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The Cellar Door

$$ - $$$European, , British
41 Saddler Street, Durham DH1 3NU, England
+44 191 383 1856
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good27%
  • Average11%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“scallops” (49 reviews)
“steak” (95 reviews)
“sea bass” (37 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Hours
European, Contemporary, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
41 Saddler Street, Durham DH1 3NU, England
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1 - 10 of 834 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Visited on a trip to Durham, served promptly at lunchtime, great choice on the menu. Opted for the mussels for a starter and they were absolutely delicious! My wife enjoyed the ham hock too. Sea bass was very tasty but not so sure about the...More

Thank djgrant69
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Four of us visited on the Sunday of the May bank holiday, the weather was glorious and we asked to sit outside. We sat on the balcony and it was lovely, overlooking the river and the weather and the setting could not have been better....More

1  Thank dianedoyle
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for Saturday lunch so chose from the set menu which is amazing value for money. It cost £16 for three delicious courses. The ambience is lovely as it is near the river. We didn’t sit outside but the outdoor area would be lovely...More

Thank Miss_BV_80
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited as a party of five. Good menu selection. Starters chosen included soufflés, pigeon breast, mung bean fritters and sea bass, all of which were delicious. Main courses chosen were sirloin steaks, gnocchi and trout- again all were delicious. The problem was the deserts- two...More

Thank EgbertHerts
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our first time in Durham and we went here for our evening meal on a Monday. The venue is pleasant underground and the atmosphere was nice once more tables arrived. The service was spot on - attentive but not over the top, and the food...More

Thank Stephen W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

although a basement restaurant being set on the hillside overlooking the River Wear there is an outside dining terrace. We opted for the fixed price set lunch menu which had plenty of choices. For starters I had mackerel pate which also came with apportion of...More

1  Thank redtyke
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was my turn to organise lunch for my sister's. We travel around the country to meet up regularly & try to seek out independent lunch venues. I scoured trip advisor & gambled on this. Bit wary when I checked venue on Google earth or...More

Thank LYNN R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was passing through the area on Sunday and made a last minute booking here for a Sunday lunch, we ate off the set menu and were really impressed. I started with the calamari which was fresh, well seasoned and nicely cooked, whilst my friend has...More

1  Thank Paul L
Reviewed April 15, 2018 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 April 11, 2018

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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$13 - US$47
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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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