Salisbury may have more than its fair share of chain restaurants and fast food places, but fortunately it has some fantastic locally-owned restaurants which will give you a lot of choice of cuisines and price brackets.
Lalahan is my favourite restaurant in Salisbury. Locally owned serving authentic Turkish food, there is a good range of dishes which are always excellently cooked, with vegetarian options as well as the traditional meat dishes you would expect. The fun interior has a ceiling of clouds and Turkish landmarks around the walls, but it is the large garden which makes it so special, with covered seating and plenty of flowers and bamboo interspersed with colourful Turkish lamps. They also do takeaway and delivery. Website >>
The Haunch of Venison is a medieval pub right in the centre of Salisbury. Filled with oak beans, uneven flooring, a ghost and 700 years of history, there is a bar downstairs and restaurant upstairs. Food is based on traditional English pub fare with an upmarket twist, and include meals such as wild venison steak, beetroot risotto and fish of the day.
The Pheasant Inn is in the centre of Salisbury in Salt Lane. A medieval building with a beer garden, this pub has a small menu of British classics, as well as several vegan options.
With a separate lunch and Sunday menu, this is a great place to eat for good quality, straightforward food. Website >>
Tinga is an immersive Mexican dining experience, locally owned and centrally located. The décor is amazing; so vibrant and atmospheric and you don't know what to look at first. The extensive menu is equally as good, with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options and degrees of chili heat. Tinga is very popular with locals so book ahead.
Baroushka is a locally owned Middle Eastern restaurant with an excellent menu and delicious food. They serve sharing platters, including vegan ones, as well as meze dishes, tagines and salads.
The restaurant is near the train station, and they also do home delivery and takeaways. They run a loyalty scheme for regular customers. The food is excellent and highly recommended. Website >>
Grillado is an Italian restaurant on Castle Street in the centre of town. It has an A La Carte menu but also offers takeaway, including pizzas.
The food is authentically Italian and the owners pride themselves on using the best quality sourced ingredients. Dishes include options such as lamb, pork and fish dishes, as well as vegetarian options.
Anokaa is very popular with the locals. It provides a modern take on Indian and Persian cuisine, in a restaurant of colour changing lights and water features. The food is excellent and varied, with dishes such as green spiced lobster thermidor or organic vegetable melange. They also do a takeaway service, which you can order online. Website >>
Thai Sarocha is centrally located in New Street, where it has been since 2008. Adapting Thai food for western taste, there is a wide variety of dishes on offer such as Jungle Curry, stir frys, fish and noodle dishes.
There are also set menus on offer, as well as a takeaway service which can be booked online. Website >>
Cafes for light lunches, snacks and afternoon tea
Salisbury Museum has a lovely little café directly opposite the cathedral. They serve coffee, cakes, daily specials and cream teas and are open every lunchtime. You do not need to pay to enter the museum to use the café. There is outdoor seating in the beautiful garden which has cathedral views. Website >>
Caboose is the place to go for a fancy afternoon tea, served on three tier plates with finger food hand made sandwiches, artisan cakes, scones and champagne or tea.
They are only served at weekends and must be booked in advance, which you can do through their website >>
Takeaways in Salisbury
Popeyes provides a variety of kebabs, pizzas, burgers, pizzas and jacket potatoes. You can order online or over the phone and get delivery or collect from their shop in Estcourt Road. Website >>
Manis provides kebabs, wraps, burgers, chicken, jacket potatoes and meal deals which can be delivered or collected from their shop in Catherine Street. Website >>
Britz Fish & Chips on Wilton Road has an eat in diner, click and collect as well as a delivery service. They also serve burgers, chicken, jacket potatoes as well as traditional British breakfasts. Website >>
Our Salisbury City Guide has lots of information on locally owned places to stay and shop, places to visit and day trips.