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The Refectory at Guildford Cathedral

Published on: 23 Nov, 2012
Updated on: 23 Nov, 2012

The Refectory at Guildford Cathedral

A tucked away eatery away from the hustle and bustle of town, The Refectory at Guildford Cathedral provides an alternative place for a good catch up with friends.

Food and drink at The Refectory at Guildford Cathedral is good value for money.

I had never been to The Refectory before, I had never even thought to go there before now. A spacious room with plenty of tables provided a comfortable and relaxing setting, with no worries about bumping your chair with someone else’s, or having the awkward “excuse me, can I get through” between tables (that is just the worst).

A friend and I went on a Friday lunchtime, expecting a battle for a seat, we were pleasantly surprised that there was a very short waiting time and no concerns about grabbing a table. There was a variety of homemade cakes on offer, as well as the expected drinks (unexpected mini bottles of wine) and some hot food served up by pleasant and helpful staff.

Ordering at the counter is nothing out of the ordinary; however it would have been nice if there had been a couple more staff on hand to bring hot drinks and food to your table for you. The décor was exactly what we had expected for a cathedral refectory, a little bland and out of date, but it was rather quiet which was a nice change from the usual noise of cafes.

Subject Comments Score
The Refrectory at Guildford Cathedral
Coffee Usual available, latte £2, tea £1.40. Good tea, coffee not sampled 4
Cakes Available but not sampled. Wide range of homemade. Not too heavy, not too light. Priced between £1.80 to £2.50 5
Menu range
Range of hot and light lunches available but not sampled 4.5
Interior A little old, but clean and pleasant 2
Atmosphere Relaxed and calm 4
Access On the level, car parking free 3
Service Helpful staff that dealt with customers quickly and effectively 4
Information No wifi 0
Value for money Two teas, a cake and a brownie came to £7.10, quite good 4
Opening hours Monday to Saturday 9am to 4.30pm. Sunday 9.30am to 12.30pm
Address The Refectory at Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7UP. Tel: 01483 560471. Email:

What they say about themselves

The Refectory is Guildford’s hidden treasure! Whether you are coming along to nibble, feast or fine dine, we will cater for your every need. All our food is freshly made in The Refectory kitchens every day! Including the most stunning homemade cakes, from mouth watering white chocolate and raspberry to classic coffee and walnut; all served with teas and coffee from local roastery ‘Coffee Real’ in Reigate. Our lunches are truly special, with hot daily specials prepared by our chefs using the finest local producers and the freshest vegetables; and then finish off with a sensational afternoon tea!

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