just had a coffee and tea.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank graham c
Reviewed 20 October 2018

I was very happy to stopped for lunch at the Cathedral. The glass roof gives a fantastic view of the Cathedral Spire and made the whole place feel light and airy. I had the soup of the day and a scone the size of my...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Ali P
Reviewed 18 October 2018

Have eaten in her an many occasions and the food is always good plus the views of the cathedral are great.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Jason H
Reviewed 12 October 2018

A good selection of cakes to be found here or there was when we called in. Food and drinks were also a reasonable price.

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank keith w
Reviewed 30 September 2018

Although the cafe was busy at lunchtime people were being served efficiently. We just had a toastie each and a drink and it was very good. A very smooth operation.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank pulsatilla2016
Reviewed 17 September 2018

We were pretty tired when we got to the Cathedral, so before engaging, we had a very relaxing lunch in the adjacent Refectory. There is an interesting assortment of food (sandwiches, salads), baked goods, and drinks. I was happy to see large jars of water...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Eclipsegroupie
Reviewed 13 September 2018

Our visit to Salisbury Cathedral last Sunday afternoon was unexpectedly cut short when we discovered that it wasn't possible to visit the interior of the cathedral due to a special service being held, but we were very pleased with our visit to the Refectory where...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank j1954g
Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

Lovely place to stop and rest after a bell tower tour Food was well presented as are the staff. Lovely jam and cream scones available and the quiche and mix of salads was also lovely. Took advantage of the free cups of tea from out...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank tinalT4267WB
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$10
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, View
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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