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Vennel's Cafe

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Coffee Shop, English
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71 Saddler Street, Durham DH1 3NP, England
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch

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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
looking for a nice place for lunch or afternoon tea?

In Durham? Then you found it. lunch for three, thoroughly recommend, nice cappo, reasonable pricing, nice interior/venue and service good even on a very busy lunchtime. what more do you want?

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

In Durham? Then you found it. lunch for three, thoroughly recommend, nice cappo, reasonable pricing, nice interior/venue and service good even on a very busy lunchtime. what more do you want?

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Loved it as a student as tucked away up a back seat but always a lovely bustling atmosphere. Sun trap in summer and snuggly in winter. Gorgeous food and drink, HUGE portions and friendly staff. Just wish it was slightly cheaper.

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Tynemouth, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Tucked away up an alley beside a silversmith of note, this delightful café with irresistible desserts and snacks makes a great place to spend time having coffee, lunch, or afternoon tea.There is both outside and indoor eating, lots of stairs for late diners as there is another floor upstairs. (Staff will carry orders upstairs for people if necessary, just ask)

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County Durham, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Always easier to use the side door if you wish to be served quickly - a little pokey but the food is always consistent

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Portrush, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Visited to Durham today and after a boat trip on the river we called in at this very busy cafe. All homemade cakes and pies. We had to wait a while to be served but it was very enjoyable x we will be back x

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Houghton-le-Spring, United Kingdom
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44 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

a lovely cafe which specialises in home made food, scones, quiche, sandwiches . The pavlova and bannofee pie are huge and delicious. Everything is made on site , nice heated outdoor courtyard . Easy to miss as you need to go up one of two narrow alleyways to find it but well worth seeking out, lovely place to spend an... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We were in Durham for a week and had to take in Vennel's for lunch one day. It is one of our favorite places, with excellent basic lunch food and ambiance. This time I had soup and bread and my wife had a chicken tarragon sandwich. Just right. And they had a pavlova for dessert that was superb.

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UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Tucked away up an alleyway (a vennel) is this excellent café. The menu hasn't changed in ages -they still offer soups ,salads ,jacket potatoes, quiches ,gorgeous cakes, scones and sandwiches. From many visits - I've tried them all. Everything is home made. The café is accessed by two vennels from Saddler Street. One entrance has a step up though the... More 

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Billingham, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

A wonderful little cafe, somewhat hidden in the ancient back alleys of Durham City. It is a great little place, seems to be very busy. We visited at about 11am on a Wednesday and it was packed even then. One of our party had visited before and has been known to have to queue to get in, such is it's... More 

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Otley, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Called for lunch on a weekend away with my mum. Very busy but easy to see why. The food is excellent, everything freshly cooked/lots of tasty choices. Beautiful home made cakes & quiches...... Service is quick (order/collect from counter) with friendly helpful staff. Lovely old building hidden along a narrow passage way. Will call again next time I visit Durham.

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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: Coffee Shop, English

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