01642 780465

11.30am-2.30pm + from 6.30pm

Booking Advised


The Waiting Room is an award-winning vegetarian restaurant in Eaglescliffe, Stockton on Tees. We’re busy, but relaxed and friendly, with a wonderful warm, bohemian atmosphere throughout two dining spaces. Our light, airy front room has a comfortable faded elegance, with high ceilings and generous tables. Our livelier conservatory back room has a darker, punk-cabaret vibe and makes a good party room.

 The restaurant’s atmosphere and delicious homely food have attracted regular awards and commendations, including runner-up in The Observer’s Best UK Restaurant category in at least five of the last ten years, and the “Best Restaurant in The UK” award from the Vegetarian Society.

We create and serve generous, satisfying dishes using beautiful slow cooked vegetables, whole foods and organic dairy. Our food is carefully complimented with a great drinks list, comprising all organic wines and beers, locally produced fruit wines, really good juices and our own-label beer.

We host regular regular live music and arts happenings in our back room, on Sunday nights.

“A wonderful little restaurant selling great food” – BBC Good Food magazine.

Established 1985

Open Tuesday-Sunday 11.30-2.30pm and then from 6pm

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Common Room our Waiting Room special brew

Our own-label beer, brewed and filtered especially for us by Schoolhouse Brewery on Yarm Lane, is going down a storm. Graham Gannaway brews a beautiful pale ale, reserving especially for us a batch that goes through a special filtering process. Rather than receiving the traditional fish filings, it passes through nine layers of paper to […]

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Our new slow food restaurant for the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

New for 2017, we have created a new restaurant and art event for Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art.  THE SMELTERY has a Slow Food ethos, where vegetables are given high status and our famous Waiting Room dishes are served alongside locally produced free range meat dish options and North Sea fish. Luke was commissioned to […]

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Redcar is The Menu, Festival of Thrift

We created a town meal for 400 people at this year’s Festival of Thrift at Kirkleatham. Our menu was based on Redcar’s history, folktales, rumours and traits – and is a follow on to a Radio 4 series The Town Is The Menu produced by Simon Preston.

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