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Vennel's Cafe

71 Saddler Street, Durham DH1 3NP, England
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Ranked #32 of 251 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
Durham, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Haven't visited Vennels for a long time until today (purely because I no longer work in Durham) but it was as good as ever, if not better. Fabulous homemade quiche and cakes and a bottomless pot of tea. We'll be back.

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Cupar, Scotland, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Lovely home-baking, excellent teas and fabulous building. This is our favourite place for coffee/tea and cakes in Durham. there is ample seating although it is often full due to being very popular. Staff are friendly.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Vennels is up a tiny passage in Durham as you go up towards the Cathedral. The choice of food is small but this is because it is all baked daily and I much prefer this. The cheese scone was delicious. Highly recommended.

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Athens, Greece
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I was so excited when I first bumped into this little caffe. The atmosphere and the place was so beautiful I thought that was the perfect place for lunch and a good book. But when I got there the stuff was SO rude and the food was TERRIBLE bad quality and bad recipes as well. Not value for money at... More

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

I wished to find a place to meet over lunch with my youth group, whilst we worked on a community project and Vennel's was recommended by several of the group's members. I arrived at 12, secured a table upstairs then went to the counter downstairs to order. I ordered the white bean crush sandwich and had the plate almost thrown... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Harassed to leave after half an hour when not all of us chose to purchase anything. Unwelcoming and rude.

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Kauneonga Lake, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Vennels was recommended to us by a County Durham local and boy did they do us a favor. My daughter, 8 year old grandson and I had lunch there. The food was excellent and the desserts to die for! Our eyes were much bigger than our stomachs as were ordered way too much but couldn't resist. The cafe is very... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Me and my boyfriend stopped here for breakfast before work. Looks small from the outside,but inside its much bigger than expected. Ordered corned beef pie,cheese quiche, Orange cake, chocolate cake and 2 cokes, which came to £20 odd,which is quite expensive for a light bite in a cafe,but everything's handmade,so expected this. Quiche was lovely, corned beef pie was nice..however,too... More

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ramsbottom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Good to find an independent amongst all the chains. Nice courtyard for eating cake outside in hot weather

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Lovely cafe tucked away, but with plenty of seating. Beautiful home cooked food, all looked delicious, good quality coffee too.

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