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The Cellar Door

$$ - $$$European, , British
41 Saddler Street, Durham DH1 3NU, England
+44 191 383 1856
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good27%
  • Average11%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible6%
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“scallops” (49 reviews)
“steak” (91 reviews)
“sea bass” (37 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 PM - 9:30 PMAll hours
European, Contemporary, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
41 Saddler Street, Durham DH1 3NU, England
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1 - 10 of 801 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

Access to this restaurant is by a steep and narrow staircase heading down from the pavement, so don’t rush down it. We were given a table that had suitable space for our Guide Dog in training – and which (as normal) slept throughout our visit....More

Thank Peter3101
Reviewed 4 days ago

Had a wonderful meal here with my husband to celebrate a new job. The food was absolutely delicious and the atmosphere was fantastic - very relaxed and informal even given the high quality and presentation of the food. The restaurant offers a diverse range of...More

Thank Kim S
Reviewed 5 days ago

On the whole, the food was tasty and well prepared. Dishes we liked: Crispy pork, lamb shank. Dishes we didn't: Seafood broth, baked alaska. The place was full and understaffed so when we there so service was quite slow. The place seems to have pretensions...More

Thank RML1
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I must say the sevice was fine quick and efficient ...the food however was dire. I had lamb and was told it would be pink..I asked for it to be cooked a little more i was told it may not be as tender...The lamb was...More

1  Thank Lesley C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ate here with friends one evening and was pleasantly surprised by the good food and service, from what is a restaurant in the cellar, as the name implies. So you descend downstairs into this fairly small restaurant, it does have an outside terrace, but too...More

Thank CRose8
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our second visit here was a very different experience to our first. All of our dishes sounded interesting and appetizing,however the reality was a very different result. Each course had problems, for example my halibut was overcooked and underseasoned and the accompanying hassleback potatoes were...More

Thank sunlunlad
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dropped in unannounced on Friday lunch time and could not have asked for anything better in Durham. Welcoming, clean, modern and FRIENDLY. Our waiter from Bucharest was undoubtedly the nicest waiter and host we have met to date. Professional, skilled , friendly and polite ;...More

Thank mary m
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best Sunday lunches . Food lovely, well presented . Excellent service. Could not fault in anyway .

1  Thank Jacky R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have just had one of the best lunches out in a long time. Service was good well polite staff food fantastic the stairs a bit steep going down so take care on these.we will do be going back soon only on bad point I...More

1  Thank Danny r
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was absolutely wonderful! A fantastic terrace overlooking the river, friendly, polite staff and very good wine. I could not recommend it more !

1  Thank Nick G
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$48
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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, View, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
12:00 PM - 9:30 PM
12:00 PM - 9:30 PM
12:00 PM - 9:30 PM
12:00 PM - 9:30 PM
12:00 PM - 9:30 PM
12:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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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