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Vennel's Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
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
Most recent review
Great home cooked food, nice seating areas

Consistently Good for lunchtime snacks, with bread baked on the premises, nice soups, quiches and cakes. Nice cosy seating upstairs, courtyard with outside heaters. Friendly staff. I often go there on my own, but have also met up with friends there.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Sandra H
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Durham, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
Durham, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Consistently Good for lunchtime snacks, with bread baked on the premises, nice soups, quiches and cakes. Nice cosy seating upstairs, courtyard with outside heaters. Friendly staff. I often go there on my own, but have also met up with friends there.

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Lymington, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Fresh, high quality food [love the chutney!!!], moreish cake and hot drinks. Some queueing simply made the opportunity to feast on the enticing food al the more appreciated. High chairs make it a very good young family venue with plenty of 2-6 seated tables. Cash/cheques only: a feature in Durham that initially surprised.

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Durham, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Nothing to dislike about this cafe, everything great. The cakes are fabulous, all food they serve is lovely.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

It was very crowded and hard to find a table when we went, with a long queue to order food (doesn't take cards). However, the food was good and the staff friendly and this place is clearly very popular.

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Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Lovely cafe which sells lovely food, reasonably priced too. Met with a group of friends and we weren't rushed out of our seats and spent quite some time there. Would definately recommend.

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103 reviews 103 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

The cafe is hidden aw at at the end of an alley. Inside it is on 2 floors and very quaint. Nice selection of teas and home made cakes. The staff are friendly and on the Saturday we were there it was very busy. Great place for pit stop, and ideally located not far from the cathedral.

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8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Went with a few friends after a recommendation - MAKE SURE YOU TAKE CASH! Thankfully we all had some but it is a common mistake to assume all cafes take card, some in Durham do not. Lovely selection of Cakes, I went for soup of the day and a Chocolate fudge - did not disappoint!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We visited over the holidays after being recommended to visit from a friend (who's a lecturer at the university) and there was a queue out of the door. Luckily there was seating upstairs which is full of character. We tried most of the quiches/ pies and some cakes amongst us which were all great. We didn't think it was over... More 

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Spennymoor, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The drinks here are nice. I cannot comment on the food as i have not tried it. beautiful old cafe. haunted too! staff cannot do enough. young and friendly! would definitely return!

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Great range of drinks and the food is absolutely lovely. The lovely old building is tucked away up one of Durham's narrow medieval streets, so you may miss it.

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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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