Minster Refectory

The Refectory occupies a fantastic location inside Southwell Minster grounds, with magnificent views that can be enjoyed on our patio area. An ideal spot to enjoy one of our scrumptious cakes and a pot of tea.


Our ethos is to serve seasonal, good quality, locally sourced food where possible. From light bites to daily specials, fresh bean to cup coffee to our carefully selected wine menu. We hope you will find something to suit!

We also have a selection of vegetarian and gluten-free options available daily.

The Refectory is available to hire in the evenings for events and also specialises in Outside Catering to suit all occasions. Please contact us for more details on the tailored services we can offer.

If you have an enquiry about the Southwell Minster Refectory please call Dwight, Katie or Abi on 01636 815691

Our Story

The Refectory at Southwell has been operated under a franchise for the Dean and Chapter for over 20 years by the Griffin family. Originally in 1989, the Refectory was just a room under the Great Hall and Jane and Geoff Griffin began to build the business there. Little did they expect their tea room to blossom into what it is today.

In 1996, when the current building was purpose built for the Refectory and Bookshop, Dwight their son and qualified chef, joined the business and helped to push things forwards. Now, several years later, Dwight and his wife Katie have taken over the running of The Refectory and in April 2014 reopened after a major refurbishment.

Refectory Opening Times

Summer time: Monday to Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm;  Sunday 10:00am-4:30pm
Winter time: Monday to Saturday 9:00am-4:30pm;  Sunday 10:00am-4:30pm

Main meals are served until 3pm. The Refectory can be very busy so to avoid disappointment we would advise that you call ahead to reserve a table.
Please note that different menu options are served throughout the day which will have an impact on service times.
If you have any queries regarding service times, the food we serve, or to book a table, please call us on 01636 815691.


There are toilets conveniently located in the foyer area between Shop and Refectory.

Cathedral Shop

The Cathedral Shop at Southwell Minster serves as a point of contact, welcome and ministry for visitors to the Minster and to the town of Southwell. It has recently undergone a major refurbishment and the focus is on locally produced items, gifts and cards from the UK and ethically traded gifts.


The shop also aims to serve the wider Church community by providing a range of specifically Christian goods such as rosaries, crosses and specialist cards (e.g. Baptism, Ordination) as well as Christian books from publishers including SPCK, Church House Publishing and Norwich Books. Parishes may purchase candles, communion wine and wafers.

The Cathedral Shop has a good selection of local books on the history of Southwell and the surrounding villages and the gifts include Nottingham Lace, local pottery, Nottingham knitted and hand finished scarves. Many of the gifts are associated with the carvings and decoration in the Minster including oak leaves, flowers and mice.

The links to the Minster continue in our range of choral and organ CDs, hymn books and musical gifts which draw on the musical heritage the building provides.

The Cathedral Shop is situated on Church Street and staffed by customer service volunteers.

Telephone (01636 812933) and email (cathedralshop@hotmail.co.uk) enquiries are welcomed and the shop has debit/credit card facilities.

Opening Hours

Summer time: Monday to Saturday 9:30am-5:00pm; Sunday 12:30pm-4:30pm
Winter time: Monday to Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm; Sunday 12:30pm-4:30pm

Contact Details
The Cathedral Shop, Church Street, Southwell, NG25 0HD
Tel: 01636 812933
Email: cathedralshop@hotmail.co.uk
VAT no: 262 2773 04

Minster Box Office

The shop serves as the Box Office for Minster and other local concerts. Tickets can also be booked by telephone (01636 812933) with a credit/debit card, please note there is a £2.50 fee for this service.