The Cellar Door

4.5
1046 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.
What 1046 People Are Saying
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Moppy
London
5 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The menu was superb and
When our food was served it was impressive and beautifully presented. The quality of the products was very high and tasted fantastic. Truly impressed. Service was spot on. The only comment is that it was a bit chilly but we asked for the air conditioning to be turned off and it was.

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Constanced
County Durham
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

very good dinner with delicious food, especially the duck and chicken supreme

MC
MichelleC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was beautifully presented and highly flavoured. The mushroom sauce with the chicken supreme dish was full of mouth watering flavours that a decision to return was definitely made.

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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food especially the beef Wellington

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Trudgy
London
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ideal location for a Uni drop off lunch. Good food and service. Most enjoyable.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening. Lovely fresh food and great inventive menu. Lovely staff. We will come back

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John
County Durham
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, interesting menu. excellent customer service, very decent pricing

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stub
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value and excellent food. Location outstanding
Highly recommend

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VickiC
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. A really enjoyable evening

JY
JoannY
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time at the cellar door and it will not be our last food was excellent great value for money. Staff were very pleasant and attentive

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AngelaM
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Sunday lunch, beef was gorgeous and the Yorkshire pudding was amazing as always, only small, tiny criticism would be that extra gravy/jus is needed to fully appreciate the Yorkshire pudding. Espresso dessert was divine, nice atmosphere and lovely staff made a really enjoyable lunch.

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DarrenW
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent imaginative food in a quirky setting. The largest Yorkshire pudding I have ever faced!

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Paul
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience1

Great food. Good staff. Pretty poor ambience. Needs a facelift

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Twick
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely venue , great service with excellent food . Will be back

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gracej
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely little restaurant. The staff were all extremely polite, friendly and very efficient. The food excellent would definitely eat here again when back in Durham.

JB
JaneB
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. Three course lunch was extremely good value for money. Excellent wine choice. Service excellent. Highly recommend this restaurant.

MB
MaureenB
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable easy-going atmosphere. Food was beautifully served and delicious.

DS
DaveS
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Restaurant could do with a good clean. Of two main dishes , one was excellent. The vegan option however (seitan wellington) was very poor - unpleasant stodge spoiling good pastry. Supposedly roast beetroot was near raw. Haddock scotch egg as starter was however brilliant.

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gazzac
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

very good meal- Partridge for starters for both of us
followed by the beef wellington for me which was cooked really nicely & the 2 ample slices made it very filling it came with onion rings, truffle chips & jus
My partner opted for the chicken supreme which came with dauphinoise potatoes in a wild mushroom cream sauce which was lovely
we shared a lemon curd, earl grey ice cream & roasted white choclate and meringue which was fab
we shared a bottle of pinot grigio, the cost was £105 , I think for the quality of food and service it was well worth the price, We will certainly come again next time we are in Durham - recommend booking as it was busy for a monday night

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JeniferG
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed dining here - good food, wine and service.

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Emily
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely place to eat in centre of Durham. The service staff were excellent. Extremely well informed about the menu and also drinks list, no long waits for food. Quite expensive but it was a special occasion and food was clearly good quality. Only 4 stars for food as I was keen on the smoked mash on the lamb dish, I found it quite salty, and the fondant wasn’t the best I have had but the raspberry cream with it was delicious. My partner had the beef Wellington and throughly enjoyed it. Would definitely go again.

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KarenG
Cheshire
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

very good restaurant, staff were very attentive and friendly but not overbearing. Food was very good would definitely eat there if visiting Durham again. we were in the little cellar at the back and were grateful there were two other couples in there too otherwise it would seem very out the way....perfect for romantic dinner. However it could have done with some low music in there....seemed like the rest of the restarant was a bit more lively and had more atmosphere because of it.
Still, would definitely recommend to others!

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NikkiB
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Sunday lunch. Great value for money and lovely service from Katie. She was really attentive and gave us hints and tips for things to do while visiting Durham

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JohnR
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot fault the service at 'The Cellar Door', it was courtesy, efficient and attentive. I must congratulate the management for the service of their staff. The food (Sunday lunch) was delicious, plentiful and great value. Overall a very positive experience. 5*

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Elizabeth
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food. Lovely to spend our wedding anniversary there

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WendyW
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday lunch at the Cellar Door. Food was delicious, and reasonably priced. The service was thoughtful and attentive without being over-bearing.

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RaymondB
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, friendly and efficient service - will return...

DC
DanielC
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, staff and ambience. Would highly recommend!

SC
SusanC
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service. Wide choice of lovely dishes on each course. Superb value for money.

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ABDurham
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely food great service and accommodating. But the coffee was tasteless.

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Suey
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A really nice restaurant with great atmosphere. Very good food and friendly professional staff. We dined on the outside terrace whi h was delightful. I think that the fact that staff are wearing face masks made the experience feel safe and gives a very good impression of the standards.

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MikeB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Very good value for the standard of the food.

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HELENW
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food beautifully presented with attentive staff. Great outdoor seating area too.

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kingkauf
Leicestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

a lovely evening sitting outside with good food and wine and good service

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TomTom
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, food excellent, could not fault any of it.
Service very good, would definitely go back

TK
TadK
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great choice of food, staff extremely friendly, the setting is brilliant

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Ladyk8888
London
13 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looking for fantastic food, great value and friendly staff it’s all here in a great location too

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DawnP
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we arrived to the time we left we were made to feel totally special. The food and wine was amazing. A wonderful evening.

RJ
RebeccaJ
County Durham
3 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit to the Cellar Door and I can’t wait to return. The menu is a delight and the food is such a high standard. The service was great, nothing was a bother. I can’t recommend this place high enough

MC
MandyC
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was lovely but my steak was slightly more cooked than I generally
Like it but only just.

FAQs

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

The Cellar Door is rated 4.5 stars by 1046 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.