The Cellar Door

4.4
865 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 865 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.3
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4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2021
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious! The biggest Yorkshire pudding I have ever seen. Highly recommend

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AnneMarieF65
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience2

We were shown to our table and ordered shortly after our arrival. However we waited 40 minutes for sunday lunch and in the end had to ask for waitress to check on our food. It did arrive shortly after. The restaurant wasn't full and had very little atmosphere. I don't remember any music or chatter. It left me feeling something was missing. The food was good , roast lamb and veg but we were put off ordering dessert because of the time it had taken to receive our mains. I didnt have the patience or time to wait another 30 minutes or more. It was difficult to catch the attention of waiting staff and we ended up having to go to them to pay the bill. No thank you or see you later as we left. Not the friendliest of places

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JudithY
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service as usual, certainly recommend it!!

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TanyaS
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Lovely restaurant, maybe a little too modern interior considering its location. Very good food, good wine selection and courteous service.

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Jannyh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The service we received was great, friendly and efficient.
The food superb,

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Spencer
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Really high quality food with excellent table service. A lovely evening for our whole family.

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MelB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I had lunch here on Saturday 13th June. The service was attentive and friendly and the food and wine were excellent. We sat outside on the balcony with lovely views of the river. I wouldn’t hesitate to return.

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MattP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and quality as ways. Our server (Jasmine) was also superb and very knowledgeable answering any questions about the menu or wine list. Can't wait to visit again.

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Sharononfood
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Lovely food again, some staff better than others to our main waitress was very good.
This is our third visit and will use again.

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EsmeG
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and the lunch menu was such great value. My dessert (espresso cake) was a bit disappointing as it was dry and the menu was unclear what exactly the desserts were, but the service and rest of the meal made up for it.

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Cinders
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

. Pleasant staff. Slow service. A long time waiting for courses. Onion rings and chips quite hard and overcooked. Extremely small portions of both the mackerel starter and the trout main. All delicious

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AnnaV
County Durham
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best fine dining restaurant in Durham. Amazing service and food.

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Sand
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Loved the whole experience. We were lucky with the weather so could enjoy the dining area outside. The food was delicious and the service great. The only negative thing was the level of noise coming from the extractor ...

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FionaC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had Sunday Dinner for two. The food was delicious, and the service was excellent. Will definitely make a return visit.

SG
StevenG
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We dined on a Sunday lunchtime and had starters and mains including mackerel with rhubarb and chicken parfait which were both lovely we then had a beef and a lamb roast dinner which were really nice. The service was attentive and you felt safe with the COVID precautions that they had in place the tables were spaced nicely. We have ate in the Cellar door many times and are glad to see them back open serving quality food.

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TobyC
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Cellar Door is highly recommended. The food, service and ambience were all exceptional and the view from our table on the upper deck was magnificent.

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vipJonathanT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An excellent evening. Service was very friendly and efficient. Elle was really good. Food was delicious. We all had three courses and can particularly recommend the venison and the lamb, but everything was really good. A thoroughly enjoyable evening.

SG
ShaanG
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a lovely lunch by the river. Food and wine were delicious and our server Katie was very welcoming and helpful. Overall we had a fabulous and very reasonably priced, afternoon. Looking forward to our next visit.

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Katiem
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really good food and the staff were so friendly and helpful.

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Georgie
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

Food was incredible but service let it down - in the restaurant for 2 hours and only had two courses and 1 drink. Staff unresponsive or proactive to our needs, no check backs etc. Sat out in the sun without staff asking if we needed more water or the umbrella up. Would come back as the food was worth it but staff could use some more training

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LesP
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Asked for a table on balcony when booking on open table . This was not acknowledged when we went in. She attempted to seat us indoors. I stated that the request was sitting on balcony. She asked us to take a seat in bar until she asked the manager. She arranged a table on the balcony for us. We had a 3 course meal, which was very nice. The paint on the tables was flaking off. I felt this lowered the standard of the restaurant. Overall we did enjoy the meal and would definitely go back.

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WarrenC
Newcastle
14 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, good value.

CM
ClareM
Cumbria
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a lovely experience at the Cellar Door. Would definitely go back when I’m Durham! Worth paying a visit to anyone in the area. Lovely setting, staff and food! Cheese Soufflé one of the best!

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HanG
County Durham
5 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Lovely meal especially the raspberry chocolate pudding which was amazing.

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LisaB
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent from start to finish. A warm and friendly welcome, attentive service, delicious wine and food. Highly recommneded

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StewartT
Staffordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent evening. Catching up with son at Uni. Booked well in advance. Felt very covid secure. Service staff were excellent. Gap between starter and main was a little stretched but other than that it was superb

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RuthW
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing as always - will be back soon.

The view really helps with the perfection!

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cathe
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely location, great cocktails, delicious food and helpful, friendly staff.

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IainS
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience4

Very disappointed with the quality of service. Got there a little early so was asked to sit in the waiting area which wasn't a problem. No one bothered to ask either of us or another couple waiting if we would like a drink.
We got seated and again had to wait 15 minutes for a waitress to ask for drinks. We gave her the drinks and food order, waited an hour for the starter and then waited another 45 minutes for mains
We had to ask where our food was, there was no explanation or apology. Very poor customer service.
The food was mediocre, we chose from the al a carte menu rather than the lunch time and expected it to be top notch. How disappointed I was after ordering the stonefish, the spinach still had grit in it and the sauce was tasteless. My wife ordered the lamb which came stone cold. Again told the waitresses but simply got 'oh right'. Absolutely shocking

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

We waited over an hour for our starter to come... After having to ask why we were waiting. We had the vegetarian /vegan options which looked really nice but failed to deliver on flavour. My husband and I left very disappointed and still hungry.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gorgeous as always

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Sharononfood
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Second visit, lovely food. Friendly staff. Lunch menu great value. Will be back.

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PhilipR
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent service and delicious food in a delightful setting.

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Diner1
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

A 8.30 reservation and were served our main courses at 10.10 I realise they were busy but it is in acceptable to wait 1 hour 40 minutes to be served a main course
Our order was placed at 8.40 as we arrived and were seated 15 minutes early so again this is totally unacceptable

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ValC
London
7 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

The food was delicious especially the thai style fishcakes. What was not so good was the setting. We were on a table on the lower floor which was dimly lit and no river views.

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ChristineL
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gorgeous food, and great service. Quite loud at times.

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PaulaA
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent!!! Well worth it
Beef Wellington slightly over done but still lovely
Will definitely be back

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AnnieWP
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed our food. All courses were exceptional. Our server was extremely pleasant, polite and knowledgable. Great afternoon.

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VeronicaH
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic Sunday lunch! And brilliant service. Overall great experience and will definitely be returning.

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Annette
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Absolutely brilliant food and service. Booked on line and did not realise until day that we would be on the balcony at 8.45pm at night 22 May
There were heaters but not one per table.
Would reccomend

FAQs

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

The Cellar Door is rated 4.4 stars by 865 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 reservations at the moment.