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Vennel's Cafe

71 Saddler Street, Durham DH1 3NP, England
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Ranked #28 of 250 restaurants in Durham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, English
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Lovely excellent cakes, lovely savouries. You pay for it true, but it is worth it :) I'd recommend going for either savouries or sweets with a nice drink. A good portion and it's absolutely lovely surroundings. Bit tricky with a wheelchair but staff are very helpful.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Our first visit to the lovely city of Durham. We were just looking for somewhere nice for lunch and got exactly that at Vennel's. Warm friendly staff and a lovely courtyard to sit out in on a nice summer day. I had the cheese and onion quiche (I commented at the first mouthful that it was the most delicious quiche... More

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

We often pop into Vennel's for coffee and scones. This time it was a nice day so we sat in the courtyard which is very pleasant. The scones are delicious and the coffee always fresh.

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Durham, England, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

Great food with beautifully baked bread. Unique sandwich combinations. Excellent service and friendly staff.

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Hard to find, in a tiny alley up from the main road, but big enough (on three floors) to always just about have room for you once you get there. This is a well-kept, polished wood-panelled cafe which supplies reliable food - and very good tea - at prices which are pretty reasonable, and which count in Durham as a... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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29 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Have lived in Durham for 35/39 years and never knew this was there until Christmas. Hidden up an alley but very reasonably priced and serves good food and drink. I have had the soup every time I have been there and it has been excellent. Worth a visit

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Vennel's was recommended by a friend, it's abit difficult to find but well worth it. They had a lovely selection of cakes, quiches and pies and our choice was delicious. It's good value as we each had a hot drink and something to eat and it worked out at about £6 each. Only downside is that they don't take debit... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Visited vennels with my young family we were made to feel so welcome my young children had plain ham sandwiches kindly made without mayonnaise by the staff and a piece of chocolate cake each they were so big that my kids struggled to eat them the staff kindly put the leftover cake in a box for me to take home... More

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Durham
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Vennel's isn't the easiest place to find, which is good for those of us who like to keep good things to ourselves, it's tucked away up a vennel, a covered alleyway, on the right hand side of Saddler Street walking up towards the Cathedral, but before you reach the steepest part. If you have a wide wheelchair or double buggy... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I visit Vennels around twice a week. It is wonderful. I love the scones which are beautiful and there are a few to choose from. The staff are friendly and helpful and I enjoy having a little chat when it's not too busy. It's a great place to visit either on your own or with friends/ family. Beautiful location and... More

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