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The Cellar Door

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££ - £££European, , British
41 Saddler Street, Durham DH1 3NU, England
+44 191 383 1856
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good27%
  • Average11%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
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Open Now
12:00 - 17:00 Hours
European, Contemporary, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
££ - £££
41 Saddler Street, Durham DH1 3NU, England
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1 - 10 of 826 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Rarely do we visit Durham & not visit The Cellar Door. The food is always excellent. Personally I prefer it not on a Sunday when you get the full menu rather than a roast. Either way it’s great.

Thank Edward A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Down a narrow staircase into converted old building overlooking the river with outdoor terrace as well as two intimate floors of elegant tables, this is a gem. Welcoming waiters and owner with delicious food and an interesting menu of classic dishes with a twist.we were...More

Thank Springhil
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just walking past, menu looked good so went in. Service superb. Room nice, lose the background music and it would be even better. Main of rump of lamb was excellent, pink, soft, full of flavour. Desert of buttermilk panna cota surrounded by kiwi jelly was...More

Thank Moggie1957
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food is excellent, probably the best in the city of Durham. Staff are always friendly and helpful. Large gourmet portions. Located in an extraordinary place, below street level, on two levels with a garden, views on both levels facing river.

Thank PietHeim
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly staff squeezed us in for lunch on a busy Saturday. The service was speedy to start with although faltered as the place filled-up. The two waitresses were polite throughout, despite there being too many covers for just two staff. The set up was immaculate...More

Thank Kirsty T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In spite of a very long wait for attention (the only member of staff was dealing with an issue on the phone!) we were glad we had waited as our visit to The Cellar Door was a good experience. Although it was after one o'clock...More

1  Thank Julie A
Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

We arrived at the restaurant for a late lunch. Very warm welcome by the staff. The food was cooked to perfection and well presented. The 2 or 3 course lunch menu had a great choice and was an outstanding price. The waiter was friendly, professional...More

Thank T M
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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Lovely food ,bit of a wait between courses but no rush , waitresses recommendation was spot on, will come again

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 17 March 2018

We wanted lunch before visiting Durham Cathedral. Doesn’t have great kerb appeal but we Liked the sound of the menu from the board outside. You go down many steps to a nice bar area and we were shown to a table by a window overlooking...More

1  Thank BACNYorks
Reviewed 11 March 2018

This was my first visit and was a bit uncertain due to the mixed reviews. The ambience is nice and the service reasonably attentive but the food doesn't quite cut it. It is trying to be nouvelle cuisine but frankly I think they need a...More

2  Thank Gillian B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$49
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 17:00
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 41 Saddler Street, Durham DH1 3NU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Durham  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +44 191 383 1856
Passion. It is quite often impossible to summarise the experience created within a restaurant with just one word. Passion. Passion to produce the best food possible with the freshest and finest ingredients we can scour the world to find. Passion to strive to be the best. Passion to ensure that our customers remember. Passion to cater for people from all walks of life and give them a lasting memory of our restaurant. We're not going to tell you about how we have stunning river views with outdoor dining set in a 13th Century cellar conversion. We're not going to bore you with how difficult we are to find. We want you to come here, seek us out, walk down those narrow steps, be surprised by what lies beneath and leave wishing you had found us sooner. We're not perfect, we're not the best in the world, but we strive to be the best we can and evolve every day, so come join us on our journey.
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