The Cellar Door

4.6
1139 reviews
£26 to £40
Modern European
This restaurant is truly a 'blink and you'll miss it' establishment, tucked away on the main street to the cathedral. The steep entrance leads down to a deceptively open space with floor to ceiling windows providing extensive views of the river and the restaurant's rear garden in which produce is grown for the dishes available. Some of the original 13th century stonework is still visible throughout the building.
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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PamelaN
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time we had but but would definitely go back

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Colly1309
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Sunday lunch with my wife, the food was great, service and were ambiance outstanding

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PaulS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. One of the best meals we've had in the UK in a long time. We will be back. Superb. Thankyou

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AlanM
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great evening.Starter was delicious. Fluffy souffle. Main was well balanced and moreish. Shin of beef succulent and nicely presented.

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Siladio
County Durham
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious Beef Wellington and Chicken Supreme. Really polite and pleasant service.

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LizL
County Durham
4 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Interesting and tasty first two courses of lunchtime menu. Desserts weren't quite of the same calibre. Nice staff, nice setting. Very reasonable price.

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MaureenS
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value for money attentive pleasant friendly staff good service would recommend without hesitation

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptionally pleasant and capable staff. Delicious food from a limited menu (Sunday lunch) at a good price. Extensive wine list. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The only minor complaint was that the room was a little chilly as the fire door appeared not to close properly but it improved as more customers arrived.

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SamanthaH
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Extremely steep stairs to access so not great if you have mobility issues. Lovely spacious rooms, with good amount to space between each table. Super clean, first class staff and excellent menu and good all beautifully presented. We will definitely return. One small quibble is that we would have preferred a steak knife with our beef wellingtons as it would have made eating them a little bit easier, but in the overall scheme of things it’s not a big issue.

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RPCY
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We all went for the great value set menu. It was interesting and well executed. Loved the haddock Scotch egg. Picpoul and Rijoca wines were lovely. I didn’t really like the house white. Comfy seating. Good temperature. Service helpful and friendly. Tap water no prob. Why not five stars? It was too noisy at times and difficult for those with hearing issues. Only one ladies and gents loo each (that I saw, maybe was another elsewhere) but was clean and well stocked. Would definitely return

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MartinJ
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I really enjoyed my visit to The Cellar Door. The service was really good from the moment we walked in, and the food was excellent. My only negative, which is quite minor, is that I was told that a seat on the table would be dressed for one of the guest's birthday. However, when we were shown to our table it hadn't been done. Overall though, this didn't matter too much as we had a great afternoon. I would definitely recommend.

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MarieH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely meal.
We had the set menu which we thought was quite good value

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RonC
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good wine selection and great value and excellent service.

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DDCC
London
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent standard of food and set menu is great value . Staff always very professional and friendly.

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vipFussyeater
London
19 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent as always, food great, lovely service and amazing value.

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MarieC
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Not impressed with lunch menu
Friends steak asked for well done came medium. I had gnocchi tasted like rubber and coffee cups with no handles not a good idea very jot

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Emma
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. We will be back soon. Thank you

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kaoriS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food. But the room was cold, so I wore my coat when we were eating.

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LisaM
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely restaurant with excellent service and great food. Would definitely recommend for a special night out

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Malfyy
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was incredibly slow Staff run off their feet and clearly overworked and understaffed. Badly organised

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GUido
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Not enough staff as the restaurant was full. Had to wait a long time for our bottle of wine.

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CharlotteL
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Imaginative, well presented, tasty dishes. Extensive wine list. Good service. I would have preferred quieter or less poppy music.

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OpenTable Diner
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food was very tasty but wasn't hot. The staff were very helpful and friendly but not enough of them.

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TallyG
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and definitely attend again! I had a friend come to visit me and so wanted to take her somewhere nice and everything was lovely! Thank you! (Bottom floor, table by the stair case).

Tally Gibbs

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ElaineC
Scot. Islands
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was superb. The menu was classy, but unpretentious. As good as anything we've had and good value. Wine list was extensive. Service was excellent. Highly recommended.

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AndrewR
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and attentive staff,could not wish for more.Great restaurant and at a great price .

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LucyB
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We had high hopes when we booked, but the food wasn’t up to the standard. The miso mushroom dish was so salty it was practically inedible and the beef wellington was dry and the meat was slightly tough, considering it was fillet. The partridge starter was also dry although the cheese soufflé was nice. The restaurant has pretensions of high class cooking so we were quite disappointed. Service was lovely and it had a nice atmosphere.

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Diner
London
13 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday meal with my son and friends.

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FurcsaBorcsa
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous food, lovely service. Need to book ahead !

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JaneH
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A hidden gem! Friendly service with a lovely treat at the end for birthday girls and boys! The lunchtime menu was really good quality and value for money.

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Sandyb
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

We came for a girls lunch with friends. The food was delightful, I ordered from the all in lunch menu which was very good value for money. Unfortunately the service was particularly slow. We waited nearly half an hour for 2 sweets and a cheese board. We were seated in the cellar area which was very atmospheric but very dim which made reading the small printed menus difficult. The wines were quite expensive but overall a very pleasant couple of hours spent here. Would definitely return.

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Sinty
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Unfortunately had table under staircase which was quite dingy. Looked pleasant on the upper floor. Had food off set menu which was just ok. Maybe food better off a la carte which looked quite expensive

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Felix217
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience3

Food ok. Was told the beef Wellington would be ‘very pink’; it was grey and tough. Onion rings were practically crucified and the explanation was because ‘they use seasoned flour’. Replacements were perfectly cooked and golden brown. Service was very good and overall ambience pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is absolutely the best dinner we had in Durham. Highly recommend for special occasions, dates, and families’ time. Thanks so much for the incredible food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
County Durham
3 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Later afternoon so not many other people around. Service was great attentive but not over intrusive. Sadly Onion rings rather over done but steak was great

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BrendaB
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Superb find in busy Durham, lovely quiet Monday night with well spaced tables and all staff wearing masks all of the time. Felt very safe and food was good too.

They charged me for still water and I always ask for tap water so that was annoying and is why I removed a star.

Terrible steep narrow stairs as entrance access. Could not take elderly relatives or wheelchair using friends. Another big negative.

Absolutely excellent staff.

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Pdiddy
Cheshire
9 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very slow service ,long wait after starter to main coming 35 mins ...
Food was only warm not hot , but was very nice , lamb dinner the yorkshire puddings are huge!!
Pudding waz to die for , lemon curd meringue and earl grey icecream

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had plans change so booked here at the last minute for a date night. The food was, as ever, cooked to perfection. My husband had the Oxtail followed by the beef wellington and finished with the cheeseboard. I had the pear to start followed by the artichoke risotto, I’ve never really been a fan of risotto but this has converted me, then I finished with the lemon curd topped with candy floss all washed down with a bottle of the Smoking Loon a wonderful evening

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MickeyC
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent vegan options, efficient service and a great location

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Susan
London
16 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the nicest meals we have had. Excellent. Will definitely book again.

FAQs

The Cellar Door does offer delivery in partnership with Just Eat.

The Cellar Door is rated 4.6 stars by 1139 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.