The Cellar Door
The Cellar Door is a charming restaurant that exudes historic character and romance. Tastefully decorated with neutral shades, this little gem overlooks the River Wear and has a lovely terrace that’s perfect for al fresco dining.
The menu epitomises contemporary gastronomy, with each innovative dish created with locally sourced ingredients and presented beautifully. The drinks list boasts an impressive selection of fine wine, premium spirits and cocktails. Having served us artisan gin and tonics, our friendly and attentive waiter allowed us to peruse the delightful menu that had us hooked from the outset. The scallop starter with pea and chorizo gremolata, charred gem lettuce, blue cheese and honeycomb was incredibly flavoursome and looked pretty as a picture. Each dish we sampled echoed current food trends. The smoked Carpaccio of venison was a true showstopper, arriving in a glass cloche, which contained a revelatory wisp of wood smoke. Our mains of sea trout with crab and heirloom tomato broth, and lamb rump with a pistachio crumb were equally divine. For dessert, we thoroughly enjoyed the cherry chocolate mousse and sumptuous plum posset.
The Cellar Door is an established foodie sanctuary, serving memorable and inspiring food in an effortlessly sophisticated but suitably relaxed environment. The 13th-century cellar conversion is a triumph and the food is all locally sourced, thanks to excellent relationships with producers. What really makes this establishment stand out is the passion and creativity with which the food is created and served. As well as a delightfully sophisticated à la carte offering, The Cellar Door has a fantastic lunch menu that boasts enticing and varied charcuterie boards, served with focaccia, salad and an extensive choice of cheese, meat and vegetarian favourites. There’s also a selection of burgers, steaks and seafood options.
Also available for private hire, The Cellar Door is a fantastic setting for a wedding party, a business lunch or birthday celebration. Whether you wish to book the entire restaurant or hold a smaller private dining event, the team will be happy to create the perfect package for you.