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Vennel's Cafe

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71 Saddler Street, Durham DH1 3NP, England
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Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout

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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
A great little coffee shop with lovelycakes

Definitely a place to try for a coffee and scone or cake....delicious. Next time I will try the lunchtime menu too as it all looked so good

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
StuartWflyfisher
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Durham, United Kingdom
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Durham, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Definitely a place to try for a coffee and scone or cake....delicious. Next time I will try the lunchtime menu too as it all looked so good

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England
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94 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Everything here is home made. Cakes, scones, biscuits , bread , soup.. fantastic quality. Only downside is that its on 2 floors and there is no table service, so you will have to queue at the till then perhaps negotiate steps carrying a tray to find a table -but worth putting up with that for the quirky old building and... More 

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Thank weekenderinthesun
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Vennell's serves delicious cakes. We can recommend the chocolate and the carrot. Usually can't decide so we have one of each and share. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The surroundings are quirky

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Thank Jane W
Bishop Middleham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stumbled across this hidden gem and really glad we did. Clearly a spot the locals regularly visit away from the many tourists Durham attracts. Vennels (north east term for alley between two buildings) provided us with a warm welcome, a superb recommended hot chocolate and homemade sandwiches. The setting is rustic and the old features of what I presume was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Knowing we were visiting Durham for our son's graduation, we contacted Vennel's re a post-ceremony lunch. Well, we were treated like royalty: welcomed warmly with the invitation to 'Yes, come along and we'd love to accommodate you'. On the very wet,cold afternoon we arrived, we filled our trays w all sorts of tasty homemade goodies and of course a mammoth... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Gorgeous cafe, tucked away in the cobblestoned alleys of Durham. Warming atmosphere, proper sweets and savouries, a great find off the main stretch.

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Thank evebuchanan
Durham, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tucked away behind Waterstones this place is very easy to miss! There is always a counter full of the most delicious sweet and savoury dishes, at peak times it can be extremely busy but its well worth the wait.

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County Durham, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Food is very good it's made on the premises, fresh good quality ingredients, nice atmosphere. Cosy and comfortable friendly staff.

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Thank Eric C
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Very good chicken pie with veg and potatoes. The tomato soup was good. I also had the yummy pavlova. I recommend it. The place is very clean and the staff lovely and professional.

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Thank supernellis
Seaham harbour
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95 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

This is one of my favourite eateries in Durham. It can also be one of the busiest. Waiting in line to be served is never a chore as I find it so interesting watch how the staff work as a team. They are always warm, friendly and efficient. They give the impression of being highly motivated. The food is very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British, Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget

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