The Cellar Door
There are multiple rooms and floors to provide options for outdoor dining, private dining and larger group bookings.
The food is designed to match the relaxed dining environment, with the main focus on the use of seasonal and local produce, with menus changing monthly to reflect the freshest produce available. A 2 and 3 course set menu is available on a lunchtime and presents the opportunity for extremely good value for money, along with an a la carte menu running all day. Perfect for special occasions as well as regular relaxed dining.
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Mon - Wed 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Friendly and excellent service wines overpriced but overall good experience
We had a lovely meal on Valentines evening. It was a set menu which was excellent value. The food was delicious, everything was so tasty. We were so pleased we chose it as we were visiting for the weekend and I chose it from previous reviews. We were not disappointed.
Very good menu choice and service too. The food presentation and quality was top drawer. We went on Valentines evening and it was very special indeed.
It was good value for money too.
Looking forward to our next visit.
Thank you all
We arrived at 8.50pm for a 9pm table.. we were not seated until 9.40 .. we ordered our meal from the reception area of the restaurant.. the starters didn’t arrive until 10.11pm
Another excellent evening at the Cellar Door to celebrate our daughter's 21st Birthday. Every dish was imaginative and full of flavour, giving a memorable experience
Another excellent meal at the Cellar Door - this Resturant always delivers! The best Resturant in Durham in my book!
Quite simply one of the best restaurants in the area. A beautiful, often changing menu of classic dishes and new favourites mean it is my go to for celebrating and special occasions. The service is fantastic, neither too familiar nor stand off-ish. I will be back, and soon.
Fantastic location The food was amazing. I would strongly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for somewhere special
I already have recommended to a friend!! Lived near Durham for years but this was my first time at the restaurant. Great setting, great views and a lovely experience. Thanks
Would have give 5 stars but had a really wonky table which we told a member of staff they said they would sort but never. We both had steak so it was a bit of pain with the table wobbling when trying to cut the steak if I’m honest. Apart from that a lovely place and lovely food. Would recommend x
Positioned itself as a fine dining restaurant, but falls short of the standards you would expect from such a label.
Food and service was perfectly OK, but does not justify the prices. Decor is somewhat worn and shabby in places.
Really nice find in Durham. Slightly overpriced food but very nice . Waitress could be more friendly but would return
As a professional restaurant reviewer, I'm probably more critical than most (it's my job; although this was a night off), so you may want to skip my review if you prefer popular opinion.
The Cellar Door was an interesting visit. The staff were fantastic and certainly the highlight of the meal, whilst the wine list was also superb with some rare treats. We visited on a dark winter evening so did not benefit from the river view out the window, however the venue is pleasant, if arguably too minimalist in design; plain walls preferred over any artwork in the main dining room.
For me, the food was far too complicated with unnecessary flavour combinations which failed to complement each other in all four dishes we ordered. Listening into the conversations of two other adjoining tables, they also seemed to repeat this observation. Perhaps the chef could take some tips from the interior designer.
Sadly, I can't give a reason as to why the group of Chinese students, on the table next to us, returned most of their dishes only half finished, as I don't follow any of them on Instagram - the only medium in which they seemed to communicate; glued endlessly to their phones over a space of an hour, pausing only to snap and share pictures of their food.
As somebody who judges my food on taste, rather than looks, the dishes sadly were a let down - the lamb was slightly overcooked, despite the knowledgeable waitresses informing me it would arrive "pink" (as it should), whilst the wild halibut was also cooked for too long, being far too dry in parts.
There's no doubting the adventurous spirit of the chef, and presumably global travels for inspiration, however, at £9 for starters, £17 - £25 for main courses, and £8 for desserts, it's on the high end of "reasonable", and, as a result, I would probably expect more accomplished dishes for that price.
An excellent find for Sunday lunch while visiting our son at university. Great food at good value, lovely venue with excellent view of the river. Thank you and will definitely be back on another visit!
We had outstanding service and the food was delicious. The menu is innovative without being outlandish and executed brilliantly. Oh and the cocktails were done to perfection. Good wine list too. Can’t wait to go back.
Overall it was a nice meal but I thought that it was overpriced. My boyfriend didn't really enjoy his main - the beef shin and was pretty underwhelmed. At the end neither of us asked for the bill but they brought it over straight away and we felt a bit rushed. We were sat about 50cm from the next table so if they expect people to pay as much as they are asking for they need to work on the layout too. Felt quite cold in there too, some soft furnishings may help make it feel more homely.
Lovely quaint establishment with great views over the river. Delicious found, brilliant presentation and good lunch time offers. We will be going back.
We came to Durham for the day and found The Cellar Door....what a find!!!Absolutely outstanding food at such a low price for the set lunch,We eat out a lot and this is up there with the best!We shall recommend and return!
A very disappointing experience. Meat was very over cooked and dry , I asked for gluten free options and they still forgot to remove items with gluten . Luckily I am intolerant and not allergic. It was a shame as had dined once before and had enjoyed it. Would now definitely not dine there again
Second time of visiting and, again, a good meal. Very busy with a nice ambience. Good service.
Great early evening menu
Unfortunately the food took over an hour to arrive with no real explanation. This meant we had to rush the main course and had no time for dessert.
Service was slow, their contours attempts to sell us more drinks became irritating. Several of the courses were disappointing.
Our must visit place when we visit Durham. Can't wait until our next visit.
We visited as a group of four in December 2019, secured a table with a view overlooking the river and chose from the Lunch Menu..
The starters were disappointing except for the calamari. The arancini was oily and dense, with three balls being too much. The mackerel pate came with some thin slices of radish and some broken biscuit, there was too much pate for the accompaniments,
The Cod en Papillote consisted of overcooked cod which didn’t seem fresh. The vegetables were undercooked and the meal was quite tasteless.
The Glazed Beef Feather Blade was flavoursome, but overcooked and the thick yellow sauce was stodgy and practically inedible.
The saving grace was the risotto which was acceptable but nothing special.
Very disappointing for what is claimed to be good quality restaurant. However the service was good and the staff were very friendly.
Very good service, good choice for a Sunday lunch menu, pleasant environment.
The food was truly excellent. Different takes on modern British food packed with flavour. The lunch menu was excellent.
Very impressive fixed lunch. Excellent quality food. Good value at £18 for three courses. Risotto rather than arancini but calls now from my fiancee to make that at home as she loved it. My duck Wellington could have been a bit bigger and a bit more duck in it. But flavours and cooking was superb, flaky buttery pastry and creamy rich beets. Cod en papillote for the boss, fish fractionally over cooked but not enough to detract from enjoyment as subtle fresh flavours combine well to give a wonderful flavour. And the world's biggest chicken kiev! An ode to the humble chook. Canon ball sized and quite how chef managed that whilst keeping it moist on the inside and crisp on the outside is a testament to the skill. A rich chocolate fondant and a decadent vegan sticky toffee pudding (huge!) Finished off a hearty delicious meal. Ended up £30 for three courses a large glass of wine and a half pint of stout per person... can't go far wrong there!! Service excellent too! Next time we're in Durham a return visit is definitely a must.
Excellent value, not sure how they serve such good food at the price!
Very enjoyable meal in a lovely setting .
The lack of choice around Real Ale via a pump would be my only suggestion , Take care Harold Nasuwt National Executive 14
Had a lovely lunch with my two daughters. The food was so good and enjoyed every course. Menu had something for everyone. Service very professional. Will definitely be back soon!
Excellent food and service. We will definitely return
Great food, served perfectly. A treat anytime of year.
Good food well presented. Lovely surroundings. We sat at the back next to a window and my partner felt a bit cold there, or was it a ghostly presence?
The staff were all very helpful and friendly. If I visit Durham again I would want to experience other
restaurants ( and there many) of course but I would be tempted to go to the Cellar door again.
Very good, friendly restaurant. Staff welcoming and very hospitable, definitely go back
A little gem in Durham centre. Good food and excellent service
We arrived at the Cellar Door about 15minutes before the time we had booked. A charming young lady gave us a warm welcome , took our coats and showed us to our table. After giving us our menus she left us to decide what we wanted. The order was taken and soon after an appetiser was served to us. The well presented meal was served and looked delicious, which it was. As we finished the meal the lady who took payment had time to have a chat with my wife and I. I can speak for my wife as well as my self when I say it was lovely experience from start to finish.
The food was good, the service was attentive and unobtrusive, and the atmosphere was peaceful and relaxing. Not the cheapest restaurant in Durham, but a great choice for a special meal.
Lovely food at good value but the place felt rather a bit dirty, especially the floor stairs, corridors and WC
The food was amazing, great service and environment was lovely.