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Vennel's Cafe

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71 Saddler Street, Durham DH1 3NP, England
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Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Dieting is not on the Menu

We were recommended this place by a young shop worker in the city. She said it is the best in Durham and judging by the numbers in the café and more waiting she was not wrong. I could not fault the place either for a coffee and cake or something more substantial, first class.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
JohnA1943
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Coalville, United Kingdom
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Coalville, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We were recommended this place by a young shop worker in the city. She said it is the best in Durham and judging by the numbers in the café and more waiting she was not wrong. I could not fault the place either for a coffee and cake or something more substantial, first class.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Love this place. I often call in after dropping my wife off in Durham. The only snag is their cheese scones are too tempting. I go in with all good intentions...just coffee, weight watchers tonight...then I spy the cheese scones, especially the blue stilton ones, and that's it. Curses!!!!!! Lovely atmosphere, nice staff, can't be faulted. The food is delicious.... More 

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County Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I am going to this place quite often, especially for lunch to meet up friends. I love the whole interior and re-worked sewing machine tables to sit at. However, the real star are the Stilton scones. Unfortunately they sell out really quickly, so I suggest to visit this place in the late morning for brunch.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

A regular place for our morning cofee and scones.The staff are always friendly and they have an outside seating area suitable for all weathers.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Portions are much smaller, just seems very expensive now. It is a shame because it is otherwise a lovely cafe with a nice atmosphere and staff are always nice.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Visited Durham again this week an just had To go to my favourite coffee shop vennels and I am so pleased I did as a lady on my own I really like to have a chat with all the lovely ladies that work there they are all so happy and we always have a laugh and a joke the food... More 

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Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Can get very busy but staff are helpful. We usually go in for cakes rather than a meal. Prices are average.

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Newcastle
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Nice food, helpful staff and a lovely sunny day. If the slightly disappointing lemon and black pepper chicken salad had been a bit more lemony and black peppry and a bit more colourful and tasty I would have given it 5 stars.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

My usual breakfast choice at home is fresh fruit served with granola and natural yogurt. After an early morning swim at the Radisson blu the only place to go is Vennels- where they serve a very tasty dish of fresh fruit, granola and yogurt - its just like being at home except someone else serves it and does the washing... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Revisited Vennels again this week on a day out in Durham. I noticed that they are now advertising staying open later in the evening( to 7pm). Advise anyone visiting to get there before about11.45am as it then starts to get very busy. Food was excellent again, all home made, my husband would recommend the Orange and Almond cake, whist the... More 

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Address: 71 Saddler Street, Durham DH1 3NP, England
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  County Durham  >  Durham
Cuisine: British

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  • Address: 71 Saddler Street, Durham DH1 3NP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  County Durham  >  Durham

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British

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