Undercroft Restaurant at Durham Cathedral Ranked Third in the “Out to Lunch” League Table

Durham Cathedral has scored 3rd place out of 20 in the Soil Association’s Out to Lunch Survey, thanks to the family-friendly offer available in the Undercroft Restaurant.

The league table was published 19/10/2016, and ranks children’s food and drink provisions at the UK’s top visitor attractions. Working with an army of ‘secret diner’ parents, the Soil Association has uncovered unhealthy pre-packed lunchboxes, dodgy ingredients, and a lack of transparency about food sourcing practices in the UK’s most popular museums, art galleries, zoos, visitor centres, and theme parks, as well as some good food at reasonable prices.

Durham Cathedral was the only attraction in the league table to ensure that all meat was free range and higher welfare. Unlike many other attractions, staff were also able to answer questions about where meat came from.

In particular, the Undercroft Restaurant was praised for its locally sourced ingredients, including higher welfare chicken and pork, and the option of choosing small portions of adult meals for children.

Children’s cutlery, high chairs and baby changing facilities are also provided, creating a family friendly dining experience.

Vanessa Ward, Head of Business and Commercial Services at Durham Cathedral, said: ‘Durham Cathedral is one of the most visited attractions in the North East and a popular destination for families. The Undercroft Restaurant works hard to ensure that families can enjoy healthy and wholesome food during their visit. The results of the survey stand testament to the hard work of our staff, and we will continue to improve the service we offer to ensure our visitors have the best experience possible.’

The Eden Project (1st place) and Chester Zoo (2nd place) topped the league table, and an interactive league table profiling each attraction can be viewed on the Soil Association website: http://www.soilassociation.org/outtolunch