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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, 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
Great place for lunch

The food here is really good. It all looks freshly cooked, and the pies, quiches and cakes are excellent, filling and really tasty. Definitely recommended.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Daniel R
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Darlington, United Kingdom
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Darlington, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The food here is really good. It all looks freshly cooked, and the pies, quiches and cakes are excellent, filling and really tasty. Definitely recommended.

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Hockley, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Had a lovely pear, Stilton and walnut salad with a huge hunk of bread. All home made and delicious. Serve alcohol after 11am. Beautiful courtyard garden which was a real sun trap.

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Newmarket, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

In Durham for Big Meeting weekend we pitched up at Vennels well after lunch time, but still managed to have delicious pie, quiche and salad. I used to bring my mum here when I visited her and she lived it as do I now. The welcome and the ambience are great, and in a positive way it has that 1980s... More 

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Grimsby
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

My husband and I visited Durham and had a wonderful time wandering round the castle and the cathedral, then did the lovely riverside walk. After all this, we emerged up the path into the cobbled area and started to look for somewhere to have our tea. A lady was handing out promotional vouchers offering a free Prosecco with each meal... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Really fab food in a lovely courtyard or cafe Food is so tasty and really well presented Quiche salad massive sandwiches and cakes Really excellent value The staff are charming Full of the nice warmth of the people of this fine city This place is a really great spot

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Durham, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Lovely food and drinks. Stilton scones yummy. Lovely sandwiches. Very popular. Lots of seating Inside and out, and upstairs. Tables are old sewing machine tables. very popular place.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Corned beef pie with salad and new potatoes was advertised ....what was served was pie with mashed potato and virtually no corned beef, one new potato, some sliced wet iceberg lettuce, one half of a cherry tomato, two quarters of a slice of cucumber and a teaspoon of coleslaw and chutney, the chutney being the tastiest item on the plate.... More 

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Visited this well known and long established eatery after a trip to the Magna Carta exhibition last weekend. Fantastic homemade roast veg quiche, thick ham in the sandwiches, gorgeous cakes snd reasonable prices. Only one minor issue - they don't take credit or debit cards - a bit odd in this day and age.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Myself and my fella have visited this place on sooo many occasions hoping to catch a glimpse of Durham's finest scones... we've yet to sample them! They must be good as no matter how early we get there they're always sold out! No matter, it just means we get to sample every other type of cake instead! They've always got... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015 via mobile

This fantastic little cafe situated in the heart of Durham city centre requires access via a Harry Potter-esque alley way. The quiche & ham and egg pie are superb but the real star is the sultana tea bread. I've never tasted any so good as this. It's a must try 😊

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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: Cafe, British

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